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About Mexico Gaming

Mexico Gambling and Casino Scene

With casinos being banned for many years, it is only recently that Mexico is waking up to the new world of gambling. However, Mexico has always been a top market for the Las Vegas gambling industry. It ranks at number four on the list of favorite destination for gambling for international customers.

Casinos in Mexico

Mexico has forayed into casino and gambling after many decades and new facilities and permits are on the cards. A minimum of four new services are planned along the Texas-Mexico border. Besides this, over 35 gaming sites are expected to come up within 50 miles of the state's boundaries. Casinos may also come about in the beachfront resort cities of Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta and Cancun. Border towns, such as Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez will have more casinos. Casinos are also expected to open in the Mexico City area.

It is speculated that with the legalization of gambling in Mexico, resorts worth over $500 million would open in Acapulco and Mazatlan as potential casinos. Many gambling companies of Las Vegas are keen to open casinos in the prospective market of Mexico. Experts in this industry are predicting that some of the big names like Park Place Entertainment Corp., MGM Mirage and Harrah's Entertainment Inc. would show interest in Mexico.

Dog and Horse Racing in Mexico

Besides the new casinos, the government of Mexico has made public announcements of the names of permit holders of Racino, in August 2005. The names included names of famous organizations which own horse race tracks, dog race tracks and Jai Alai frontons. The list mainly included 22 master permit holders, along with their names and addresses. Many operators are keeping a close watch on the Dog and Horse racing market in Mexico and are putting their money in Racino and casinos.

Pari-mutuel Facilities and Lotteries in Mexico

Pari-mutuel facilities are gaining high popularity in Mexico. Horse tracks are present at Juarez under the aegis of Juarez race tracks while Mexico City has the world famous Hippodrome de la Americas. Along with horse tracks, greyhound racing has also returned to the Juarez racetrack and those interested in this activity, can have an exhilarating time in those racetracks. Lotteries, both offline and mainly online are also finding their place in Mexico. Lottery operator GTECH Holding Corp. has signed a contract with “Pronosticos Para la Assistencia Publica” to run an online lottery. eLOT Inc. is another lottery operator in Mexico that has received a patent registration that covers its systems for purchasing state and government lottery tickets over the Internet.

Poker in Mexico - Mexican Texas Holdem

Poker is played in some of the casinos in Mexico. One can play various Poker games including Caribbean Poker (one of the most favorite Poker games in Central America), Texas Holdem and Stud. You can enjoy Poker in Casinos like the one in Hotel Arawak. Besides Poker, other card games that are played in the casinos of Mexico are ‘Siete’ ‘Loco’ and ‘Malilla’.

Gambling Laws in Mexico

It is only recently that gambling has become legalized in Mexico. This has increased the potential of the gaming industry here. Though leading players of this industry want to set up their casinos in the beautiful tourist locations like Acapulco and Cancun, however the government of Mexico has to explicitly mention the exact locations where casinos would be given the required license to continue such activities.

One has to be extremely careful because if a gaming licensee gets into trouble in one jurisdiction, their license is at risk everywhere. Off track betters must be cautious on which service providers they use for placing their bets.

Mexico is a country in North America with legal gambling. Mexico is divided into states and then cities. There are 28 states with gambling facilities in Mexico which have 209 legal gambling facilities available in total.

The types of gambling available in Mexico are: casinos, horseracing tracks, greyhound tracks, sportsbetting parlours.

The largest of the states in Mexico is Baja California with 34 gambling facilities, 30 tables games, 2,500 gaming, slot, and video poker machines. The largest gambling city in Mexico is Monterrey, Nuevo León with 15 gambling facilities, 1,240 gaming, slot, and video poker machines.
The largest casino in the entire country of Mexico is Caliente Casino Hipodromo de Tijuana which is located in Tijuana, Baja California. Caliente Casino Hipodromo de Tijuana has 1,100 gaming and video poker machines.

History of Gambling in Mexico

Gambling has been an active part of society in Mexico since the 19th century, due in part to the historical prohibition of gambling in the USA. The true history of gambling in Mexico dates further back than the Aztecs as some form or another of gambling has appeared throughout the ages, whether for recreation or sports-like events.

Casinos became very prevalent in Mexico in the 1920's as Americans flocked south to place their wagers in a legal venue. Unfortunately for them, in 1937, Mexico took on the same attitude as the United States of America, criminalizing gambling activities. Many casinos were forced to close their doors, though the Casino Hotels managed to remain in business simply through their hotel venture. Hotel Rosarito in Tijuana, one of the most notable hotel casinos at that time, turned their casino floor into a ballroom dancing hall.

The ban on gambling in Mexico was only lifted in recent years, allowing for the building of new casinos across the country. Licenses granted by the government restrict casinos to building in only a few locations, yet Mexico has still managed to rank fourth among the world's gambling industries.

Not all gambling venues have been legalized in Mexico. In fact, by law, most casino activities are still formally illegal, however a host of loopholes have been exploited that the government is allowing as it brings in a massive revenue during festival seasons.

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Mexico Stats

  • Licensed Casinos: 209
  • Horse Tracks: 2
  • Licensed Bingo: 157
  • Lotteries: 1
  • Table games: 49
  • Slot machines: 4,706
  • Poker tables: 7
  • Simulcasting: 2
  • Greyhound Tracks: 1
  • Cities with Gambling: 81
  • Sportsbetting Parlours: 156
  • Casino Hotels: 6
  • Venues: 84
  • Restaurants: 157
  • Minimum Bet: 0.01
  • Total Casino sq/ft: 38,182 sq/ft
Gambling Board: The Gaming Control Board