Casino Barriere El Gezirah

In 2010, I had a chance to stay for a long time in Cairo, the capital of Egypt. Authentic and ancient; noisy and cheerful; poor and rich; selling everything, with entertainment for any taste. Along the great Nile you find the best hotels & skyscrapers, with casinos in the higher-end locations.

One of the most notable buildings was the Sofitel hotel, located on the island of Gezirah right in the middle of the Nile. Every day I walked there from the old center of Cairo on the ancient bridge Qasr El Nil Bridge, guarded on both sides by stone lions. I had played at the El Gezirah casino, the local name for the casino operated by the French Barriere Casinos group. I remember I had lost a lot the first time I played there. I was unlucky. However, over time, spending long nights there (the casino was open only at night), I had managed to get all my money back and even won good money on top of that. Actually, the reason I remember this casino is that I had won a decent amount – more than 20 thousand dollars in just one night!

During the time I had played at the Casino Barriere El Gezirah, I remembered the names of the dealers and other employees who talked with me. Managers were not very sociable in this casino but they closely watched my game. I played “black” (the common color of $100 chips) and that was a bet above average. 

One afternoon my friends and I had decided to visit the Giza Pyramids once again (for the fourth time). I was pretty tired after sightseeing but I still decided to play in the Casino El Gezirah Barriere. Just an hour later, a guy by the name Amir had given me four tens in poker with a $200 ante and a $10,000 payout. That was nice. I kept playing and just a couple hours later a girl by the name of Rasha (I had noticed  earlier her name was in tune with the name of my country – Russia) gave me a second four of a kind – four fours. I got another $10,000. Sometimes you play poker for weeks and never see four of a kind, but that day I had been given them twice and paid both times. It was a really lucky day (or rather night) and maybe the spirit of the Egyptian pyramids had helped me 🙂

I ended up with a good win. There is nothing special about the look of the chips from this casino, nor their design, but they are one of the favorites in my collection!

Casino Barriere El Gezirah Cairo Egypt

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