They may be neutral, but they'll still take your money. That's poker in Switzerland, which surprisingly has only had casino gambling with unlimited stakes since 2000 - the first such law since 1921. (Card games were prohibited as far back as the year 1379.) The law defines two types of gambling: games of skill, which rightly includes poker, and games like roulette and slots, which are games of chance. A third type, which encompasses lottery and betting, is handled separately.
The Rivera Resort located on the fabled Las Vegas Strip has been welcoming guest to enjoy the fun and excitement of the world's number 1 entertainment destination. The hotel celebrated fifty years of service last year and was Nevada's first casino/hotel that moved ahead of the current time period standards offering guest top flight accommodations, big name entertainment and world class restaurants.
Whenever I catch one of Mansion Poker's slick new TV ads, I'm reminded of that bygone era where poker was an elegant pastime straight out of film noir and James Bond capers, where the men dressed in tuxedos and the women used their wit and beauty to deceive . Though Bond's game was baccarat, his fearless spirit and polished style lives on at Mansion Poker, where the action is plentiful, the games aggressive, and the atmosphere imbued with a touch of class all too often missing in online poker.
Until a few years ago, the only place one could get a live game of poker in the UK was in a casino (unless you were connected well enough to know of a private game) and most of these didn't even have poker rooms. Just before the poker boom started, one of the big UK casino chains turned its back on poker and closed most of its cardrooms. One of the rooms to be closed was at a casino in Russell Square, London, leaving its regular players disenfranchised and looking for somewhere else to play.
Poker in Sweden has exploded in recent years. Judging by the enthusiastic response below from several managers involved with Casino Cosmopol, it's one of the best places to play when visiting Europe.
Gambling has an interesting history in Sweden. Back in the year 1020, so the legend goes, Sweden's King Olaf and Norway's King Olaf (no relation) rolled dice to decide ownership of a district. The Swedish Olaf rolled two 6s. The other king rolled a 6 on one die, but Norway Olaf's other die broke, showing a 7.
We've all read the book. The Bible of poker. The one, the only Super/System. We've watched him win WPT titles and his record-setting tenth WSOP bracelet. We've heard the stories that filter out of the Bellagio's "big game" where he holds court nearly every night of the week and we've all stopped and wondered at some point in our own poker lives what it must have been like to be a shotgun-carrying road gambler in 1950's Texas.
Pick of the month: Check out the new Green Valley Ranch! Station Casinos in Las Vegas recently opened a $110 million expansion at Green Valley Ranch, the property's third major expansion since opening in December 2001. A 50/50 joint venture between Station Casinos, Inc. and GCR Gaming, a company owned by the Greenspun family, Green Valley Ranch carries the distinction of being the first boutique luxury resort built off the Las Vegas Strip.
The start of gambling in Denmark predates even Columbus" fabled (and mostly mythical) voyage.
King Hans, who ruled from 1481 to 1513, was a gambling addict long before Gamblers Anonymous, and frequently took money from the royal treasury to pay his gambling debts. The 1700s saw the first deck of cards printed in Denmark; up until then, decks had to be imported from Belgium and France. In fact, the word "poker" may trace its roots to the Danish word pokker, meaning devil. Now, there's a comforting thought!
To me, online poker is a nice diversion. It is great to log on to play during those evenings when I am feeling too lazy to do housework. If I have been unable to get to the casino in some time and am itching to play some cards, a few taps of on my laptop will give me a chance to play competitive poker from my own home. I love to be able to steal a few moments from my busy schedule to jump into a cash game or tournament at any time of day or night. In my opinion, though, online poker will always pale in comparison to live action poker.