Jamaica Casinos

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

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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

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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.

Jamaican Casinos Today

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.

Where to Find Gambling

Feeling lucky? Vacationers wanting to try their luck on the slots will have plenty of places to go. Click on each name to get more information.

Grand Bahia Principe is Runaway Bay, in northern Jamaica. Grand Bahia Principe is not an extensive gambling site, but it does offer quite a few slot machines to try your hand at winning.

RIU Ocho Rios Casino is found within the vicinity of Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Visit the casino to win some slot games and carry some extra money around during your vacation.

Macau Gaming Lounge: A hip club atmosphere meets with a casino at Macau Gaming Lounge, where you can play the slots between drinking and dancing.

The gaming venues you may enjoy are displayed in the following chart.

Gambling On Jamaica
Name Type Located At Phone Location
Acropolis Barbican Casino -- (876) 978-1299 1.9 mi. Northeast of Central Kingston
Christelle's Gaming Gambling Arcade -- (876) 969-6686 Kingston, Eastern part of Jamaica
Grand Bahia Principe Casino Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica (876) 973-7000 Runaway Bay, Northern part of Jamaica
Jamaica Pegasus Derby Room Slot Machine Arcade Jamaica Pegasus (876) 926-3691 1.2 mi. South West of Central Kingston
Macau Gaming Lounge Gambling Arcade -- (876) 925-6395 1.2 mi. North of Central Kingston
RIU Ocho Rios Casino Casino Riu Ocho Rios (876) 972-2200 2.3 mi. East of Central St. Ann's Bay
Rajmaville Gaming Lounge Gambling Arcade Rajmaville Gaming Lounge Sea Food & Sports Bar (876) 749-0312 1.0 mi. Northwest of Central Spanish Town
Treasure Hunt Montego Bay Casino -- (876) 953-9272 2.5 mi. Northeast of Central Montego Bay
Vegas Gaming Kingston Gambling Arcade -- (876) 977-4927 ext. 8 2.2 mi. East-Northeast of Central Kingston

If you are looking for a wider range of attractions beyond what's offered in this category, you can cast a wider net. To see our complete guide to other attractions, click here.

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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