As soon as some new technology comes along so do the predictions that it will kill off some existing format. Kindles were going to going to kill off books, online gambling was going to kill off casinos. They don’t, they won’t. In the case of casinos, online gambling seems to be serving as an introduction to poker and causing more people than ever to experience the unique thrills of the casino. Quebec’s casinos alone have over ten million visitors a year. The city has several great casinos but if you’re in the area you should certainly check out this one.
If you want to experience playing poker in extraordinary surroundings then this could be just the place for you. Opened in 2009 and set in a stunning location, the construction of this casino deploys natural components, such as stone, wood, leather and water with breath-taking originality. Its three-floor casino offers Texas Holdem cash games in no-limit and limit forms. You can play for as little as one or two dollars or you can brave the high roller area. And when the excitement is all too much, there are two private lounges, a seafood and grill restaurant and four banquet halls.
There are an awful lot of casinos to choose from in Ontario but this one is the daddy of them all. In fact, it’s the largest gaming resort in the country. Opened in 2004 at the cost of a billion dollars, this Belle Époque giant is built on a cliff overlooking the Horseshoe Falls. Its twenty-three-acre site boasts a thirty -storey hotel, spa, fitness centre, shops, restaurants and a fifteen hundred seater theatre. What most visitors are interested in though is the two hundred thousand square feet of casino where there is literally something for everyone: three thousand slot and video poker machines and a hundred gaming tables.
Montreal’s Playground Poker Club may not have the scale or the opulence of Fallsview but its claim that it is ‘recognized by poker players all over North America as Canada’s Premier Poker Destination’ is backed up by that fact that it is home to a host of very prestigious players. Antonio ‘the magician’ Esfandiari whose career winnings currently stand at around twenty-three million dollars and Phil Laak, who in June 2010 set the Guinness world record for the longest sustained live poker play by playing one hundred and fifteen hours in a single session, are just two of them. It offers daily tournaments and cash games and this year it’s the venue for the first North American stop in the partypoker Grand Prix Poker tour which last year paid out nearly two and a half million dollars in prize pools.
Located just outside Vancouver city limits this is another high-profile venue, one which has played host to the World Series of Poker. It offers twenty-four -hour poker in a range of formats and its complex includes a hotel, theatre, pool, spa and a range of quality restaurants.
You can guess what to expect from the name and you won’t be disappointed. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, there are cash games and tournaments, including a World Series of Poker satellite tournament every second Saturday. The opulent recreational facilities are exactly what you would expect from this world-famous brand.