JAMAICA: The Legalization of Resort Style Casino Gambling

Spring 2012Articles Casino Lawyer

In May 2010, resort style casino gaming was legalized in Jamaica pursuant to The Casino Gaming Act, 2010 (the “Act”). The Jamaican Parliament is currently in the process of adopting regulations to implement the legislation. The Act permits the development of a maximum of three integrated resort developments (“IRD”) consisting of one or more hotels, casinos, restaurants, entertainment facilities and shopping centers.(i) The three IRD limit is only in effect for twelve years following the approval of the first IRD.(ii) Under the Act, an IRD may be permissibly located anywhere in Jamaica. The only express minimum facilities requirement in the Act to qualify for one of the casino gaming licenses is that the IRD, when completed and fully built out, must be comprised of one or more hotels providing in the aggregate at least two thousand newly constructed hotel rooms.(iii) Phased development of an IRD is permitted, and casino gaming may commence within the IRD as soon as one thousand newly constructed hotel rooms are ready for occupancy.(iv)

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