Venue – Royal Beach Casino

Each year, in the final months leading into Christmas, the finest online and land-based poker players head to one of the most captivating Caribbean Islands, St Kitts, to compete for a guaranteed prize pool of well over $1.5 million and the Caribbean Poker Classic.

The St Kitts Marriott is situated right on Frigate Bay with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean, and access to some of the most tranquil waters and sun drenched beaches in the whole of the Caribbean.

The resort itself is set in 28 acres of manicured garden and consists of a 5-story main hotel together with the famed Royal Beach Casino, and a number of three story garden houses which are dotted around the complex and offer slightly more privacy.

Although the resort is a bit too reminiscent of the outsized mainland USA hotels, it does strive to offer a bit of Caribbean warmth and hospitality with jerked chicken and ice cold rum cocktails the order of the day.

The Royal Beach Casino

The casino itself is pretty large and imposing for an island which is only 68 square miles – it feels as though it should belong in Las Vegas or Atlantic City, rather than the sleepy, serene Frigate Bay. The ceiling is painted to reflect a dappled evening sky, and the rest of the 35 000 sq feet of casino floor emulates the glitz and glamour of its New Jersey cousins.

All the regular table games of roulette, craps, blackjack and of course, poker are available, as is Texas Hold’ Em and a whole range of slot machines. The venue is, in fact, ideal for the Caribbean Poker Classic – it has the right vibe and the right kind of service to go with – endless free cocktails and an extensive selection of great food, including the ever-so popular Caribbean lobster!

Day Trips out of St Kitts

If you are not that enamoured with the endless poker games and need to get out a bit and see the island, then there are several outings that are worth the effort

  • Take a ferry ride to the nearby Island of Nevis which is situated four miles out
  • Enjoy a half day trip to the rainforest and all its weird and wonderful inhabitants
  • Don those goggles and flippers and head for Turtle Bay and some stunning snorkelling