This is a picture of the inside of Grand Casino Escazú, in San José, the capital of the Republic of Costa Rica. On this page, under the picture, you can read about the land based casinos, and the many licensed online casinos in the country, and the online gambling legislation, regulatory framework, licensing, taxation, age requirement of these gaming venues.
Costa Rica Casinos

This is a guide to brick and mortar as well as online casinos in the Republic of Costa Rica. Find out which are the best casinos and online casino sites in Costa Rica, or learn more about the legal status of casino gambling in the country.

 

Online casinos in Costa Rica

Legal status: illegal, players are not prosecuted

 

The legal status of online casino gambling in Costa Rica can be very confusing. You are probably already asking:

How come online casino gambling is illegal, in a country well known for the 100+ online casino sites licensed, registered, and operating out of the country? Are you drunk?

Yes, you would be forgiven to think that, but rest assured, it’s no typo, and it is indeed illegal (although, players are not prosecuted, only rouge and unlicensed companies are targeted). And I don’t drink alcohol at all, for many, many years… :).

To understand the situation about the internet casinos, let’s start with what is 100% legal, for certain: 

 

And let’s  continue with what is definitely not legal:

 

As you can see, online casino gambling is only legal, insofar as online casino licensing of companies, which accept players online, from abroad. Only! 

Costa Rica was one of the first countries to legalize online casinos in the 1990s, during the Caribbean online casino gold rush, when the Caribbean micronations (mainly: Aruba, Curacao, Panama, Belize) all copied each other, and competed to be the sleaziest tax haven, and to be the most laissez faire online gambling licensing hub (and they were quite successful at it…, and they reaped their just rewards: scandals, even assassinations, kidnappings, suicides, organized crime involvement, money laundering, bribes, corruption, politics, it was very “Games of Thronesy”, you will see a great example of this below, it’s better nowadays, but the Caribbean still has an unsavory reputation in gambling circles).

It was very popular for online casinos to base their operations in the Caribbean (less so nowadays). However, in actuality, gambling is not even legal in Costa Rica (but this is only an official stance of the government, it’s obviously not the reality of the situation, and there are many exceptions to this supposed ban on gambling:  the country has 30 casinos, 100+ online casino sites licensed here, a state owned lottery, online lottery, bingo halls, electronic bingo parlours). But operators may only apply for a data-processing licence in Costa Rica, because, officially, take a deep breath, online gambling is also illegal (despite the fact that the state owned lottery operator Junta de Potección de Social has an online lottery platform…, which means, the state itself, which says online gambling is illegal, is itself active in the online gambling sector… you can’t make this up, seriously…but ‘cool story bro’, it’s illegal, whatever you say… 🙂 ).

Today, there are still several hundred online casinos based in Costa Rica because, not only is the regulation minimal, online casinos licensed here do not pay any gambling tax or corporate tax at all.

For a business, this is all good news, and let’s be honest, players don’t even know what is a gambling license, 99,99% of them will never even think about it. EXCEPT! The scandals….

Which brings us to:

The best way to illustrate and summarize what sort of key players are present in the Costa Rica online gambling sector, and why this license has such a bad rep, is to look at how the government deals with a scandal, when they are confronted with evidence, strong evidence, and strong allegations of money laundering, wire fraud, tax evasion, illegal activity: 

From the 2016 case of US government versus 5Dimes, a Costa Rica licensed online bookmaker: Alvaro Montoya, Costa Rica’s Deputy Prosecutor at the Office of Money Laundering (who is reportedly very lenient and dismissed 73% of cases related to money laundering*), after being confronted by the US government, with evidence of the illegal activity, money laundering, wire fraud (using gift cards to circumvent the US Wire Act), and tax evasion of locally incensed 5Dimes Sportsbook, Alvaro simply said:

“the business of online gaming is legal, and as such, it does not fit into any offense under national law” (meaning: online gambling is not a crime in Costa Rica), and additionally, after mentioning just how much taxes they collected form that one company, he also said “We are hardly going to tax someone who commits a crime.” And that was that. Case closed, according to Alvaro, and this was added to the 73% of cases he dismissed.

Just for context, the original owner of 5Dimes Sportsbook was kidnapped, tortured and killed, and the company was owned by his widow at the time. Officially, the company had no connections to organized crime, only allegations. His death was not officially connected to his alleged connection to organized crime.**

UPDATE 2021: Since 2016, a settlement was reached between 5Dimes and the US government, the IMF got involved, threats of sanctions, the US won, $47M was paid, any further charges were dropped.

Additionally, players can not except any protection from the government, if the company behind your online casino goes belly up, then, it’s your money down the drain. If they just don’t feel like paying, because you won too much, then, that’s that, that’s all she wrote…

Therefore, I recommend avoiding Costa Rica licensed online casinos (remember, on the internet the next online casino is just a click away, don’t risk it, don’t be lazy, after all, you are going to share your credit card information with these people…).

The online casinos below are not licensed here, and they accept players from Costa Rica. Foreign online casinos are not blocked, players are not prosecuted for playing in them.

 

Can tourists play online while visiting Costa Rica?

Yes, the laws discussed here only apply to residents of the country, if you are a tourist (or a non-citizen expat, or illegal), you can play online freely while enjoying your vacation.

 

Online casino licensing and regulatory body of Costa Rica:

Only the following companies are eligible for a Costa Rica gambling license (a data processing license):

 

There is no dedicated licensing and regulatory body in Costa Rica, the closest thing is the Ministry of Public Security, which issues licenses for gaming machines, tables for land-based casinos, you can try them. And also the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce, because a commercial license is also needed. I couldn’t figure it out, which one is issuing the data processing license, but I’m almost certain it’s one of the two. Both are only available in Spanish. Therefore, if you wish to get an online gambling license, you have to get a translator and contact them directly. If you find out who, or which branch of the government issues the licenses currently, please let me know.

Licensing fees include a one-off license fee of USD 5,000, an annual USD 5,000 license renewal fee, and USD 500 for legal costs.

 

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Taxation of online casino and online gambling websites in Costa Rica: Corporations in Costa Rica aren’t taxed on income earned overseas. Since online gambling operators can only accept players from abroad, they don’t pay any gambling or corporate taxes.

 

For the players, taxation of gambling winnings in Costa Rica: not taxable, there was a proposal for a new 25% tax on big lottery prizes in 2020, but it was rejected***

 

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Age requirement of online casinos in Costa Rica: 18+

 

Sources, main pieces of online casino gambling legislation:

*American Expatriate Costa Rica Prosecutor dismissed 73% of cases related to money laundering

**Costa Rica – Costa Rica won’t investigate money laundering allegations

***Lotterydaily – Costa Rican authorities reject new tax on lottery prizes

 

Online casinos accepting players from Costa Rica

The following online gambling websites accept players from Costa Rica:

 

Black Lotus Casino

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Black Lotus Casino bonus offers
USA and Canada players are accepted.
  • Get 40 free spins on BIG GAME. Use the code: SAFARI54
OR:
  • Get 250% match bonus, up to $2500. Use the code: SAFARI250
  These are only available to new players. Returning players get daily, exclusive bonuses and other rewards. It changes daily, check the casinos's page for info, the are usually very good, also they have cashback almost each month, so even if you lose, you will get some of it back, usually 10%, but sometimes more.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All offers are available in USD$, C$, Euro €, NOK, SEK, DKK. * Bitcoin is accepted as a deposit currency. * Visa and Master Card Deposits are accepted. * Minimum withdrawal of $100. * 60X wagering on all bonuses. * Maximum withdrawal of $100 on all Free Spin or Free Bonus offers. * A minimum $20 deposit is required to process a withdrawal. * Maximum withdrawal of $1000 on Match bonuses from 101% or greater * All offers are available for 1 claim per IP. * Offers valid till end of April 2022   Check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations, does not apply to bonuses for returning players which have different (significantly better) paythrough requirements.
Wagering limitation:
  • 100% - Slots and Keno
  • 50% - Roulette and Three Card Poker
  • 25% - Baccarat
  • 10% - Video Poker
  • 5% - Blackjack, Craps
  • 0% - Everything else
 

RichPrize Casino

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RichPrize Casino bonus offers
USA and Canada players are accepted. However, US players can only deposit and withdraw money using cryptocurrencies! (this restriction only applies to US players, and only in this casino)
  • 100% match bonus, up to $400 + 25 free spins, no code needed
  OR:
  • Confirm email or phone, apply code: LADYDAY, make deposit from 21 to 400 EUR/USD and receive 88% + 88 free spins, limited time only, if it is no longer valid, please drop a comment and let me know
  OR:
  • Confirm email or phone, apply code: WEST100 make deposit pf at least 21 EUR/USD and receive 100 free spins, limited time only, if it is no longer valid, please drop a comment and let me know
  Returning players usually get 25% - 33% cashback, one of the highest regular cashbacks online. Even if you end up losing you will get about 30% of your money back (returning players only).

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
  • Playthrough requirement: Bonus wagering x40 applied.
  • Free spins wagering x40 applied.
  Check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations, does not apply to bonuses for returning players which have different (significantly better) paythrough requirements.
Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days to wager bonus.
  • Slots wagering allowed.
  • Slots wagering participation 100%.
  • Min bet 0.01 EUR - Max bet 3 EUR.
  • Betting Games wagering not allowed.
  • Providers allowed for wagering: Limited to enabled games only.
  • Player can cancel bonus at any time. Please note: Upon cancellation of the bonus the balance will be adjusted to the balance before bonus activation.
 

 

BGO

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BGO casino banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered by BGO casino. You can read these offers below.
US players can not register.
  • 500 free spins
  Terms and conditions of the casino apply (if any). Check the casino's webpage for up to date terms and conditions and wagering limitations.  

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Only for UK players, new players only.
Playthrough requirement: 65x
Wagering limitation:
  • Slots: 100%
  • Roulette: 25%
  • All Blackjack Games: 25%
  • 3 Card Brag: 50%
  • Casino Hold'em: 25%
  • Baccarat: 0%
  • Everything else: 0%

 

GT Bets Casino and Sportsbook

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GTbets sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 150% up to $500 on your first deposit (then 100%, up to $250 bonus on your second deposit, then 5-50% depending on the amount on your third deposit and afterwards)
  • 10% weekly rebate, 15% cashback on horse racing betting
  • Free spins, weekly cashback for returning players

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 10-40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Earnings ($10)Sign Up Bonus PlaythroughReload Bonus (Varies by %) Playthrough
Sports5 points for every $10 wagered12x6x-10x
(Baseball)2 points for every $10 wagered30x15x-25x
Horses7.5 points for every $10 wagered8x4x-6.7x
Slots2 points for every $10 wagered30x15x-25x
Table1 point for every $10 wagered60x30x-50x
Video Poker1.5 points for every $10 wagered40x20x-33x
 
Wagering limitation:
  • Please be advised - the use of bonus funds to place wagers on the following games is not allowed: Baccarat (including Live), Craps, and European Roulette (including Live).
  • For bonuses, sports moneyline wagers with odds of -300 (1.33) or less, will not qualify for rollover point earnings. So for example, betting NBA - NY Knicks (-350) will not earn rollover points towards a bonus.
   

Bet Online Casino and Sportsbook + Poker

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Bet Online sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits! Use the code: BOLCASINO
  • 100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.
  • 100% match poker bonus, a minimum deposit of $50 using code NEWBOL
  For returning players: Fund your BetOnline account via cryptocurrency and earn a 35% Reload Bonus on EVERY qualifying deposit. To claim your extra 35%, simply use code: CRYPTO35 Earn a 25% Bonus up to $250 on every qualifying reload you make 24/7/365. Just use promo code: LIFEBONUS when you deposit as little as $50 and the extra 25% will be added to your sports bankroll instantly

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

Betsson Casino and Sports Book

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European casino & sportsbook & poker, all in one
North American players are not accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to €100
  • 101 free spins on your first deposit
  • €5,000 every week for one lucky active returning player (no wagering limitation, no playthrough requirement)

US players can not register. Betsson has over 1500 games, the most games of any online casino. You can read the review of Betsson casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 35 times before withdrawal. No wagering requirement for the weekly extra money.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus: • 100%: Slots • 10%: All Roulette (except Live), Caribbean Stud & Casino Stud Poker Games • 10%: All Casino Hold’Em, Red Dog, Pai Gow, Poker Games, Oasis Poker & Texas Hold’Em Poker Games • 5%: All BlackJack (except Live BlackJack), Baccarat, Video Poker, Pontoon, Beat Me, Punto Banco Games
Wagering limitation:
  • The bonus cannot be wagered on the following games: 1429 Uncharted Seas, Aliens, Big Bang, Blood Suckers, Castle builder, Castle Builder 2, Champion of the Track, Dead or Alive, Devil´s Delight, Eggomatic, Epic Gems, Eye of the Kraken, Kings of Chicago, Pearls of India, Robin Hood, Scrooge, Sea Hunter, Super Monopoly Money, The Wish Master, Tower Quest, Wild Gambler, Wizard Shop, Zombies.
  • Player from certain countries are not allowed use bonuses due to regular bonus abuse, check the casino's website for the ever changing up to date list.

 

 

Land-based casinos in Costa Rica

Legal status: legal, with a license from the Ministry of Public Security

 

Costa Rica is a Central American country spread out over about 50,000 square kilometres. Despite its relatively small size, Costa Rica is a very popular hub for casino gambling, and nightlife in general. Gambling conferences are also hosted regularly in Costa Rica, and casinos contribute greatly to the country’s significant revenues from tourism.

Costa Rica, due to the favourable taxes, the easy and cheap licensing process, and the pro-business, laissez-faire regulatory environment, has quite a lot of casinos, 30 in total (UPDATE 2021 COVID-19: down from about 35, before the pandemic). Which is quite a lot, considering that the country only has 5 million people. (For context, usually, similarly sized countries, with a limited potential for tourism, with normal taxation, actual gambling regulation and licensing, only have about 10 casinos, Costa Rica has 3x that much, but in the Caribbean, this is pretty much the norm).

Casino gambling is legal in Costa Rica, despite the fact that gambling is actually illegal (casinos are one of the many exceptions). But unlike online casinos, land-based casino gambling is a bit more regulated (but don’t get your hopes up…). The current main pieces of casino gambling legislation are the 2008 Reglemento de Casinos de Juegos, or as it is known in English, the Costa Rican Gambling Law*, and the 2012 Ley de Impuesto a Casinos y Empresas de enlace de llamadas a apuestas electrónicas, which is better known as the Costa Rica Casino Law**.

Most casinos in Costa Rica are located in or near the capital, San José (20 out of the 30 casinos). All of the Costa Rica casinos are on the smaller side (compared to US casinos, they are average compared to European casinos). They may only be open between 6 pm and 2 am UPDATE 2021: This no longer seems to be a requirement. And almost all gambling establishments are attached, or at the very least, can be found next to hotels, in areas frequented by tourists, and mostly cater to tourists and not locals (which is why a few of them closed down permanently due to the pandemic).

While casino gambling in general is legal in Costa Rica, regulation regarding specific games is somewhat confusing. There is a law against betting on games with a random outcome, but this prohibition is rather vague and seems to be ignored. Blackjack is missing in some casinos, though available in others. And where blackjack is not available, Rummy, a blackjack variant, with almost identical rules, seems to be available instead. Some casinos don’t have tables, and only have electronic tables and electronic gaming machines (and gambling takes place essentially online, to circumvent the ban, and utilize the island’s leniency when it comes to online gambling).

/Comment: The latter one is a really good solution btw., I would use this if I had a casino in the country, this way, you don’t have to deal with the chaotic regulations, just get the license from the Ministry of Security as well, pay the taxes, but have everything online, on a server abroad, just in case, with a Panama gambling licence, with servers in Panama. God knows what those politicians will come up with, a few years down the line. This will “futureproof” your casino business and that Panama license is also a data processing license, similarly cheap, and similarly barely regulated, lets you accept players from Costa Rica./

The largest casino in Costa Rica, however, is Fiesta Casino located in Alajuela. Fiesta casino offers about 300 gaming machines, as well as 14 table games including live roulette, Caribbean stud, craps.

 

Can locals visit the casinos Costa Rica?

Yes, unlike in many small countries, locals are not banned from the casinos.

 

Casino licensing and regulatory body of Costa Rica: If you wish to set up a casino you have to get a license from the Ministry of Public Security for tables and gaming machines (slots+electronic bingo+video poker). There is no info about licensing fees anywhere, if you know anything, please share it in the comments section at the bottom.

 

 

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Taxation of casinos in Costa Rica: According to the 2012 Ley de Impuesto a Casinos y Empresas de enlace de llamadas a apuestas electrónicas (translated using an automatic translation software, not an official translation, only available in Spanish online):

 

I don’t know what ‘base salary’ could mean, that’s what the automatic translation software translated “de un salario base por cada” as. If you speak Spanish, and you know what this could be, please leave a comment. Thank you.

 

 

For the players, taxation of casino winnings in Costa Rica: not taxable, there was a proposal for a new 25% tax on big lottery prizes in 2020, but it was rejected

 

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Legal gambling age, age required to enter a casino in Costa Rica: 18+

 

Sources, main pieces of casino gambling legislation:

*Government of Costa Rica – 2008 Reglemento de Casinos de Juegos

**Costa Rica Bienvenido al Sistema Costarricense de Información Jurídica  –  1999 Ley de Impuesto a Casinos y Empresas de enlace de llamadas a apuestas electrónicas

 

 

List of the TOP 5 best and biggest casinos in Costa Rica

 

1., Casino Fiesta Alajuela
This is a picture of the front gate of Casino Fiesta Alajuela, Costa Rica's biggest casino currently. This is the first element of this TOP 5 list of all the best and biggest brick & mortar casino gambling establishments in the Republic of Costa Rica. You can find the other gambling establishments on this list below this one. To the right of the picture you can read more about this casino.
Casino Fiesta Alajuela

Casino Fiesta Alajuela, address: Plaza Aeropuerto, Provincia de Alajuela, Alajuela

One of the three Fiesta casinos in Costa Rica, and the biggest of them, in fact, this is the biggest casino in all of Costa Rica, and the second best looking after Grand Casino Escazú (the next one on the list). Fiesta casinos are part of the CIRSA group.

 

Games: around 200 gaming machines, around 10 tables (Tute, Punto Banco, Texas Hold’em, blackjack, Rummy, Pai Gow, Canasta*) + electronic roulette

The casino has a poker room and a VIP room too.

 

*Canasta description, video tutorial: Canasta is very popular in Costa Rican casinos, probably the second most popular after Rummy. If you are new to the game, watch the following video to learn how to play:

 

Video of Fiesta Casino Alajuela:

 

Opening hours:Monday to Thursday 09-05 h
Friday to Sunday 24 hours

UPDATE COVID-19: open

Dress code: no official dress code

Entrance fee: no entrance fee

Meta review analysis: The casino has many, 1000+ reviews, on average, the casino has 4/5, very good reviews, the third highest score among the Costa Rica casinos

 

18+, ID, and passport for tourists, is needed to enter.

2., Grand Casino Escazú
This is a picture of the building of Grand Casino Escazú, Costa Rica's second biggest and best looking casino currently. To the right of the picture you can read more about this casino.
Grand Casino Escazú

Grand Casino Escazú, address: Route 27, 350m West of Multiplaza Escazú. first floor of the Sheraton Costa Rica Hotel, Guachipelin, San José, 10203

The second biggest casino in Costa Rica, and IMO the best looking (looks fantastic inside, but looks boring, bland, not very interesting on the outside, it looks like an office building, but it’s hotel too after all). The casino is found inside the Sheraton Hotel, and unlike most casinos, it’s actually not on the ground floor, but it’s on the first floor. Sadly, the casino doesn’t have an English website (just like most of the other Costa Rica casinos), therefore, it can be a problem for tourists to get info about the gaming venue. Open since 2013.

 

Games: according to their official Spanish-only website, they have around 145 gaming machines (quite good ones, based on the pictures, unlike most other Costa Rican casinos, which use second-hand old machines from big foreign casinos, they have new slots, very  good brands too, probably the best selection in all of Costa Rica), around 10 tables (Tute, Punto Banco, Tree Card Poker, Canasta, Rummy, Pai Gow, Super Peek*)

 

*Super Peek description, how to play: Super Peek and Play is usually a video poker game where the player can peek at the next card in the deck before the draw with the option to accept it. However, in Costa Rica this seems to be played also as a table game.

 

Video of Grand Casino Escazú:

 

Opening hours: open 24/7

UPDATE COVID-19: open

Dress code: no official dress code

Entrance fee: no entrance fee

Meta review analysis: The casino has  really good reviews online 4.5/5, very good reviews, the best rated Costa Rica casino

 

18+, ID, and passport for tourists, is needed to enter.

3., Casino Club Colonial
This is a picture of the building of Casino Club Colonial, Costa Rica's oldest casino in continuous operation. This is the third casino on this list of the best casino hotels in Costa Rica. To the right of the picture, you can read more about this casino.
Casino Club Colonial

Casino Club Colonial, address: Calle 11, El Carmen, San José

For a very long time, the historic Casino Colonial was the biggest and best casino in all of Costa Rica. It is the oldest casino in Costa Rica that is in continuous operation, and that is owned by the same company, open since 1982. They also have a hotel, El Hotel Sleep Inn Paseo Las Damas. They also havea 24/7 restaurant, which is quite rare in Costa Rica.

 

Games: according to their official Spanish-only website, they have around 200 gaming machines, around 5 tables (Tute*, Open Tute, Tute 4 Ladies, Rummy, Canasta)

The casino also has bingo.

 

*Tute description, step by step video tutorial: Tute is a trick-taking card game of the Ace-Ten family, originating in Italy. Tute, and its many variants are very popular in Costa Rica. If you are new to Tute, watch the following video tutorial (Spanish only, use the built-in Youtube auto-translator, there is no English video tutorial):

 

Video of Casino Club Colonial:

It’s a pretty bad video, but that’s the only one I could find, if you know of a better video (preferably embeddable), please drop a comment (the videos on their Facebook page are even worse).

 

Opening hours: open 24/7

UPDATE COVID-19: open

Dress code: no official dress code

Entrance fee: no entrance fee

Meta review analysis: The casino has good reviews online 4/5, no major problems

 

18+, ID, and passport for tourists, is needed to enter.

4., Casino Fiesta Heredia
This is a picture of the unique and interesting building of Fiesta Casino Heredia, as it is seen form the street. To the right of the picture, you can read more about this casino.
Fiesta Casino Heredia

Fiesta Casino Heredia, address: Sur Parque Central Heredia Hotel América, Planta Baja, Heredia, San José

Another one of the Fiesta casinos (2 of the 3 Fiesta venues are on this list of the biggest and best gambling establishments, the best casino group in all of Costa Rica, I’m not paid to say this, not affiliated with the CIRSA group). This is the second biggest of the Fiesta casinos. The building has very interesting, unique appearance. This one is located 50 meters south of the central park of Heredia close to Hotel América, but their official address (you can it above) is not really helpful, you would find them based on that, if you are new to the place, and you a tourist.

 

Games: according to their Spanish website, they have about 200 slots and an unknown number of tables (at the very least 4+,  Tute, Canasta, Pai Gow, Rummy)

 

*Rummy description, how to play video tutorial: Rummy is ubiquitous in Costa Rica gaming venues. It’s in almost 90% of them. If you are new to Rummy, watch the following video tutorial:

 

Video of Fiesta Casino Heredia:

 

 

Opening hours: open 24/7

UPDATE COVID-19: open

Dress code: no official dress code

Entrance fee: no entrance fee

Meta review analysis: The casino has good reviews online 4/5, no major problems

 

18+, ID, and passport for tourists, is needed to enter.

5., Casino Concorde
This is a picture of the unique and interesting building of Fiesta Casino Heredia, as it is seen form the street. To the right of the picture, you can read more about this casino.
Fiesta Casino Heredia

Concorde Casino, address: Best Western Plus Hotel, next to the Juan Pablo II Bridge, in La Uruca, San José

Located within Best Western Irazu Hotel. The casino is definitely TOP 5 material.

 

Games: according to their Spanish only website, they have about 200 slots and at least 5 tables (Rummy, blackjack, EZ Baccarat, Pai GoW, Canasta)

They also have a poker room, and bigger tournaments, international poker events are often take place here. Sadly, there is not much info about the poker room, but I suspect, that this is Costa Rica’s biggest poker room.

 

Video of Casino Concorde:

 

Opening hours: every day from 9:00 am to 10:30 pm.

UPDATE COVID-19: open

Dress code: no official dress code

Entrance fee: no entrance fee

Meta review analysis: The casino has very good reviews online 4.5/5, the second best rated casino in all of Costa Rica

 

18+, ID, and passport for tourists, is needed to enter.

 

 

 

Bitcoin, cryptocurrency casinos in Costa Rica

Cryptocurrencies (e.g.: bitcoin, litecoin, etheruem) are not specifically regulated in Costa Rica. None of the land-based casinos accept crypto, at least according to their official websites (if you know of a casino that accepts cryptocurrency in CR, please leave a message in the comments section).

 

Other forms of online gambling in Costa Rica

The companies with a data processing license are able to offer any kind of gambling and betting, as long as they don’t accept players from Costa Rica.

At the moment, there is practically no supervision of these online gambling companies, though there have been talks of establishing stricter regulations, in response tot the scandals. However, nothing happened yet.

Certain online gambling sites may be blocked by ISPs, but local gamblers are not prosecuted for playing on foreign online gambling sites.

Online gambling companies licensed in the country can not accept players locally, the only exception is Junta de Potección de Social, the state lottery operator, which hasa monopoly on online lottery within Costa Rica (among other things).

 

 

The following online gambling websites accept players from Costa Rica:

Black Lotus Casino

This is Black Lotus Casino's animated GIF banner advertising their new slot and their free spins and casino match bonuses. You can read about these promotional offers below the animated banner. By clicking on the banner you will be taken to the casino's website where you can register and play.
Black Lotus Casino bonus offers
USA and Canada players are accepted.
  • Get 40 free spins on BIG GAME. Use the code: SAFARI54
OR:
  • Get 250% match bonus, up to $2500. Use the code: SAFARI250
  These are only available to new players. Returning players get daily, exclusive bonuses and other rewards. It changes daily, check the casinos's page for info, the are usually very good, also they have cashback almost each month, so even if you lose, you will get some of it back, usually 10%, but sometimes more.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All offers are available in USD$, C$, Euro €, NOK, SEK, DKK. * Bitcoin is accepted as a deposit currency. * Visa and Master Card Deposits are accepted. * Minimum withdrawal of $100. * 60X wagering on all bonuses. * Maximum withdrawal of $100 on all Free Spin or Free Bonus offers. * A minimum $20 deposit is required to process a withdrawal. * Maximum withdrawal of $1000 on Match bonuses from 101% or greater * All offers are available for 1 claim per IP. * Offers valid till end of April 2022   Check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations, does not apply to bonuses for returning players which have different (significantly better) paythrough requirements.
Wagering limitation:
  • 100% - Slots and Keno
  • 50% - Roulette and Three Card Poker
  • 25% - Baccarat
  • 10% - Video Poker
  • 5% - Blackjack, Craps
  • 0% - Everything else
 

RichPrize Casino

This is RichPrize Casino's animated GIF banner advertising their new exclusive games and their free spins and casino bonuses. You can read about these promotional offers below the animated banner. By clicking on the banner you will be taken to the casino's website where you can register and play.
RichPrize Casino bonus offers
USA and Canada players are accepted. However, US players can only deposit and withdraw money using cryptocurrencies! (this restriction only applies to US players, and only in this casino)
  • 100% match bonus, up to $400 + 25 free spins, no code needed
  OR:
  • Confirm email or phone, apply code: LADYDAY, make deposit from 21 to 400 EUR/USD and receive 88% + 88 free spins, limited time only, if it is no longer valid, please drop a comment and let me know
  OR:
  • Confirm email or phone, apply code: WEST100 make deposit pf at least 21 EUR/USD and receive 100 free spins, limited time only, if it is no longer valid, please drop a comment and let me know
  Returning players usually get 25% - 33% cashback, one of the highest regular cashbacks online. Even if you end up losing you will get about 30% of your money back (returning players only).

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
  • Playthrough requirement: Bonus wagering x40 applied.
  • Free spins wagering x40 applied.
  Check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations, does not apply to bonuses for returning players which have different (significantly better) paythrough requirements.
Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days to wager bonus.
  • Slots wagering allowed.
  • Slots wagering participation 100%.
  • Min bet 0.01 EUR - Max bet 3 EUR.
  • Betting Games wagering not allowed.
  • Providers allowed for wagering: Limited to enabled games only.
  • Player can cancel bonus at any time. Please note: Upon cancellation of the bonus the balance will be adjusted to the balance before bonus activation.
 

 

BGO

This is the current 2021 animated gif banner of bgo, next gen, cross platform and mobile compatible casino with 1000+ casino games, live dealers, virtual sports betting and bingo. On the banner you can read the current bonuses., promotions, codes and offer, and player protection info, and terms and conditions. Under the banner you can read the details terms and conditions and wagering requirements, playthrough requirements. The banner is a link, by clicking on it, you will be taken to the gambling platforms's site, where you can register and play.
BGO casino banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered by BGO casino. You can read these offers below.
US players can not register.
  • 500 free spins
  Terms and conditions of the casino apply (if any). Check the casino's webpage for up to date terms and conditions and wagering limitations.  

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Only for UK players, new players only.
Playthrough requirement: 65x
Wagering limitation:
  • Slots: 100%
  • Roulette: 25%
  • All Blackjack Games: 25%
  • 3 Card Brag: 50%
  • Casino Hold'em: 25%
  • Baccarat: 0%
  • Everything else: 0%

 

GT Bets Casino and Sportsbook

GTbets bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently. The picture also acts as a link and by clicking o nit you will be taken to the gambling website.
GTbets sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 150% up to $500 on your first deposit (then 100%, up to $250 bonus on your second deposit, then 5-50% depending on the amount on your third deposit and afterwards)
  • 10% weekly rebate, 15% cashback on horse racing betting
  • Free spins, weekly cashback for returning players

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 10-40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Earnings ($10)Sign Up Bonus PlaythroughReload Bonus (Varies by %) Playthrough
Sports5 points for every $10 wagered12x6x-10x
(Baseball)2 points for every $10 wagered30x15x-25x
Horses7.5 points for every $10 wagered8x4x-6.7x
Slots2 points for every $10 wagered30x15x-25x
Table1 point for every $10 wagered60x30x-50x
Video Poker1.5 points for every $10 wagered40x20x-33x
 
Wagering limitation:
  • Please be advised - the use of bonus funds to place wagers on the following games is not allowed: Baccarat (including Live), Craps, and European Roulette (including Live).
  • For bonuses, sports moneyline wagers with odds of -300 (1.33) or less, will not qualify for rollover point earnings. So for example, betting NBA - NY Knicks (-350) will not earn rollover points towards a bonus.
   

Bet Online Casino and Sportsbook + Poker

Bet Online bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently.
Bet Online sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits! Use the code: BOLCASINO
  • 100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.
  • 100% match poker bonus, a minimum deposit of $50 using code NEWBOL
  For returning players: Fund your BetOnline account via cryptocurrency and earn a 35% Reload Bonus on EVERY qualifying deposit. To claim your extra 35%, simply use code: CRYPTO35 Earn a 25% Bonus up to $250 on every qualifying reload you make 24/7/365. Just use promo code: LIFEBONUS when you deposit as little as $50 and the extra 25% will be added to your sports bankroll instantly

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

Betsson Casino and Sports Book

This is a gif animated banner displaying the casino + poker platform + online sports book Betsson's various current 2021 promotions. Under the banner you can read about these bonuses, their terms and conditions, paythrough requirements, wagering limitations. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to Betsson's internet platform ,where you can register an account.
European casino & sportsbook & poker, all in one
North American players are not accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to €100
  • 101 free spins on your first deposit
  • €5,000 every week for one lucky active returning player (no wagering limitation, no playthrough requirement)

US players can not register. Betsson has over 1500 games, the most games of any online casino. You can read the review of Betsson casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 35 times before withdrawal. No wagering requirement for the weekly extra money.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus: • 100%: Slots • 10%: All Roulette (except Live), Caribbean Stud & Casino Stud Poker Games • 10%: All Casino Hold’Em, Red Dog, Pai Gow, Poker Games, Oasis Poker & Texas Hold’Em Poker Games • 5%: All BlackJack (except Live BlackJack), Baccarat, Video Poker, Pontoon, Beat Me, Punto Banco Games
Wagering limitation:
  • The bonus cannot be wagered on the following games: 1429 Uncharted Seas, Aliens, Big Bang, Blood Suckers, Castle builder, Castle Builder 2, Champion of the Track, Dead or Alive, Devil´s Delight, Eggomatic, Epic Gems, Eye of the Kraken, Kings of Chicago, Pearls of India, Robin Hood, Scrooge, Sea Hunter, Super Monopoly Money, The Wish Master, Tower Quest, Wild Gambler, Wizard Shop, Zombies.
  • Player from certain countries are not allowed use bonuses due to regular bonus abuse, check the casino's website for the ever changing up to date list.

 

 

 

Back to the main article, the guide to the legal status of gambling in Costa Rica.

 

Simon’s Guide to Land-based and Online Casinos in Costa Rica is part of Simon’s Online Casino Guide.

 

Last updated: 2021-04-18

 

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