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Surinamese Gambling Laws

Gambling is legal in Suriname and there are four sizable casino operations in the capital. Suriname is a former colony of the Netherlands, which maintains many economic ties to that country. Suriname is found on the northeastern coast of South America.

Suriname has tried to lure foreign casino investors into their country in the past with liberal gaming laws, though later Surinamese adminstrations were stricter in their enforcement of old laws. For example, a casino crisis loomed in 2004, when the -- administration threatened to evict all casino operations from Suriname.

During the Wijdenbosch administration between 1996 and 2000, Surinamese officials allowed a number of foreign casinos interests into the country. After President Ronald Venetiaan took over in 2000, the Venetiaan government tried to rehabilitate Suriname's international image.

Wijdenbosch was an official in the infamous Bouterse government of the 1980's which killed political opponents in nighttime raids and was accused by the government of the Netherlands and other western nations of drug trafficking.

Surinamese Casino Law Enforcement

Surinamese officials in 2004 gave casinos six months to come in line with Suriname law, which required license holders to have a casino within an established casino site and hotel. Those that did not would be expelled from the country. Only the president could choose to extend the time period, dependant on casinos showing they had a plan to comply with the laws within a year's time.

Casinos in Suriname provide about 2,000 steady jobs. While most casinos were built using foreign capital and the management is foreign as well, most of the staff is made up of local Surinamese.

The crisis passed and Suriname continues to operate four casinos, all in the capital city of Paramaribo. Suriname Palace Casino closed down in 2005, perhaps as a result of the new Surinamese enforcement procedures.

Suriname Casinos

Hotel Ambassador & Casino (Paramaribo) - Ambassador Casino has the most gaming tables of any casino in Suriname, with 18 tables offering various casino games. The casino also offers 84 gaming machines, most of them being slots. Casino information for the Hotel Ambassador Casino is +597 477 771.

Princess Casino Suriname (Paramaribo) - Princess Casino Suriname has 372 slot machines and video poker machines, as well as 15 gaming tables with assorted casino games available. Princess Casino Suriname is open 24 hours a day. The contact number for World of Princess Casino, as it is sometimes called, is +597 472 030.

Suriname Torarica Hotel Casino (Paramaribo) - The Suriname Torarica Casino offers 160 slot machines and 5 table games, including Blackjack, Roulette and Poker. This casino is open every day from 10 in the morning to 4 the next morning. The phone number is +597 471 500.

The Golden Truly Hotel & Casino (Paramaribo) - The Golden Truly has 136 gaming machines and 19 game tables, including 4 poker tables, 5 roulette tables, as well as other games like Blackjack and Punto Banco. The casino is open from noon until 4 in the morning Sunday through Thursday, while it is open from noon until six in the morning on Fridays and Saturdays. The number for Golden Truly Casino is +597 454 249 and the web address is www.thegoldentrulyhotel.com.

Once, a gambling house named Suriname Palace Casino was found in Paramaribo, but this casino closed in early 2005.

Lottery and Wagering Solutions Leaves Suriname

Lottery & Wagering Solutions, a foreign firm involved in the Surinamese gambling industry, closed for business in early 2005. A court ruling against L&WS led to their evicted from the hotel in which their casino operation was housed. That hotel was the Plaza Hotel.

After losing an appeal in a Surinamese court and failing to find a suitable alternate hotel for their casino, Lottery and Wagering Solutions decided to close their business altogether.

Lottery & Wagering also had casino operations in the Grand Tulip Hotel in Surinam, but sold those in 2005 for the sum of $500,000.

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