July 20-24 Cash Game Tour will stop in beautiful Georgia’s city Batumi. Our choice for this event is Leogrand Hotel & Casino, one of the the biggest casino resorts in the area: a 5-star facility with great food, excellent entertainment, amazing gambling, shopping, sports, relaxation and full travel services.
We expect 5 days of non stop cash games Texas Hold’em and Omaha with blinds $1/3, $2/5, $5/5, $5/10, $10/20 with players who already confirmed participation from Turkey, Armenia, Israel, Iran, Russia, Ukraine and of course Georgia.
Batumi is the city which you really enjoy visiting with so nice walking area, long boulevard, new glass and fashionable and old 19th century buildings and elegant squares which will make you feel in Europe, green parks – nice relaxation areas with lakes, fountains, availability of all range of services starting from restaurants and hotels ending with numerous casinos and nightclubs, aquapark, diving club and yacht club.
Laid out in 1884 it’s now stretching 7km along the coast. On the way see some of the most notable sights of Batumi, such as Ali and Nino Monument – metal structure of man and women meet and love each other beautifully lit at night. Ali and Nino were Azeri-Georgian couple from Kurban Said’s famous novel.
Then you will find large Ferris Wheel and the 145m-high Alphabet Tower – monument to Georgian old and unique script. Passing past many cafes and attractions you can watch many new towers on your left, new Radisson and Sheraton hotels and Georgia’s tallest building, the 200m-high Batumi Tower. Also you will find nice viewpoints to the sea, spots to take photos, old boulevard with many fountains, etc. Most importantly, its the place for relaxation, to watch people, take a walk, run in the morning, bring your dog, watch the sunset of black sea, watch the mountains, rent a bike, etc.
Batumi has not only new buildings, its best buildings are 19th century buildings, from the period when the city was free port on the Caspian oil route to Europe and was flourishing thanks to investments from the likes of Nobels and Rothschilds. Renovated old buildings and new ones in old style surround the square where you can find castle with astronomical clock and medea monument in the middle. Medea is a first world-known Georgian woman from Argonauts myth who took Golden fleece to antique Greece from oil-rich Georgian state of Colchis.
It is one of the most beautiful places in Batumi, yet as its name suggests, it is distinctly Italian and so a little incongruous for Georgia, but in Batumi, when it comes to architecture, it seems anything goes! The Square is surrounded by the Piazza complex, which includes a hotel, a couple of restaurants, a café and a pub. The architecture is distinguished by mosaics and stained glass art. Live music is performed here daily in café La Brioche and the square usually hosts concerts of world famous musicians visiting Batumi.
You can find here lots of attractions – zoological corner, a dolphinarium, and an aquarium. The beautiful Nurigeli Lake is located in the middle of the park and offers an exciting place for relaxation. The dolphinarium is one of the most popular attractions in Georgia. It offers exciting show – Lovely and clever dolphins are doing so nice and cute things: dancing and singing, kissing and hugging.
Beyond 6 May park there is one more lake – artificial one, with dancing fountains, restaurants and views to new part and towers of Batumi. You can view Justice house and new Mcdonald’s which won building of the year nomination in 2013.
You can take a walk, or motor boat trip, visit Machakhela or some other restaurant with a sea view, gudvili supermarket to buy some drinks (btw to buy Georgian wine, you can consider visiting winery Khareba’s store), also you can visit Batumi Technological museum of Nobel brothers to learn about the city’s development in the 19th century and oil pipeline.
Batumi can be enjoyed in every season, so even when you can not swim in the sea or sunbath on the beach Batumi will not let you get bored. You can see snowed Batumi which is impressive – the paradise for photographers or view Caucasus summits and visit beautiful flower gardens in springtime. Early Spring is very beautiful in Batumi even if you cannot swim in the sea. In the days of good visibility you can observe Caucasus mountain range from the boulevard, even Elbrus summit might appear at times.
Near Radisson hotel Sakura trees were planted so in a few years we will have a nice Sakura garden worth visiting in the season of bloom. Ilia Chavchavadze’s (Georgia’s one of the founding fathers) monument stands nearby. Nice place to take photos. Batumi is also quite beautiful in winter after fresh snow. The most beautiful spot anytime of the year is Botanical Garden of Batumi.
Don’t Limit yourself with the boulevard. Batumi is not very big city. There are many areas with 19th century styled houses and nice restaurants. One of those is Kutaisi Street – where you may feel yourself in Turkish Black sea (karadeniz) part. There is an old Mosque, Turkish restaurants (lokantasi), bars, stores, night clubs, casinos as well as Munich and HB bars for German beer and Georgian restaurant Shemoikhede Genatsvale.
Argo cable car leads you to some nice panoramas, it costs 10 gel currently. You can also take taxi to Sameba Monastery on the top of the hill overlooking the city, but to my mind, Batumi skyline is better seen from Makhinjauri seaside than from the top, but it can be still nice experience. You could also visit some other sites near Batumi such as Mtirala National Park.
Georgian cuisine is probably the most important attraction of the country. Since the traditional Georgian feast is an integral element of culture, Georgian entertainment should match its high level. Georgians have managed to make their cuisine not only magically delicious but also bright, original, exquisite, unique and unforgettable.
You can taste Adjarian Khachapuri and some other Adjarian dishes. The most popular local dishes are: borano (cheese melted in butter), chirbuli (breakfast with eggs and walnut) and sinori (a dish with cottage curds and dough plates). Varieties of local sweet pastry are also famous, especially baklava and shakarlama (sugar pastry).
Sunset over the sea one of the most striking natural phenomena, and you have the perfect opportunity to enjoy it indefinitely with a glass of unique Georgian wine.
Book your stay during the event by mail [email protected] or phone +38 063 465 97 97
See you in Georgia!