On my first trip to Goa in 2013, I didn't get a chance to experience Casino so I had a plan to visit it on my next trip to Goa which happened in June 2015. I was pretty excited as it was the very first time I was going to visit a casino. There are couple of choices available in Panaji and we decided to give Deltin Royale a go as that is the most famous one and I am glad that it was the perfect decision.
From friends, I had a vague idea that there was some sort of dress code for the entry so to confirm before going there I called Deltin and found that entry was prohibited for non-formal dressed people. Therefore if you are visiting casino avoid wearing shorts, t-shirts, etc which is quite in thing while you are in Goa. So, we got dressed proper and headed to Mandovi River, Panaji. It was raining and we found that there was no parking space available for Deltin hence we had to find parking on other side of road.
Upon inquiring at entrance we found that the entry fee for normal ticket was 2500 Rs for which we get unlimited food, drink (selected brand) and 1500 Rs worth of playing chips. We bought the tickets and waited for our turn to reach the cruise which is around 1km away from the river bank and we were ferried in speed boat to the cruise. On reaching the cruise we were greeted by very courteous staff and I was thrilled to enter the cruise.
Casino is right on the entry floor where we spent some amusing time checking which gambling options were available and saw people playing. Quite a gambling atmosphere it was! Before starting to play, we visited 2nd floor to eat something where live music was playing making the ambience happening. The food was simply superb. All the veg and non-veg items I tried where delicious. Friends who drink also enjoyed alcohol and being a non-drinker I was contented with fruit juices.
After meal, I visited the third floor where more tables of gambling were available but that was for big players only so place was almost empty. On one table some people were playing game with chips worth lakhs on table ;) .
We got back on the first floor and started playing with one time chips we got. It was thrilling experience trying hands on gambling for the very first time and I really enjoyed it a lot. We won for sometime and lost thereafter. We tried couple of tables and loved all those interesting games. After good entertainment there, around 1 at night, we decided to end our gambling adventures. Again, we were ferried to the river bank in speed boat and we got back to our place with a great experience and awesome memories. I am sure I will visit it again whenever I will get chance.
Few more notes to keep in mind while visiting Deltin Royale
- It's 24 hours open. You can enter whenever you like.
- But the food is available for fixed time only. Dinner was available till midnight.
- For normal tickets only selected alcoholic drinks are available.
- On the gaming floor, drink on table is only available when you are playing.
- One time chips can be used on selected tables only.
When in Goa, do yourself a favor, visit Deltin Royale casino!