Tango dance, tango music, the Plaza de Mayo, Casa Rosada, Andes mountains, Pampas grassland, and the glacial lakes are few of the many features that make Argentina one of the most envy-triggering countries in the world. Casinos and the gaming and gambling industry are additional ingredients that make Argentina an epitome of a tourism destination.
Argentina is the most massive, successful and developed country in South America — this is an established fact. And most of its success is attributed to its tourist attractions and entertainment industries. Particularly, gambling is a very popular notion — well, more motion than notion — in Argentina, and has been for a very long time.
Argentina gained its independence from the Spaniards, who have been in charge since the 16th century, in the 1810s. The first process in the independence of South America was a series of events called the May Resolution, which took place from 18 to 25 in the month of May 1810. Accordingly, from 1810 to 1818, Argentina fought a discrete war for its complete independence, called the Argentine War of Independence. In-between those years, precisely July 9, 1816, Argentina finally declared itself independent of Spain and introduced a national constitution.
Although gambling is extremely popular in the country, gambling has a generally run-of-the-mill history in the South American country. Further, horse racing is the first recordable form of gambling in Argentina. In 1876, the first racetrack, the Hipódromo Argentino de Palermo in Buenos Aires, opened. In 1882, Jockey Club Buenos Aires organized a horse racing event for the citizens of Argentina to enjoy. The event received a considerably huge buzz and brought much popularity to gambling in the country. In 1884, the very first Argentina National Derby event was held in the Hipódromo Argentino de Palermo.
However, the 1990s marked a great development in the gambling industry of Argentina. In this decade, the then-present administration started licensing land-based casinos and other gambling facilities within the country. Ironically, there are no federal laws pertaining gambling or gaming, and — more surprisingly — there is no national regulatory gambling body in Argentina. Instead, each province is tasked with its own view and laws of gambling within the length and breadth of the province.
Despite the pseudo-negligence from the federal government, Argentines still participate in an array of gambling activities. One feature that buttresses the high participation of gambling and gaming in the country is the brilliant and luxurious environment. Natives, as well as visitors, do enjoy gambling in this part of South America.
Although there are no federal laws or regulatory body pertaining gambling or casino in the country, gambling is legal and 100 percent of the provinces are happy to keep it legal. As of 2007, there were a total number of 80 gambling facilities in the country. In 2015, the figure has exponentially increased to 157. Today, Argentina offers a figure of 172 legal gambling facilities in the provinces of the country.
However, there is evidence that more facilities are in fact operational in the country.
Meanwhile, this figure is huge and the biggest in South America and most continents. Argentina is a gambling destination, which flocks of tourists visit for its diverse entertainment and gaming attractions — in addition to other natural attractions. The atmosphere is apparently luxurious and welcoming, so the gambling climate says “Welcome!” to whoever is interested in any of its many gambling activities and facilities.
The 172 gambling facilities in Argentina are located in 133 cities of the 23 provinces and the independent province of Buenos Aires. The facilities are almost relative to the cities because most cities have only one facility. Villa Mercedes, Villa de Merlo, Santiago del Estero, Santa Rosa, San Salvador de Jujuy, San Miguel de Tucumán, San Carlos de Bariloche, Salta, Rosario de la Frontera, Puerto Madryn, Posadas, Paraná, Mendoza, Mar del Plata, La Punta, Corrientes, Comodoro Rivadavia, Colón, Ciudad de San Luis, and Chajarí are the cities with more than one facility.
Buenos Aires particularly is the largest gambling province — note: not a city — in Argentina, with more than 10 casinos and thousands of gaming machines and table games. Casino Buenos Aires is the largest casino in the province, with 29 poker tables, 120 table games, and 1,400 gambling machines. Throughout the whole country, the oldest facility — Hipódromo Argentino de Palermo — is the largest. Without considering other gaming machines, there are 4,600 slot machines alone.
As with other South American countries, most casinos are attached to luxurious hotels, resorts, or cruise ships. The games and machines offered range from roulette and blackjack to craps, slot machines, poker tables, Punto Banco, Texas Hold’em, American roulette, baccarat, Lucky Ladies, Pai Gow poker, Caribbean Stud poker, and Let it Ride.
Particularly, poker and bingo are very popular in Argentina. In addition to casinos, there are bingo halls, racinos, racetracks, betting shops, and a national lottery in the country. The national lottery, similar to other South American countries, is run and authorized by the federal government.
Below is a list of all casinos currently operating in the regions of Argentina.
Casino Aristobulo del Valle
Casino Buenos Aires
Casino Central Mar del Plata
Casino Club Caleta Olivia
Casino Club El Calafate
Casino Club Garupa
Casino Club La Rioja
Casino Club Las Heras
Casino Club Pico Truncado
Casino Club Playa Union
Casino Club Posadas
Casino Club Puerto Deseado
Casino Club Rada Tilly
Casino Club Rio Gallegos
Casino Club Rio Grande
Casino Club Rivadavia
Casino Club San Rafael
Casino Club Santa Rosa
Casino Club Tragamonedas Avenida Kennedy
Casino Club Tragamonedas Centenario
Casino Club Tragamonedas Centro
Casino Club Tragamonedas Hilario Lagos
Casino Club Tragamonedas Rawson
Casino Club Tragamonedas Rotonda
Casino Club Tragamonedas Terminal
Casino Club Tragamonedas Villa Cabello
Casino Club Trelew
Casino Club Ushuaia
Casino Concepción del Uruguay
Casino de Apóstoles
Casino de Bariloche
Casino de Bernardo de Irigoyen
Casino de El Bolsón
Casino de El Soberbio
Casino de Jacobacci
Casino de Mendoza
Casino de Onelli
Casino de San Javier
Casino de San Pedro
Casino de San Vicente
Casino de Tucumán
Casino del Mar
Casino del Norte – Clorinda
Casino del Norte – Pirané
Casino del Sol – Selva
Casino Golden Palace – La Punta
Casino Golden Palace – Merlo
Casino Golden Palace – Potrero de los Funes
Casino Golden Palace – San Luis
Casino Golden Palace – Villa Mercedes
Casino Hotel Carlos V
Casino La Banda
Casino La Paz
Casino Las Lenas
Casino Magic – Neuquen
Casino Magic – San Martin de los Andes
Casino Mar de Ajo
Casino Monte Hermoso
Casino Neo Mayorazgo
Casino New York
Casino Provincial de Jujuy
Casino Puerto Madryn – Zona Centro
Casino Puerto Madryn – Zona Norte
Casino Puerto Madryn – Zona Sur
Casino Rio Ceballos
Casino Sala Florida
Casino Santiago del Estero
Casino Sierra de la Ventana
Casino Slots Tartagal
Casino Sucursal Hipodromo
Casino Tematico Gualeguaychu
Casino Termas de Rio Hondo
Casino Tropicana Buena Esperanza
Casino Tropicana Candelaria
Casino Tropicana Concarán
Casino Tropicana La Toma
Casino Tropicana Luján
Casino Tropicana Naschel
Casino Tropicana Quines
Casino Tropicana San Francisco
Casino Tropicana San Luis
Casino Tropicana Santa Rosa del Conlara
Casino Tropicana Tilisarao
Casino Tropicana Unión
Casino Tropicana Villa Mercedes
Casino Tropicana Volcán
Casinos del Litoral – Bella Vista
Casinos del Litoral – Casa Central
Casinos del Litoral – Esquina
Casinos del Litoral – Goya
Casinos del Litoral – Santo Tomé
City Center Rosario
Crown Casino – Catriel
Crown Casino – Choele Choel
Crown Casino – Cipolletti
Crown Casino – El Condor
Crown Casino – General Roca
Crown Casino – Las Grutas
Crown Casino – Viedma
Del Bono Park Hotel Spa and Casino
Golden Palace Hotel and Casino – Nueva Galia
Hipódromo Argentino de Palermo
Hipódromo Ciudad de Dolores
Hipódromo de Gualeguaychú
Hipódromo de la Plata
Hipódromo de San Isidro
Hipódromo de San Juan
Hipódromo de Tandil
Hipódromo de Tucumán
Hipódromo La Punta
Hipódromo Río Cuarto
Hotel Casino Catamarca
Iguazu Grand Hotel Resort & Casino
Jockey Club Venado Tuerto Rivarata
Melincue Casino and Resort
Nuevo Hipódromo de Las Flores
Park Hyatt Mendoza Hotel, Casino & Spa
Plaza Jujuy Hotel and Casino
Santa Fe Casino
Sheraton Mendoza Hotel and Casino
Slots Entrenimientos – Cafayate
Slots Entrenimientos – Colonia Santa Rosa
Slots Entrenimientos – Downtown Rosario de la Frontera
Slots Entrenimientos – General Guemes
Slots Entrenimientos – General Mosconi
Slots Entrenimientos – Joaquin V. Gonzalez
Slots Entrenimientos – Las Lajitas
Slots Entrenimientos – Metan
Slots Entrenimientos – Pichanal
Slots Entrenimientos – Refinor
Slots Entrenimientos – Reno
Slots Entrenimientos – Rosario de Lerma
Slots Entrenimientos – Salvador Mazza
Tragamonedas Colón Anexo
Tragamonedas María Grande
Tragamonedas Paran Anexo
Tragamonedas Rosario del Tala
Tragamonedas San Salvador
Tragamonedas Santa Elena
Tragamonedas Villa Elisa
– Regardless of the province, the minimum gambling age in Argentina is 18 years.
– As of 2016, the Hipódromo Argentino de Palermo racino is the sixth largest gambling facility in the whole world — behind Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Tampa in Florida, Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, Empire City at Yonkers Raceway in New York, and WinStar World Casino and Resort in Oklahoma, respectively. In addition to horse racing, there are 4,600 slot machines in the racino.
– In Argentina, there is a popular belief that one who goes to a casino poor will come back rich overnight, generally because chance and luck is on one’s side.
– In fact, all forms of gambling are legal in Argentina.
– Presently, opening a casino or bingo hall is illegal in the country’s capital, Buenos Aires.
– There are two legal floating casinos operating in Buenos Aires. Floating in the sense that they run their businesses entirely on natural water.
– Each Argentine province controls its own gambling industry. The national lottery, the Lotería de La Argentina, however, is run by the federal government.
– The Latin American Poker Tour has been held twice (April 2009 and September 2010) in Argentina. The first winner won $381,030 while the other won $322,280.
– In the country, all forms of online gambling are fully legal, which is different when compared to most South American countries.
– The legalization of online gambling came as a result of a series of national protests against the ban of online gambling proposed in 2008. Instead of banning, ironically, the government legalised online gambling.
– However, the government have been licensing online pokers as far back as 2002.