The Olympic Casino at the Hilton hotel on ulica Grzybowska 63 in Warsaw had shut down at the end of the last week. On 19th September the poker community lost this iconic spot, sometimes referred to as “Tilton”.
The casino was opened in 2006. During its best years, which conicided with the 2007-2009 poker boom, it became a second home for many Warsaw poker players.
The Olympic hosted many important tournaments, such as Terminators, famous for its high stakes or the second edition of JD Poker Cup with its astronomical prizes. The first live streamed poker game in Polish history took place there, during the opening of the Unibet Series of Poker cycle. Cash games raged from dusk till dawn. The casino hosted many poker stars from both Europe and all over the world.
Since the regulations tightened in 2009, poker tournaments were played daily, with varying, moderate stakes. It might not be much, but the Olympic had its own special atmosphere. Many faces appeared around its tables every night. It undoubtedly brought a new dimension to the game. “Forget everything you knew about poker” could have been its motto.