Betting in Dublin

Published: 06/04/2013

Situated at the mouth of the River Liffey and facing England across the Irish Sea, the city of Dublin, which means “black pool,” has played an important role in Ireland’s history since its foundation in the 2nd century AD. It grew from a Viking settlement in the Middle Ages and by the 17th century had become the second largest city in the British Empire. Since the partitioning of Ireland in 1922, Dublin has served as the capital of the Irish Free State and then the Republic of Ireland. Its current metropolitan population is just over 1.8 million residents, making it the country’s largest city.

Dublin is well known for its vibrant nightlife. Countless nightclubs and pubs dot the city centre, especially the area around St. Stephen’s Green and Grafton Street, as well as Leeson Street, Harcourt Street, South William Street and Camden/George’s Street. There’s also a cultural quarter known as Temple Bar near the River Liffey, noted for small arts productions, photographic and artists’ studios, street performers, and small music venues.

Casinos in Dublin operate under a membership system. All registrants must be over the age of 21 and approved by the management before admittance to the venue. Typically, membership is free and can be done online in advance of arrival, although signing up at the door is also possible. Dress codes usually apply, recommending smart casual, but strictly no sportswear.

The majority of Dublin’s gambling clubs can be found a few block from St. Stephen’s Green. To the northwest, for example, adjacent to the Westin Dublin on Westmoreland Street, is Amusement City, home to the Club Oasis Casino. With its 5,000-square-foot gaming space open daily from 5pm till 1:30am, it features 250 gaming machines and thirteen table games, including 3-Card Poker, Blackjack, 5-Card Poker, Casino Texas Hold’em and Punto Banco. Valet parking is available and drinks are served at the Club’s Champagne Bar.

Competing on Anne’s Lane, overlooking Grafton Street, is the three-story Sporting Emporium. Open daily from 6pm to 6am, its casino floor covers 12,000 square feet containing 30 table games, offering Blackjack, Roulette, Brag and Punto Banco plus access to 300 online casino games. There’s also a dedicated card room for Poker, used for tournaments, leagues and festivals as well as cash games, an elegant Salon Privé for high rollers, and the Arena—a sports lounge providing the widest choice of gaming and betting in Dublin.

Just nearby on Harcourt Street, the Mayfair Casino Club is open daily from 9pm to 6am. The casino’s gaming space features 16 games, including Blackjack, Brit Brag, Poker, Punto Banco and Roulette. Meanwhile, at 78 Aungier Street is the 78 Club with a gaming space featuring Blackjack and Roulette among six tables. Operating hours are from 8pm to 8am daily, and although there is no formal dress code for members, they are asked to be neatly dressed. Trainers and tracksuits are not allowed.

South of St. Stephen’s Green on Earlsfort Terrace, the Silks Club is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8pm to 6am. It offers 15 games, a bar, a Garden Lounge, a BBQ area, a dedicated smoking area, plasma screens for sporting events and free parking after 7pm. Then, to the east of the square inside Clifton Hall on Lower Fitzwilliam Street, there is the Fitzwilliam Card Club, open from 2pm till 8am daily with a restaurant and a 6,500-square-foot gaming space containing 23 table games, ranging from Blackjack and Roulette to Brit Brag, Five-Card Draw Poker, Omaha, Punto Banco and Texas Hold`em .

At Eden Quays, on the north bank of the River Liffey, the Emerald Casino Dublin has five gaming machines and six table games. On Lower Dorset Street, just north of North Circular Road, the D1 Club is open daily from noon till 5:30am, except Wednesdays till 2:30am. The gaming space features 40 gaming machines (electronic roulette, video poker and slots) plus 13 table games, including Blackjack, Roulette and Poker. Members may help themselves to free tea, coffee and other hot drinks, and all major sporting events are broadcast on flat-screen TVs in the gaming areas.

On the outskirts of town en route to Northern Ireland via the M1 and just five minutes from the airport is the Penthouse Casino & Card Club. Open daily from 6pm to 6am and operated by Kairo Management, it features thirteen games, including Roulette, Blackjack, Baccarat, Poker, Raise’em Poker and Three-Card poker. Penthouse Sweethearts ensure that members enjoy “the best entertainment and gaming experience possible with the highest limits in Ireland!”

Also located in Dublin are two popular dog tracks. To the east of the city centre near the port area on South Lotts Road is the Shelbourne Park Greyhound Stadium open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 6:30pm to close. And on the south side at Harold’s Cross is the Harold’s Cross Greyhound Stadium, featuring racing on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 7pm till close.

Even further south, about six miles from Dublin’s centre at the foot of the Dublin Mountains is the Leopardstown Racecourse, a renowned horse racing facility with a one-mile-and-six-furlong turf track. This is where major National Hunt races are conducted, like the Hennessy Gold Cup, as well as such famous flat races as the Guinness Champion Stakes. Located on the premises are three restaurants, four bars and a race book. The adult entrance fee ranges from £7.00 to £10.00, depending on the fixture. Note that Marathon Coaches run a shuttle service to the track from a number of Dublin Hotels.

Published on: 06/04/2013

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