Introduction to Northern Mariana Islands Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2019
Northern Mariana Islands slot machine casino gambling consists of 7 commercial casinos. Five of these casinos are on the island of Saipan. The remaining are in San Jose on the island of Tinian. Cruise ship casinos are open while docked.
The Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands has become dominated by Imperial Pacific, a Chinese casino company, which has introduced a mega-resort to Saipan.
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Relevant Legal Statutes on Gambling in the
Northern Mariana Islands*
The minimum legal gambling age in the Northern Mariana Islands depends upon the gambling activity:
- Land-Based Casinos: 21
- Poker Rooms: 21
- Bingo: n/a
- Lottery: n/a
- Pari-Mutuel Wagering: n/a
Saipan’s legislature legalized gambling in 2014. This occurred without a vote by residents after years of rejection by mostly Catholic voters. As recently as 2017, new gaming regulations were under development. Recent gambling changes in CNMI have been dramatic
After a fact-finding trip to Hong Kong, a bill authorizing a casino concession passed with little debate and with futile resistance from activists. The second bid was from the Chinese company Imperial Pacific for a $3 billion mega-resort far exceeding Saipan’s economy
In August 2015, Imperial Pacific won the bid in exchange for a $15 million annual fee and other fixed payments. This revenue was sufficient to address Saipan’s long-term and severe economic difficulties.
Unfortunately for Saipan future economics, the casino contract terms include:
- A 25-year monopoly on the casino industry in Saipan.
- There is to be no taxation of any casino gambling income by Saipan.
The casino is only half-completed and without a functioning sprinkler system. Despite this, the casino has been welcoming high rollers from China since July 2018. Beforehand, a temporary location opened in a duty-free mall across the street from the casino construction site.
There, fewer than 20 tables turned over $5.3 billion, that’s billion with a “b”, in the first three months of opening at the temporary location. This gaming revenue is more than 30% of the gaming revenue at Wynn Macau with its resort of 192 tables, five-star restaurants, and more
Put another way, as reported by Casino.org, it is the “most profitable casino on Earth.” For much more coverage, including construction worker deaths and millions paid to the family of Saipan’s governor, consider this Bloomberg article A Chinese Casino Has Conquered a Piece of America.
*The purpose of this section is to inform the public of state gambling laws and how the laws apply to various forms of gambling. This information is not intended to provide legal advice.
Slot Machine Private Ownership in the Northern Mariana Islands
There is no information available online regarding private ownership of a slot machine on the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Gaming Control Board in the Northern Mariana Islands
Article XXI of the constitution of the U.S. territory of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands prohibits gambling except as provided by Commonwealth law or established through an initiative in the Commonwealth or in any senatorial district.
According to my best understanding at this moment, Saipan has its Commonwealth Casino Commission established through an initiative in the Commonwealth, while Tinian has the Tinian Casino Gaming Control Commission established through its senatorial district
The current legal authority of the government of CNMI over the Imperial Pacific Resort Hotel is less than clear. Federal law for some ongoing concerns may take precedence.
Casinos in the Northern Mariana Islands
The largest casino in the Northern Mariana Islands is Imperial Pacific Resort Hotel in Garapan on the island of Saipan.
List of Casinos in the Northern Mariana Islands
The 5 casinos on the island of Saipan are:
- Best Sunshine Live Garapan in Garapan.
- Club 88 Garapan in Garapan.
- Club 88 Marianas Resort and Spa in Garapan.
- Club C e-Gaming Club in Susupe.
- Imperial Pacific Resort in Garapan.
The 2 casinos on the island of Tinian are:
- Plumeria Golf and Casino Resort in San Jose.
- Tinian Ocean View Casino Resort in San Jose.
List of Tribal Casinos in the Northern Mariana Islands
No federally-recognized American Indian tribes exist on the Northern Mariana Islands. Therefore, there are no tribal casinos here.
Other Gambling Establishments
As an alternative to enjoying Northern Mariana Islands slot machine casino gambling, consider exploring casino options in a nearby state or territory.
The Northern Mariana Islands has nearby:
Each of the links above will take you to my specific blog for that state or territory near the Northern Mariana Islands.
Payout Returns in the Northern Mariana Islands
Slot machine payout return statistics are not available to the public, including any legal establishment of minimum payout return limits.
Our Northern Mariana Islands Slots Facebook Group
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Summary of Northern Mariana Islands Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2019
The Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands slot machine casino gambling consists of 7 commercial casinos. Five of these casinos are on the island of Saipan. The remaining are in San Jose on the island of Tinian. Cruise ship casinos are open while docked
Annual Progress in Northern Mariana Islands Slot Machine Casino Gambling
In the last year, the CNMI government and economy ha
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