Big Daddy – The GOA casino you Must Visit

Its white decks glow from afar and beckon those who wish to escape everyday life. Its mascot – a roaring winged panther, is strikingly similar to the mythical Bastet that symbolizes all things nice. Perhaps that is exactly what awaits you on this cruise ship – the ‘unique blend of grand gaming and high living’ it promises.

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Last March, I had the fortune of visiting this extraordinary floating beast on my month-long trip to Goa. After trading a day of sightseeing for a first-hand experience of its imported furnishing, high-end interiors and the famous no-limit tables, what I received was way better and beyond all expectations.

Allow me to share this amazing story.

Sudden Plans are Always the Best Plans 

If you have read my review of Deltin Royale and Majestic Pride Casino, you would know by now how earnestly I was chalking out a gambling marathon in Goa. But moored just meters away from Majestic Pride Casino, Big Daddy made the third entry in my bucket list rather quickly.

Like any high-spirited holidaymaker, I had marked this destination soon after spotting it on my trip to the casino. I had even begun my initial homework. It was then that I came across a mind-blowing fact: this 72-meter-long and 24-meter-wide luxury floating vessel is actually a refurbished ship aged more than two decades!

Being a casino buff who has a soft corner for anything historical, I knew right then and there I had to pay it a visit. Without much ado, I began my journey to the Big Daddy Casino Jetty in Goa’s Panjim where I would soon be buying a ticket and hopping onto a feeder boat to get ferried to this party destination.

The entrance to big daddy casino

To my surprise, the lobby wasn’t too crowded. The pandemic seemed to taken a toll on the usually massive influx of visitors. Amid the eerie silence, I completed all the formalities needed for the entry. Compared to the horror I had experienced in Majestic Pride Casino, this seemed paradisiacal.

Covid-19 protocols were to be strictly maintained. Wearing a mask was mandatory. Sanitizer booths were set up right at the entrance of the jetty. Social distancing practices were being dutifully implemented and thermal checkups sincerely performed.

Following what I call a grand red carpet-esque walk, I was sitting on a feeder boat thoroughly sanitized beforehand. The inside of it was the stuff that dreams are made of – luxurious and cozy to the utmost. A mild smell of perfume floated in the air as soft music played.

A couple of other passengers flanked my sides putting their smartphones into quick action. As I stretched my neck in an attempt to steal a glimpse of the casino floating afar, all I could see was the neon hues teasing the rippling waters.

While I was still hoping to strike a conversation or two with my fellow passengers, the ride to Big Daddy Casino over in less than 5 minutes. In the blink of an eye, I was onboard Big Daddy Casino. And it was love at first sight! Of course, the best was yet to come.

Roll Out the Welcome Mat, for Punters are Coming!

The blue doors to the reception were ajar, perhaps to welcome us. This refurbished ship of a casino has been split into five levels. A large digital signage detailed which level offered what. Here’s a brief overview:

Level 1

  • Premium Gaming Zone
  • Premium Gift Shop
  • Daddy’s Kids Room

Level 2

  • High Stakes Gaming Zone
  • Card Room – Flush | Poker | Andar Bahar
  • Hazoor – VIP Lounge
  • Daddy’s Wellness Lounge by Tatva

Level 3

  • VIP Gaming – Daddy’s Club
  • Ruby Room

Level 4

  • Aish-O-Rum – Restaurant & Bar

Level 5

  • High Tide – Sundeck & Bar

I was now entering the Premium Gaming zone in Level 1 of Big Daddy Casino.

This is where low rollers throng. As I walked past the guards toward the gaming zone, I could feel myself floating amid the low buzz and bright lights.

The sound of metal lever clanging against the slot machines and cards whirring seemed other-worldly. The neatly set tables on the casino floor narrated a thousand stories of the glorious wins and grievous losses they must have witnessed. LED monitors blinked everywhere.

For the uninitiated, Big Daddy Casino has set a few learning tables where young dealers teach newbies how to play casino games. The rest like me were left to our own device.

Young dealers in big daddy's live casino

So, I helped myself to a quick round of Blackjack, but was soon distracted by a couple discussing the on-site gift shop. Yes, there’s one on this cruise casino!

Ditching my plans to play Roulette, I silently followed them to be led to the corner where casino-inspired merchandises were on sale. If you want to take home a souvenir of your memorable visit, this is where you should be.

For those travelling with kids, Level 1 of Big Daddy Casino is also home to Daddy’s Kids Room – a safe space for your child to enjoy fun games, watch some cool movies or even catch a nap while you unwind on the gaming floor. Toys, books, and console games are aplenty.

big daddy kids game zone

The ‘Game Zone’ in it has the latest PlayStation games. The ‘Box Office’ section screens kid-friendly movie. The ‘Snooze Zone’ is where your little ones can sleep. Additionally, the casino offers a special food and beverages floor where they can get their tummies filled. Magic shows are staged as well.

Big daddy even entertain your kids

Take note that the casino staff will take care of kids only above 5 years of age. Kids below that age limit must be accompanied by their parents.

As the excitement started cranking up, I moved to Level 2.

A Roulette wheel themed arch greeted my entry. This was the zone for the high rollers where higher stakes gaming was unfolding full throttle. Standalone card rooms for Flush, Poker, Teen Patti and Andar Bahar graced the casino floor.

It’s all about how much you want to play and splurge. Of course, I had to try my luck here. I must say the bets were bigger here and the fun more intense. You have to take a seat to experience the thrill first-hand.

For those who don’t want to risk a bet but only need to put their feet up, Level 2 has Hazoor – the VIP Lounge and Daddy’s Wellness Lounge by Tatva.

Drinks in the VIP lounge Tampa at big daddy

Hazoor is an upscale lounge inspired by exotic Arabian designs. Feast on scrumptious food and enjoy the best cocktails, vintage wines, flavored sheeshas and high-quality cigars right here. Ah, wine! My weakness!

Daddy’s Wellness Lounge by Tatva, on the other hand, is the place where you can let yourself loose if all that gambling tires you out. Don’t pin your hopes on me for more explanation. I didn’t need it because gambling doesn’t tire me out.

Entry to Level 3 depends on your VIP status. It is strictly invitation-only.

Big Daddy Casino ups the ante with its premium Daddy’s Club and Ruby Room here. Distinguished guests and special invitees get to live their high roller dreams in private and relax in the plush rooms prepared exclusively for them.

This cruise casino is frequented by A-lister celebrities from all over India and beyond which explains such arrangements.

From what I have heard and read, Level 3 is all about enviable luxury. Wooden accents, carpets with royal kaleidoscopic designs, mirrored walls, super comfortable seating, art deco chandeliers and uninterrupted privacy – everything on this floor is the stuff of dreams.

Someday, if I manage to become an HNWI, I would surely hope for an invitation to Big Daddy Casino’s VIP lounge.

Level 4 is where I next headed to.

There are no casino games here. On this floor is the ship’s multicuisine buffet-style bar cum restaurant – Aish-O-Rum (pun for the Indian word Aish-O-Aram, which means luxury and comfort).

Aish of rum

You’d receive an a la carte menu of light meals and an extensive collection of beverages and spirits. Relish local Goan cuisines as well as special global delicacies. There is also a chaat counter if you crave for Indian street food.

Of course, Big Daddy Casino is not just about gambling and food. It focuses on holistic entertainment. For this reason, every day in Aish-O-Rum, live dance performances, music shows and DJ nights are hosted in full glory.

Big Daddy entertainment artists and Belly dancers

Feast your eyes on belly dancers and cabaret performers from all over the world breaking a leg. Sink in the soothing tunes and rhythms of talented instrumentalists and vocalists. Pump up your evenings with the groovy music and beats synchronized by the country’s top DJs. There is never a dull moment here.

It’s another exciting party up there on Level 5.

It’s a waste to be on a cruise casino and not climb up to its uppermost deck. Thankfully, Big Daddy Casino doesn’t disappoint. Its al-fresco restaurant – High-Tide is housed right here, offering visitors a breath of fresh air.

A drink at the top of Big Daddy

The sun setting over River Mandovi and painting the sky in beautiful evening hues makes for a spectacular view. The sound of the lapping water brings music to your ears. Groovy cocktails accompany delicious food. Live performances transform every moment into an unforgettable memory. This is where the night comes alive!

The seating capacity being limited, you might find the dining place a tad overcrowded; not everyone comes to Big Daddy Casino to gamble after all. But I’d call this more of a good thing than bad. In a way, your competition is less on the gaming floor, especially if you’re being pitted against fellow players.

Big Daddy Casino Review

Now that you know what you can expect to get in each Level of the ship casino, let me add to this Big Daddy Casino review the boring, but important details about packages and facilities.

Boarding Point

The feeder boat to the casino is available from the Captain of Ports Jetty located on D. Bandodkar Road in Goa’s Patto Colony in Panjim.

Timing

Big Daddy Casino is operational all year round. However, dinner timing is from 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM on weekdays and 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM on weekends. Alcoholic beverages in dining area are served between 7:00 PM to 1:30 AM and inside High-Tide between 7:00 PM to 12:30 AM. Beyond these hours, drinks are served directly on gaming tables. The Chaat counter remains open from 7:00 PM to 1:00 AM.

Minimum Age for Entry

Although the final right to admission lies with the management, the minimum permissible age for entry into Big Daddy Casino is 18 years. However, only those visitors who are 21 years and above can access the casino floor. Those between 18 to 21 years will not be able to avail packages with playing chips. I am discounting children here because their entry is limited to Daddy’s Kids Zone.

Photo Identification

Indians must carry any government approved proof of photo identification (PAN, ADHAAR, Voter ID or Passport) for entry. Foreigners must carry their Passport. The casino staff will verify the same before letting you in.

Dress Code

Men can wear formals and smart casuals. The casino doesn’t permit people wearing shorts, sleeveless T-shirts, chappals and flip-flops. I don’t know if there are restrictions for ladies, too. However, going by the norms in Deltin Royale and Majestic Pride, evening dresses should be fine for them.

Acceptable Payment Modes

The casino accepts cash as well as cards, but payment in Indian Rupees. For a hassle-free visit, prebook your entry using the official website of Big Daddy Casino.

Packages

Day Time Deals Package – All Days

  • Price: ₹2000 / person (+ promotional voucher of ₹1000 for players aged 21+)
  • Feeder Service: Yes
  • Unlimited Snacks: No
  • Unlimited Buffet Dinner: No
  • Unlimited Drinks: Yes
  • House Brand Liquor: Yes
  • IMFL Brand Liquor: No
  • Imported Brand Liquor: No
  • Food: Appetizers, main course, desserts
  • Live Entertainment: Yes
  • High Tide Access: No
  • Taxes Apply: Yes

Regular Package – Weekdays (Mon – Thu)

  • Price: ₹2500 / person (+ promotional voucher of ₹1000 for players aged 21+)
  • Feeder Service: Yes
  • Unlimited Snacks: No
  • Unlimited Buffet Dinner: Yes
  • Unlimited Drinks: Yes
  • House Brand Liquor: Yes
  • IMFL Brand Liquor: No
  • Imported Brand Liquor: No
  • Food: Appetizers, main course, desserts
  • Live Entertainment: Yes
  • High Tide Access: No
  • Taxes Apply: Yes

Regular Package – Weekend (Fri – Sun)

  • Price: ₹3500 / person (+ promotional voucher of ₹1000 for players aged 21+)
  • Feeder Service: Yes
  • Unlimited Snacks: No
  • Unlimited Buffet Dinner: Yes
  • Unlimited Drinks: Yes
  • House Brand Liquor: Yes
  • IMFL Brand Liquor: No
  • Imported Brand Liquor: No
  • Food: Appetizers, main course, desserts
  • Live Entertainment: Yes
  • High Tide Access: No
  • Taxes Apply: Yes

Premium Package – Weekdays (Mon – Thu)

  • Price: ₹3500 / person (+ promotional voucher of ₹1000 for players aged 21+)
  • Feeder Service: Yes
  • Unlimited Snacks: Yes
  • Unlimited Buffet Dinner: Yes
  • Unlimited Drinks: Yes
  • House Brand Liquor: Yes
  • IMFL Brand Liquor: Yes
  • Imported Brand Liquor: No
  • Food: Appetizers, main course, desserts
  • Live Entertainment: Yes
  • High Tide Access: Yes
  • Taxes Apply: Yes

Premium Package – Weekend (Fri – Sun)

  • Price: ₹4500 / person (+ promotional voucher of ₹1000 for players aged 21+)
  • Feeder Service: Yes
  • Unlimited Snacks: Yes
  • Unlimited Buffet Dinner: Yes
  • Unlimited Drinks: Yes
  • House Brand Liquor: Yes
  • IMFL Brand Liquor: Yes
  • Imported Brand Liquor: No
  • Food: Appetizers, main course, desserts
  • Live Entertainment: Yes
  • High Tide Access: Yes
  • Taxes Apply: Yes

VIP Package – All Days

  • Price: ₹5000 / person (+ promotional voucher of ₹1000 for players aged 21+)
  • Feeder Service: Yes
  • Unlimited Snacks: Yes
  • Unlimited Buffet Dinner: Yes
  • Unlimited Drinks: Yes
  • House Brand Liquor: Yes
  • IMFL Brand Liquor: Yes
  • Imported Brand Liquor: Yes
  • Food: Appetizers, main course, desserts
  • Live Entertainment: Yes
  • High Tide Access: Yes
  • Taxes Apply: Yes

Couple VIP Package – All Days

  • Price: ₹9000 / couple (+ promotional voucher of ₹2000 for players aged 21+)
  • Feeder Service: Yes
  • Unlimited Snacks: Yes
  • Unlimited Buffet Dinner: Yes
  • Unlimited Drinks: Yes
  • House Brand Liquor: Yes
  • IMFL Brand Liquor: Yes
  • Imported Brand Liquor: Yes
  • Food: Appetizers, main course, desserts
  • Live Entertainment: Yes
  • High Tide Access: Yes
  • Taxes Apply: Yes

Couple Regular Package – Weekdays (Mon – Thu)

  • Price: ₹4500 / couple (+ promotional voucher of ₹2000 for players aged 21+)
  • Feeder Service: Yes
  • Unlimited Snacks: No
  • Unlimited Buffet Dinner: Yes
  • Unlimited Drinks: Yes
  • House Brand Liquor: Yes
  • IMFL Brand Liquor: No
  • Imported Brand Liquor: No
  • Food: Appetizers, main course, desserts
  • Live Entertainment: Yes
  • High Tide Access: No
  • Taxes Apply: Yes

Couple Regular Package – Weekend (Fri – Sun)

  • Price: ₹6500 / couple (+ promotional voucher of ₹2000 for players aged 21+)
  • Feeder Service: Yes
  • Unlimited Snacks: No
  • Unlimited Buffet Dinner: Yes
  • Unlimited Drinks: Yes
  • House Brand Liquor: Yes
  • IMFL Brand Liquor: No
  • Imported Brand Liquor: No
  • Food: Appetizers, main course, desserts
  • Live Entertainment: Yes
  • High Tide Access: No
  • Taxes Apply: Yes

Couple Premium Package – Weekdays (Mon – Thu)

  • Price: ₹6500 / couple (+ promotional voucher of ₹2000 for players aged 21+)
  • Feeder Service: Yes
  • Unlimited Snacks: No
  • Unlimited Buffet Dinner: Yes
  • Unlimited Drinks: Yes
  • House Brand Liquor: Yes
  • IMFL Brand Liquor: Yes
  • Imported Brand Liquor: No
  • Food: Appetizers, main course, desserts
  • Live Entertainment: Yes
  • High Tide Access: Yes
  • Taxes Apply: Yes

Couple Premium Package – Weekend (Fri – Sun)

  • Price: ₹8500 / couple (+ promotional voucher of ₹2000 for players aged 21+)
  • Feeder Service: Yes
  • Unlimited Snacks: No
  • Unlimited Buffet Dinner: Yes
  • Unlimited Drinks: Yes
  • House Brand Liquor: Yes
  • IMFL Brand Liquor: Yes
  • Imported Brand Liquor: No
  • Food: Appetizers, main course, desserts
  • Live Entertainment: Yes
  • High Tide Access: Yes
  • Taxes Apply: Yes

Youth Package – Weekend (Fri – Sun)

  • Price: ₹1500 / person (18+)
  • Feeder Service: Yes
  • Unlimited Snacks: No
  • Unlimited Buffet Dinner: Yes
  • Unlimited Drinks: Yes
  • House Brand Liquor: Yes
  • IMFL Brand Liquor: No
  • Imported Brand Liquor: No
  • Food: Appetizers, main course, desserts
  • Live Entertainment: Yes
  • High Tide Access: No
  • Taxes Apply: Yes

Kids Package

  • Price: ₹1000 / child (Age group 8 – 18)
  • Feeder Service: Yes
  • Unlimited Snacks: No
  • Unlimited Buffet Dinner: Yes
  • Unlimited Drinks: Yes
  • House Brand Liquor: No
  • IMFL Brand Liquor: No
  • Imported Brand Liquor: No
  • Food: Appetizers, main course, desserts
  • Live Entertainment: Yes
  • High Tide Access: No
  • Taxes Apply: Yes

Infants Package

  • Price: Complimentary for kids between 0 – 7 years of age
  • Feeder Service: Yes
  • Unlimited Snacks: No
  • Unlimited Buffet Dinner: No
  • Unlimited Drinks: No
  • House Brand Liquor: No
  • IMFL Brand Liquor: No
  • Imported Brand Liquor: No
  • Food: Appetizers, main course, desserts
  • Live Entertainment: No
  • High Tide Access: No
  • Taxes Apply: No

Poker Package – Weekdays (Mon – Thu)

  • Price: ₹2500 / person (21+)
  • Feeder Service: Yes
  • Unlimited Snacks: No
  • Unlimited Buffet Dinner: Yes
  • Unlimited Drinks: Yes
  • House Brand Liquor: Yes
  • IMFL Brand Liquor: No
  • Imported Brand Liquor: No
  • Food: Appetizers, main course, desserts
  • Live Entertainment: Yes
  • High Tide Access: No
  • Taxes Apply: Yes

Poker Package – Weekend (Fri – Sun)

  • Price: ₹3500 / person (21+)
  • Feeder Service: Yes
  • Unlimited Snacks: No
  • Unlimited Buffet Dinner: Yes
  • Unlimited Drinks: Yes
  • House Brand Liquor: Yes
  • IMFL Brand Liquor: No
  • Imported Brand Liquor: No
  • Food: Appetizers, main course, desserts
  • Live Entertainment: Yes
  • High Tide Access: No
  • Taxes Apply: Yes

Poker Couple Package – Weekdays (Mon – Thu)

  • Price: ₹4500 / person (21+)
  • Feeder Service: Yes
  • Unlimited Snacks: No
  • Unlimited Buffet Dinner: Yes
  • Unlimited Drinks: Yes
  • House Brand Liquor: Yes
  • IMFL Brand Liquor: No
  • Imported Brand Liquor: No
  • Food: Appetizers, main course, desserts
  • Live Entertainment: Yes
  • High Tide Access: No
  • Taxes Apply: Yes

Poker Couple Package – Weekend (Fri – Sun)

  • Price: ₹6500 / person (21+)
  • Feeder Service: Yes
  • Unlimited Snacks: No
  • Unlimited Buffet Dinner: Yes
  • Unlimited Drinks: Yes
  • House Brand Liquor: Yes
  • IMFL Brand Liquor: No
  • Imported Brand Liquor: No
  • Food: Appetizers, main course, desserts
  • Live Entertainment: Yes
  • High Tide Access: No
  • Taxes Apply: Yes

Group Package – Weekend (Fri – Sun)

  • Price: at the casino’s discretion
  • Feeder Service: Yes
  • Unlimited Snacks: at the casino’s discretion
  • Unlimited Buffet Dinner: at the casino’s discretion
  • Unlimited Drinks: at the casino’s discretion
  • House Brand Liquor: at the casino’s discretion
  • IMFL Brand Liquor: at the casino’s discretion
  • Imported Brand Liquor: at the casino’s discretion
  • Food: Appetizers, main course, desserts
  • Live Entertainment: Yes
  • High Tide Access: at the casino’s discretion
  • Taxes Apply: Yes

Available Games

Casino Big Daddy offers the following games:

Other Things to Keep in Mind

  • Smoking inside the casino is permissible only in designated areas.
  • Photography and videography is strictly prohibited on all levels. You might need special permission for the same.
  • The availability of feeder boat is subject to the influx of visitors and the weather and sea conditions. Delays might be implemented depending on what suits the situation best.
  • The entry fee for Poker Packages is refunded if individuals play for minimum 4 hours and register their ticket with Poker Room before playing.
  • High Tide might not be accessible during monsoons and rough weather even if it is included in your package.
  • If, during advance booking, you did not mention the entry of your kids, their attendance in the Kids Room would be subject to availability of space.
  • No cancellation charges apply on Weekday Packages.
  • Cancellations are prohibited on Blackout dates and if the price was initially discounted.
  • Cancellation of tickets is not applicable on packages bought using a promo code.
  • No cancellation is allowed on Weekends.
  • You cannot cancel your ticket post 4:00 PM on the day of your visit.
  • You cannot cancel your ticket in case of a no show.
  • 50% of tour cost is charged as cancellation fees if you cancel your ticket 7 days before your scheduled visit. 100% is charged is you cancel after this period.
  • All refunds are processed within 10 business days.
  • Promotional vouchers are issued in denominations of ₹500 and cannot be broken down into lower denominations.
  • Players can use their promotional vouchers on non-commission live games with even payouts (1 to 1). The list includes Blackjack, Mini Baccarat, Casino War, Roulette (even chances), Sic Bo and Money Wheel.

The Return

Wise men say you should never outstay your welcome. Yes, the options for entertainment are endless on Big Daddy Casino – a gambling destination synonymous with uber class and great panache.

But I have to get back to my hotel room, schedule visits to other casinos and bring you more such detailed articles. So, goodbye Big Daddy…until next time.

Did you Know?

  • Gopal Kanda, the promoter of Big Daddy Casino is the first casino owner to have won an election in India. He recently won a seat in the Haryana legislative assembly elections.
  • This specially commissioned Panamanian vessel – MV Lucky Seven is operated by Golden Globe Hotels Private Limited
  • The casino sprawls around 50,000 square feet spread over five decks and houses more than 114 casino tables with over 900 gaming positions.
  • More than 75 live performances happen on the casino’s stage every night.
  • The gaming equipment inside is at par with those of casinos in Las Vegas and Macau.
  • This luxury ship was built in 1995 and comes with imported furnishing and interiors.
  • The casino operators are environment-friendly and believe in recycling their waste.
  • If you’re lucky, you can enjoy history lessons on your tour from casino legend Narinder Poonj – the Chief Visionary Officer and Mentor of Big Daddy Goa.
  • The vessel has a glorious history of being operated by the Austrian Government and then a Jordanian price and even as a party boat by Egyptians.
  • This is the only cruise casino on River Mandovi which is a solo property.
  • Spartan Poker, a 10-year-old online gaming hub of Indian origin once organized a Poker Championship on Casino Big Daddy in Goa.
  • American actor, celebrity millionaire, poker player and social influencer Dan Bilzerian made his maiden appearance in India on the ship.
  • The casino’s pontoon area is one of the largest among Goa’s offshore casinos.
  • A Las Vegas inspired Cigar Lounge is available onboard.
  • The casino recently bagged the titled of ‘The Most Iconic Casino Of India’ as part of the Times Hospitality Icons in 2020!

How To Find Big Daddy Casino

Address: Captain of Ports Jetty, Dayanand Bandodkar Marg, Patto Colony, Panaji, Goa 403001
Open: 24/7
Phone: +91 89998 89998
E-mail: care@bigdaddy.in
Webpage: bigdaddy.in