Montreal is one of the most complex cities I have ever visited. It is culturally rich, steeped in history, and ground zero for French-English bi-culturalism and its attendant debates. It is also an industrial port, forged by its strategic location on the St. Lawrence river. It’s modern and international, yet traditional and insular. The beautiful and ugly co-exist in single perspective views of Montreal as in few other places.
I have been to Montreal probably ten times in my life and at least six times within the past five years with Heather. Our Canadian sojourns were driven by curiosity about the poker scene after seeing the Playground Poker Club in a televised tournament. It turns out that the Casino Montreal also has a decent poker room (albeit still closed after the pandemic). Enjoying both, and the fact that Montreal is only a 5-hour drive from our house, we have returned both in the summer and most recently over a New Year’s weekend.
While we have come to love Montreal and its two poker rooms, the city definitely has its detractions. Let’s start with the positives.