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World Poker - Peru

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When most people think of Peru, images of Llamas and the Andes mountains come to mind. But within the borders of this 496,222 square mile country are many attractions - not just mountains and animals.

Peru is centrally located in South America and comprised of 25 regions plus the province of Lima, the capitol. It is bordered on the north by Ecuador and Colombia, on the east by Brazil, on the southeast by Bolivia, on the south by Chile, and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. Besides being home to one of the world’s most ancient civilizations, the Incas, Peru is also home to the Amazon River and the Amazon Rainforest.

Peru’s 28 million residents make it the fourth most populous country in South America. Sadly, it is also one of the poorest, with the average per capita income being just $3,374 a year. A full 51.6% of Peru’s citizens are poor and 19.2% are considered extremely poor.

An interesting political fact about Peru is that voting is compulsory for all citizens from 18 to 70 years of age. It is by these votes that the Peruvian government is directly elected.

Peru, because of all it’s natural beauty, is a very popular tourist destination. Not only are visitors drawn by Peru’s natural wonders, but by the 48 casinos located throughout the country as well. Many of these visitors come from neighboring Brazil, where gambling is illegal.

Gambling is very popular in Peru, enjoyed by locals as well as tourists. The casinos offer games to suit any taste, including poker. Most casinos offer poker, though many do not advertise it. A recent law was enacted that made all poker rooms smoke free, which made Peru the first country in South America to ban smoking in a casino. Smoking is however still permitted in the main casino.

There are 48 casinos listed in Peru and Lima is the host city for three of them. The Lima casinos are the Majestic Casino, JW Marriott Hotel and the Sheraton Lima Hotel & Casino. The capitol city also boasts a racetrack for betting on the ponies, the Hippodrome de Monterico. The Marriott Majestic Casino located at, Malecón De La Reserva 615, Miraflores, lists a poker room with two poker tables. The Marriott Hotel also offers some nice package deals for visiting poker players, which include accommodations, city tours and meals. The Hotel also features wireless internet service, so you can play at your favorite online casino on your laptop, while relaxing by the pool.

A few of the other casinos in Peru are; The Palacio Royal in Arequipa, Chiclayo, Huancayo, Huanuco, Huaral and Piura. Miraflores has the Admiral Benavides casino, Admiral la boheme slots, Admiral Poker palace, Atlantic City casino, Bellagio, La Hacienda hotel and Casino Le Hacienda, Mardi Gras and Tropicana.

Many of these casinos may offer poker rooms, but none are advertised. After a day of sightseeing, spend an evening checking out the casinos, you may just find an action packed Hold’em game!

Plans are also in the works for a Latin America Poker Tour (LAPT). If Vega Promotional Systems, Inc. is able to coordinate the events, Latin America may become host to an international poker tour to rival the World Poker Tour. Plans call for the LAPT tournaments to be structured as invitational events, giving players from all over the world a chance to win seats via live local satellites and through online tournaments. The good news for Peruvian Poker players is that Peru is listed as one of the scheduled stops if the LAPT launches.

Michael Herron, CEO of Vega stated, "This is a very exciting announcement. No Limit Texas Hold'em has really taken off in Latin America and we felt the time was right for this type of tour. We've all seen the success that other tours like the World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour have enjoyed and we feel that by utilizing our existing contacts in Latin America, we can produce a first class tournament that players from all over the world not just from Latin America, will want to participate in." Plans are also in the works for the tour to be televised throughout Latin America, including Peru, on a cable channel.

Wherever these major poker tours are held, and especially televised locally, poker rooms seem to pop up in their wake. Once casino management sees how popular poker is, they want to jump on the bandwagon and reap the revenues poker can provide. Huge poker tournaments mean huge attendance, which in turn means huge business throughout the casinos, not just the poker rooms. If the LAPT kicks off, the future of poker in Peru looks very bright. With at least 48 casinos already operating in Peru, the locations are in place for new poker rooms to be easily added.

There are said to be many small, unregulated casinos located in Peru as well, which are not listed in any directory. These off the beaten path clubs are not recommended for tourists however, as they may be unsafe. Security is tight at the regulated casinos, and they all provide security guards that roam the property, offering a safe environment for players.

With 48 casinos, poker players shouldn’t have to look very far for a game. The next time you find yourself in Peru, grab a seat and play poker with the Peruvians!

If your future travel plans don’t include Peru, Download an online poker site here on PokerWorks. Not only will you be able to play with people from around the world, but will receive great sign up bonuses as well!

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