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United States Virgin Islands Gambling Laws

By Reno Rollins

While gambling can be found in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the laws often differ from island to island. On St. Croix, for example, gambling is legal, and a casino is located there. St. Thomas, meanwhile, does not have legalized gambling, but many video lottery machines can be found in bars and hotels.

Poker tournaments are often held at bars throughout the island. On islands where gambling has not been legalized, the house does not get a take.

In previous years, the islands allowed online casinos to operate in their jurisdiction. This is no longer the case, and no Internet casinos can be found in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

US Virgin Islands Casinos

Currently, there is only one casino in operation in the U.S. Virgin Islands:

Divi Carina Bay Resort & Casino (35 Estate Turner Hole, Saint Croix, Virgin Islands, United States) This casino is open Sunday thru Thursday from noon until 4am and 24 hours on Friday and Saturday. There are 10,000 square feet of gaming space, with 360 gaming machines (including video poker) and 18 table and poker games (Blackjack, Craps, Caribbean Stud Poker, Big 6, 3 Card Poker, Texas Hold’em and Roulette). A race book service is available from TRAXCO, Inc. Three restaurants and a bar are also available. For more information, call toll free (800) 823-9352 or visit their website at www.carinabay.com.

Patrons to the casino may also become members of the VIP Beachcomber’s Club. This membership entitles a customer to coupon rewards, special invitations and mailings about tournament and casino events. Membership to the Beachcomber’s Club is free.

Members of the Beachcomber’s Club may also pick up a free Bingo card every Tuesday and Thursday after 6pm and every Sunday before 3pm. This card allows the customer to play one free game of Bingo at 8pm (or 3pm on Sunday). Getting a verified cover-all Bingo on that day’s bonus number or less wins $500. A verified cover-all Bingo after that day’s bonus number pays $100.

Every Wednesday, the Wacky Wednesday Slot Tournament is held from 5:15 pm until 8pm. Entry is free, and $50 is paid to every round winner. The first prize for the final round is $200, while second prize pays $100.

Lottery in the U.S. Virgin Islands

The lottery is legal in the U.S. Virgin Islands. In fact, the Powerball Lottery used is the same one which takes place in the United States. In 2004, over $2.2 billion in tickets were sold. This amounted to $660 million for various state projects. Besides being played in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Powerball is also played in nearly 30 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

US Virgin Islands Racing

Both horse racing and auto racing take place in the US Virgin Islands. Drag racing can be found on the island of St. Croix. Many of these events take place during island holidays.

The majority of horse racing occurs on the island of St. Croix. Races are monitored by the St. Croix Horse Racing Commission. Horse racing also takes place at the Clinton Phipps Race Track on the Island of St. Thomas.

U.S. Virgin Islands Facts

Located in the Caribbean, the U.S. Virgin Islands are an insular area of the United States. They are comprised of the islands of Saint Croix, Saint Thomas, Saint John, Water Island and numerous minor islands. St. Thomas is nicknamed “Rock City” by the locals, while St. John is known as “Love City,” and St. Croix is called “Twin City."

The three major islands are further divided into a number of sub-districts. They are:

Saint Croix

- Anna’s Hope Village
- Christiansted
- East End
- Frederiksted
- Northcentral
- Northwest
- Sion Farm
- Southcentral
- Southwest

Saint Thomas

- Charlotte Amalie
- East End
- Northside
- Southside
- Tutu
- Hassel Island
- West End

Saint John

- Central
- Coral Bay
- Cruz Bay
- East End

During his second voyage in 1493, the islands were named by Christopher Columbus. Over the following three centuries, the islands were held by Spain, France, the Netherlands, Britain and Denmark.

By 1733, the Danish West India Company had claimed or purchased all the Virgin Islands. They became royal Danish colonies in 1754.

During World War I, the United States feared that the islands might be seized and used as a German submarine base. To prevent this, they bought the islands from Denmark for the price of $25 million. Water Island, however, was not included in the original sale. It was later purchased by the U.S. in 1944 for $10,000.

Residents of the islands were granted U.S. citizenship in 1927. While they can vote in the presidential primary elections, they cannot vote in the presidential elections.

Tourism is the driving force of the Virgin Islands’ economy. Over 2 million tourists visit each year, many coming by way of cruise ships. The manufacturing sector is also important, producing electronics, textiles, rum distilling, watch assembly, pharmaceuticals and petroleum refining. One of the largest petroleum refineries in the world is located in Saint Croix.

While most vehicles on the island have the steering wheel on the left side, the U.S. Virgin Islands are the only part of the U.S. where traffic drives on the left side of the road.

According to a 2000 census, there are 108,612 people living in the U.S. Virgin Islands. 76.19% of residents are Black or of African Descent, while 13.09% are White and 13.99% are Latino or Hispanic.

The official currency of the islands is the U.S. dollar, while English is the primary language. Christianity is the most popular religion.

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