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Casinos & Gambling

History of Gambling in Mexico

Mexico Gambling and Casino Scene

With casinos being banned for many years, it is only recently that Mexico is waking up to the new world of gambling. However, Mexico has always been a top market for the Las Vegas gambling industry. It ranks at number four on the list of favorite destination for gambling for international customers.

Rosarito has long been home to Caliente Sports Book and now, in the new mall, Pabellon Rosarito, Jackpot casino has opened to the public.

Casinos in Mexico

Mexico has forayed into casino and gambling after many decades and new facilities and permits are on the cards. A minimum of four new services are planned along the Texas-Mexico border. Besides this, over 35 gaming sites are expected to come up within 50 miles of the state's boundaries. Casinos may also come about in the beachfront resort cities of Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta and Cancun. Border towns, such as Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez will have more casinos. Casinos are also expected to open in the Mexico City area.

It is speculated that with the legalization of gambling in Mexico, resorts worth over $500 million would open in Acapulco and Mazatlan as potential casinos. Many gambling companies of Las Vegas are keen to open casinos in the prospective market of Mexico. Experts in this industry are predicting that some of the big names like Park Place Entertainment Corp., MGM Mirage and Harrah's Entertainment Inc. would show interest in Mexico.

It is expected that over 35 gaming sites may be built within 50 miles of the Mexico/U.S. border. The Viva Las Vegas casino in Matamoros is one example.

There are also plans to construct casinos in Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta and Cancun. Of course, gambling still isn’t legal in Mexico, so many of these plans may be subject to change.

While table gaming has yet to be legalized, you can find slot machines and sports betting at these facilities. Poker can be found in some casinos, such as the one inside Hotel Arawak. Caribbean Poker is very popular, as well as Texas Hold’em and Stud Poker.

Plans have also been made to construct casinos in the Mexico City area and in border towns such as Tijuana and Ciudad.

Video Gambling Machines

These machines can be found at casinos and mini-casinos across the country. They have a bingo-like quality which allows the player to affect the game in subtle ways, thus making the games legal under the new 2004 guidelines. For this reason, they are very close to the Class II machines found in the United States.

In the typical Mexican bingo parlor, you might find as many as 200 to 300 machines. Payouts usually average from 94 to 96 percent.

Dog and Horse Racing in Mexico

Besides the new casinos, the government of Mexico has made public announcements of the names of permit holders of Racino, in August 2005. The names included names of famous organizations which own horse race tracks, dog race tracks and Jai Alai frontons. The list mainly included 22 master permit holders, along with their names and addresses. Many operators are keeping a close watch on the Dog and Horse racing market in Mexico and are putting their money in Racino and casinos.

Pari-mutuel Facilities and Lotteries in Mexico

Pari-mutuel facilities are gaining high popularity in Mexico. Horse tracks are present at Juarez under the aegis of Juarez race tracks while Mexico City has the world famous Hippodrome de la Americas. Along with horse tracks, greyhound racing has also returned to the Juarez racetrack and those interested in this activity, can have an exhilarating time in those racetracks. Lotteries, both offline and mainly online are also finding their place in Mexico. Lottery operator GTECH Holding Corp. has signed a contract with “Pronosticos Para la Assistencia Publica” to run an online lottery. eLOT Inc. is another lottery operator in Mexico that has received a patent registration that covers its systems for purchasing state and government lottery tickets over the Internet.

Poker in Mexico - Mexican Texas Holdem

Poker is played in some of the casinos in Mexico. One can play various Poker games including Caribbean Poker (one of the most favorite Poker games in Central America), Texas Holdem and Stud. You can enjoy Poker in Casinos like the one in Hotel Arawak. Besides Poker, other card games that are played in the casinos of Mexico are ‘Siete’ ‘Loco’ and ‘Malilla’.


Much like in the United States, bingo is a very popular recreational game and charitable fund raiser.


National lotteries have existed in Mexico for hundreds of years. In recent times, American-style scratch-off cards have also started gaining in popularity. Lottery operator GTECH Holding Corp. has even signed a contract to run an online lottery.


Cockfighting is a very popular form of gambling in Mexico. While technically illegal, the Mexican officials tend to turn a blind eye to the events, as they are very popular with the people.


A traditionally popular sport in Mexico, most of the larger cities have a bullfighting ring. In fact, Mexico City has the largest ring in the world and can hold 55,000 people. It’s not for the squeamish, thought, as the bull is pierced with small spears and usually finished off with a sword through the heart. Still, an avid gambler will find many takers who are more than willing to make wagers on the outcome.

Sports Betting

Sports betting is legal in Mexico, with Mexican sports betting operations taking wagers on various national and international sporting events. Caliente is the largest race and sports book in Mexico, and they have over 50 betting parlors across the country, as well as offering bets over the phone or Internet. They are especially popular in Baja California, which is situated right next to Southern California.

Gambling Laws in Mexico

It is only recently that gambling has become legalized in Mexico. This has increased the potential of the gaming industry here. Though leading players of this industry want to set up their casinos in the beautiful tourist locations like Acapulco and Cancun, however the government of Mexico has to explicitly mention the exact locations where casinos would be given the required license to continue such activities.

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Rosarito Inn Hotel Condominium Suites

Rosarito is a popular place to visit, with thousands of tourists coming here each year from all over the U.S., Mexico, and other parts of the world. Rosarito Beach is a favorite destination of many, due to its close proximity to the U.S. and the beautiful beaches and hospitality of the Mexican people. We hope you will enjoy the new casinos in Rosarito and throughout Mexico and please gamble responsibly.

Rosarito Inn is the place you will want to stay every time you visit Rosarito. More than a typical Rosarito hotel, Rosarito Inn Condominiums make it easy for the entire family to stay together with beautifully furnished suites that can accommodate everyone in the same suite.

Rosarito Inn has a bilingual staff that will cater to their guests and help with arrangements in making your stay a most memorable start to the summer, with specials for a weekend, week, and long term. There is a good time waiting for you and your family. Rosarito Inn has such amenities as high speed internet,pools, jacuzzi, washer/dryer in each unit, fully equipped kitchens, direct beach access, cable TV, TV/DVD combo, gated controlled access to parking and rooms, and much more.

Rosarito Inn also features a number of local merchants that host Rosarito Inn guests, including Oceana Spa and the finest fusion of Mexican and American cuisine at Oceana Grill & Cafe Restaurant... All around Rosarito Inn, you will find Arts and Crafts Marketplace, gift shops, restaurants, night clubs, and tourist attractions.

Whether in town to relax, shop, or just have a fun time, Rosarito Inn is very pleased to show you the best in Mexican hospitality. The famous Puerto Nuevo Lobster Village is an experience you won't want to miss out on. Golfing is available from a number of locations and sand dunes are just south of town for getting out on your ATV. Horseback riding is also within walking distance.

Come enjoy the convenience of Rosarito with the whole family. We look forward to your visit.


Condo Amenities

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