By Jason Lake
Now that summer is in the rear-view mirror, thousands of tourists are hitting the road to take in the fall colors – and get in some poker on the side. Playing live tournaments (and, fingers crossed, some juicy cash games) is a great way to see the world, and there just happens to be some tournaments coming up in the Northeast area that will give you access to some of the most breathtaking fall scenery you could ask for. Get it while you can.
Foxwoods Resort Casino
The Foxwoods World Poker Finals have just concluded, but like most casinos, Foxwoods has daily tournaments on the go. Unlike most casinos, Foxwoods has a massive poker room, one of the five biggest in the United States. And the resort prides itself on its picturesque Connecticut location, perfect for watching the leaves change all the way into early November.
Speaking of Connecticut, the Mohegan Sun's Casino of the Wind has 42 tables of poker and daily tournaments, plus the annual Fall Showdown in November. These guys take their autumn seriously – they even tweeted out a quote attributed to French absurdist author Albert Camus: “Autumn is a second Spring when every leaf is a flower.”
Casino de Mont-Tremblant
Nestled in the Laurentian mountains just northwest of Montreal, Mont-Tremblant opened its casino doors in 2009; they have regular tournaments and cash games as low as $1/$2. The resort town may be more famous for skiing, but this part of Canada has incredible fall colors.
Fallsview Casino Resort
Staying north of the border, Niagara Falls is about as awe-inspiring as it gets, and there's no shortage of fall events for nature lovers – you just missed the begonia display, but the chrysanthemums will be out until late November. The poker room at Fallsview is the largest in Ontario and is a regular stop on the World Poker Tour. Daily tournaments and cash games are available.
Mount Airy Casino Resort
Moving back down to the Poconos, this resort was built on the site of the old Mount Airy Lodge, which was built in 1898 in Paradise Township. It's a quiet place with nine poker tables. The main reason to go is the scenery, and maybe a round or two of golf, like Bob Hope and Milton Berle used to do.