Top Casinos in the Republic of Ireland

Although the gambling situation in the Republic of Ireland is slightly unusual – with the 1956 Gaming and Lotteries Act requiring casinos to operate as private clubs to ensure legality – casinos are thriving there. These are some of the ones you should be sure to sample:

The Colossus Casino Club

This was the first casino to open in Dublin and it has survived the subsequent explosion of rivals in that city thanks to the excellent standard of the service and the games. As well as perennial favourites like blackjack and casino, you can also play games like Brit Brag – and at any time, as the Colossus is open all hours.

The Sporting Emporium

This is billed as the leading private members’ casino in Dublin, although there is plenty of competition for that title. It is a three-story building close to Grafton Street in the heart of the capital and provides more than thirty table games, an excellent Card Room for poker enthusiasts, and even 300 online casino games, similar to those found at This range of games has seen the Sporting Emporium win a ‘Best Casino Club’ award.

The Fitzwilliam Casino and Card Club

If you are visiting the Republic of Ireland for the first time, you will want a casino with a welcoming, friendly vibe, and the Fitzwilliam Casino and Card Club guarantees that. This Dublin casino club is also the best one to choose if you want to play tournament poker, as its poker room regularly hosts tournaments – just book ahead on the internet if you want to take part.

The Victoria Sporting Club

In case you think that all of the best Southern Ireland casinos are in Dublin – there is also this excellent club in Cork to change your mind. It is near to St Patrick’s Bridge, in the city centre, and is considered the casino that all others in the Republic have sought to match. The games choice (table and slot) is second to none, and there are also video poker and online casino options.

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