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World Poker - Ecuador

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Located in South America, The Republic of Ecuador provides tourists with many attractions to guarantee a memorable vacation. Bordered by Colombia on the north, Peru on the east and south, and the Pacific Ocean to the west, this country offers everything from beautiful beaches to spectacular mountains. One of the most famous nature habitats in the world can be found in Ecuador, the amazing Galápagos Islands, which are located about 600 miles west of the mainland. Another unususal geographical feature of this 98,985 square mile country is that it straddles the equator, hence the name Ecuador.

Ecuador, the smallest of the countries up in the steep Andean lands, is one of the most gratifying tourist destinations in South America. Within Ecuador’s geographical boundaries, visitors can hike up to the snowy heights of the Chimborazo volcano, the spot farthest away from the center of the earth; or travel back to the past in Ingapirca, the finest example of Inca architecture in the country. For those beach lovers, there is surfing, diving and snorkeling on the beaches of the south coast.

The popularity of poker knows no geographical boundaries, poker players can be found in every corner of the globe, and Ecuador is no exception.

There are many casinos scattered throughout Ecuador, with five of them located within the Pichincha region, in the main city of Quito.

The Tambo Real Hotel and Casino is open 24 hours and advertises five tables and poker games. The property has one restaurant, one bar, and a hotel with ninety rooms.

The Hilton Hotel & Casino Colon Quito features four poker tables. The games offered are Texas Hold’em and Stud, as well as small tournaments. The hotel also offers a Fitness Center and Spa, outdoor heated pool, and five bars in addition to the casino. Hilton is a name well respected worldwide for their high standards of service and features. The Quito hotel meets all the Hilton criteria, including five restaurants offering gourmet cuisine from Mediterranean to Japanese. The Hilton’s offer the most poker tables of any casinos in Ecuador and with their exceptional accommodations, they are the best bet for poker players visiting the country.

Other casinos in Quito are; The Chalet Swisse Hotel & Casino,
The Hotel Casino Plaza Caicedo and Jockers at the Dann Hotel Carlton. Although these casinos only list table games of Caribbean Stud Poker, Black Jack, Baccarat and Three Card poker, other poker games may be offered.

The Barceló Colón Miramar Casino is in Malecon entre Salinas, Guayas and advertises eight table and poker games, one restaurant and a five-star hotel with sixty-one rooms. Located right on the beach, this property is very popular with tourists and the casino sees plenty of action. The hotel offers beach resort amenities like dining, bars, swimming pool and water sports.

The Hotel Hilton and Casino Colon is located in Guayaquil which is the largest city in Ecuador, and is situated in the province of Guayas in Costa. The Hilton Casino has a poker room with four tables featuring games of Texas Hold’em and Stud. Small tournaments are frequently offered in the poker room, although not on a regular basis. The hotel also offers all the exceptional amenities found at their Quito location.

Although poker is not listed as being offered at the following casinos, it still may be available.

The Casino Faraon, located in Guayaquil, has a Hampton Inn hotel with sixty-seven rooms. This casino is also advertised as The Hampton Inn Boulevard Hotel and casino. Hampton Inn’s are part of the Hilton family of hotels, so visitors can expect the same high standards of accommodations and amenities offered at all Hilton properties. Several restaurants are located within the hotel, with choices ranging from opulent buffets to a Sushi Bar. The property offers a pool, hair salon and fitness center, along with business services including wireless internet.

The Oro Verde Hotel in Guayaquil offers 230 luxury rooms, three restaurants, bar, delicatessen, a luxurious executive floor, swimming pool, fitness and business center, shops and a casino.

The Ramada Hotel and Casino is the only hotel in Guayaquil with a riverside location facing the fabled Malecon 2000 Gardens. The hotel offers 76 rooms, all with laptop connections, pool with solarium, sauna and hydro-massage, and a business center. For dining, there is a daily buffet restaurant that features seafood every Friday, and a deli for lighter fare. For cocktails, there is the V.I.P bar, which is conveniently located near the casino.

The UniPark Hotel and Unicasino in Guayaquil advertises 139 hotel rooms, a bar, six restaurants and a casino offering seven table games.

The Oro Verde Hotel & Casino in Machala, El Oro, offers a hotel with 70 rooms, a piano bar and a small casino. It is located at Circunvalacion Norte y Machala, Machala, El Oro.

The Rizzo Hotel & Casino is also in Machala, El Oro, but is only open daily 7pm-1am. The property has one restaurant and a hotel with 62 rooms.

The Oro Verde Hotel & Casino Manta is in Manta, Manabí. The casino is open daily from 10 a.m.-3:45 a.m. The property has one bar and a hotel offering 81 rooms.

Chalet Swisse Hotel & Casino is in Quito, Pichincha, has a hotel with 50 rooms and a small casino.

While Caribbean Stud poker still reigns as king in this country of 14 million people, Hold’em and Stud poker is rapidly gaining in popularity. Poker Tournaments are being held in casinos throughout the country on a regular basis. This is good news for the future of poker in Ecuador, because when these tournaments are held, they are attracting local new players to the game.

More and more casinos in Ecuador are starting to open poker rooms which means visiting poker players should have no problem finding a poker game to play in. With few exceptions, most casinos throughout the country are only open select hours, usually from 10 a.m. until 2-4 a.m. daily, and since the currency in the casinos is the US Dollar, they are very American friendly.

Besides the legal games, there are home games, as well as many bars and small restaurants that host illegal games. These illegal games can be risky and are not recommended. When gambling in another country, use common sense. Make sure you are not engaging in an illegal activity and putting yourself at risk, know the local laws, so you don’t violate them.

To be safe, always play in casino regulated poker games, or online at a site like FullTilt Poker. You can Download FullTilt here, and when you use the code: POKERWORKS and receive a 100% deposit bonus, up to $600 FREE!

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