Hey, are you an avid casino player that is planning on visiting as a tourist or relocating to the Caribbean or interested in doing casino gambling business, in or with any entity in the Caribbean? (The Caribbean consists of 30 Jurisdictions of 13 sovereign nations and 17 territories that still owe allegiance to one of four colonial powers namely; Great Britain, France, Netherlands and the United States.)
Then read on to find out what is/not obtainable, in these jurisdictions with regards to Casino gambling and the laws regulating it.
Gambling laws and regulations differ from one country to the other and even within countries, laws differ amongst provinces, states etc. The Caribbean as they are generally referred to is no different. According to a gaming law review, the Caribbean region, despite having just 0.6% of the world’s population, is home to 3.6% of its casinos.
The following is the thirty jurisdictions that make up the Caribbean, their population, principal language, currency and the status of Casino operations in the jurisdiction.
- Antigua and Barbuda:
They were under British control until 1981, their population is about 98,000, and their principal language is English, while their currency is Eastern Caribbean dollar.
Casinos have been legal in A & B since 1963. Currently, the country has only one casino named King’s Casino in downtown Saint John’s. Minimum age to bet in A & B is 18.
- The Bahamas:
They were under British possession until 1973. Their population is about 393,000 and their principal language is English while their currency is Bahamian dollars
Casinos have been legal in The Bahamas since 1969. Currently, there are three casinos in the country; the Atlantis Resort Casino on Paradise Island, the Baha Mar Casino at the Grand Hyatt on New Providence Island (the largest casino at 100,000 with 1,140 slot machines and 119 table games) and the Resorts World Bimini Casino which is on North Bimini Island. All the Casinos are as expansive as they are lavish. The minimum age to gamble in The Bahamas is 18.
They were under British control until 1966. Their population is around 287,000 and their principal language is English. Their currency is Barbadian dollars.
Casino gambling is illegal in Barbados but other forms of gambling like horseracing, lotteries and slot machines are permitted. However, since 2012 cruise ships that dock overnight in Barbados are allowed to keep their casinos open for their passenger.
They were under the Spanish possession until 1098 and under the U.S possession between 1898 to 1902. They have a population of 11.3 million. Their principal language is Spanish and the currency is Cuban Peso
Casinos were legal and run by the U.S mob in Cuba until 1958. When Fidel Castro came to power in 1959, the casinos were forced to shut down.
They were under British possession until 1978. Their population is around 72,000. Their principal language is English and their currency is Eastern Caribbean dollar.
Casino gambling is illegal in Dominica; which is largely as a result of the country’s rejection of mass tourism.
- Dominican Republic:
They were under Spanish possession until 1821. They have a population of 10.8 million. Their principal language is Spanish and their currency is Dominican Peso
Casinos is legal in the Dominican Republic. Currently, the country has 30 casinos. The majority of the casinos are located either in Punta Cana (12) or in Santo Dominingo (eight), Their two largest casinos are “the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana, which has (386 slot machines and 41 table games), and the Ramada Santo Domingo Princess Hotel, which has 400 slot machines and 22 table games. The minimum age to gamble in the Dominican Republic is 18.
They were under British control until 1974. They have a population of 113,000. Their principal language is English and their currency is Eastern Caribbean dollar.
Grenada legalized Casino gambling in 2014 to boost their economy. Currently the country has no casinos, which is as a result of the fact that casinos are only permitted in hotels that have at least 300 rooms and so far no such hotel exist in Grenada. Their largest hotel, Royalton Grenada which opened in 2020, has only 269 rooms. The minimum age to gamble in Grenada is 18.
They were under French possession until 1825. They have a population of 11.4 million. Their principal language is French and Haitian Creole and their currency is Haitian Gourde.
Haiti legalized casino gambling in 1960, in order to attract Cuba’s displaced operators. The new Haitian law required each casino to be approved by the president and located in a hotel having at least 200 rooms. The fact that Haiti has no large hotels has hindered the expected influx of operators to the business. Currently, the country has two casinos; the Four Aces Casino and the NH Haiti El Rancho Hotel and Casino both in Port-au-Prince. The minimum age to gamble in Haiti is 18.
They were under British possession until 1962. They have a population of 3.0 million. Their principal language is English and their currency is Jamaican dollar.
Due to religious opposition, Jamaica rejected attempts to legalize casinos for many years. However in 2010, their government legalized Casino through a casino gambling bill in an attempt to expand the country’s economy. Under the law, not more than three casino licenses can be granted, and only to resorts offering “a mix of tourism amenities and facilities.”
The two large-scale projects ($500m resort at Montego Bay & a $970m resort in Trelawny) featuring casinos, which was approved by the government in 2015, failed to live up to expectation. The minimum age to gamble in Jamaica is 18.
- Saint Kitts and Nevis:
They were under British possession until 1983. They have a population of 53,000. Their principal language is English.
Casino gambling is allowed and currently, the country has two casinos; The Mapau Casino in downtown Basseterre (145 slot machines and seven table games), and the Royal Beach Casino at the Saint Kitts Marriott Resort Frigate Bay (300 slot machines and 19 table games). The minimum age to gamble in Saint Kitts and Nevis is 18
- Saint Lucia:
They were under British possession until 1979. Their principal language is English and they have a population of 183,000.
Due to religious opposition, casinos were banned in Saint Lucia. However, in 2001, the country legalized casino gambling to increase tourism. In 2010, Treasure Bay became the country’s sole casino. It is opened in the Bay Walk Mall in Castries, with 350 slot machines and 11 table games. The minimum age to gamble in Saint Lucia is 18.
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines:
They were under British possession until 1979. They have a population of 11,000 and their principal language is English
Casino gambling has been legal in Saint V & G since 1968, and its first casino, in Kingstown, opened in 1977. Currently, however, the country has no casinos. Donald J. Trump’s Club Privée on the island of Canouan in the Grenadines was the last one but it closed in 2010. The minimum age to gamble in Saint V & G is 18.
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