The Turks and Caicos Islands, often referred to simply as Turks and Caicos, are a British Overseas Territory. It is a popular tourist destination as well as being an offshore financial centre. Gambling is both legal and well-regulated on the islands, with local residents allowed to enter casinos as long as they have an income over over $75,000 per year.
Inhabited by native Amerindians for centuries, Europeans first landed on the islands in 1512. They have had their own governor since 1973, which was when the Bahamas gained independence from the British. The Caicos Islands are the larger of the two territories, with the Turks Islands being somewhat smaller.
Casinos in Turks and Caicos
Despite being based over a total area of more than two hundred and thirty square miles, there is actually only one casino worthy of the name on the Turks and Caicos Islands. This doesn’t include casinos based on cruise ships that dock in the islands on a regular basis, nor does it include the likes of bingo halls and poker rooms.
There are some other venues that have slot machines in them, such as Potts of Gold Slot Parlor & Restaurant, but they really aren’t considered to be casinos in any real sense of the word. For that reason, we’ve focussed this page entirely on the Casablanca Casino.
Prior to 2007, the Casablanca Casino could only be visited by tourists on the islands. That was the year that new legislation came into play that meant that locals were also allowed to head to the casino as long as they earned enough money every year. Based in Providenciales, it offers guests twelve live tables as well as eighty-five electronic gaming machines.
The twelve tables allow guests to play baccarat, roulette, blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker and craps, as well as Ultimate Texas Hold’em. For those that prefer their games to have an electronic feel, the gaming machines promise slots, electronic roulette and video poker. The result is that it might be the only casino on the islands, but visitors won’t be disappointed.
In the centre of the casino you’ll find Casablanca Lounge and Bar, which offers cocktails, wines and different types of beer. The venue is open from seven in the evening until five in the morning seven days a week, though the opening hours are expanded during the islands peak season. You can also get free transportation to and from any hotel on Providenciales to the casino.