Surprising places around the world where you can find people playing poker

Because poker has become very popular in the states, many people think that poker is an American game. Yes, you will find it in places like Las Vegas, But poker is a game that is played worldwide. You will find poker on almost all continents. So here are a few places around the world where you can find poker.

Brazil has had the most growth in poker popularity as well as many other countries in South America. Beginning in 2013 poker had been incorporated in Brazil mainstream media. The game was portrayed as a game of skill and was dubbed as the “mind sport” by the Brazilian Ministry Of Sports. Which was a huge thing considering casino games are eligible in Brazil. You might not find casino poker, but there are still many other opportunities to play. Brazil hosts tournaments that draw in thousands of players such events include the Brazilian Series Of Poker and the World Series Of Poker Circuit Brazil.

Lebanon and Israel
It is hard to find poker in the middle east especially in Islamic nations where sharia and secular law prohibit gaming of any kind. But if you know where to look, you can find the country’s that have a thriving underground scene. Lebanon has a few gambling places such as Hippodrome Du Parc De Bevrouth in Beirut and the Casino du Liban in Maameltein. The latter is the larger of the two and has 56 table games, hundreds of slot machines, and six poker tables. Many of the poker pros have come out of Lebanon. In Israel Poker is considered illegal after being called a game of luck and not of skill. But that hasn’t stopped a home game scene from popping up even though the establishments are running the risk of three years in jail and players as much as a year. While poker is currently limited to home games, that could change in a few years. Casino initiative may result in casinos in the city of Eilat, which until now had currently been running gambling cruises (by playing on the high seas they’re outside Israel jurisdiction). Thousands of Israelis play poker recreationally anywhere from once a month to many times a week with their friends and colleagues.

The Casino de Marrakech in Morocco jumps to mind when I think about poker in Africa. They have held major events including, World Poker Tour Nationals, WSOP Circuits, and even WPT Main Events. Most recently in March, it played host to the 2016 Marrakech Poker Open, a tournament that drew 220 entrants and saw Portuguese poker pro, Henrique Pinho, emerge victorious to capture a €35,880 first-place prize. Poker may be prevalent in Marrakech, but it is not the only game that is played in Africa. According to World Casino Directory, ten different groups operated casinos on the continent in 2014 with Sun International running the most in such places as Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Nigeria, and South Africa. Other countries where it’s fashionable to gamble are Egypt, Cameroon, Ghana, Zimbabwe, and Uganda.While casinos, horse racing, and sports betting have been around since the 1950’s, it hasn’t been until this decade that they began to experience growth. When it comes to poker, South Africa is the go-to place outside of Morocco.

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