Venezuelan Gambling Information
Venezuela is controlled by the leftist government of Hugo Chavez, but the Venezuelans are allowed to engage in casino gambling and lottery betting. Venezuela also licences two internet casinos, though the reputation of these two online gambling sites are not good.
The brick-and-mortar casinos have a solid reputation, so visitors to Venezuelan casinos can play with relative confidence. There are five casino in Venezuela. Most of these casinos are found along the coastal cities or on islands just off the coast of Venezuela.
Casinos in Venezuela
InterContinental Hotel Guayana & Fiesta Casino Guyana (Guayana) - Fiesta Casino offers 101 game machines and 26 table games. The general information for Fiesta Casino is +58 286 923 7101 or +58 286 923 7113.
Gran Casino Puerta La Cruz (Puerto la Cruz) - Gran Casino offers 158 slots and video poker machines and 25 table games. The games offered are Blackjack, Punto Banco, Roulette and 10 Poker tables. There are three contacts numbers at Gran Casino, including +58 281 267 0564, +58 281 267 1661 and +58 281 267 4833.
Bingo Majestic (La Urbina) - The phone number for Bingo Majestic Casino is +58 212 241 0822.
Maruma International Hotel & Casino (Maracaibo) - Muruma International Hotel & casino has 315 game machines and 32 gaming tables, including Poker, baccarat, blackjack and roulette games. Call Maruma Casino at +58 261 730 2732.
Casino Laguna Mar (Pampatar) - Casino Laguna Mar in Pampatar features nearly 100 slot machines and video poker machines, as well as two dozen table games. These games include Let It Ride, mini-baccarat, Blackjack, American Roulette and Oasis stud poker. The Casino Laguna Mar casino website is www.lagunamar.com.ve and the phone number is +58 295 416 7190.
Online Casino in Venezuela
Venezuelan online gambling is regulated by the Comision Nacional de Casino y Salas de Bingos. Internet gaming companies do not operate on the Venezuelan mainland, but on the nearby Venezuelan island possession of Margarita Island.
Two online casinos operate in Venezuela. Both are English-language casinos These are named CasinoOnAir and Casino Bar. Beware, though, because Casino City Times has flagged both casinos as not necessarily reputable. If you play at these casinos, do so at your own risk.
The Lottery in Venezuela
The state lottery of Venezuela is the Loteria del Tachira.
Venezuela gained its independence in 1821, which made it part of the last wave of South American nations to declare independence from Spain. Simon Bolivar was one of a number of leaders who led the war of independence.
Much of the 19th century and early 20th century saw the Venezuelans ruled by caudillos, which was the term for the local military strongmen. This rule was thrown off in the 1930's, though the military still maintained an influence in Venezuelan politics into the fifties.
Venezuela is one of the wealthiest South American countries, due to the oil deposits found in Venezuela in the 1910's. The Venezuelan GDP was the highest on the continent, though the oil bust of the eighties left Venezuela's economy in trouble. This led to a new round of political instability. Hugo Chavez led an abortive attempt to overthrow the govenment in 1992.
Seven years later, Chavez won elected to the role of Venezuelan president. He would be replaced for a time by a right-wing coup in 2002, but resumed his office in recent years. Venezuela's economy has grown with the new rise in oil prices and Chavez claims much of the credit. Hugo Chavez has tried to become the leader of an anti-American movement in South America, though it is uncertain how effective this movement will be.
Venezuela has long-standing territorial disputes with its neighbors, including Guyana and Columbia.
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