Netherlands Antilles Gambling
Netherlands Antilleans Gambling Laws
Gambling in the Netherlands Antilles is legal. This extends to casinos, slot machines, sports betting, poker and the lottery.
Casinos in the Dutch Antilles
There are a total of 24 casinos in operation within the Netherlands Antilles. Customers must be at least 18 years of age to enter.
- Princess Port de Plaisance Hotel and Casino (155 Union Road, Cole Bay, Sint Maarten) This casino is open from 2pm until 4am and offers 12,500 square feet of gaming space. There are 600 gaming machines and 24 table games (3 Card Poker, American Roulette, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Craps and Texas Hold‘em). The property also contains an 88-room hotel and six restaurants. For more information, call +599 54-44311 or visit their website at www.princesscasinosxm.com.
- Tropicana Casino (32 Welfare Road, Cole Bay, Sint Maarten) Open daily from 2pm until 4am, this casino offers 228 gaming machines and 8 table games (including blackjack and roulette). For more information, call +599 54-45654.
- Atlantis Casino (Rhine Road 106, Cupecoy Bay Beach, Sint Maarten) Open 24 hours a day, this casino offers 500 gaming machines and 38 table and poker games (Texas Hold‘em, Roulette, Poker, Blackjack and Baccarat). Eight restaurants are also located on the premises, as well as a sports book and race book. For more information, call +599 54-54601 or visit their website at www.atlantisworld.com.
- Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino (J.A. Abraham Boulevard 40, Kralendijk, Bonaire) Open Monday thru Saturday from 7pm until 4am and closed on Sunday, this casino has 2,500 square feet of gaming space. There are 59 gaming machines and five table games (American roulette, blackjack and roulette). There are also a 129-room hotel and restaurant located on the property. For more information, call +599 717-8285.
- Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino Royale (Rhine Road 1, Maho Bay, Sint Maarten) This 33,000 square foot casino is open on Sunday thru Thursday from 1pm until 4am and Friday and Saturday from 1pm until 6am. There are 400 gaming machines and 29 table and poker games (3 Card Poker, Baccarat, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Craps, 5 Card Stud, Let It Ride, Poker and Roulette). A 537-room hotel and three restaurants are also located on the property. For more information, call +599 54-52590.
Other casino include:
- Beach Plaza Casino
- Curacao Casino
- Trupial Inn Hotel and Hill Rose Casino
- Dolphin Casino
- Breezes Curacao Resort, Spa & Casino
Netherlands Antilles Online Gambling
In 2002, Internet gaming became a prime industry for the island of Curacao following the regulation of online gambling becoming decentralized. However, it had existed for several years prior, with the Cyberluck Casino being granted a license back in 1999.
Before an Internet company can be awarded a license by the Governor of the Netherlands Antilles, they must register with the Chamber of Commerce as a locally formed legal entity and must state the island from which they wish to operate (the island may then choose to require a contribution of up to 2% of the license holder‘s yearly net gain).
After an investigation by the Department of Justice, a provisional license will be issued for a $33,708 deposit. A sub-license may also be obtained for fees ranging from $2000 to $4000.
Once a license has been issued, the holder pays $5,618 per month in license fees. After two years, the license fee can be re-negotiated.
There are currently 300 online gambling sites in operation from the Netherlands Antilles. 291 of those sites support the English language.
Some of these sites include:
- Carbon Poker
Netherlands Antilles Information
Part of the Lesser Antilles, the Netherlands Antilles were previously known as the Netherlands West Indies or the Dutch Antilles/West Indies. Comprised of two groups of islands, the Netherlands Antilles are an autonomous part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The head of state is the ruling monarch of the Netherlands, although he is represented on the islands by a governor.
The two island groups which make up the Netherlands Antilles are:
The Leeward Islands
The Windward Islands
On December 15th, 2008, the Netherlands Antilles are scheduled to be dissolved as a unified political entity. Political relations between the islands have been strained in the past, and the idea of one state never received full support. In fact, Aruba seceded from the Netherlands Antilles in 1986.
When the split occurs, two associated states within the Kingdom of the Netherlands will be formed - Curacao and Sint Maarten. Bonaire, Saba and Sint Eustatius will become part of the Netherlands and receive the status of special municipalities.
The primary forces behind the economy of Netherlands Antilles are tourism and petroleum (shipment and refinement, specifically). All consumer and capital goods are imported.
The official currency is the Antillean guilder. The official languages of the islands are English, Papiamentu and Dutch. Spanish, while not an official language, has also been increasing in usage.
Most residents of the Netherlands Antilles are Christian, with the Roman Catholic faith being the most popular. A sizeable Jewish population is also present on the islands.
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