Ecuador Gambling Information
Ecuadorian Gaming Laws
By Reno Rollins
Gambling in Ecuador is legal, although a number of unlicensed businesses also operate illegally. Any visitor to the country should be careful to check out a facility before placing a bet.
The legal age for gambling is 18, as is the case in many South American countries.
Facts About Ecuador
Ecuador is bordered by Colombia and Peru. Its capital city is Quito, and the largest city is Guayaquil. A member of the United Nations, Ecuador is divided into 24 provinces. It is divided into three regions: the Amazon rainforest, the Galapagos Islands and the highlands.
Poker in Ecuador
Poker is played by a wide array of people in Ecuador, and its popularity continues to grow. Most casinos offer a number of poker games to choose from, but Caribbean Stud Poker remains among the most popular choices. Oasis Stud Poker is another popular option, as is Texas Hold’em. In fact, Carlos “El Matador” Mortensen, the first player to win the World Championship events at both the World Series of Poker and the World Poker Tour, hails from Ambato, Ecuador.
Ecuador also plays host to numerous poker tournaments. In 2008, for example, they will host the Latin American Poker Tour (along with Peru, Colombia, Panama, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic).
Pari-Mutuel Betting in Ecuador
There’s not a lot in the way of pari-mutual betting in Ecuador. While lotteries and sports betting are available, horse and dog racing are almost non-existent.
Ecuadorian Sports Betting
Citizens of Ecuador enjoy playing and betting on sports, especially futbol (soccer). There are numerous betting centers set up throughout the country, but anyone considering using one of these facilities should check to make sure it is a legal venture.
Off-track betting and online sports betting is also available.
Casinos in Ecuador
Casinos have been operating in Ecuador since 1949. Currently, there are 14 casinos in operation within the country. They are:
Casino Faraon (Guayaquil, Ecuador) This casino is open Monday thru Friday from 4pm until 5am and Sunday from 4pm until 3am. The casino offers 140 gaming machines and a 67-room hotel.
Hilton Hotel & Casino Colon Guayaquil (Guayaquil, Guayas, Ecuador) Open daily from 10am until 4am, this casino features 107 gaming machines and nine table games (blackjack, roulette, mini-baccarat and Caribbean stud poker). Their website is www.guayaquil.hilton.com.
Oro Verde Hotel & Casino Guayaquil (Guayaquil, Guayas, Ecuador) Open daily from 10am until 5am, this casino has 83 gaming machines and 10 table games (punto banco, mini-baccarat, Caribbean stud poker, canasta and blackjack). There are five restaurants, one bar and a 212-room hotel. Their website is www.oroverdehotels.com. Free food is provided after 2am.
Ramada Guayaquil Hotel & Casino (Guayaquil, Guayas, Ecuador) Slot machines are open from 11am until 4am, and table games are available from 8pm until 4am. There are 10 gaming machines and six table games (punto banco, blackjack and American roulette), plus two restaurants and a 115-room hotel. Their website is www.hotelramada.com.
Unipark Hotel and Unicasino (Guayaquil, Guayas, Ecuador) Open daily from 10am until 2am, this casino has 13 gaming machines and seven table games (punto banco, blackjack and American roulette). There are also six restaurants, one bar and a 139-room hotel.
Oro Verde Hotel & Casino (Machala, El Oro, Ecuador) Open daily from 10am until 2am, this casino has 30 gaming machines and a 70-room hotel. A bar is also located on the premises. Their website is www.latingaming.com.
Rizzo Hotel & Casino (Machala, El Oro, Ecuador) Open daily from 7pm until 1am, this casino has 15 gaming machines. There is also a restaurant and 62-room hotel. For more information, call +593 7 933 651.
Oro Verde Hotel & Casino Manta (Manta, Manabi, Ecuador) Open daily from 10am until 3:45am, this casino has 44 gaming machines and 10 table games (American roulette, blackjack, Caribbean stud poker, mini-baccarat). There is also a bar and 81-room hotel. Their website is www.oroverdehotels.com.
Chalet Swisse Hotel & Casino (Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador) This casino has 40 gaming machines and a 50-room hotel. Their website is located at www.hotelchaletsuisse.com. For more information, call +593 2 500 098.
Hilton Hotel & Casino Colon Quito (Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador) Open daily from 10am until 4am, this casino features 91 gaming machines and 16 poker and table games (roulette, punto banco, poker, mini-baccarat and blackjack). Their website is www.quito.hilton.com. For more information call +593 2 250 1919.
Hotel Casino Plaza Caicedo (Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador) Open daily from 8am until 4am, this casino offers 250 gaming machines and 14 table games (Texas Hold‘em, punto banco, blackjack, baccarat and 3-card poker). There is also a 100-room hotel, two restaurants and two bars. Their website is www.hotelcasinoplaza.com. This is the largest casino in the country.
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