I used to spend a lot of time at the Namur Casino. As a matter of fact, between 2012 and 2018, I was the house photographer of the run-down poker room dating back to the 80s. Plenty of pics from that time are still online in the photo archive. With no legal live poker option in Luxembourg where I was based until 2012, Namur and Belgium in general became the spot where my poker photography started to reach more people and, eventually, poker brands. It is also the place that kick-started my career as a live poker player.
In 2022, the Casino de Namur, after it had become the 'Grand Casino de Namur' briefly before the pandemic, levelled-up again and is now called 'Circus Casino Resort'. New hotel, new restaurant, new parking facilities, spa, wellness, gym, and a new poker room. The run-down place got a new youth and it's probably in its best shape ever. What's left from the original site is essentially the historic shell, a protected building dating back to the 1907 Kursaal project designed by its architect, Georges Hobé. The event room that serves as a poker room extension during the big festivals, is named after him. Today, the complex is the only casino resort of the Belgian nation and its poker games are pretty much unchallenged 3-4 hours of driving around. The first matching offer to be found in the region is in Amsterdam or Paris, both significantly more difficult to access by car and seriously more expensive in terms of accommodation for example.
In the meanwhile, since we parted ways in 2018, while the casino got a bit of a boost, my poker player and photography skills have improved a lot too and my range of action has expanded to practically the whole world with the support of PokerFirma.com among others.
As a consequence, it is not really possible for me to make a genuine comeback to Namur like in the old days but I have resumed occasionally stopping in Wallonia for poker. I stopped by for two small visits in May and June before my two-month trip to Las Vegas and I came back in early August for a legit photo coverage of the WaSOP Main Event before another week in Namur during the French Open of early September.
All photos HERE.
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