How Many Barbados Slot Machines – And Where?

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Were Any Additional Slot Machines Installed For Cricket World Cup?

OK Folks, let’s see if we can pool our knowledge here and come up with some answers.

One of our BFP commenters named “Fred” has been asking about (or starting!) a rumour that many new slot machines have been imported into Barbados for the Cricket World Cup.

I had never heard of this prior to “Fred’s” comments, but let’s see if anyone out there has more than rumours.

How many slots on the island, who has a license, and have any additional authorizations been issued in the last six months?

Watcha Know?

Photo: “Piggy Bankin” Payoff screen at the Owen Arthur Barbados Slot Machine Casino!

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17 responses to “How Many Barbados Slot Machines – And Where?

  1. reality check

    While you are at it. Who are the 50% partners with the government in the Lottery and who has the concessions at the Airport under the new so called independent Airport authority? What are the terms of the concessions and were they put out to tender or given to friends?

  2. Rumplestilskin

    I do not have any further information in respect of any additional slots for our casinos.

  3. Jerome Hinds

    On this matter, a question should be directed to Royalrumble of BLP fame and FORTUNE…!!!!

    Over the last few weeks he has been making a stink……or is it CASH ????….about gambling and THOSE involved……

    Given his KNOWN traits…….that is, NOT to speak the TRUTH……little doubt that he will IDENTIFY anyone in the BLP…….!!!!

    So much for their ( BLP ) PROMISE of……….TRANSPARENCY and ACOUUNTABILTY….!!!

    Am I hearing a RUMBLING………????

  4. Bajanboy

    I was wondering about the same thing. New slots have been put in at Ma-Pau (a chinese restaurant in Hastings) and at the Caribbee Hotel (I think there were slots there in the past). Its time we allow full Casino gambling, or ban slots.

  5. It sounds easy enough to ask one of the establishments that has slots who they got them from, then call that person and say you want some. That should disclose if you need a license and who you get that from, the terms of lease, and who gets what. Maybe there are restrictions we don’t know about as to the total number permitted? And permitted by whom? Is there a Controller of Lotteries and Gambling?

  6. Jerome Hinds

    If this story is really true, it gives credence to the recent call by David Commissiong about systemic gambling in our society and it’s effect on the vulnerable in our community…i.e. women, children and poor families….!!!

    Though gambling is a very serious issue, it is often

    said that LAUGHTER is very good medicine…

    To be taken in the jovial spirit in which it was

    given……

    Take a read…..

    Dumbest Kid in the whole of Barbados ?

    A young boy enters Broad Street and Owen Arthur

    says to the onlookers, ” This is the dumbest kid in

    the whole of Barbados. Watch while I prove it to

    you.”

    Arthur puts a $ 50.00 note in one hand and a

    $ 100 bill in the other, then calls the boy over and

    asks,

    ” Under whose Administration these slot

    machines likiely entered the country, Owen

    Arthur’s or David Thompson’s, son? ”

    Owen Arthur further explained, the $ 50.00 bill

    represents Thompson and the $ 100.00 represents

    Arthur.

    The boy takes the $ 50.00 bill and leaves.

    “What did I tell you?” said Arthur. “A little child

    shall lead them! “

    Later, when the crowd left the scene, they saw the

    same boy coming out of Days bookstore . ” Hey,

    son! May we ask you a question?

    Why did you take the $ 50.00 bill instead of the

    $ 100.00 dollar bill knowing that Thompson was

    never Prime Minister of Barbados ?

    The boy holding, very closely to his chest, his

    book entitled, “ Lies, Damn Lies …” replied,

    “Because the day I remind Owen Arthur of the

    TRUTH, the game’s over ! ”

    Remember, Barbadians every skin TEETH ain’t no…..Laugh….

    Have a nice Sunday lunch….!!

  7. John

    BB and RC

    Don’t know any thing about Ma-Pau Chinese Restaurant but there is a link between the Caribbee Hotel and the Airport!!

  8. limey

    john you know any haloutes or millers..?

  9. Victoria.

    We are not amused at the thought of Casinos on the island.
    Likewise, we are not amused at the thought of legalizing prostitution for nothing more than feeble excuses related to public health.
    I’ve never heard such nonsense!
    And as for condoms in the prisons, I simply will have none of it.

    Just remember that I still rule Barbados and, for that matter, most of the other small islands.

    Your Queen,
    VR.
    ____________________________________-

  10. hard ears

    You all got short memories. Dean Harold Critchlow spoke out in the early last time and the casino plan got messed up. All you have to do is find out what happened to the equipment that had already been brought into Barbados, where it was stored, who brought it in and who was owed what for it?

    Tom gone so you cannot ask him.

    This time things real quiet. It going happen and we aint even going know. Nothing new, we are just a bunch of mushrooms kept in the dark and fed s….

  11. George

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    This comment is NOT posted by BFP’s George, and it looks like a rumour… Can anyone provide any more information? If it is not a rumour, then someone knows something more!

    Here is the comment as posted….

    ***************************

    I am hearing thru the grape vine that a thousand machines are entering the island under the cover of the Barbados Cricket Association and that they are being run by a Puerto Rican investor now how true this is is beyond me but there is never smoke without fire.
    Now tell me do we really need a Puerto Rican company creaming the Slot machine business in Barbados, shame on Owen and his gang for this nonsense but then again this is true to form with the disguise and coverup that they partake in as a matter of their daily life.

  12. Digital.Islandboy

    In back of the parliament there’s a small casino. I saw it in 2001. Not in the parliament building itself. But if you walk down the street directly in back of the Parliament buildings you reach this street that makes a I think 90 degree turn to the left…. On that corner there was a small shop with like a regular lotto machine…. HOWEVER that shop if my memory serves me correctly had doors that opened to the two streets (since the store itself was on the corner). SO once inside the store all you have to do is look towards a small stairway that opens from the store and directly across the hall from the stairway is a next door that has the glass I think completely painted over. If you go in dat door. WOI!!!! Nuff casino machines… And it’s just— a stones throw away from de parliament to besides….. Looka-ting!

    I only see in because an old man was coming out as he put his hat backon to headoutside and I see a slot machine but my mind tell me… NAH—– slot machines are I thought Outlawed in Barbados.

  13. jude

    Digital.Island Boy where you livin… must be cyber space… slot machines been around in Bim for ever. It cost nuff money to license each one .. around 30 k per year ..so government does well on them but I agree they should be banned. Far too many poor people are hooked on the slots. I would much rather legalise casinos for tourists only then have slots all over the place taking away poor peoples hard earned money….

  14. Fred

    What is the connection between the BCA the Gaming board the Prime Minister and the Puerto Rican controller?
    Money plenty money to be made.
    Can anyone tell me where these machines are to be located and why the secrecy in the handling of this matter?
    It all sounds very fishy to me, has anyone approached the three big players in the market for their take on this development I am sure Mr Haloute maybe be willing to say something on this issue unless he to has made a deal to secure some of these new machines for his arcades.

  15. Jerome Hinds

    Royalrumble, Duguid, Lynette Eatmond, Clyde Griffith etc….!

    Tell Bajans :

    1. How much money does Owen personally get everytime a lottery ticket is sold in Barbados…???

    2. How come Owen never told you all about the
    $ 750,000.00 Mega Six Campaign Cheque deposited to his personal account at FCB..???

    3. Why did Owen begin to sweat so profusely Friday night in Parliament when Thompy – Stomped him about the said cheque….???

    Wunnah usually reply quickly to our requests despite…..ALWAYS…telling LIES in the process….!!!

    Since Owen was FORCED to own up to the cheque….leh he help wunnah answer the other questions…TRUTHFULLY….!!!

  16. Rumplestilskin

    If we want to regenerate Tourism, lets START with the following:

    – accept that we already have Casinos, enough of the dishwater that we have been feeding the populace i.e. that we do not

    – give high ranking and new Hotels, especially branded ones for example, the Radison or whomever will come on that basis, rights to implement casinos with hotels of a specific size, say at least 300 rooms.

    – limit entry to locals for those accompanying tourists/ guests.

    That is the lucrative and honest thing to do. Lucrative, as there are many guests who want casinos, lucrative in that we will use it as a bargaiuning chip to obtain more international chains and hinest in accepting that we already have casinos and act accordingly, rather than denying what exists and sticking our heads in the hypocritical sand, denying that fornication, adultery, homosexuality, gambling etc exist here.

    Done.

  17. Rumplestilskin

    If we want to regenerate Tourism, lets START with the following:

    – accept that we already have Casinos, enough of the dishwater that we have been feeding the populace i.e. that we do not

    – give high ranking and new Hotels, especially branded ones for example, the Radison or whomever will come on that basis, rights to implement casinos with hotels of a specific size, say at least 300 rooms.

    – limit entry to locals for those accompanying tourists/ guests.

    That is the lucrative and honest thing to do. Lucrative, as there are many guests who want casinos, lucrative in that we will use it as a bargaining chip to obtain more international chains and honest in accepting that we already have casinos and act accordingly.