Puerto Rico’s Casino Del Mar Adds High Roller Gaming Room

Posted on: August 31, 2023, 07:07h. 

Last updated on: September 1, 2023, 02:34h.

Casino del Mar at the Hotel La Concha Resort in Puerto Rico has given itself an upgrade by launching an exclusive space for high rollers looking for something more than just another trip to a gambling floor.

La Concha Resort in Puerto Rico at night
La Concha Resort in Puerto Rico at night. The property’s Casino del Mar casino has added a high roller room. (Image: F&R Construction Group)

The new gaming space at Casino del Mar, which the casino is calling the High Limit Pit, is an exclusive area that offers customers the opportunity for higher limits on bets. According to Casino del Mar GM Sigfrido De Jesús, it offers a private entertainment environment that incorporates innovative technology.

The million-dollar upgrade also offers exclusive attractions aimed at the tastes of the high roller crowd, as well as its own bar. Casino del Mar, which inaugurated a BetMGM sportsbook last December, opened High Limit Pit on August 29.

The space includes tables for blackjack, roulette, and more, all ready to accept bets of higher denominations. High Limit Pit also added 10 more personnel to the casino’s workforce.

However, the POC would prevent the sale of alcoholic beverages in many establishments after 1 or 2 in the morning, depending on the day of the week. The regulation could also force those not staying at the Hotel La Concha Resort to leave before dawn. Hospitality and tourism-related businesses are fighting the ordinance.

The addition comes at a time when Puerto Rico’s gaming industry is transforming. Earlier this month, San Juan said it would introduce a new Public Order Code (POC) to include a nightly curfew for everyone. Should it proceed as planned, more than a few gamblers will be unhappy with the results.


Puerto Rico Gaming Goes Diamond

The legal Puerto Rican casino market turned 75 earlier this month and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.

The Puerto Rico Gaming Commission (PRGC) welcomed the anniversary and the industry’s success. It said that the approval of the law allowing the establishment of arcades and slot machines 75 years ago has greatly contributed to the territory’s government by yielding $1.4 billion over the last decade.

Jaime Rivera-Emmanuelli, the interim head of the PRGC, emphasized that by legalizing gambling in 1948, Puerto Rico strategically positioned itself as an enticing hub for gamblers. Consequently, this move has led to substantial growth in tourism activity. Puerto Rico became the second jurisdiction in the U.S. to embrace gambling as a lawful activity, following Nevada’s lead in 1931.

There are a total of 18 thriving casinos in Puerto Rico. This flourishing industry generates around 10K jobs, both directly and indirectly. The revenue generated by these casinos is split among several stakeholders, including the casinos themselves, the federal government, the educational programs at the University of Puerto Rico, the Department of Finance, and the Puerto Rico Tourism Company.

Between 2013 and 2023, $1.4 billion was disbursed by the government. Casinos helped deliver $620 million to the University of Puerto Rico, $213 million to the Treasury, and $537 million to the Puerto Rico Tourism Company.