Visiting the Best Casinos in Buenos Aires06 October, 2022
Argentina has a complex relationship with gambling. It is a little like the USA, where some states, such as New Jersey, embrace casinos and sports betting in all their forms, while others, such as Utah, prohibit them entirely. In Argentina, the official legal stance can essentially be translated as “gambling is prohibited except where it is allowed.”
That’s not terribly helpful, but dig a little deeper and you find that legality or otherwise is determined by each of Argentina’s 23 provinces. So it is that there is not a casino in sight in Rio de Janeiro but if you visit Buenos Aires, it is another matter.
Online casino options
In cyberspace, many of the most trusted online casinos for USA players have a footprint that goes beyond the USA. Sure, new US markets are gradually opening up for them as US betting regulations evolve, but in addition, online casino providers like website Slotozilla are increasingly concentrating on global markets. So it should come as no surprise that these big-name casino brands that have thousands of US customers have also obtained licenses to operate in jurisdictions outside the US – and Buenos Aires province is a case in point.
There are also plenty of choices for those wanting to dress up and hit the town for a more traditional casino night.
Casino Buenos Aires
We simply have to start at the city’s biggest and most famous casino. Located in the wealthy Docklands area, this is where you will see the great and good of the city come out to play and rub shoulders with well-to-do tourists from across the globe.
With almost a thousand slots and more than 100 table games, this casino is like a slice of Las Vegas transported to the South Atlantic coastline.
Princess and Star
Also located in Puerto Madero are two casino ships, based loosely on the riverboats of Mississippi. Star has casino games split across four levels. The main focus here is on table games, although there are also a handful of high denomination slots within the exclusive high rollers section.
The neighbouring sister ship, Princess, has two levels of gaming. One is entirely dedicated to slots, with every game imaginable just waiting for you. The other floor is all about poker, with a range of table games and regular tournaments at which you can take on the city’s top pros if you dare.
Hipodromo de Palermo
To the north of downtown Buenos Aires, Hipodromo de Palermo is arguably the top racecourse in Argentina, hosting around 120 race days every year. Even if there’s no racing on, it is worth a visit for the casino, which has a very different vibe to those around the docklands area.
Here, it’s all about the slots, although there are also electronic table games with roulette, poker and keno. The casino is popular with local taxi drivers, so the vibe is relaxed and you’ll never be stuck for a lift back to your hotel.
A day trip to the ancient town of Tigre, around 45 minutes drive north of the city is well worthwhile. Once you’ve checked out the tourist attractions, spend an hour or two in the Casino Trilenium.
The huge building is hard to miss, and it contains around 1,800 slots plus 74 game tables that include blackjack, baccarat, poker and roulette. On top of that, there’s a choice of restaurants, a night club and regular live shows. You could stay for a week without getting bored!
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