Macau Sporting Club is a casino located on 16 St Patrick’s Street in Cork, Ireland. It is a privately-owned company and the owners operate both Macau Sporting Club Cork and Macau Casino Dublin. They also own a restaurant alongside their gaming facilities, called Mint Restaurant.
Guests can arrive at nearby Cork International Ariport, where you can rent a car or take public transportation to the Macau Sporting Club. Taxis and buses are available at the airport, and it is about a 5.5 mile drive (approximately 20 minutes). This casino is open every day from 2pm to 6am, but certain table games will only open once more guests arrive in the evening. Times relating to their various events are communicated on their website.
Cork is a lively city with many tourist attractions within walking distance from the casino. There are both wildlife and city options available. Some of the most popular attractions within the city boundaries are Elizabeth Fort, the Cork Ghost Tour, and a number of pre-19th-century churches.
There is no dress code at Macau Sporting Club and guests are not required to be members of the club to use the facilities. Like all other casinos in Ireland, the minimum age to gamble at Macau is 18.
One of the largest casinos in Ireland, Macau Sporting Club is 13,000 square feet and features a 6,000 square foot poker room and bar. It is a modernly designed casino and resembles one you would find in Las Vegas. The decor, music, and games are all balanced to create an environment conducive to gambling.
The main draw to the casino is its size. There are only a few other casinos in Ireland that even come close to Macau Sporting Club. They have a large variety of games available, and they even host daily poker events along with other casino promotions. The most popular events are held in their poker room and include cash-only games in addition to poker tournaments.
They keep upgrading their facilities and have included newer electronic games. There is also a complimentary bar that offers guests drinks and snacks while they gamble.
The main table games do not feature very high limits, but their poker room and cash-only events usually attract gamblers interested in higher payouts.
Macau Sporting Club’s large casino floor is home to 20 tables games, making it one of the most impressive selections in the country. They have 4 of the main casino games found in any reputable casino; roulette, blackjack, Three Card Poker and baccarat.
The casino only offers American Roulette with both zero and double zero versions of the wheel. There is just one standard roulette table here managed by a croupier – the other one being a new electronic and automated multi-player roulette table without the need for a croupier. These tables are normally quite popular and occasionally generate some wait times during peak hours.
There are quite a few blackjack tables with varying minimum bets starting from €5 per hand. Other card games played versus the house include both Three Card Poker and Texas Hold ‘em, of which there are two tables for each.
There is a separate poker room where cash games and tournaments are held. In fact, tournaments are held quite frequently at Macau Sporting Club, and you can expect to find at least one event taking place each night.
Baccarat is another popular card game available at Macau Sporting Club and there are two tables available to play on.
There are plenty of slot games to be played at Macau Sporting Club, including a wide range of video style slots with the latest themes and some older, classics that have remained popular. Also, there are a few classic slots with three-reels and a few “one arm bandits” with the traditional leaver used to spin the reels.
The casino has an extensive selection of single-credit and multi-denomination options. The minimum bet starts very low at €0.01 and goes all the way up to €5 or more. There are a couple of fruit machines here too complete with bonus rounds and nudges as you would expect from a British style casino.
Video poker fans will be delighted to know that the Macau Sporting Club also has a handful of video poker games with low to high min/max betting options.
Macau Sporting Club does not offer any lodging accommodations for guests. Being situated in the center of Cork does, however, make it quite easy to find a nearby hotel or guest house. Your choice will vary based on your mode of transport and your budget.
The Imperial Hotel Cork is a 4-star hotel is one of the fancier options within the area and will cost you around $175 per night. There are quite a lot of rooms available and guests normally don’t struggle to make a reservation.
The Metropole Hotel is 3-star hotel situated around the block from Macau Sporting Club. A standard room costs anywhere from $125 a night.
Hotel Isaacs is a 3-star hotel is a few hundred meters from the casino and will set you back approximately $125 an evening.
Macau Sporting Club has a bar which offers drinks and light snacks to enjoy while gaming, but you will not be able to find a place to eat a meal inside the casino. Fortunately, they own the adjacent restaurant, Mint Restaurant, which offers an arrange of delicious meals at reasonable prices.
The city of Cork has many restaurants, so if you feel like going somewhere else in the vicinity you will have a variety of options to pick from there.
Greene’s Restaurant is a small restaurant within walking distance from the casino. It offers a relaxed environment. Their menu has options from different countries.
Gallagher’s Gastro Pub is a typical Irish dining location. It offers good size portions for reasonable prices and is a great place to go for a beer.