Gambling Laws in Curaçao
Gambling in Curaçao is legal and is considered to be one of the most developed businesses in the country. Within the Curaçao gambling legislation, the following laws comprise the main regulatory core of laws regarding gambling: the State Ordinance concerning the Exploitation of Hazard Games on the International Market by Means of Service Lines” (Landsverordening buitengaatse hazardspelen) from 1993, the State Ordinance Casino Industry Curaçao no. 97” (Landsverordening Casinowezen Curaçao) from 1999, as well as the State Decree Casino Industry Curaçao (Landsbesluit Casinowezen Curaçao). Gambling online legally in Curaçao was made possible with the issuance of the “State Ordinance concerning the Exploitation of Hazard Games on the International Market by Means of Service Lines” (Landsverordening buitengaatse hazardspelen) back in 1993. Curaçao became thus one of the first countries providing regulations for online gambling in Central America, is mainly focused on online casino games as well as poker. The regulatory body of the land-based gambling activities in the country is the Curaçao Gaming Control Board, formed back in 1999. On the other side the functioning of the online gambling sector, after 2002, is supervised by the Curaçao eGaming Licensing Authority. However, the final decision for gaining a master's license is dependent solely on the opinion of the Minister of Justice.
According to Curaçao gambling laws minors, under 18 years of age are prohibited to participate in gambling activities.
|Is Online Gambling Legal in Curaçao?
Yes, all forms of gambling are legal in Curaçao.
Online Casinos in Curaçao
There are plenty of licensed land-based casino operators in Curaçao, as of July 2018. However, the internet casino sites licensed in the country by far supersede their number. Direx N.V., owns one of the most popular online casinos in Curaçao, the BitStarz casino, which is one of the first bitcoins casinos. The site offers hundreds of online games including special casino rooms, live casinos, slots, and other BTC games. Another prominent online casino in Curaçao is the Cherry Casino website, famous for the variety of online dice games, roulette, dice slots, and card games.
Online Poker in Curaçao
Poker in Curaçao is legal and highly popular. Concerning online poker, there are no specific Curaçao online poker laws, but the general regulations apply and online poker is also considered to be legal in Curaçao. Some of the most famous online poker sites in Curaçao are certainly the BitStarz and the Cherry Casino. The 3Dice Casino is also claimed to offer some of the most user-friendly poker sections on the market in Curaçao.
Online lottery in Curaçao
Although there are no specific Curaçao online lottery laws, the regulations derived from the main legislation, serve as a basic legal framework within which the national lottery offers its lotto products. The national lottery, however, offers only land-based games and has not introduced yet online lottery in Curaçao as of July 2018. Most of the sites licensed in Curaçao to offer lotto games online are mainly targeting players in Europe.
Online bingo in Curaçao
There are no specific Curaçao online bingo laws, therefore general regulations apply. Bingo has a long tradition in the country and consequently, there are various specialized online bingo sites in Curaçao. However, most of them are turned towards the European and the American market, targeting mainly foreign players.
Online sports betting in Curaçao
Online sports betting in Curaçao is also regulated with the general gambling legislation. There are plenty of online sportsbook sites in Curaçao, licensed under the laws of this country to offer betting products online. However, almost none of them are targeting the local market. They are mainly focused on offering products for betting on the European and American markets. Some of the most famous sportsbooks licensed by Curacao include Betrally, BetRedKings, 10Bet, etc.
Online daily fantasy sports in Curaçao
Online DFS sites in Curaçao do not have a legally regulated status. There is an ongoing debate on the status of this type of game, but considering the legality of online sports betting in the country it is very probable that internet Daily Fantasy Sports would soon receive a legal status in Curaçao.