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Casinos in the Caribbean worth paying a visit to part II

Published:

17 May 2018

Any list highlighting the world’s top gambling destinations will invariably contain the likes of Las Vegas and Monaco.

It is not such a guarantee that any locations within the Caribbean will feature on such a list, despite the vast selection of casinos available to be visited.

We touched on some of these in the first part of this look at Caribbean casinos, looking at those stationed in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Aruba and The Bahamas.

Here we will dive into some other destinations of the Caribbean where plenty of gambling opportunities exist:

St Maarten

The population of the island country is only a smidgeon over 40,000 across its two distinct regions, although the number of casinos still spans over double figures.

These are all positioned in the southern 40% of the country, which is a constituent of the Netherlands. The northern 60% is considered the French side.

The largest was Casino Royale in the capital of Philipsburg, until it suffered considerable damage following the devastation of Hurricane Irma.

Recent updates confirm that building work is underway to redevelop all of the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino and Spa and Sonesta Ocean Point Resort in a more contemporary way.

Over 400 slot machines are situated inside Atlantis World Casino, alongside different variations of poker, roulette and large screens showing sports action.

Most of the others are regarded as local casinos, which lack a host to provide help. Instead, visitors are simply expected to sit down and play.

Antigua and Barbuda

The capital of Saint John’s is where half of the six casinos within Antigua and Barbuda can be found.

King’s Casino is the biggest of the trio, with its collection of over 350 gaming and video poker machines. These include penny slots and what is reportedly the world’s largest slot machine. Colossus stands at 15 feet tall and contains a top prize of $50,000.

Let It Ride, Caribbean Stud Poker and Spanish 21 are among the assortment of table games that can also be enjoyed across the four cities where casinos are present.

Meanwhile, The St James Club Resort and Villas in Mamora Bay offers something a little different, with more of a European-style vibe.

St Kitts

A visit to the Royal Beach Casino within the main lobby of the St Kitts Marriott Resort is an obvious starting point.

It is comfortably the biggest of the three St Kitts casinos, with a 35,000 square-foot gaming floor. This features 300 slot games, 20 table offerings and the Sky Ultra Lounge for high rollers.

Sports fans should also enjoy the beachfront venue as it is not only the sole St Kitts casino with a licensed sports book, but the resort also contains a championship-standard golf course at the Royal St Kitts Golf Club.

Curacao

With the number of casinos on the island teetering on double figures, there is a reasonable amount of choice in terms of venues to enter.

However, with the majority only housing slots, visitors may need to venture around to find the game they are looking for.

For example, the Hotel Kura Hulanda is where the only hands of seven-card stud poker are dealt on the island, while bingo is on the menu at Carnaval Casino.

The most flexibility under one roof can be found at the Venito Casino, which is the largest establishment on the island with 350 slots and 14 table games.

Martinique

Martinique is a French Caribbean island with a capital of Fort-de-France. One of the island’s two casinos is situated just north of the capital and the other marginally to the south.

The northern site is called Casino de la Batelière Plaza and offers something different within the Caribbean – both American and French roulette.

Racetrack bets can be popular on European roulette wheels and we previously highlighted what it takes to place these bets.

The other Martinique casino is called Casino des Trois Ilets and is the smaller of the pair, with only half of the number of slot machines. Yet, visitors can enjoy the likes of blackjack and Caribbean Stud poker too.

US Virgin Islands

The only casino in the US Virgin Islands is in St Croix and could be seen as a mini haven for poker players.

It may only be 10,000 square feet large, but guests can expect to take a seat to play various variations of poker, including Caribbean Stud, Texas Hold’em and three-card.

There’s also blackjack, craps and Big Six.