Casinos in Goa
Gambling in India is illegal, except for Goa and Orissa. The Casinos in Goa play good hosts to a large number of tourists from all over India and the world over. The unique aspect of Casinos being present in Goa gives Goa a faint resemblance of being the Vegas of India.
Casinos, albeit facing backlash, still flourish to a great extent and also provide a number of job opportunities to the locals.
In Goa, casinos are either onshore or offshore. Floating casinos in cruise ships can be spotted on the Mandovi River in Panjim. You can get to these casions either through hotel bookings or through the Panjim jetty. If you are feeling lucky, don’t miss the chance to take your chances (pun intended)!
Offshore Casinos in Goa
Casino Royale / Deltin Royale
A well known name in the industry, Casino Royale is a floating casino aboard an anchored cruise ship on river Mandovi with three levels of ultimate gaming experience. Open 24 hours a day and providing entertainment from 8pm and into the night, this casino charges an entry of Rs. 1,500 during the week and Rs. 2,000 from Friday to Sunday. It also provides unlimited food and drinks and certain allotment of playing chips. There is a decent range of games as it has up to 50 playing tables which include games like Texas Hold’em Poker, Blackjack, Indian Flush and many more. The dress code here is smart casuals and people walking in with short pants and sandals are not entertained.
Owned by the Marriott Resort, Goa, Casino Carnival has two venues, one floating upon the Mandovi River and the other onshore. Casino Carnival claims to have the largest number of slot machines and a wide array of table games to choose from in Goa. The two floor floating casino has 27 gaming tables and a VIP section as well with an entry of Rs. 1,500 per person with unlimited food and drinks.
Another ship afloat the Mandovi River, Caravela Casino, is named after the first Portuguese ship that sailed into Goa. Powered by the Ramada group, it prides itself in state of the art gaming facilities and its cruises. The cruises usually take place during sunrise, sunset and post-dinner night cruise. It departs from the River Mandovi and cruises along the coast of Goa right around on the Arabian Sea and offers a picturesque view. The dealers here are professional and maintain global standards of gaming.
It’s well known that casinos are meant for adults only, but what if your wife has gone shopping and you are with your kids and want to gamble? Well, Goa’s got just the place for you! Casino Pride, a three storey and ten thousand feet of ultimate gaming built upon the vessel, The MV Pride of Goa houses 40 gaming tables of Baccarat, Casino War, 5 Card Poker, Texas Holdem Poker, Flush, Andar Bahar, Paplu and the like. Simply keep your kids busy at the kids zone with a wide array of computer games. The Pride Group in Goa is well known for its casinos all over Goa. The prices here are Rs. 1,000 during the week from Monday to Thursday with a coupon worth Rs. 500 and from Friday to Sunday the entry is Rs. 1,500 with a coupon of Rs. 1,000, with unlimited buffet and drinks. Smart casual is the dress code here as well.
Onshore Casinos in Goa
Chances Casino and Resort
Set in the Vainguinim Valley not far from Panjim, this luxury resort boasts of being the oldest and the largest onshore Casino in Goa. Live music every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday with attractive play and stay packages for its guests, Chances Casino is the place to be for offshore gambling. American Roulette, Mini Baccarat, Blackjack and slot machines are common at Chances.
Dunes at the Zuri White Sands
Dunes is known for its loyal guest lists than tourists. This casino sees a large number of serious gamblers, predominantly male, who come here to have a good time. The games here are mostly derby games which are all automated. This Casino is located in a secluded location at Varca beach in Cavelossim.
The Leela, a five star resort in South Goa owns Las Vegas, a humongous gaming outlet with a number of derby games and slot machines. What makes this one stand out is the ambiance in and around the casino. The suites, the fine dining and the pools all collectively give a rich gaming experience to this casino. The price is a little steep, but the service and environment is just perfect to find yourself being treated like a king.
The Crown Lounge & Casino
One of the latest additions to the gaming industry in Goa, The Crown Lounge & Casino is a comparatively set-back casino that also has a lounge attached to it. Located in Panjim, this Casino has a wide range of slot machines and gaming tables offering games like baccarat, roulette, blackjack and many other games. The Crown gives a wide range of packages to its guests with interesting offers.
Intercontinental The Lalit Resort, has a small yet interesting casino called Casino Dice. This in-house Casino offers its guests eleven slot machines and three board games to choose from. Located in Rajbaga, Canacona, this casino is located on the shore of the beach, so if you lose all your money gambling you can find solace on the shores of the beach!
There are a large number of casinos all over Goa such as Kings casino, Casino Pearl, Casino Palms, Casino Royale Goa, Casino Treasures, Maharajah Casino, Hacienda De Oro Casino, Goldfinger Casino and many more. So if you think all the casinos are hidden away in Goa, you are horribly mistaken!