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Betting in Panama City

Published on: 08/08/2016

Panama City was founded by the Spanish conquistador Pedro Arias Davila in 1519. The country had a long and eventful history prior to the completion of the man-made Panama Canal, which opened in 1914. In 1989, the country’s notorious dictator General Manuel Noriega was ousted and martial law was lifted, leading to the country’s modern status as a popular tourist destination.

Panama City has a population of 36,484, which makes it the biggest city in the Republic of Panama. As well as being the nation’s capital, it also acts as the administrative and political base, and is an important centre for commerce and international banking. It has been reported that Panama City is amongst the top five destinations in the world to retire. In 2003, the city enjoyed being the American Capital of Culture.

Originally designed as a breakwater, Amador Causeway is located on the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal. It is a bright and breezy open space, ideal for many recreational activities. There are numerous cafes, restaurants, souvenir shops, bicycle hire services, a tourist centre and many interesting monuments. The area is also a popular location for sporting activities and enjoys a buzzing nightlife. With regards to gambling opportunities, the majority of the casinos on Amador Causeway are located in the hotel resorts which are generally found downtown. The Veneto Wyndam Grand Hotel & Casino is open 24/7 and offers 625 gaming machines and 56 games tables. Bettors can partake in Roulette, Poker, Blackjack, Craps, Casino War, Mini-Baccarat and Texas Hold’em. The casino also features a Race & Sports Book. There is plenty of accommodation with hundreds of guest rooms, plus four restaurants.

Other establishments on the Amador Causeway include the Royal Casino Marriott, with its table and poker games, plus gaming machines. The Gran Hotel Soloy & Fiesta Casino offers a bar, restaurant, gaming tables and machines.

Likewise, the Hotel El Panama & Fiesta Casino operates round the clock, with gaming machines, poker and table games as well as 335 rooms for guests. The Continental Hotel & Crown Casino facilitates games machines and tables, 362 hotel rooms, a bar and a choice of restaurants. Similarly, the Riande Granada Hotel & Crown Casino offers gaming machines, games tables, 187 hotel rooms and two restaurants.

The Casino Rio Abajo houses 80 games machines and is open from nine o’clock in the morning until 01:00am. The Princess Casino has 450 Games machines, 19 games, a bar, several restaurants and 128 guest rooms. The Crown Casino offers gaming space, four restaurants and 380 hotel suits. Panama’s biggest gambling establishment is perhaps the Casino Majestic. It is open for business 24 hours a day and features 440 games machines and 48 gaming tables including poker games. There is a hotel and a bar on site. The Central Park Hotel and Golden Lion Casino is an international hotel located on the northern side of Panama City. The establishment accommodates 325 guest rooms, a spa and a casino. The surroundings are avant-garde style and personalized services are available along with 24-hour security.

A company called the Fantastic Group bring some competition to the city’s gambling industry. They operate the Caribe Hotel & Fantastic Casino Caribe, which is open for business every day from 9am until 2 am. The hotel has 175 rooms, a bar, two restaurants and the casino features 131 games machines. Fantastic Group also owns the Hotel Internacional & Fantastic Casino Internacional. There are 85 guest rooms and the establishment is open daily from 9am until midnight. The casino offers 90 games machines.

Also present throughout Panama City is a company known as the La Barra Fantastic Casino Network. They provide a chain of stand-alone slot machine venues such as the Fantastic Los Andes, Fantastic Penonome, Fantastic Aguadulce, Fantastic Gran Estacion and the Fantastic Casa Miller. The city’s streets are scattered with small wooden kiosks where Lottery products are sold. The Lottery operator is called Loteria Nacional de Beneficiencia and weekly draws take place on Wednesdays and Sundays. Panama City boasts a horse racing venue called the Hipodromo Presidente Remon, which was founded in 1956. Thoroughbred events and pari-mutuel betting takes place three times a week. The property includes round-the-clock gaming tables plus slot machine action.