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Online Gambling FAQ
A short, yet concise guide to gambling both online and land-based in the country of Jamaica. For newbies and veterans alike, pertinent information can be found here.
Q. Is online gambling legal in Jamaica?
Yes and no. Following the guidelines of the Betting Games & Lotteries Commissions (BCLC), as long as the players are non-residents or tourists, online gambling is legal.
An inquiry in 1976 was made as to this unique ruling and having it lifted, but as of right now, it still remains. However, there are 2 very publicized online gambling sites based in Jamaica and are governed by the country.
Q. What is the legal age for gambling in Jamaica?
Players must be over the age of 18 in order to gamble legally in Jamaica. Some land-based casinos require photo identification before granting entrance and online gambling requires age verification as well.
Q. What types of gambling is available in Jamaica?
Like many countries all over the world, there is national gambling such as the lottery and horse racing available in Jamaica. There are also land based casinos which specialize in slot machines as well as card and table games such as blackjack, video poker, craps and roulette. Sports betting also takes place online.
Q. Where can I gamble in Jamaica?
Many casinos are part of the hotels and resorts which pepper the various ports and sections of Jamaica. There are 5 main areas:
Kingston - the capital and largest city hosts 2 major resorts with casinos within. Also home to the Caymanas Race Track with the national horse racing and betting center.
Montego Bay - one of the major ports which hosts 4 different resorts and casinos.
Negril - popular tourist destination city hosts 2 resorts which house casinos.
Ocho Rios - also a major port and home to 2 resorts with casinos attached.
Falmouth - home to 1 major resort and casino.
There are also many independent gaming lounges to be found around the island and future building plans for other large resorts and land-based casinos. Of course, gambling from the comfort of your own home and chair is also a distinct pleasure many partake in!
Q. Are there any special games unique to Jamaica?
Yes, but it was originally developed in Aruba and it's widespread throughout the islands. It's called Caribbean Stud Poker and is very popular on cruise ships and Jamaica in general.
The same basic rules for regular poker apply but there are two main differences. The first is that the players play only against the dealer and not the other players. The second is that all the players may see one of the dealer's cards which he will deal face up. Utilizing that information, all players are free to make bets using the card he has dealt face up.
Q. How do I deposit my money safely while in Jamaica?
If you are playing in a land-based casino, all will accept cash, credit cards and also depending on which casino, bank transfers. Double check with the cashier either at the casino itself or online.
If playing online, there are numerous ways to deposit money into your account such as cashier checks via FedEx, Neteller/Instacash, bank transfers, eChecks, or major credit cards like Visa, Mastercard or American Express for example. Check the specific cashier or banking section of the casino you are playing on for all of the options available to you, as they differ from casino to casino.
Q. Is online gambling safe in Jamaica?
As online gambling is a very large worldwide industry and there is the Betting Games & Lotteries Commission (BGLC) in place to protect players in Jamaica, it is safe to place money and gamble online.
All online casino reviews on our site note casinos' regulatory bodies, auditors and licensing information to help you choose the right casino.