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.
In the mood for some action? Vacationers who'd like to try their luck in some gaming action will find lots of opportunities to do so. Click the name to read a detailed article about that location.
Treasure Hunt Ocho Rios has a restaurant, so you can eat before, during or after the gaming action. 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.
If you enjoy the simplicity of playing the slots, you could give Coral Cliff Gaming Lounge a try. You will be able to visit the casino from 3:00 pm to 3:00 am daily.
Holiday Inn Sunspree Casino: The casino at the Holiday Inn Sun Spree Resort is not a full casino, but it does have 19 slot and game machines. Guests who are uninterested in table games like Roulette, Blackjack, and Poker will have a fine time trying their luck here.
Glance through the table below for additional information on gaming choices.
|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, Western 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|
|Hedonism II Casino||Slot Machine Arcade||Hedonism II||(876) 957-5200||1.5 mi. North of Central Negril Beach Hotel Zone|
|Holiday Inn Sunspree Casino||Slot Machine Arcade||Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort Montego Bay||(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, Central Jamaica|
|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||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, Northeastern 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|
Keep in mind that Jamaica has additional attractions. To read a more complete discussion of other attractions, read this page.
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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