We're in the process of preparing quite a bit of new Poker content with PokerFirma ... but we're not intending to talk too much about the game itself :-) Because there's a life beside Poker. We swear! We've seen it!! :-p
PokerFirma have ordered a series of Portugal photos of mine and I have compiled this short article about the state of things when it comes to playing live Poker in one of my favourite places in Europe.
An English version of my text is available below and you can visit the original article in German to view all the awesome photo selection HERE.
I'm always drawn back to Portugal. Not only to play poker but also. So, I though it would be nice to share some general info and impressions.
Apart from Estoril and Troia, there are not many opportunities to play live poker in Portugal at the moment. Casino Lisboa in the modern Parque das Nacoes is very successful. It is located in a new neighbourhood on the Tagus River with green spaces, public art, striking contemporary buildings, trendy waterfront restaurants, shopping malls and the huge Lisbon Oceanarium or Centro Vasco da Gama with its impressive 12 km bridge while the Telecabine Lisboa cable car offers breathtaking views... but the casino does not offer poker games.
Lisbon's poker action takes place in Estoril. Tournaments have not been held here for several years. However, cash games from NLH 1/3 and PLO 2/4 to 5/10 or even 10/20 are offered daily.
Not far south of Lisbon is the Casino Troia in a nature reserve near Setubal. Some poker tours still stop here occasionally, but outside of these festivals there is not much poker action. A few smaller tournaments take place during weekends and, occasionally, a good cash game table comes together.
Casino Vilamoura in the far south of the country is known to many for its WPT festivals. At the moment, however, there is not much going on in Vilamoura as far as live poker is concerned.
Other smaller casinos like Espinho or Povoa de Verzim had modest but solid live poker offers before the pandemic. Today, however, these have almost completely disappeared. In one of the weakest economies in Europe, one can possibly guess what is in store for us in general. A weakened middle class, high inflation with high energy prices, low salaries to finance rising living costs, often leaving substantially less money for gambling. The post-pandemic live poker comeback is therefore struggling in Portugal.
The good news, is that Portugal has a lot more to offer than poker. It's therefore not that bad if the poker action is not so good at times ...
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