Costa Rica is a great place to visit for those looking to spend some times in the casino. Costa Rica has over 30 casinos, many of which are located in the bustling metropolis of San Jose. However, there are casinos in most every tourist destination in the country. Costa Rican casinos are often visited by tourist, but there is also a good presence from the local gambling scene. The gambling industry puts on regular poker conventions and international conferences to boost the casino scene, and it works!
One thing to keep in mind is that there are many illegal gambling places in Costa Rica. Make sure that before you start to play you are in a legalized establishment. This would mean sticking to the larger casinos attached to hotels and the like.
The casinos in Costa Rica are not behemoth like the casinos in Las Vegas. Most are fairly informal and do not require a strict dress code, rather a casual one. Minimum bets in post places start at about 1 US dollar. One of the most popular casino games is 21, which is also called rummy. It is similar to blackjack, but has a couple of additional Costa Rican rules. The point of the game is the same: arrive at 21, or as close as you can without going over, after being given two cards and the option to draw additional ones. Face cards are 10, aces are 11 or 1, just as the same as in blackjack. The spin with rummy is that if you get three of a kind or a straight with your first three cards you are paid double. If your three of a kind happens to be 7s, equaling 21, you get an even higher bonus.
Many of the card games are similar, with just a few exceptions to the standard rules as in Vegas. Before you start playing, make sure you know the rules.