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Costa Rica casinos, gambling and poker

Costa Rica is an excellent destination for lovers of gambling and casino. With increasing incomes and number of foreign tourists who come to Costa Rica, the gambling industry has truly benefited. Here is an overview of the industry in this part of the world.

Casinos in Costa Rica

There are over 30 casinos in Costa Rica with many situated in the San Jose area. While the country of Costa Rica spreads over just 51,100 sq kms, it offers a good nightlife with its varied bars, discos and nightclubs. The casinos are well visited by tourists and top names in the gambling industry. This is because of the number of events, poker conventions and international conferences that are held to discuss the gambling industry. Besides the legal casinos, there are also various places that offer illegal gaming. It is thus vital on the part of the gamer to enquire whether the gaming joint is a legal one or not and ensure that they visit legalized places only.

Gambling in Costa Rica

The gambling industry is a high-revenue generating one, and more so for popular tourist destinations. Costa Rica is a popular place visited by many and thus has enjoyed ample success with its casinos. Costa Rica is also a chosen destination to host popular gaming conferences and expositions at international levels. For example, the Costa Rica Marriott, a four-star resort in San Jose, Costa Rica will soon host the International Gaming Conference & Expo, between April 9th and 11th in the year 2006. This conference would be attended by world leaders in online and offline sportsbooks who will discuss the state of interactive gaming at an international level. It will comprise discussions on varied topics of interest that have never been discussed before like gaming law, Internet gambling, mergers and acquisitions.

Costa Rica Poker

Poker is not just played in Costa Rica at international levels; it is also dealt with in detail here. An excellent example of this is the regular poker conventions that keep happening. A poker convention was held in December 2005 by Ticonderoga Ventures Inc. at the Barcelo San Jose Palacio. This Poker Industry Expo was a business conference that dealt with the poker industry, its marketing, management and technology aspects. It was attended by both poker room and online poker executives. Exclusive tournaments were also organized at the Fiesta Casino Costa Rica at the Garden Court Hotel.

Costa Rica is a country in Central America with legal gambling. There are 13 cities with gambling facilities in Costa Rica which have 50 legal gambling facilities available in total.

The types of gambling available in Costa Rica are: casinos.

The largest gambling city in Costa Rica is San José with 25 gambling facilities, 233 tables games, 1,912 gaming, slot, and video poker machines.
The largest casino in the entire country of Costa Rica is Fiesta Casino - Holiday Inn Express which is located in San José. Fiesta Casino - Holiday Inn Express has 19 table games, 357 gaming and video poker machines.

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Costa Rica Stats

  • Licensed Casinos: 50
  • Horse Tracks: 0
  • Licensed Bingo: 2
  • Lotteries: 1
  • Table games: 322
  • Slot machines: 3,164
  • Poker tables: 17
  • Simulcasting: 0
  • Greyhound Tracks: 0
  • Cities with Gambling: 13
  • Sportsbetting Parlours: 0
  • Casino Hotels: 28
  • Venues: 58
  • Restaurants: 58
  • Minimum Bet: USD 0.01
  • Maximum Bet: USD 500
  • Total Casino sq/ft: 59,335 sq/ft
  • Total Convention sq/ft: 99,195 sq/ft
Gambling Board: Ministry of Finance