Tourists who have dreams of the glitz, glamour and neon lights of Las Vegas but don’t want to give up a vacation in the tropics, Jamaica now offers the best of both worlds. Even for the casual gambler, a trip to any of the island's casinos can add spice to any vacationg
For a long time there have been many rules and regulations regarding casinos on the island, and up until recently the only place to play the slots (which was the only type of casino gambling allowed) was at resorts that had received special permission by the government to operate a casino on property.
In 2010, despite opposition from many church organizations, a bill to expand and regulate casino gaming in Jamaica passed both houses of Parliament. It wasn’t until November of 2012, however, that legislatures unanimously passed two bills to allow full scale casino operations on the island. What this means for the island is that it is not officially legal to begin building full scale casinos – as opposed to mainly slot driven game centers found in many hotels – in Jamaica.
Until the big casinos are officially open, slot machines make up the majority of floor games, but video poker, blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, craps, and roulette are also sometimes available.
Due to its origin in Aruba, Caribbean Stud Poker is widespread. It is played by many of the same rules as regular poker but has one big difference: the players, instead of playing against each other, play against the dealer only. Another small difference is that all of the players can see one of the dealer's cards, which he deals face up. With this information, players are free to make bets. This type of poker is extremely popular both in Jamaica and on cruise ships.
Looking for some action? Vacationers interested in testing their luck will discover lots of options. Click on the name of the venue to read a detailed article about that location.
Treasure Hunt Kingston has dining on-site, so you can eat before, during or after the gaming action. One of three Treasure Hunt gaming establishments in Jamaica, this Kingston spot is known for its clear terms, high pay outs, and unique games. In fact, many of the games available at Treasure Hunt establishments cannot be found anywhere else in Jamaica.
If you enjoy playing the slots, you should check out Treasure Hunt Ocho Rios. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Treasure Hunt Ocho Rios features 140 gaming machines for gamblers to circulate amongst. When thirst calls, there is a bar on property.
Acropolis May Pen offers a collection of games for patrons to try out, including Blackjack and Roulette. One of four Acropolis Gaming Centers in Jamaica, dinner and a drink at the bar just got even better with the addition of casino style gambling right on site. Sit back with a cold drink while you watch the game, just don't forget to bet on it.
The following table provides some key facts concerning the gaming venues you might be interested in.
|Acropolis Barbican||Casino||--||(876) 978-1299||Kingston, Eastern part of Jamaica|
|Acropolis May Pen||Casino||--||(876) 902-4763||May Pen, Southern part of Jamaica|
|Acropolis Portmore||Casino||--||(876) 902-4763||Portmore, Eastern part of Jamaica|
|Caribbean Treasures Gaming Lounge||Gambling Arcade||--||(876) 952-8938||0.7 mi. West-Northwest of Central Montego Bay|
|Gambling Arcade||--||(876) 969-6686||Kingston, Eastern part of Jamaica|
|Coral Cliff Gaming Lounge||Slot Machine Arcade||Coral Cliff Hotel||(876) 952-4131||Montego Bay, Northwestern part of Jamaica|
|Casino||--||(876) 973-7000||Runaway Bay, Northern part of Jamaica|
|Casino||Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort and Spa||(876) 619-0000||1.7 mi. Northeast of Central Johnson Town|
|Holiday Inn Sunspree Casino||Slot Machine Arcade||Holiday Inn Resort in Rose Hall||(876) 953-2485||The vicinity of Montego Bay, Northwestern part of Jamaica|
|Slot Machine Arcade||Jamaica Pegasus||(876) 926-3691-9||1.2 mi. South West of Central Kingston|
|Slot Machine Arcade||--||(876) 957-4005||1.5 mi. South of Central Negril Beach Hotel Zone|
|Macau Gaming Lounge||Gambling Arcade||--||(876) 925-6395||Kingston, Eastern part of Jamaica|
|Monte Carlo Gaming Lounge||Casino||Terra Nova All Suite Hotel||(876) 926-2211 ext. 2||Kingston, Eastern part of Jamaica|
|Slot Machine Arcade||Hotel Riu Montego Bay||(876) 940-8010||3.8 mi. Northeast of Central Montego Bay|
|Casino||Riu Ocho Rios||(876) 972-2200||2.3 mi. East of Central St. Ann's Bay|
|RIU Tropical Bay Game Room||Slot Machine Arcade||Riu Tropical Bay||(876) 957-5900||2.0 mi. North of Central Negril Beach Hotel Zone|
|Gambling Arcade||Rajmaville Gaming Lounge Sea Food & Sports Bar||(876) 749-0312||Spanish Town, Eastern part of Jamaica|
|Treasure Hunt Kingston||Casino||--||(876) 929-2938||Kingston, Eastern part of Jamaica|
|Treasure Hunt Montego Bay||Casino||--||(876) 953-9272||Montego Bay, Western part of Jamaica|
|Treasure Hunt Ocho Rios||Casino||--||(876) 974-8169||Ocho Rios, Northern part of Jamaica|
|Gambling Arcade||--||(876) 940-6964||2.2 mi. Northeast of Central Wiltshire|
|Vegas Gaming Kingston||Gambling Arcade||--||(876) 977-4927 ext. 8||Kingston, Eastern part of Jamaica|
Fortunately, Jamaica includes other attractions. You can read this extended discussion regarding even more attractions if you'd like to find some more information.
As construction begins on casinos in Jamaica, it is more important to remember to squirrel away a little extra spending cash for your trip. If Jamaica’s current hotel casinos are just a hint of what’s to come, you can be sure that the future of gaming in Jamaica is going to be spectacular.
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