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Information on Columbian Betting

By Reno Rollins

Colombia is a country located in the northwestern region of South America. Colombia is bordered by Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Panama and Ecuador. It is the 26th largest nation in the world.

While there is a casino industry in Colombia, it has had trouble in the past attracting foreign tourists due to the negative reputation of the country. The drug trade and the kidnapping of wealthy foreigners are what often come to mind when outsiders think of Colombia.

However, these numbers have been on the rise as of late. In 2006, it was estimated that 1.5 million tourists visited Colombia. Much of this can be attributed to the hardline approach of President Alvaro Uribe.

Gambling Laws in Columbia

Columbia tends to be strict when it comes to enforcing their gambling laws. Slot machines made before 1952 are for exhibition purposes only. The use and construction of gambling tables are also closely monitored. Using a gaming table which does not conform to specifications can result in fines or imprisonment.

While poker is legal, Three Card Monte isn’t. If you’re caught engaging in this popular con-game, you could face up to a $1,000 fine or 180 days in jail.

Casino gambling was legalized in 1943. In 1977 and 1978, presidential decrees reinforced their legality.

Besides casino gambling and horse racing, the lottery and online gambling are also permitted in Colombia. Bingo and pool halls can also be found scattered throughout the country. Cockfighting is also a popular subject of wagering.

The legal age to drink and gamble in Colombia is 18.

Casinos in Columbia

There are presently 23 legal casinos in Colombia (with many more illegal ones in operation). Below is a full list of available facilities, along with hours of operation and types of games being offered.

Casino Caribe Centro (Bogota, Distrito Capital de Bogota, Colombia) Open 24 hours a day, this casino features 1,000 gaming machines (including progressive slot machines).

Casino Caribe Norte (Bogota, Distrito Capital de Bogota, Colombia) Open from 10am until 1am daily, this casino has 129 gaming machines and 7 poker and table games.

Casino Dorado Norte (Bogota, Distrito Capital de Bogota, Colombia) Open from 11am until 6am, this casino features 32 gaming machines and 5 table and poker games.

Casino Hollywood (Bogota, Distrito Capital de Bogota, Colombia) Open Monday thru Saturday from 10am until 3am and noon until midnight on Sunday, this casino has 160 gaming machines and 30 table and poker games.

Casino Rock’n Jazz (Bogota, Distrito Capital de Bogota, Colombia) Open 24 hours, this casino has 150 gaming machines and sixteen table and poker games, including Texas Hold’em.

Club Jacks (Bogota, Distrito Capital de Bogota, Colombia) Open Monday thru Saturday from 3pm until 3am, this casino has 2,600 square feet of gambling space. There are 6 table and poker games, including Omaha and Texas Holdem.

SlotMania Cedritos (Bogota, Distrito Capital de Bogota, Colombia)

SlotMania Iserra (Bogota, Distrito Capital de Bogota, Colombia)

SlotMania Metropolis (Bogota, Distrito Capital de Bogota, Colombia)

SlotMania Unicentro (Bogota, Distrito Capital de Bogota, Colombia)

SlotMania Unicentro Medellin (Bogota, Distrito Capital de Bogota, Colombia)

Cali Gran Casino (Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia) Open Monday thru Sunday from 12pm until 4am, this casino features 180 gaming machines and 7 table and poker games (Roulette, Blackjack and Poker). A 300 seat bingo hall is also available. One restaurant is also located on the premises.

Hollywood Casino & Café -Concert (Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia) Open daily from noon until 2:30am, this casino has 220 gaming machines and 16 table and poker games.

Casino Rio Cartagena (Cartagena, Colombia) This casino offers 13,000 square feet of gaming space and features 104 gaming machines and 11 table and poker games.

La Perla del Caribe Casino (Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia) Open daily from 3pm until 6am, this casino has 60 gaming machines and 13 table and poker games (Blackjack, Poker, Roulette and Electronic Roulette). One restaurant is also located on the premises.

Casino El Dorado (Cucuta, Norte de Santander, Colombia) Open 24 hours a day, this casino has 30 gaming machines and 7 table and poker games (Blackjack, Electronic Horse Racing, Electronic Roulette, Poker, Roulette and Punto Banco). A restaurant and hotel are also located on the property.

Casino Aladdin (Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia) Open Monday thru Wednesday from 9am until 12am, Thursday thru Saturday from 9am until 1am and Sunday from 10am until 10pm. The casino offers 4,843 square feet of gaming space and features 79 gaming machines (including a roulette slot machine). One hotel is located on the property.

Casino Broadway (Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia)

Casino Caribe (Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia) Open 24 hours a day, this casino offers a 32,291 square foot gaming area. There are 477 gaming machines and 20 table and poker games (blackjack, poker and roulette). A 25-seat bingo area is available, as well as a race book. A restaurant and hotel are also located on the premises.

Casino Excalibur (Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia) Open daily from 8am until 2am, this facility offers 70 gaming machines.

Casino Rio (Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia) Open 24 hours per day, this casino has 100 gaming machines.

Casino El Castillo - Calle 31 (Palmira, Valle del Cauca, Colombia) Open Monday thru Thursday from 9am until 1am, Friday and Saturday from 9am until 2am and Sunday from 12am to 12pm. There are 50 gaming machines on the premises, as well as 3 table and poker games (including blackjack and roulette). One bar is also located on the property.

Casino Internacional (San Andres, San Andres, Providencia y Santa Catalina, Colombia) Open from 10am until 2am for slot machines and 8pm until 2am for table gambling. There are 72 gambling tables located at the casino.

Horse Racing in Columbia

There is one horse track racino located in Colombia. Casino El Castillo - Carrera 9 is located in Palmira, Valle del Cauca, Colombia and is open from 9am until 11pm on Monday thru Saturday and 10am until 8pm on Sunday. Besides thoroughbred racing, the facility also offers 35 gaming machines for the enjoyment of the customers.

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