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Barbadian Gambling Laws

By Reno Rollins

The only forms of gambling allowed in Barbados are slot machines and the lottery. Slots can be found in the nationís lone ďcasinoĒ and various bars, hotels, restaurants, arcades and pool halls.

In 2007, it was announced that CAGE Barbados had been awarded a long-term contract to install 2,500 video lottery terminals in Barbados. The machines are to be installed over a three-year period.

Casinos in Barbados

There is only one casino in operation within Barbados. Offering only gaming machines, the facility also functions as a pub. You must be at least 18 years old and have a valid form of identification to enter.

Dí Fast Lime (Hastings Main Road, Christ Church, Barbados) This casino is open 24 hours and features 25 gaming machines. One bar is also located on the premises. For more information, call (246) 435-9839 or visit their website at www.sunnycasinos.com/fastlime.html.

Horse Racing in Barbados

Racing in Barbados is regulated by the Barbados Turf Club. Currently, one horse racing tracks exists in Barbados.

Garrison Savannah (Barbados Turf Club, The Garrison, St. Michael, Barbados) Garrison Savannah is a 6 furlongs turf horse track. Races range in distance from five furlongs to eleven furlongs. Major races take place in March, February and August. For more information, call (246) 426-3980, or visit their website at www.barbadosturfclub.com.

Lottery in Barbados

GTECH Holdings Corporation recently announced that they had entered into an agreement to operate and manage The Barbados Lottery. The national lottery is now made up of the Barbados Olympic Association, the Barbados Cricket Association, the Barbados Turf Club and the National Sports Council. With this agreement, GTECH essentially became the sole lottery provider in Barbados. Over the course of the 18-year contract, GTECH expects to generate revenues of between $80 and $100 million.

Available lottery games include:

- Pick 3
- Pick 4
- Caribbean Keno
- Jackpot Bingo
- Caribbean Lotto
- Mega 6
- Double Draw
- Instant Scratch Ticket

Bajan Information

Barbados is an island nation in the Caribbean which is part of the Lesser Antilles chain. Its nearest neighbors are the islands of St. Lucia and St. Vincent.

Caribs were the native inhabitants of Barbados, and it is believed that their first contact with the outside world may have been when the Portuguese arrived on the island and used them for slave labor. This lasted from the mid 1500s to the 1600s, and then the Portuguese were gone. When British sailors landed on the island in 1625, they found the only inhabitants to be a number of wild pigs.

British settlers started arriving in 1627, and the island remained under British control until it gained its independence in 1966. After sugarcane was introduced to the islands in the 1800s, it became one the largest sugar producers in the world.

While the British abolished the slave trade in 1807, slave labor continued in Barbados. In 1816, a major slave rebellion took place, with over 20,000 slaves fighting for their freedom. The rebellion ultimately failed, with 120 slaves dying in combat and another 144 executed after trial. In 1834, slavery was finally abolished in the British Empire.

In the 1930s, a movement began for equal rights for all residents of the island. Women were granted the right to vote in 1942.

Barbados is divided into 11 parishes. They are:

- Christ Church
- Saint Andrew
- Saint George
- Saint James
- Saint John
- Saint Joseph
- Saint Lucy
- Saint Michael
- Saint Peter
- Saint Philip
- Saint Thomas

Once heavily reliant on the sugarcane industry, Barbados has since branched out into tourism and manufacturing. Barbados now has many hotels and office complexes, a result of a construction boom in the 1990s. Tourists come to experience the islandís beaches, wildlife reserves and nightlife. In fact, tourism accounts for half of the nationís economy.

The current population of Barbados is estimated to be 279,000, with 90 percent of the populace being of Barbadian descent. Europeans, Chinese, Hindus and Creoles can also be found.

The official language of the country is English. The majority of the local residents follow Protestant Christian beliefs, with the Anglican Church being the most popular. Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Hindus and Jehovahís Witnesses also have a presence on the island.

Cricket is the islandís favorite sport, and Barbados hosted the finals of the 2007 Cricket World Cup. Golf is also popular, as the nation is known to offer a number of respected gold courses.

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