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 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

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? 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.

Gambling On Jamaica
Name Type Located At Phone Location
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
Christelle's Gaming 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
Grand Bahia Principe Casino -- (876) 973-7000 Runaway Bay, Northern part of Jamaica
Grand Palladium Casino 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
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
Monte Carlo Gaming Lounge Casino Terra Nova All Suite Hotel (876) 926-2211 ext. 2 Kingston, Eastern part of Jamaica
RIU Montego Bay Game Room Slot Machine Arcade Hotel Riu Montego Bay (876) 940-8010 3.8 mi. Northeast of Central Montego Bay
RIU Ocho Rios Casino 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
Rajmaville Gaming Lounge 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
Vegas Gaming Bogue 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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