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St. Maarten - the place to gamble

Turn rags to riches at Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino’s poker tourneys. The largest casino on the Dutch-French island dominates the Caribbean circuit. Kick it into high gear next holiday on the resort’s green felt and white beaches: a good deal for cardsharps and companions alike.
Poker once known as the “cheating game” on Mississippi River paddleboats and in Wild West cowboy saloons is enjoying a vogue, attracting celebrity players like Ben Affleck. The International Poker Federation crowned this favorite, rising-star casino last year with the first St. Maarten’s Open, which drew a rainbow of nationalities: Americans, Austrians, Finns, Italians, Brits and Dutch, among others. Sonesta Maho Beach hosts the event again from November 20 December 3, 2004 (

In the meantime, Maho’s Casino Royale hosts plenty of ante action. Drop in to enjoy the bounty of hot beaches and rock and roll in the Q-Club. Or cut loose at not one, but two, calypso-crazed carnivals each year. “The Maho” features a redesigned promenade, a bevy of dining, refreshing pools and forty fab boutiques. Lay down in elegant rooms: some with balconies overhanging the sea, others in the suave Sky Tower.

Make a move now and get the right price: casino clients stay for just US$125 per night, the rate drops to $75 after five tournaments played. The management awards a free ride a gratis room based on your action at the tables.