Introduction to U.S. Virgin Islands Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2020
U.S. Virgin Islands slot machine casino gambling consists of seven casinos on three out of USVI’s four islands including St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John.
No theoretical payout limits have been set nor are return statistics publicly available.
This post continues my weekly State-By-State Slot Machine Casino Gambling Series, an online resource dedicated to guiding slot machine casino gambler to success. Now in its third year, each weekly post reviews slots gambling in a single U.S. state, territory, or federal district.
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Relevant Legal Statutes on Gambling in the U.S. Virgin Islands*
The minimum legal gambling age in the U.S. Virgin Islands depends upon the gambling activity:
- Land-Based Casinos: 21
- Poker Rooms: 21
- Bingo: Not available
- Lottery: 18
- Pari-Mutuel Wagering: Not available
In November 1994, voters on the island of St. Croix approved legalized casino gambling. The next year, it became law by the territorial legislature. During the same vote, residents on the islands of St. Thomas and St. John rejected the gaming proposal.
The Virgin Islands Casino and Resort Act of 1995 allowed the issuance of six casino licenses to stimulate the tourism economy on the island of St. Croix. In part, this Act states that only a major hotel and convention facility can have a casino.
After this initial referendum result, although it is not clear when this occurred, casino gambling became legalized on the islands of St. Thomas and St. John. This conclusion is based on St. Thomas and St. John facilities showing online that they have slot machines available. Use caution before assuming these are legal gaming options.
Online casino games and poker are available in the U.S. Virgin Islands, yet licenses haven’t been issued. Players are unprosecuted for playing in offshore casinos. The U.S. Virgin Islands does not block access to online casino websites.
*The purpose of this section is to inform the public of state gambling laws and how the laws might apply to various forms of gaming. It is not legal advice.
Slot Machine Private Ownership in the U.S. Virgin Islands
Unfortunately, it is unknown whether it is legal to own a slot machine privately on the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Gaming Control Board in the U.S. Virgin Islands
The Virgin Islands Casino and Resort Control Act of 1995 established the U.S. Virgin Islands Casino Control Commission. The Commission does not have a website, but its main phone number is (340) 718-3138.
The Casino Control Commission issued its first two casino licenses in 1998. After a delay caused by the passing of Hurricane Lenny in November 1999, the first St. Croix casino opened in March 2001.
The Commission issues licenses to prospective casino investors and employees. Its inspectors and agents maintain a physical presence during the operation of the casino.
The Division’s primary function is to investigate the qualifications of each applicant before the Commission issues any license, permit, or certification. Further, the DGE requires their Division verify any jackpot of $25,000 or more.
Casinos in the U.S. Virgin Islands
There are seven commercial casinos on the islands of St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Furthermore, many cruise ships visiting the U.S. Virgin Islands have onboard casinos available to passengers when traveling in international waters.
If traveling to the U.S. Virgin Islands, be sure to check the status beforehand of any casinos you plan to visit on these islands.
The largest casino in the U.S. Virgin Islands is Divi Carina Bay Beach Resort & Casino on the island of St. Croix.
The second largest casino, once it opens, would be the Golden Resort on the island of St. Croix.
Commercial Casinos in the U.S. Virgin Islands
The four closed or proposed casinos on the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands located in the town of Christiansted are:
- Divi Carina Bay Beach Resort & Casino
- Caravelle Hotel & Casino
- Seven Hills Golf Resort & Casino (Proposed since 2001)
- Golden Resorts: Golf Resort, Casino, and Conference Center
The one casino on the island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands is:
- The Parrot Club located in Cruz Bay.
The two casinos on the island of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands are:
- Windward Passage Hotel located on the western outskirts of Charlotte Amalie.
- Winner’s Circle in Havensight located on the southeastern outskirts of Charlotte Amalie.
Tribal Casinos in the U.S. Virgin Islands
There are no federally-recognized American Indian tribes on the U.S. Virgin Islands and, therefore, no tribal casinos.
Other Gambling Establishments
As an alternative to enjoying U.S. Virgin Islands slot machine casino gambling, consider exploring casino options in a nearby state. Bordering the U.S. Virgin Islands is:
Each of the links above will take you to my blog for that neighboring U.S. state or territory to the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Our U.S. Virgin Islands Slots Facebook Group
Are you interested in sharing and learning with other slots enthusiasts on the U.S. Virgin Islands? If so, join our U.S. Virgin Islands slots community on Facebook. All you’ll need is a Facebook profile to join this closed Facebook Group freely.
There, you’ll be able to privately share your slots experiences as well as chat with players about slots gambling on the U.S. Virgin Islands. Join us!
Payout Returns in the U.S. Virgin Islands
No theoretical payout limits or return statistics are available from the U.S. Virgin Islands Gaming Control Commission.
Summary of U.S. Virgin Islands Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2020
U.S. Virgin Islands slot machine casino gambling consists of seven casinos at resorts and golf courses. These casinos are on the islands of St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas. The St. Croix casinos are closed for various reasons.
Annual Progress in the U.S. Virgin Islands Slot Machine Casino Gambling
Over the last year, there have been little to no changes in the gaming industry of the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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