The Fitzwilliam Casino & Card Club is better known simply as ‘The Fitz’. It’s a cracking place to go in Dublin if you like a bit of casino betting and, especially, poker. The club has daily opening of hours of 6pm until 6am.
Membership of The Fitz is open to anyone over the age of 18, which is handy. They’re more than happy for short-term visitors to Dublin to join up, with the major necessity being a valid photo ID. If you’re particularly well organised then you can even sign up for your membership of the casino online before you go.
The Fitzwilliam Casino & Card Club
As a club that specialises in cards there are no slot machines on offer at The Fitzwilliam.
Originating in French casinos as the game ‘vingt-et-un’, Blackjack really came to prominence when gambling was made legal in Las Vegas, Nevada. Part skill, part chance, it’s a fun game that people have spent years trying to find systems to ‘beat’.
At The Fitz there are three different blackjack tables that will put you through your paces. The club has introduced variations on the game such as ‘surrender’, ‘sevens’, the ‘seven card’ rule and ‘dealer’s ace’.
First played in Paris in 1796, Roulette is French for ‘little wheel’. It’s actually quite a big wheel, to be honest, but the ‘king of all casino games’ is easy enough to understand and play and that’s what makes it so popular.
In this Dublin casino you can play on two European Roulette tables that have 18 red slots, 18 black slots and one green zero. There are also four Roulette terminals where you can play Touchbet Live Roulette.
Aside from blackjack and Roulette the two main games that you’ll be able to play The Fitz are Brit Brag and Punto Banco. The former is essentially a variation of three-card poker, whilst the latter is a version of Baccarat that comes from 15th century Italy. Punto Banco is a game you’ll probably know if ever watched a James Bond film as it’s his favourite game.
Poker is the true love of The Fitzwilliam casino and card club. It has won the ‘Best Irish Cardroom’ award at The Irish Poker Awards before now, so if you like your poker then this is the place to head. There are cash games and poker tournaments seven days a week at The Fitz, with a big end of the month tournament at the end of every month.
Bars & Restaurants
There isn’t a bar or restaurant here, specifically, but there is full menu service available until 3am every day.
You need to be a member to enter The Fitz, but membership is free and you can get it pretty much immediately upon arrival at the club. It only takes a couple of minutes to fill in your details and if you want to you can save yourself time by completing your membership application online before you turn up. As long as you’re over 18 and have a picture ID you should be ok.
There is no major player rewards offer at The Fitz like you might have experienced at other casinos. What there is, though, is something that might interest the poker players amongst you. Every two months there is a cash poker tournament that you can qualify for by playing 40 hours worth of cash poker in the preceding months. The estimated prize pool is about €45,000!
Located on Lower Fitzwilliam Street in the centre of Dublin, The Fitz is within easy walking distance of the city’s main shopping area and is therefore close to most major bus routes. There is also plenty of on-street parking that is free after 7pm Monday to Saturday and all day on Sundays.