A mecca for history lovers, sun-seeking travellers and fantastic nightlife, Malta sure knows how to entertain. And the fun which this archipelago has to offer isn’t restricted to these three items. In recent years, Malta has managed to attract a huge gambling community from all across the globe. But getting into one of the local casinos is not only an exciting gambling experience, but one of leisure, architecture and plush beauty. Maltese casino can vary from ultra modern hotel complexes to beautifully restored palaces.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a complete stranger to the gambling table or you’re an absolute veteran of the game, trying your luck in one of the island’s casinos is a must.
Casino can, in fact, offer a complete night out. Most casino are well equipped with a kitchen serving a wide range of cuisines. Bars, of course, are also set to entertain.
This is the ultimate guide to the casinos in Malta.
A list of casinos in Malta
In tiny Malta there are four major gambling establishments. Three of these are all located in the St Julians area, close to Paceville, which is the night life central of Malta.
Casino Malta (St Julians)
This venue (here is on the Map), opened in 2016, was inspired by the casinos of Las Vegas. It hosts a staggering 285 slot machines, 25 table games and two electronics roulette. It is open 24 hours a day and sits on 32,000 square feet. It is, in fact, the biggest casino in Malta. There are regular live shows held here together with concerts and poker games. A Sport Bar located in the casinos offers cocktails for guests.
Dragonara Casino (St Julians)
A wonderful summer palace on the shores of the Maltese coastline, converted into a grand casino. A beautiful terrace with columns provides you with incredible views of the sea. Also open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the Dragonara Casino offers a bar for refreshments and some snacks. The site in which this casino sits is quite unique. The place was built by the Marquis Scicluna and in 1964, it was transformed into a casino. A huge construction project to modernise the site took place in 2010 and the casino is not equipped with the latest technology. There are over 250 slot machines and dozens of gambling tables.
Oracle Casino (St Pauls Bay)
This casino is well equipped for every player of varying levels. It features VIP rooms for the high rollers. The Oracle Casino also has its very own bistro. The casino is part of a hotel complex, the famous Dolmen Hotel and Spa. The hotel itself has beautifully themed bars and nights clubs to make your evening jam packed and unforgettable.
Portomaso Casino (St Julians)
Portomaso (here is on the Map) is the highest tower in Malta (for now, as more are under consruction) and is home to a beautiful casino, just in front of the famous Hilton hotel. The elegant setting will set the right mood for every player who enters this establishment. There are 150 slot machines and the place holds daily cash games and tournaments to keep you entertained.
A hub for online and land casinos
Malta has grown a reputation over the past 10 years, as being one of the most popular destinations for online casinos to be set up. It easy to note how Malta hosts a huge list of online gambling licences. But what makes Malta particularly attractive for gamblers?
In 2004, Malta successfully established a robust gaming framework which made it easier for online casinos to set up shop in Malta. The governing authority for online casinos in Malta is called the Malta Gaming Authority.
Through this entity, Malta became one the first EU states to regulate remote gaming operations.
At the moment, Malta is home to over 500 gaming companies which include gambling operators. Some 160 of this number came just in the last 3 years. One of the reasons why gambling operators choose Malta to set up their business is the low gaming tax. Malta also offers cheaper licensing fees. One other major attracting factor is the location. Located between north Africa and Europe, it’s easy to see why it’s such a strategic point.
Finally, it’s paramount to point out that casinos only allow adults to go inside. Always make sure you play responsibly. Go out to have fun, not to get broke. Know when to stop. If you feel like you’re facing a possible gambling problem, give the Responsible Gaming Foundation a ring on 1777 or call Sedqa, on 179. Professional people will be waiting on the other side of the line.