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Costa Rica has dozens of online companies that provide this tropical Central American country with leading offshore bookies. Bodog.com and BetUS.com are two of the biggest.

Whether it is an online sports betting operation or a brick and mortar, employees are generally young, between 18 and 30, and earn from $600 to $1,600 a month. That compares with an average of $325 a month for the average Costa Rican worker. With the low and very laxed taxes and little government involvement, small casinos are now peppered throughout the country and in very remote areas. It is not surprising that you will find some tucked away and operating under thatch roofs or in some back-room with only a few machines. Just about any taxi driver will know where these are.  But be warned: Enter at your own risk and do not expect the same odds that Las Vegas has. Each casino sets its own rules.

For example: The most popular Casino game is 21 also called “Rummy”, which is similar to blackjack but with Tico rules. You get two cards, you can then ask for another card or stay with the two you have if you have 21 or close to 21. As in blackjack, the idea is to get as close to 21 as possible without going over, with face cards counting as 10 and aces counting as one or 11. All the rules just mentioned are just like blackjack. Here is where the game differs from the Las Vegas version: if your first three cards are the same, three of a kind, or a straight (6, 7, & 8 of the same suit), you have a ‘rummy’ and you are paid double. And if your three of a kind happens to be three sevens (which is 21), you get an even higher bonus. If you get 21 with two cards or get five cards without breaking 21, there’s no double bonus as you get in many other international casinos. Splitting pairs is allowed as is doubling down. In some, You may find yourself losing with a push with the dealer.

Most of the bigger facilities will have the typical Vegas-style gambling machines, along with, Canasta (Roulette), Caribbean Stud Poker, Craps, Mini-Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Rommy Blackjack ,and Tute poker. Below are a list of some of the larger casinos and a list of Costa Rica Casinos

Cabo Velas Santa Cruz - Paradisus Playa Conchal & Jazz Casino Conchal
Cariari - Melia Cariari Hotel & Country Club
Ciudad Quesada - Luky San Carlos Casino
El Roble - Caribbean Village Fiesta
El Robledal Uruca - Barceló San José Palacio Spa & Casino
Goicoechea - Radisson Hotel & Casino Europa
Golfito - Hotel Sierra and Casino
Guanacaste - Hotel Flamingo Beach Resort & Jazz Casino
La Uruca - Irazù Hotel Best Western & Casino Concorde
Perez Zeledon - Hotel & Country Club del Sur & Casino del Sur
Playa de Jaco - Barceló Amapola & Jazz Casino
Playa de Tamarindo - Hotel Tamarindo Diriá & Jazz Casino Tamarindo
Playa Herradura - Los Suenos Marriot Golf Resort & Stellaris Casino
Playa Jaco - Hotel Cocal & Casino
Playa Panama - Premier Fiesta Resort & Spa
Playas del Coco - Flor De Itabo Hotel & Casino Hotel Casino Coco Bay
Puntarenas - Hotel Yadran & Casino Adriatico
Quepos - Kamuk Hotel & Gallo Casino
San Jose - Club Colonial Casino Bar & Restaurant, Del Rey Hotel & Casino del Rey, Fiesta Casino Fiesta Casino Costa Rica at the Garden Court Hotel Horseshoe Casino Hotel, Hotel Presidenta, Herrudura Resort & Casino Krystal, Quality Hotel Centro Colon & Casino Costa Rica, Royal Dutch Hotel & Casino

About Costa Rica Gambling
Junta de Protección Social - Government run organization in charge of Costa Rica legal gaming. Lottery winnings posting, bingo, and betting. Information, directors, and events.

CasinoTop10 - This online casino guide offers a great selection of casino game strategy articles and information to help you better understand various casino game rules and how to gain the best possible advantage over the house.

Casino Games - Top online casino software providers. From roulette and blackjack games to new slots and video poker games, online casinos release new casino games each and every month of the year


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