Is Gambling Illegal In Jamaica

  1. Jamaica could become the biggest story of 2016, as the government there has now legalized full blown casino gambling. In Jamaica in late 2014 the Government announced it would grant three large casino licenses but only two so far have applied and been granted permission: Celebration Jamaica Resort and Harmony Cove Resort are scheduled to open.
  2. In one form or another, gambling is illegal in a total of 55 countries. A prime example for an outright ban are Australia’s gambling laws. In other countries where gambling is officially illegal, the law sometimes glosses over the fact that punters turn to offshore gambling sites for help.
  3. The chairman identified illegal Cash Pot, unlicensed gambling premises and unlicensed slot machines as the most prevalent illegal gambling offences in Jamaica. Now you can read the Jamaica.

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Gambling is one of the fastest growing industries in the world (Binde, 2006).With the increasing accessibility and availability of gambling on Internet and wireless technology, in addition to more traditional forums, international revenue from legalised gambling is estimated to surpass US$100 billion by 2010 (Price Waterhouse Coopers, 2005). JCF COMMITS SUPPORT TO THE BGLC TO TACKLE ILLEGAL GAMBLING. The Betting, Gaming & Lotteries Commission (BGLC) and the Organied Crime Investigation s Division (OCID) officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Tuesday, October 7, 2014. The agreement is a demonstration of commitment and collaboration by both entities to jointly.

Is Gambling Illegal In Jamaica

I remember when my grandfather used to hide and buy Dropan and Pickapow. The ‘sellers’ used to have to hide and sell, and the ‘buyers’ used to have to hide and buy from the law. Mark you, my grandfather used to have to also hide from my grandmother, but that’s another story. Now a day’s one can buy Cashpot, (different name, same game) not one, not two but three times a day, Monday to Saturday. And you don’t have to hide. In fact the draw is on national television for all to see.
Then there is also Pick Three, three times a day, Lucky Five and Dollars, daily except on Sundays. Lotto and Super Lotto are drawn twice a week. I’m not yet finished, live racing is at Caymanas Park twice a week with approval recently given for a third day, Sunday to commence sometime in November 2009. You can also bet on races overseas on the other days of the week including Sundays. Still not satisfied, got more money to loose, around every other corner we now have a Gaming Lounge, slot machines galore.
So the question is, is gambling in Jamaica, legal or illegal? If it’s illegal why is all of this ‘open’ gambling being allowed? If legal why are we not making some serious foreign exchange from it?
Bauxite, Sugar and Banana died or have been killed. Even our little piece of the sky’s, Air Jamaica, is on the chopping blocks. Tourism is the only thing we have left on the books to earn a dollar. We already have the sun, sea, sand, music, great food and fabulous, intriguing people. All we need now is some serious money to go with that.
So, does anyone know for sure? I would love to know the answer along with your views.

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