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Costa Rican Casino and Card Room Gaming

Costa Rica implemented casino regulations in 1886, 1922 and 2008. Owners wishing to operate a casino typically create a corporation that is set up to manage their casinos. Casinos must be accredited and approved by the Costa Rica Tourist Board, located in a hotel rated four stars or above, and located at least 100 meters from places of worship, hospitals, clinics and schools.

Roulette and gambling machines are prohibited by law; however, an appeal was filed against the gambling machine decree and until the appeal is considered, casinos are allowed to host gambling machines.

Because it is technically against the law to collect or pay monies for bets of gambling games in Costa Rica, casinos encourage gamblers to purchase tokens or open a credit line by signing letters of credit, mortgages, promissory notes or written agreements. This protects the installments by regular business laws and not gambling laws.

In April 2005, the Casino Committee of Costa Rica proposed a number of changes to the gaming law in the country. The changes included prohibiting casinos from serving free alcohol, requiring casinos and slot machines to be certified by the National Gaming Board, changing 24-hour operations to 6 p.m. - 6 a.m., imposing minimum age restrictions, and mandating payback of at least 85%. These changes were made into law in April 2008 and went into effect in July 2008.

In June 2012, the Costa Rican government amended the casino law to ban existing casinos from three-star hotels and only allow them to be located in four-star rated properties.

Costa Rican Casino and Card Room Gaming Properties

Barceló Amapola & Jazz Casino
Barceló San José Palacio Spa & Casino
Best Western El Sitio Hotel & Casino
Caribbean Village Fiesta
Casino del Sur
Club Colonial Casino Bar & Restaurant
Coco Beach Casino
Crocodile Bay Resort
Croc's Casino Resort
Del Rey Hotel & Casino del Rey
DoubleTree Cariari San Jose Hotel and Casino
Fiesta Casino - Holiday Inn Express
Fiesta Casino - Hotel America Heredia
Fiesta Casino - Hotel El Presidente
Flamingo Marina Resort
Flor De Itabo Hotel & Casino
Grand Casino Escazú
Horseshoe Casino
Hotel & Casino Divisamar
Hotel Cocal & Casino
Hotel Costa Rica Morazan & Casino Tropical
Hotel Estela De Fuego
Hotel Layla Resort
Hotel Riu Guanacaste
Hotel Sierra Resort and Casino
Hotel Tamarindo Diria and Boutique Casino
Hotel Yadran Beach Resort & Casino Platinum
Irazú Hotel Best Western & Casino Concorde
Kamuk Hotel & Gallo Casino
Los Suenos Marriot Golf Resort & Stellaris Casino
Lucky's Casino - Colon
Lucky's Casino - Guapiles
Lucky's Casino - Perez Zeledon
Lucky's Casino - San Carlos
Lucky's Casino - Tournon
Luigi's Hotel Restaurant and Casino
Mona Lisa Hotel & Casino
Palma Real Casino
Paradisus Playa Conchal & Jazz Casino Conchal
Premier Fiesta Resort & Spa
Quality Hotel Centro Colón & Casino Costa Rica
Rio Tranquilo Casino
Riu Guanacaste Hotel and Casino
Talamanca Hotel
White House Hotel Restaurant Casino and Spa
Wyndham San Jose Herradura Hotel & Casino
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