Saint Kitts and Nevis Gambling
St. Kitts and Nevis Gambling Laws
By Reno Rollins
Gambling is legal in Saint Kitts and Nevis, including casinos, poker, horse racing and sportsbetting. In December 1999, the government enacted the Betting and Gaming Control Act of 1999, thereby legalizing gambling. At the same time, the Saint Christopher and Nevis Gaming Board was also established.
A single license is issued by the nation, allowing operators to conduct a variety of gambling activities.
In order for a company to obtain a license, they must register with a local financial services department. They must include a proposal outlining the business operation and a $2,000 processing fee. If approved, a registration fee of $80,000 is charged, plus an annual licensing fee of $40,000.
The legal gambling age is 21, while the drinking age is 18.
Saint Kitts and Nevis Casinos
Currently, there are three casino in Saint Kitts and Nevis. They are:
- Royal Beach Casino (Frigate Bay, Saint Kitts, Saint Kitts and Nevis) For more information, you may contact them toll free at (866) 302-9870. You may also visit their website at www.royalbeachcasino.net.
- Royal Beach Casino (858 Frigate Bay Road, Frigate Bay, Saint Kitts, Saint Kitts and Nevis) This casino has 40,000 square feet of gaming space and offers 403 gaming machines and 34 table games (3 Card Poker, Baccarat, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Craps, Let It Ride and Spanish 21). A 762-room hotel, three bars and five restaurants are also located on the premises. For more information, call (869) 466-5555 or visit their website at www.marriott.com/skbrb.
- Royal St. Kitts Hotel and Casino (Frigate Bay, Saint Kitts, Saint Kitts and Nevis) Open daily from 10:30 am until 2am, this casino offers 100 slot machines and six table games (Baccarat, Blackjack, Craps and Roulette). There are also five restaurants, one bar and a 282-room hotel. For more information, call (869) 465-8651.
This facility was formerly known as Jack Tar Village. It re-opened under its new name on December 1st, 2007.
Online Gambling in Saint Kitts and Nevis
The nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis does not distinguish between Internet and land-based casinos when issuing gaming licenses. Currently, there are six online gaming sites operating out of the country. They include:
- All-Star Gambling Online
Horse Racing in St. Kitts and Nevis
There are currently two horse racing tracks in Saint Kitts and Nevis. They are:
- Indian Castle Thoroughbred Horse Race Track (Charlestown, Nevis, Saint Kitts and Nevis)
- Beaumont Park (Beaumont Estate, Dieppe Bay, Saint Kitts, Saint Kitts and Nevis) This 3 /4 mile horse track features thoroughbred racing. Race times vary. For more information, you may call (869) 465-1627 or visit their website at www.beaumontpark.kn.
Blackjack in St Kitts and Nevis
Along with poker, blackjack has proven to be a very popular card game in Saint Kitts and Nevis. In 2006, for example, the island was chosen as a stop on the Ultimate Blackjack Tour. Ken Einiger, renowned player and blackjack author, beat a field of players to capture the St. Kitts Classic and $64,000 in prize money.
Saint Kitts and Nevis Information
The Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis is located in the Leeward Islands in the West Indies. The capital city is located on Saint Kitts, which is the larger of the two islands. The smaller Nevis is situated 2 miles southeast, separated by a channel known as “The Narrows.” In both landmass and population, it is the smallest nation in the Americas.
Saint Kitts and Nevis are close in proximity to the islands of Saint Martin, Saba, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Eustatius and Montserrat.
An independent Commonwealth Realm, Saint Kitts and Nevis recognizes Queen Elizabeth II as the nation’s head of state. She is represented on the islands by a Governor-General.
Saint Kitts and Nevis is divided into 14 parishes. They are:
- St Paul Capisterre
Saints Kitts and Nevis are among the oldest colonized territories in the Caribbean. In 1624, Saint Kitts became the first British colony in the West Indies. In 1625, when the nations of Britain and France decided to partition the island, is also became the first French colony in the Caribbean. Nevis was first colonized in 1628.
Until the 19th century, both islands were governed as individual states. They were then unified along with the island of Anguilla by the British. In 1967, Saint Kitts and Nevis, along with Anguilla, became an associated state.
In 1983, Saint Kitts and Nevis achieved independence. An election was held in Nevis in 1998 to determine whether or not to separate from St. Kitts. The vote fell short of the two-thirds majority needed.
In 1998, the islands were struck by Hurricane Georges. This resulted in $445 million in damages.
The economy of Saint Kitts and Nevis relies primarily on tourism, export-oriented manufacturing and offshore banking. Tourism is especially important, as it is the main foreign exchange earner.
According to a 2000 census, 42,696 people were living on Saint Kitts and Nevis. The peak number on the islands was in 1960, when the population was 51,100. The dominant ethnic group is Black, which includes over ninety percent of the citizens. Other groups include Mulatto, East Indian and White.
Sports are a popular pastime on the islands, and one of their most recognized athletes is 100-meter champion, Kim Collins. The national football team has also achieved success, as they qualified for the World Cup in 2006. Saint Kitts and Nevis is also the smallest nation to ever play host to a World Cup event, as they hosted the Cricket World Cup in 2007.
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