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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 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.
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:
|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|
|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|
|Casino||--||(876) 973-7000||Runaway Bay|
|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|
|Slot Machine Arcade||Jamaica Pegasus||(876) 926-3691-9||Kingston|
|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|
|Gambling Arcade||(876) 749-0312||Spanish Town|
|Slot Machine Arcade||Hotel Riu Montego Bay||(876) 940 8010||3.8 mi. (6.1 km) Northeast of Montego Bay|
|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|
|Gambling Arcade||--||(876) 940-6964||2.6 mi. (4.2 km) South of Montego Bay|
|Vegas Gaming Kingston||Gambling Arcade||--||(876) 977-4927-8||1.1 mi. (1.7 km) South of Kingston|
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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