James Morris - Aug 29, 2022

In recent times, companies offer the so-called "junket tours" among their tourist services, and they have become increasingly popular. Junket tours or gambling tours are entertaining trips during which travelers visit casinos and other gambling facilities.

What is interesting is the fact that the travel expenses are paid by the casino but the tourists (players) will have to commit to playing for a minimum amount of time (on average between 2 and 5 hours per day) by placing bets for a certain amount, which is specified in the contract.  There is no limit to the amount of money that can be bet. You just need to have the free time and money to play, but also to show desire and motivation for the game. In addition, during these trips, you can continue to play on the sites. Some companies organize hybrid tours that combine online and offline opportunities.

How Are the Junket Tours Organized?

For the satisfaction of the client, the gambling club takes all criteria into account: flight, comfortable living conditions, delicious food and, of course, the possibility to play. An exchange of the concluded amount will be made for chips with which the players will have to bet during the whole stay. As these trips are often spontaneous, tour operators offer weekend packages. In order to fulfill their part of the contract, the travelers only need to spend several hours per day at the gaming table. Below is an example of the cost of a standard package of similar offers in Europe:

  • cost of participation in roulette or other table games - from €80
  • cost of a lot in any slot - from €1,5
  • the minimum step in the card games is €45

Many players buy junket circuits for poker tournaments. The rest is provided according to the inclusive type, and you can focus only on the game. But, gambling tours are not only about the games and betting. From 50,000 Euros, the packages include additional services. For extra costs, there is no need to worry because the organizer pays for cultural events and even spa treatments. The first instalment (specified in the contract) must be paid by the traveler.

You can travel alone or in a group and if it suits you, you can order the services of a personal manager. This trip not only allows you to cover the costs before you leave, but also if you are lucky enough you return from vacation with pockets full of money.

Conditions and Obligations

The terms and conditions of the junket tour are essentially based on the fact that the customer gets chips in return for a sum of money stipulated in the contract. During the entire contract period, these chips must be wagered in different games. The level of service depends on the size of the deposit. Often, the terms and conditions stipulate the amount of time the customer is expected to spend at the casino. The minimum bet amount varies depending on the deposit size. The larger the deposit, the higher the minimum rate. Many operators have created separate VIP lounges to ensure the privacy of their customers.

Transfer to the Destination

For the transfer, the organizer takes care of all expenses. Usually, there are comfortable means of transportation, but it depends on the distance of the client from the casino. If the client is tens of kilometers away, the transfer is usually done in a comfortable bus or car. Sometimes they are even picked up at their home in a luxury limousine.

In the EU and Japan, luxury train transfers are developed as the rail network is well developed. Air transport is also offered for long journeys. If the gambling tours are organized to the highest standards, the client can be transferred to the casino by helicopter. In short, all options are possible depending on the means of the traveler.

One of the advantages of this service is the possibility even for citizens of countries where gambling is prohibited to visit casinos. A good example is the Macau administrative region of China with its own autonomy. In this region, there are many casinos for tourists that are open 24 hours a day. Many gambling enthusiasts from all over the world gather in Macau every year for Golden Week.

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