The Sporting Emporium Casino in Dublin is located right in the city’s center on Anne’s Lane, South Anne Street. This establishment is backed by successful Irish entrepreneur Dermot Desmond. The Sporting Emporium is open 24/7 and has a formal dress code, so you will be denied entrance if you are wearing sneakers.
The recommended way to get to The Sporting Emporium is to fly into Dublin International Airport. You can access the Irish public transportation system from the airport, which will take you to your destination. You could also use a car rental or hire a shuttle which can all be arranged at the airport.
Once you arrive in Dublin, you will be met with an array of cultural attractions such as the Spire of Dublin, Christ Church Cathedral and Ha’penny Bridge which is all within walking distance from the casino.
The Sporting Emporium features a luxurious casino decorated with fancy rugs, low lighting, and hanging chandeliers. You will be treated like royalty at this casino with free drinks (non-alcoholic including tea and coffee) and snacks all night if you are an active player.
The highlight of the casino is the many tournaments hosted in the designated poker room. There is the Poker Tournament League that hosts tournaments every Thursday to Saturday starting at 8 PM, and on Sundays at 7 PM. These are generally high limit tournaments.
There are also a number of cash games that are held from Thursdays to Sundays that run at the same time as the tournaments and these can be split into “low stakes” cash games and “no limits” cash games.
The Sporting Emporium Casino did not get its title as the leading luxury casino for nothing, it features 7 different table games not including the games available in their poker room.
There are 6 live roulette tables that you can play at this casino with each coming with the option of playing a side bet called “Prime Time”. The casino also has the latest in electronic roulette games with an automated wheel and state of the art touch bet systems so that you can play in the comfort of your own space.
You will find 2 blackjack varieties at The Sporting Emporium Casino both of which offer their own side betting options, standard 6-deck blackjack and Free Bet Blackjack. Standard blackjack games additionally have the option to play the “Perfect Pairs” side bet.
As for the second variation of Blackjack here, The Sporting Emporium Casino is one of the only casinos in Ireland that offers “Free Bet Blackjack”, and it has become very popular. If you are playing Free Bet Blackjack, then you can choose to play the “Pot of Gold” side bet.
There are a couple of Brag tables (Three Card Poker) at the casino and the Sporting Emporium has a 2 Baccarat tables in the form of Punto Banco (a popular variety of Baccarat).
Another unique touch to the casino’s game offering is that is also the only casino in Ireland to have the popular Chinese casino dice game Sic Bo. Sic Bo is a colorful, fast-paced table game with the latest in LED technologies to make Chinese animations appear during the game.
The poker room hosts different tournaments during the week. These are mostly Texas Hold‘em tables and they have space for a total of 14 tables, which means some of their tournaments can accommodate up to 140 players. You will also be able to play cash games here when tournaments are not running, but note that the cash tables are not always in action.
The Sporting Emporium Casino in Dublin does not have any video poker or slot machines.
There are no additional lodging options at the Sporting Emporium but you can easily find accommodation in nearby areas.
Avalon House is a cozy 1-star hostel in Dublin that has a mix of colorful dorm rooms and comes with free Wi-Fi in all rooms. There is free breakfast included with your stay and they have a café.
Buswells’ Hotel is a nearby 3-star place that is split into 4 Georgian style townhouses with modern rooms that include free Wi-Fi and they have a clubby bar and modern restaurant.
The Westbury in Dublin is an upscale hotel where you can expect to pay anywhere from €300 upwards for a chic room that sleeps two and it comes with a cocktail bar and a brasserie.
You can find some light snacks and a few non-alcoholic beverages at The Sporting Emporium but no solid meals. The traditional Irish meals are typically found in pubs around Dublin and there you can enjoy a few drinks, some hearty pub grub and live music most nights of the week.
There are also plenty of takeaway shops in Dublin that sell a variety of foods from fish and chips to pizzas to burgers such as McDonald’s, Burger King and many more.
If you are looking to sit in a restaurant and enjoy a meal then Fire Restaurant and Lounge, Darwin’s Restaurant and Farm are all good picks for Irish cuisine during lunch or supper.