Travel Guide: Loutraki, Greece

ept-thumb-promo.jpgThis season the PokerStars European Poker Tour has added a new and much anticipated stop in the seaside resort town of Loutraki, Greece. The town is well-known for its vast natural springs and therapeutic spas. In fact, the name Loutraki is a direct reference to the thermal spas of the region. The name is derived from the Greek word loutro which means bath, bath-house, spa or thermae. Loutraki was the first ever resort to be recorded in the annals of world history as it was once the ancient city of Thermae, loved by the Gods.

EPT Loutraki will take place Nov. 15 through 20 at Club Hotel Casino Loutraki, the home to the first-ever EPT stop in Greece. The casino is one of the largest in Europe and the first ever in Greece. Like the United States, you must be 21-years-old to enter the casino and shorts and open-toed shoes are not permitted. The Main Event will cost you €4,400 but, or you could win your seat by playing in one of two super satellites that will take place on Nov. 14 and 15. There are plenty of other events on the EPT Loutraki schedule to keep you entertained as well, including a bounty event, pot-limit Omaha event, and a heads-up event, just to name a few.


Club Hotel Casino Loutraki

Getting There

Loutraki is situated on the east coast of the Gulf of Corinth on the Peloponnese peninsula. It is 84km west of Athens. Athens Airport is the easiest hub for international travelers and from there it is recommended to hire a private car. Of course sharing cars will always make the trip even more reasonable.

Another option, if one is inclined to spend some time visiting the historic city of Athens before making the trip to Loutraki, is the casino shuttle. Call +30 210 5234188 and they will determine which stop is closest to your location in Athens and reserve your seat. The cost is €15 which includes a return trip and many other extras.

Playing off the Felt

If some Greek type tragedy should befall you and you find yourself meandering the halls of the Club Hotel Casino Loutraki, get outside and see the sights! The ideal location of Loutraki offers unlimited possibilities for excursions.

For sea-lovers there are beaches and a wide range of water sports, including fishing.

For the adventurous type there are mountain hikes, rock-climbing, horse riding, paintballing, tennis, basketball and volleyball. You can even bungy jump off of the Corinth Canal. The canal connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. Construction began on the 3.9 mile canal in 1881 and it was first used in July of 1893.

Like all the incredible destinations on an EPT season there is plenty of shopping, bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Even within the hotel itself one can find three restaurants and five bars.

And after all of that, the best way to unwind is the Loutraki Thermal Springs Spa, described as a true oasis of luxury and rejuvenation. The spa boasts three indoor pools with waterfalls and jets, one outdoor pool, sauna and steam rooms, and 20 private treatment rooms.

We can't wait to take in the sights of Greece when the EPT travels to Loutraki for the first time, and we hope you're there to enjoy it with us!

Sarah Grant
@PokerStars in European Poker Tour