Gambling in Belize
When people think about Belize they picture beautiful turquoise water, amazing beaches and dive spots. Little did you know that gambling in Belize is legal and that’s another activity you little miscreants can get into. Join in on games and test your luck during your trip to Belize! Casinos are super entertaining and tons of locals and tourists visit when they come. So let’s dive into the best casinos and other gambling options in Belize.
Locations for Casinos in Belize
Casinos are dispersed around the country, with a few being most notable. Casinos in Belize all operate in USD and pay back in BZD. You can find other locations with a few machines in bars not listed here. Here are the “Las Vegas Casinos of Belize”. Potentially there’s also restaurants, bars, and live shows (with the pandemic, not everything is running fully).
Princess Hotel Casino, Belize City
Princess Hotel and Casino offer the excitement and vibration of Las Vegas right here in the hotel. From table games to slot machines, this casino is located in Belize City. This small casino has three table games – American Roulette, Black Jack and Caribbean Stud Poker and three hundred slot machines. If you’re playing games, you can potentially get discounted stay at the hotel.
Freezone Hotel Princess Casino, Near Corozal
The hotel has a casino with over 300 gaming machines and 13 live table games. Blackjack, roulette, Texas Hold’em poker, slot machines, bingo, and video poker are among the casino games available. Coins, credit cards, and bill acceptors are used to power the game machines. Mexicans visit this casino as well, due to the fact that the place is situated at the Free Zone on the border between Belize and Mexico.
Princess Casino, San Ignacio
Captain Morgan’s Casino, Ambergris Caye
This Spectacular Casino is located on the island of San Pedro in the north area approximately like 2-3 miles from town. Captain’s Morgan Casino is a sophisticated Las Vegas-style casino with table sports, slot machines, flat-screen televisions displaying major sporting events, and a full lounge. This is the perfect spot for a chillax night and where you could try your luck in the only casino from Ambergris Caye! While gambling in Belize, you can get complimentary drinks and pre-game for your night out on the town.
The Placencia Casino, Placencia
Just on the South side of Belize there you could find the fabulous Placencia Casino just nine miles from the Placencia Village. This casino has over 100 slot machines and 6 gaming tables which you could and try your bet on. Who knows, you might come home with more money than you expect! One of the best things about the casino is that it offers free shuttle service throughout the Placencia peninsula. The shuttle operates on a regular schedule but casino visitors can call ahead and arrange for door-to-door complimentary service.
The Belizean Lottery is called Boledo, which is played weekly from Monday to Friday live at the Treasury Building at 9:10 p.m. If you are interested in participating during your trip, ask bartenders or hotel staff where the nearest location is to purchase a ticket.
Minimum cost per ticket is 5 cents. Winning ticket pays $3.50. Available numbers are 00 – 99. You can bet as much money as you want on a single number.
Dice Games at Bars
Threes (or 3’s) is a beloved dice game you’ll probably come in contact with during your time in Belize. Threes is a gambling dice game which is played using 5 six-sided dice and objective is to score lowest to win. Over rounds of Belikins a game of Three’s can get pretty heated! Each round people put in $2BZD/$1USD into the pot, but of course you can bet higher!
Each player has up to five rolls of the dice, but must set at least one aside after each throw. Once a dice is set aside, it may not be rolled again.
The best possible score after all the dice have been set aside is 0 (3-3-3-3-3), but should any player roll 6-6-6-6-6 (“Shooting the Moon”), they win instantly with no further play.
In the event of equally low scores, tied players ante an additional unit into the pot and play again.
Then, the winner takes the pot and rolls first in the next game.
Underground Poker Games
Although I do not have direct experience , I know that there are games on Ambergris Caye, in Belize City, and around the country. If you want to get involved, ask around and see if you can get involved in one during your trip.
Experience the Best of Belize
Hopefully this list helps you find locations to try your luck in Belize!
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While taking advantage of all the stunning sites and activities Belize has to offer, you need accommodations that provide comfort, convenience, and a community to enjoy it with. This is why Drift Inn is where you need to stay. Our affordable, comfortable rooms all come with handmade Belizean furniture and premium mattresses, private bathrooms, A/C, hot water, and WIFI. Spend your time chilling in our courtyard or wandering the small streets of San Pedro, Belize. The convenience of our location is unparalleled for our prices. Stay 100 feet from the beach and walking distance to restaurants, grocery stores, fruit stands, and street food.
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