Goa is the smallest state in India, fourth smallest by population. Don’t let size fool you though, whilst it might be small, it is the richest state in India with a capita near two and a half times the rest of the country. It is also ranked the best quality of life in India by the National Commission on Population. There are a many great thing do and see in Goa, it is known for fabulous beaches and world heritage architecture. It is also rich in flora and fauna and is a diverse hotspot. Generally speaking, Goa is not about casinos, these are an afterthought for most visitors. However, considering our website is called Casino Online and Goa is one of the few places in India where legal casino gaming exist, This article here is about Goa Casinos, in particular our favourite casino in Goa, Casino Royale.
Deltine Royale History (formerly Casino Royale)
In April 2008, the only offshore casino that existed in Goa was appropriated named Casino Goa. The opposition party was irate and sustained heavy protest over the absurdity that Janata Party government decided to issue a casino license when it was clearly a violation of the country’s laws. In time, things settled and when seeing the revenue Casino Goa was bringing from tourists who previously headed to Nepal, the state in a near unanimous decision decided to issue five additional offshore casino licenses, bringing the total to six. The first of these five licenses was issued to Highstreet Cruises and Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., a serious player in the entertainment industry. With that license, they opened what is still to this day India’s largest floating casino, Casino Royale.
The Deltine Royale
The Casino Royale is docked on the Mandovi River. Casino goers are transported to and from the vessel via six feeder boats and a private jetty. Here is a little more about what you can find offered aboard the ship.
Known as the Las Vegas to the east, Casino Royale has 12,000 sq ft. gaming section which houses 50 table games and 30 slots. Here you’ll find traditional casino games as well as India games. The traditional games include American Roulette, Baccarat, Blackjack, 3 Card Poker, Caribbean Stud, Money Wheel, Craps and Pontoon. There is also a poker room with Texas Hold’em cash games and tournaments. Quite interesting is they have a beginners’ poker room for those less experienced with the game, of course one can only imagine this must be the popular hangout for the sharks. Regarding the Indian games offered, these are India Flush (Teen Patti), Passa (Dice), Katti (Andar Bahar) and Paplu (Rummy). It’s truly amazing how many gambling opportunities there are on this vessel.
The Casino Royale vessel has 5 decks each dedicated to different areas of recreation. On the top deck you’ll find world class entertainment by artist, musicians, comedians and Goa’s most attractive female entertainers. There is also a deck dedicated to children’s activities which offers video gaming, and traditional board games. And finally, as is found in most all casinos, there is a deck for spa and massage and another deck for dinning.
Cost to Visit Deltine Royale
There are all sorts of packages offered directly on the Deltine Royale website. Whilst some are more luxurious such as a Marriott Hotel beach stay, the price conscious travel can also find great deals. The least expensive option is staying at the Hotel Mandovi which is 35 kms from the Goa Airport and located on the banks of the river Mandovi, with a great view. A package of 3 nights 4 days for two that includes accommodations and one time complimentary chips worth Rs. 15000 is just 6000 total. That’s about $135.00 US for a budget trip to the Casino Royale in Goa.
To learn about other floating gambling houses in Goa refer to our page on Goa Casinos.