A Tourist’s Guide to Dublin’s Casino Scene
By Amelia John
Europeans who enjoy casino gaming treat Ireland as the Las Vegas equivalent of Europe. Dublin is the place to be if you want to see places that are filled with bright lights and vibrant atmospherics. Perhaps it was transformed into what it is today due to the fact that people in the city play poker more than anywhere else in Europe.
If you’re planning on visiting Dublin one day, a good place to start is the Fitzwilliam Casino and Card Club. It welcomes anyone of legal age to play in its gaming area, and currently has the biggest and busiest poker room in the city. It offers poker gaming to players of all levels and holds tournaments every day. Its tournaments can sometimes hold pot prizes as huge as €40,000!
While the place emits glitz and glam just like any other Vegas casino, it lacks one thing: slot machines. It’s sad, really, as slot machines are the very heart and soul of casinos. It just seems empty without them! Those who frequent casinos in Macau and Las Vegas will find the omission of slot machines strange. Slots have come a long way in providing entertainment to people. They are now themed differently depending on the target market. Some manufacturers target the Chinese, who are currently the biggest gamblers in the world, that’s why there are a lot of Asian themed slots in casinos and online. Some, on the other hand, target the geeks by manufacturing Sci-Fi based slot machines like Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. There are some that cater to specific nationalities, too, by making slots that are themed after the country’s own literature or culture. An example of this is the Gala Casino Irish Luck slot machine that features Ireland’s very own leprechaun. The specially designed slots have everything you would want from his lucky charms, to 4-leaf clovers to rainbows with a pot of gold at the end. It would be great if the Fitzwilliam Casino and Card Club would incorporate slots at least to appeal to new markets, if anything.
If you prefer to play slots more than card games, perhaps you should visit The Sporting Emporium. A word of advice though: the place is really upscale, which includes the prices. Everything there is more expensive but it has some of the most inviting slot machines ever. Slot machines in The Sporting Emporium are updated regularly so patrons will always have something new to look forward to. The place casino prides itself on delivering the best services, from its poker rooms that can host as many as 120 players to its sports bars that show non-stop live rugby and football matches during the weekends