By Lisa Yiasemides
Gregory Luttke-Grech is the reigning WPTDeepStacks Brussels Champion, taking down the tournament less than four months before the next installment gets underway.
With many WPT-circuit regulars making the journey to the capital city twice in one season, WPT.com takes a look at the surrounding area, noting some of the highlights that should not be missed on any trip to Belgium.
Making the Most of a Trip to Belgium
Though there is ample entertainment and excitement for any poker fan, for those looking to extend their stay or take a day off, there is much to enjoy away from the tables.
In a country that is only 30,528 sq km (18 times smaller than its neighbour France), everywhere is easily accessible. This means that there is no reason not to venture outside of the city’s boundaries when visiting Brussels.
Antwerp (50 min-drive)
The small city in the north of Belgium is the place to go if good food and drinks are what you are looking for as there are many high-quality restaurants and bars dotted throughout the city. As beer one of nation’s specialties, sampling a glass or two of the local produce is highly advisable.
Consider buying a ‘city card’ if you do make the trip. With free access to museums and attractions, plus free public transport included, it is a great way to save time and money…freeing up more to spend on the delicious food and drink!
Bruges (70 min-drive)
Bruges is famous for its canals and bridges, which why it is often referred to as the Venice of the North.
There are more than 80 canals to choose from but Rozenhoedkaai (which translates as Quay of the Rosary) is beautiful at any time of year and is one of the most photographed spots in the city for good reason.
Ghent (50 min-drive)
Ghent is famous for its medieval monasteries, large public squares and marketplaces. One of Belgium’s oldest cities, the city centre has been preserved by making it car-free.
There is also Gravensteen Castle (Castle of the Counts), the only surviving castle in the city. Of medieval origin, Gravensteen Castle is just like one you’d see in the movies…only it’s even better in person.
WPTDeepstacks Brussels Festival
February 4- 9, 2020
Dates: February 4-6, 2020
Buy-in: €360 + €40 = €400
WPTDeepStacks Brussels Main Event
Dates: February 6-9, 2020
Buy-in: €1,100 + €100 = €1,200
WPTDeepStacks High Roller
Dates: February 8-9, 2020
Buy-in: €2,000 + €200 = €2,200
Date: February 9, 2020
Buy-in: €150 + €0 = €150
This event doesn’t have any fees. All €150 will go to the prizepool.