Land-based casinos are very popular in Mexico with 108 of them located throughout the country and frequented by locals and tourists alike. These casinos are totally legal, being regulated by the General Directorate of Games and Lotteries. Visitors to these casinos can enjoy an evening’s entertainment, good food and drink, whilst also playing their favorite casino games. In addition to brick and mortar casinos, there are a number of casinos online that are also regulated and licensed for player protection.
The history of casinos in Mexico dates back over 100 years to the early twentieth century. These casinos were very successful due to the gambling ban in the US at this time. In the 1920s and 1930s many casinos were opened along the Mexico-US border. Some pressure from the Catholic Church caused them to be closed, but they were later opened again when the Federal Law on Games and Lotteries was enacted in 1947. Licenses began to be issued in 1955 and have continued to be issued ever since.
These casinos were originally frequented by the upper classes, but they are now open to all social classes. There also used to be strict dress codes which are now no longer applicable as long as players wear smart casual clothing. Land-based casinos in Mexico are mainly located in luxury hotels, hotel complexes and large establishments such as shopping centers. The largest casino is Royal Yak and can be found in the Hippodrome de las Americas, Mexico city.
Slots are undoubtedly the most popular casino game with more than 100,000 machines available for players, accounting for 80% of casinos’ income. They offer a wide range of themes and levels of difficulty with something to suit all players. Another popular game is blackjack; an easy to play, fast moving game that is exciting and provides the opportunity for players to use their skill by playing strategically. Other games on offer are roulette, baccarat, poker, traditional Mexican cards, craps, bingo, keno and Wheel of Fortune.
The Casino Experience in Mexico
The casino experience in Mexico is a fully-rounded one complete with various forms of entertainment, food, beverages and of course, casino games. Lots of different kinds of entertainment are offered, including concerts, shows, theme nights, discos etc. etc. There are restaurants and bars available for players to enjoy a meal and alcoholic beverages.
Mexico is a much desired destination to enjoy brick and mortar casinos. Locals and tourists alike can experience a complete package of entertainment, food and drink when visiting a land-based casino in Mexico.