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Aruban Gambling Laws

By Reno Rollins

Gambling is legal in Aruba, which is only appropriate considering that the nation is the birthplace of Caribbean Stud Poker. All gambling must take place in the casinos, however, and this includes sports books and bingo.

Casinos in Aruba

Currently, there are 10 casinos in operation within Aruba. They are:

- Key Largo Casino (J.E. Irausquin Boulevard 250, Eagle Beach, Aruba) Open daily from 11am until 4am, this casino offers ninety-four gaming machines and ten table games. A restaurant and 300-room hotel are also located on the premises. For more information, call +297 5-871500.

- Alhambra Casino (Jancho Enrique Irausquin Boulevard 47, Oranjestad, Aruba) Open daily from 10am until 4am, this casino has 9,000 square feet of gaming space. There are 347 gaming machines and 18 table and poker games (American roulette, blackjack, Caribbean stud poker, craps, mini-baccarat, poker and roulette). A sports book is also available.. Two bars, two hotels and a restaurant are also located on the property. For more information, call +297 5-835000, or visit their website at www.alhambracasino.com.

- Cool Casino (L.G. Smith Boulevard 79, Oranjestad, Aruba) Open daily from 10am until 3am, this casino has 3,000 square feet of gaming space. There are 180 gaming machines (including video poker) and seven table games (American roulette, blackjack, Caribbean stud poker, craps, Let It Ride and roulette), plus a 200-room hotel and two restaurants. For more information, call toll free at (800) 345-2782.

Accepted currency includes US Dollars and Aruba Florins. A casual dress code is in effect. Free gaming instructions are available for all table games. English, Dutch and Spanish are spoken by the casino staff. The minimum age for gambling is 21.

- Radisson Aruba Resort & Casino (Jancho Enrique Irausquin Boulevard 81, Oranjestad, Aruba) Open daily from noon until 4am, this casino offers 16,000 square feet of gaming space. There are 330 gaming machines and 29 table games (3 card poker, 7 card stud poker, American roulette, baccarat, blackjack, Caribbean stud poker, craps, Let It Ride, poker and Texas Hold‘em).. A 357-room hotel, two restaurants and two bars are also located on the premises. For more information, call toll free (888) 201-1718, or visit their website at www.radisson.com/palmbeachaw.

A casual dress code is in effect, and you must be 18 years of age to enter the casino. The English language is spoken by the casino staff.

- Renaissance Aruba Beach Resort & Crystal & Seaport Casinos (L.G. Smith Boulevard 82, Oranjestad, Aruba) Open 24 hours a day, this casino features 27,000 square feet of gaming space. There are 785 gaming machines, 33 table games (baccarat, blackjack, Caribbean stud poker, craps, Let It Ride, mini-baccarat and roulette), plus a race book and sports book. The property also has a 551-room hotel, one bar and 15 restaurants. For more information, call +297 5-828731 or call www.arubarenaissance.com.

US Dollars are accepted in the casino, and English, Spanish, Dutch and Papiamento are spoken by the staff. A casual dress code is enforced, and lessons are available for all games. Customers must be at least 18 to gamble.

- Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino (L.G. Smith Boulevard 101, Palm Beach, Aruba) Slot machines are open daily from 10am until 4am, while table games are available from 12pm until 4am. The casino offers 15,243 square feet of gaming space, plus 486 gaming machines and 30 table games (3 Card Poker, 4 Card Poker, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Craps, Let It Ride and Roulette). Bingo is also available, as well as a sports book and race book. The property also has a 413-room hotel and seven restaurants. For more information, call +297 5-869000.

- Casablanca Casino (Jancho Enrique Irausquin Boulevard 77, Palm Beach, Aruba) Open daily from 10am until 4am, this casino has 12,000 square feet of gaming space. There are 312 gaming machines (including video poker) and 23 table and poker games (American Roulette, Baccarat, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Craps, Mini-Baccarat, Poker and Roulette). A sports book is also available. The property also includes a 544-room hotel, three bars and five restaurants. For more information, call +297 5-864466. A high stakes area is available for high rollers.

- Holiday Inn SunSpree Aruba Resort & Excelsior Casino (Jancho Enrique Irausquin Boulevard 230) Open 24 hours a day, this casino has 14,000 square feet of gaming space with 257 gaming machines (including progressive slots) and 23 table and poker games (21 Starbucks, 7 Card Stud Poker, American Roulette, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Craps, Let It Ride, Poker, Roulette and Texas Hold‘em). Bingo is also available, as well as a race book and sports book. There is also a 600-room hotel and three restaurants on the premises. For more information, call +297 5-867777.

A casual dress code is in effect, and an ID or passport is required for all customers. US currency is accepted, and the staff speaks Dutch, English and Spanish.

- Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort and Copa Cabana Casino (LG Smith Boulevard 85, Palm Beach, Aruba) Open daily from noon until 4am, this casino features 12,000 square feet of gaming space. There are 250 gaming machines (including progressive slots) and 21 table games (3 Card Poker, American Roulette, Baccarat, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Craps and Let It Ride). A 360-room hotel is located on the property, as well as two bars and six restaurants. For more information, call +297 5-861234.

U.S. currency is accepted at the casino, and the staff is fluent in Spanish, English and Dutch. A casual dress code is in effect.

- Occidental Grand Aruba (Jancho Enrique Irausquin Boulevard 83) Open daily from noon until 3am, this casino offers 250 gaming machines and 14 table and poker games (Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Craps, Let It Ride, Poker and Roulette). Bingo is also available. A 391-room hotel is located on the property, as well as seven restaurants and two bars. For more information, call +297 5-864500.

Poker in Aruba

Poker is legal in Aruba, and the island nation is home to several prestigious poker tournaments. In addition, tables are available at every casino.

As part of the World Poker Tour, players from China, Brazil, France, Sweden and more gather yearly for the UltimateBet Poker Classic in Aruba. The first event was held in 2001, and the tournament has continued to grow. In 2006, Devon Miller won the tournament and took home $774,960 in cash. The UltimateBet Poker Classic lasts from September 23rd until September 30th.

Facts About Aruba

Aruba is an island which is part of the Lesser Antilles chain in the Caribbean Sea. The predominant language on the island is Papiamento, and along with Dutch they make up the official languages of the island. Spanish and English are also commonly spoken. The official currency is the Aruban florin, although the US Dollar is often accepted by establishments.

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