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Hi there-

As for the casinos in Panama City-- Do they pretty much have the same type of gambling activities as Vegas (tables, slot machines,etc.?) Is the protocol pretty much the same? For slot machines, do they take Balboa coins or U.S. coins? Are free drinks served as long as you are gambling? Any tips or info would be appreciated.

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I've never been to Vegas but I've been to casinos in Atlantic City, New Orleans and a couple Indian type places around the states and you will not be disappointed by Panama at all. Protocol is the same and most dealers have at least a little grasp of English as it applies to their game (blackjack dealers count in English and Spanish).

The best Casino in the city is the Veneto and you will think you are anywhere else but Panama. There are slots of all denominations and table games as well. Balboa coins are the same weight, size and denominations as US coins and completely interchangable. Free drinks as long as you're playing and even little snacks once every hour or so - thinks like ceviche and sancocho.

The best part in my opinion is that most games have lower minimum tables than in the states or London or anywhere else I've been. You csn sit at the blackjack table playing $2.00 minimum hands and have as many rum and cokes as you like.

Try the Veneto first and then Fiesta, the one attached to the Raddison at Multi-Centro and others but I'll bet you go back to the Veneto.

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gracias, Borracho! I am looking forward to it!

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Borracho is spot on, by far the best casino in PC is the Veneto followed by, in my estimates, the Fiesta, next door, the Majestic about a block away, and the casino attached to the Marriott. There is also one in the Multicento mall that is some what new but average at best.

As a frequent traveler to Vegas(mostly for work), don't expect Vegas in Panama. PC casinos are small.

However the Veneto and Fiesta can be fun. Many nights they have live music, lots of slots and fair amount of tables especially at the Veneto.

As Borracho states the limits are usually low $2-5 tables, in roulette I think the smallest chip is a quarter.

It takes a while to lose any significant amount of money(or win it).

There are plenty of free drinks, just tip them a dollar and they will be circling back by you frequently.

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Hi!

Just for additional information there is a NO SMOKING law in effect down here now. So there won't be any smoking inside at the slots or tables.

I was at the casino at the Decameron the other night and there was NO ONE because of the no smoking law. I went outside to have a cigarette and was told I couldn't smoke in front of the casino either.

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Good! Vegas should do the same, one of the reasons I HATE Las Vegas.

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Are children allowed in the casinos? Not to gamble but just to enter?

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Andrew would probably be able to give the most definitive answer, but from my observations:

no kids are not allowed in the casinos, it is not like Vegas where you pass through to get to a restaurant or shopping, most are small and the larger ones are set up in such a way as to not have to pass through them to get to another part of the hotel.

Not sure if you teenager is a boy, but there is no way you want a teenage boy walking through the Veneto casino at night.

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The law is 18 or older. With increasing tourism I imagine sometimes that may be overlooked, but I don't think is a good place for kids.

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Thanks for the info. My son was wanting to watch up play blackjack, but I guess we will play in the room. Thanks.

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Ah, just the forum I've been looking for...Looking for specific information on blackjack rules in Panama City.

I would actually be coming to town to play...so if anyone knows...

At the Veneto, or other major local casino:

1) Does the dealer stand on soft 17?

2) Can you double down on any two cards?

3) Is there doubling down after a split?

4) can you split up to three times?

5) is there early surrender?

6) Are there tables with a $5 minimum that have a maximum bet of $200 or more?

7) What are the min/max for their high limit tables?

Thanks so much!

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