Casinos in Argentina are quite a popular past time, both with locals and with tourists. There are about thirty of them spread out over the whole country, which makes Argentina the country with the most casinos in South America. Argentina became free from Spanish rule in the late 1800’s, becoming a democracy and along with that came the opportunity for Argentineans to partake in games of chance. The earliest form of betting was horse racing, with the Argentinean Jockey Club being founded in 1882 and controlling all forms of thoroughbred racing up until mid way through the 20th century. Today the Argentinean racing scene is huge, and horses produced by it are acknowledged worldwide. Many of the casinos in Argentina are located in resorts or other places of tourist interest. They are large and glitzy, and promise a Las Vegas style experience.
Casino Puerto Madero
Casino Puerto Madero is a riverboat casino in Buenos Aires. As with riverboat casinos in the United States, once inside them you actually have no idea that you are on a riverboat at all. The boat does not sail, and the interior has been done to look like a building. The actual casino itself is quite large, with 720 slot and video poker machines and 117 gaming tables with a variety of games including Dados, Blackjack and of course roulette for real money. Some of the floors in the casino permit smoking and some don’t. There are no free drinks however and no music, which makes it not the most exciting casino to play in.
Amerian Hotel Casino Carlos V
The Amerian Hotel Casino Carlos V is a five star luxury hotel and casino in Santiago del Estero. The hotel itself is again not huge by American standards, and boasts 151 rooms and suites. It won the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2014. The hotel complex boasts its own world class, on site Spa that concentrates on the use of thermal water to promote health and wellness. An outdoor pool caters to hotel guests year round, with its own poolside bar and cafe.
A fully fitted gym is a part of the spa and is open to hotel guests. The casino itself has a number of slot machines. It must be noted however that in Argentina the word Slot stands for any game that is plugged into the wall and does not require a dealer. Therefore many of the Slots are actually electronic Roulette or a similar take on a popular table game. Table games are the usual suspects with actual Roulette, Punto Banco and different varieties of Poker. A number of restaurants in the complex offer different cuisines and dining styles, and there are free drinks and snacks for player’s on the casino floor.
Melincue Casino and Resort
Melincue Casino and resort is another tourist-based casino in the town of Santa Fe. It is an upper class establishment with a large casino offering a number of table games, a bingo hall and 360 slot machines. Tournaments are held often, both for locals and visitors. The hotel part of the resort has a number of rooms, all luxurious but not too pricey. All rooms have Wi-Fi, a mini bar, DVD and Play station and of course a flat screen TV. A number of eateries offer different experiences, and the main restaurant is well known for its seafood. A smaller restaurant offers burgers and pizza type items to hungry casino player almost all night. Room service is available 24 hours a day to hotel guests with a range of options.