Bermuda Casino To Open - Nearly Decade-Long Wait Finally Over
Following the excitement brought about by the recently concluded Bermuda International Gombey Festival was the news of the opening of a Bermuda casino.
The former is an event Bermudians and foreign tourists celebrate every year; the latter, something they have not seen happening in the island for the past nine years.
No less than the Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission (BCGC) made the first step towards its realization, according to Casino.org.
Only created in 2015 - in lieu of the implementation of Bermuda’s Casino Gaming Act of 2014 - the commission handles casino regulations in the country.
The BCGC gave a license to an American five-star luxury hotel to operate the upcoming Bermuda casino.
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Bermuda, one of the 14 British Overseas Territories (BOTs), aka U.K. Overseas Territories (UKOTs), lies in the Atlantic. That is contrary to what several think that this country is part of the Caribbean.
Except for the name of the hotel that will run it, no information yet regarding when the new Bermuda casino will start.
In its report, the Caribbean National Weekly (CNW) quoted a statement from the BCGC:
The opening date of the casino is entirely dependent on the casino operator meeting all legislative requirements . . . subject to the commission’s review and approval.
- Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission (BCGC)
Part of the Marriott International-owned hotel chain St. Regis Hotels, the St. Regis Bermuda Resort obtained the license from the BCGC.
The 120-room luxury resort hotel on St. George’s Island, a declared UNESCO Heritage Site, only started operating in Bermuda in late May 2021. It won the Condé Nast 2022 Traveler Hot List.
On papers, Hotelco Bermuda Holding Ltd. operates the said hotel. The BCGC said that per existing laws, Hotelco needs to undergo “a three-stage process” before it can finally be allowed to open a casino.
Back in January 2022, BCGC Chief Executive Jean Major told The Royal Gazette during an interview that the Bermuda casino would open in June.
It is now more than three months from the projected opening date of the Bermuda casino.
Aside from St. Regis Bermuda Resort, three more hotels applied to have a casino.
One of them, Hamilton Princess & Beach Club in Pembroke Parish, owned by hotel chain Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, already received a provisional license from the BCGC.
Laura Purroy, Hotelco’s general manager, said that the government plays a huge role in the opening of the new Bermuda casino.
Bermuda’s former Minister of Finance Curtis L. Dickinson pointed to banks as one of those that could hasten the start of casino operations in the island.
While gambling patrons must wait further for the new Bermuda casino to open, they could try the online casinos available in the country.
Per WorldCasinoDirectory.com, these three are the top ones in Bermuda:
- BitStarz (a multi-awarded crypto casino; Bitcoin)
- Casino Action (over 500 games)
- Everygame (live/sports betting, poker)
Four Bermuda casinos are already lined up. Two of them are Marriott’s St. Regis Bermuda Resort and Fairmont’s Hamilton Princess & Beach Club.
St. Regis Bermuda Resort is located at 34 Coot Pond Road in the town of St. George at St. George’s Island. Hamilton Princess & Beach Club is found at 76 Pitts Bay Road in Pembroke Parish.
The U.S. is the country that has the highest number of casinos - 2,154 at the time the article about it was published by The Movie Blog in February 2021.
The opening of a Bermuda casino will help the country generate new revenues.
Bermuda, according to Casino.org, was not also spared from the economic crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. For one, the tourism industry of this paradise island suffered a lot.
A Bermuda casino can aid in boosting tourism as well as in making the government earn (through taxes).