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Texas Hold-Um in Davao, Philippines

I personally enjoy a game of Poker. In my life I have played as a kid with my friends, as I older gone to a friend’s house for a poker game. For a while we even had a monthly poker game. In those games it was dealers choice, 5 card draw, 7 card stud, even stranger games like Hi-Low, 7 Card No Peek

Well now the big thing is Texas Hold-Um. This is a game where you get 2 down (hole)cards and 5 community cards are dealt up in the middle of the table and the players bet based on a 5 card hand using one or both of their hole cards. You can see this on TV where they have televised poker tournaments. While still in America I used to also watch “Celebrity Poker” where famous actors, singers, TV stars would compete for their favorite Charity.

There are a few Casinos here in Davao. Most are connected to a Hotel. I know of Casino Filipino at the Grand Re


gal hotel in Lanang and a Casino at the Mt. Apo Hotel. There might be more, but I do not know of them. They have Slot Machines, Texas Hold-um Poker and a lot of Baccarat tables. There might me more that I do not know since I was only in a Casino once and that was just to listen to the entertainment.


Recently a poker club opened, Metro Card Club. They have a schedule of events, open “cash” games and tournaments.  I do not know all the tournaments or the names, but they have a Free tourney for women where they can win free entry to a money tournament and some days a tournament where the buy in is only 250 Php ( approx $5 USD) and first place pays 8,000 Php (approx $170 USD)

Well, some of the members of the Expat group I belong to, Davao Area Expats go to Metro Card Club. They have offered all Expats with their companions to a Free Tournament. They are offering complimentary food, beverages and a no buy-in tournament on February 27th at 6 PM. There will be a prize pool of approximately 20,000 Php ($425.00 USD). One half of the prize fund will be donated to Field of Dreams Boys Home, which is a charity DAEA supports.

Last Evening, one of the members offered a training evening for the wives/girlfriends and members who had not experience with poker or Texas Hold-um to learn the game, the betting and the strategies of the game.

It was a fun and informative evening. I will report back how Elena and I do at the Tournament and if a gambling addition hits our house

25 Responses to “Texas Hold-Um in Davao, Philippines”

  1. johnray says:


    I do not know anything about gambling or poker or about casinos..hehehe..but hope you win!!! My best regards to your wife also..

  2. I have been thinking for a long time to learn Texas Hold ’em, cause it seems like a lot of fun!

    • Bruce says:

      I prefer 5 card draw for poker, but Texas Hold-um has become the popular game. I also like HEarts and Spades for a card game. To learn and play, I go to It you go put Davao_Bruce as who sent you. I might get some credits.

  3. Good advice Bruce…I will try when I have some time. I am having some troubles at work now. It seems it is a job meltdown going on…we all know why:)

  4. Dex says:

    Sir, I am planning on going on my PI vacation this April 2009. I was wondering if you know any good places that host NL Hold Tournament or cash games around Metro Manila Area.


    • Bruce says:

      There are many casinos in Manila, but I do not know of them. I do think there is a Metro Card Club there. Search Metro Card Club and if run like the one in Davao, you will enjoy.

  5. Dex says:

    Thanks Bruce!


  6. Dex says:

    Thanks for the Tip Bruce. I checked the website and how I wish I can be there for the freezeout tourny this March. They have not posted there April schedule but if can not get into any big tournament the I look forward on playing some cash games..

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