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

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

Attractions Map

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

In the mood for some action? Visitors hoping to test their luck have lots of places where they can do so. Click on the name to read more.

Macau Gaming Lounge offers dining on-site, which provides added convenience before or after you hit the gaming floor. A hip club atmosphere meets with a casino at Macau Gaming Lounge, where you can play the slots between drinking and dancing.

Vegas Gaming Kingston is located in Kingston, Jamaica. Thanks to local laws, there are no live game tables allowed. There are, however, 19 electronic gaming machines including Black Jack and Roulette.

You can look through the chart below for more information about your options.

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 -- (876) 973-7000 Runaway Bay, Northern part of Jamaica
Jamaica Pegasus Derby Room Slot Machine Arcade Jamaica Pegasus (876) 926-3691-9 1.2 mi. South West of Central Kingston
Jungle Negril 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
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 Spanish Town, Eastern part of Jamaica
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 Kingston, Eastern part of Jamaica

Luckily, you'll be able to find other types of attractions. Click on this link to view our page dedicated to other interesting attractions for Jamaica.

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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