Goa is the gaming capital of India. It’s one of the few states where the government allows gambling in casinos as long as they operate on boats that are anchored in the Mandovi River or part of an upscale onshore hotel. Poker, blackjack, and other kinds of table games are offered at the casinos that are featured on boats. Onshore casinos, on the other hand, can only offer electronic games as mandated by India’s law.
If you’re in India and would like to gamble on the side, here are 3 places that you might want to visit during your trip.
This establishment with a uniquely spelled “Jack” is a floating casino that was renamed in 2013. It has 3 gaming floors, offering 50 table games and 30 slot machines. Deltin Jaqk is the perfect place for casual gamblers (or those who are beginners of a specific card game) as there are learners’ tables dedicated to newbies.
There’s an entry fee of 2,000 rupees (about $30) upon entry. The fee, however, entitles guests to a one-time play coupon of 1,500 rupees. It’s kind of similar to the service that online gaming providers offer to guests whenever they make a deposit to retain their business. For instance, betting exchange group Betfair started offering a 100% match up deposit to players to try and retain their custom and keep them coming back to the site. The only difference is that at Deltin Jaqk, you get the bonus when you pay for the entrance fee.
The casino is open 24-hours a day, with live entertainment from 9 PM – 12 PM.
Deltin Royale is Goa’s newest luxury floating casino. It has the biggest gaming floor in India, boasting 40,000 square foot of casino action with over 120 table games. Aside from that, Deltin Royale has India’s only exclusive poker room, as well as a dedicated room for the country’s very own Indian Flush. It also has a premier whiskey lounge with a selection of VIP gaming suites.
Like Deltin Jaqk, the casino also has an entry fee of 2,000 rupees. It doesn’t, however, provide guests with a free play coupon. It is open 24-hours a day, with live entertainment that starts from 7 PM – 9 PM.
Casino Pride has all the games that Deltin Royale offers to its patrons. The only difference is that the games at Pride are cheaper to play than the ones at Royale than the ones at Royale. 40 table games and several slot machines are spread throughout its 3-tier gaming floor. Guests who need to bring their children can leave them at the Kid’s Zone, which is an arcade center. Big poker tournaments as well as Bollywood-style live acts are regularly showcased in Casino Pride.
The entry fee to the casino is 1,500 rupees, with a one-time Play Coupon worth 1,000 rupees. It is open 24-hours a day, with live entertainment that starts from 9 PM to 11 PM.