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Jamaica Casinos

Casinos offer a glimpse of island gaming for Jamaica's visitors

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Jamaica Casinos
 

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 vacation.

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.

Making it Legal

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.

Without these big casinos, enough gaming options currently exist within popular tourist areas of the island. At the beginning of 2013, casino style gaming was available at these locations:

Gaming Locations
Name Type Located At Phone Location
Acropolis Barbican Casino -- (876) 978-1299 1.6 mi. (2.6 km) Northeast of Kingston
Acropolis May Pen Casino -- (876) 902-4763 May Pen
Acropolis Portmore Casino -- (876) 902-4763 Portmore
Caribbean Treasures Gaming Lounge Gambling Arcade -- (876) 952-8938 Montego Bay
Christelle's Gaming Gambling Arcade -- (876) 969-6686 2.7 mi. (4.4 km) North of Kingston
Coral Cliff Gaming Lounge Slot Machine Arcade Coral Cliff Hotel (876) 952-4131 Montego Bay
Grand Bahia Principe Casino -- (876) 973-7000 Runaway Bay
Grand Palladium Casino Casino Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort and Spa (876) 619-0000 15.2 mi. (24.5 km) West of Montego Bay
Hedonism II Casino Slot Machine Arcade Hedonism II (876) 957-5200 4.6 mi. (7.4 km) North of Negril
Holiday Inn Sunspree Casino Slot Machine Arcade Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort Montego Bay (876) 953-2485 5.1 mi. (8.2 km) Northeast of Montego Bay
Jamaica Pegasus Derby Room Slot Machine Arcade Jamaica Pegasus (876) 926-3691-9 1.2 mi. (2.0 km) South West of Kingston
Jungle Negril Slot Machine Arcade -- (876) 957-4005 Negril
Macau Gaming Lounge Gambling Arcade -- (876) 925-6395 1.1 mi. (1.8 km) North of Kingston
Monte Carlo Gaming Lounge Casino Terra Nova All Suite Hotel (876) 926-2211 ext. 2 0.7 mi. (1.1 km) North-Northeast of Kingston
Rajmaville Gaming Lounge Gambling Arcade Rajmaville Gaming Lounge Sea Food & Sports Bar (876) 749-0312 Spanish Town
RIU Montego Bay Game Room Slot Machine Arcade Hotel Riu Montego Bay (876) 940-8010 3.8 mi. (6.1 km) Northeast of Montego Bay
RIU Ocho Rios Casino Casino Riu Ocho Rios (876) 972-2200 2.3 mi. (3.7 km) East of St. Ann's Bay
RIU Tropical Bay Game Room Slot Machine Arcade Riu Tropical Bay (876) 957-5900 5.1 mi. (8.2 km) North of Negril
Sunset Jamaica Grande Casino Slot Machine Arcade Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort and Spa (876) 974-2201 Downtown Ocho Rios
Treasure Hunt Kingston Casino -- (876) 929-2938 0.8 mi. (1.2 km) East-Southeast of Kingston
Treasure Hunt Montego Bay Casino -- (876) 953-9272 Montego Bay
Treasure Hunt Ocho Rios Casino -- (876) 974-8169 Ocho Rios
Vegas Gaming Bogue Gambling Arcade -- (876) 940-6964 2.6 mi. (4.2 km) South of Montego Bay
Vegas Gaming Kingston Gambling Arcade -- (876) 977-4927 ext. 8 1.1 mi. (1.7 km) South of Kingston

Casinos Currently

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.

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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