A constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Aruba is based over just shy of seventy square miles and has a population of about one hundred and ten thousand. Gambling is legal and regulated on the island, with casinos allowed to operate provided that they’re either within or connected to a hotel.
Aruba is joined in the Caribbean by Curaçao, and Sint Maarten in terms of being part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Dutch seized the island from Spain in 1636 and, though it has had numerous countries claim ownership of it ever since, remains part of the Netherlands. Generally flat and riverless, Aruba’s white sandy beaches make it an attractive destination.
Aruba Casino List
The Departamento di Asuntonan di Casino is responsible for the issuing of licences to companies that wish to operate a casino in Aruba. Companies don’t actually need to be based on the island to receive a licence, but they do need to ensure that their casino is either within connected to a hotel complex in order to operate.
There are a number of casinos worthy of the name operating in Aruba, with two of the newest ones opening in 2015. Gambling in Aruba is popular both for locals and tourists, though there’s a law banning locals from attending casinos more than eight times a month. Exactly how that law is upheld isn’t clear, but casinos have operated on the island since 1959.
Stellaris Casino at Aruba Marriott, Palm Beach
Whilst it’s not unexpected to find small and cramped slot rooms being called casinos in the Caribbean, you’ll get none of that here. Stellaris Casino offers visitors something akin to a Vegas-style experience, offering a decent mix of slot machines and table games. That’s not exactly a surprise, given this is the largest casino in Aruba.
There are more than twenty-six table games on offer, promising the likes of roulette, Caribbean Stud and Three-Card Poker. There are kiosks within the casino where you can place sports bets and the five hundred plus slot machines are available twenty-four hours a day. There are also restaurants and bars within the hotel’s confines.
Alhambra Casino and Shops
Treasure Bay Gaming & Resorts Inc. owns four properties in Aruba, with the Alhambra Casino being the largest. There are just shy of five hundred electronic gaming machines, which are supplemented by twenty-seven tables. Everything from craps to blackjack via Caribbean Stud Poker and roulette is on offer here.
Part of the Holiday Inn hotel, the Excelsior Casino is actually the home of Caribbean Stud Poker; the game originated here in 1988. Slots open at eight in the morning and then tables for the likes of Let It Ride, Caribbean Stud Poker and craps, as well as the most popular table games, are usually open at noon. Bingo and sports betting are both available here, too.
The Casino at the Hilton
One of the most famous chains of hotels in the world, the Hilton in Aruba has a casino with more than two hundred electronic gaming machines and plenty of tables. The tables offer roulette, blackjack, craps, Caribbean Stud Poker and both three and four card poker. There’s also a generously-sized card room for regular poker tournaments.
Wild Creek Seaport Casino
This casino is one of a number that are part of the Renaissance Marketplace and is the only waterfront casino on the island. It is actually located within a shopping centre and if you’re not paying attention you might mistake it for just another store. Instead there are over four hundred slot machines and table for roulette, blackjack and different poker games.
One of the newest casinos in Aruba, Cool Casino is part of the Rui Palace. It’s a lavish venue that has opted for extravagance to impress visitors. That means that coinless slot machines offer the latest games as well as video poker from ten in the morning, whilst table games tend to open at around two in the afternoon.
Hyatt’s Copacabana Casino
Art-deco style is all the rage here, with ‘understated’ being the casino’s main feel. That plays out with twenty-one table games and over two hundred and fifty slot machines. The tables promise visitors roulette, baccarat, Caribbean Stud poker and more, with both the slots and the tables being open for business from noon and remaining open until about four in the morning.
The Casino at the Ritz-Carlton
There’s a pleasantly sixties feel to the Casino At The Ritz-Carlton, engendered thanks to the carpet and fixings. There are more than three hundred slot and electronic gaming machines, which supplement the seventeen tables on offer. The slots are open twenty-four hours a day, whist the table that promise the likes of roulette and blackjack open in the afternoon.
Wind Creek Crystal Casino
Part of the Renaissance Aruba Resort in downtown Oranjestad, Crystal Casino is the only establishment in Aruba that offers twenty-four hour access to live table games. Opting for elegance as its default setting, crystal chandeliers and gold-leaf columns surround the craps, baccarat and poker tables. There are also nearly four hundred electronic gaming machines.
Occidental Grand Casino
Open at noon for those that wish to play the slots, the Occidental Grand Casino has table games available from five in the afternoon and remains open until four in the morning. Craps, roulette, blackjack and different poker types are available on said tables, including Texas Hold’em. There are just over three hundred electronic gaming machines including the latest slots.
The Casino at the Radisson
Based over just under fourteen thousand square foot, the gaming floor of The Casino At The Radisson has room for two hundred plus slot machines that open for play at noon. There are also tables for live poker, roulette, blackjack and other table games that open up at four in the afternoon during high season. There’s a sports bar close by, too.
Orchid Casino at Rui Palace Antillas
Having opened in October of 2014, the Orchid Casino offers guests twelve tables and three hundred electronic gaming machines. Blackjack, craps, three-card poker and roulette are on the tables, as well as the ever-popular Caribbean Stud Poker. There’s a card room that sees Texas Hold’em and Omaha poker tournaments played on a regular basis.
Glitz Casino at La Cabana Beach Resort
Based at the luxurious La Cabana Beach Resort, the Glitz Casino has nine tables and two hundred and twenty electronic gaming machines. The table games include American and European roulette, craps and blackjack, whilst the slot machines promise visitors all of the best and most recent slot and video poker games available.