Poker players getting chips ready as Premier of Bermuda pledges first casino in 2021
By Bob Garcia
Bermuda is on track to open its first casino in 2021, and hopes are high that one of them could include a poker room for the country’s thriving poker community.
“I am expecting certainly that we’ll have a casino, at least one casino, operating in Bermuda this year and we’ll continue to work on that,” noted David Burt, Premier of Bermuda. “But it has not been easy. If it would have been easy, we would not be sitting here in 2021, about seven years after the former Government passed the Casino Gaming Act, without a casino in the country.”
The Premier, who is also responsible for overseeing the country’s tourism sector, noted he was “pleased with the work that’s happened with the St Regis Hotel.” That property is slated to open in the spring and developers have planned to include a casino.
However, while players can look forward to a casino opening soon, specifics are scarce and it’s not yet clear if a poker room would be part of any Day 1 plans.
The Hamilton Princess Hotel, another popular destination on the island, has a provisional licence from the Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission.
The Casino Gaming Act was introduced in 2015, and ultimately authorized casino gambling in Bermuda. Under the new law, casinos must be integrated within a resort rather than standing alone.
But it wasn’t until November 2019 that final touches for the gambling industry were approved, including cashless betting and how the island nation’s banks would work with other overseas financial institutions.