Sports Betting in Guadeloupe
Sports betting is the most widespread form of gambling in Guadeloupe. Similarly to the other islands of the Caribbean and to France, that administers the territory, punting on horse racing is a quite popular activity. There is a horse racing facility on the Grande-Terre island, Hippodrome Karukera, that features harness racing. Two restaurants and a bar also attached to the course.
Betting on cockfighting is an even more common interest amongst the local residents. The cockfighting season starts in November and ends in April. Fights take place on Sundays, and they attract large crowds and many of them bet on the matches.Tourist maps usually highlight the location of the cock pits.
Guadeloupeans also like to bet on oxen pulls. Oxen races are held on Sundays in different categories. Two oxen competes against each other, pulling a weight specified by their category. Oxen cannot leave their designated path, and drivers cannot use their whip more than twelve times. The animals often coached like pro athletes, the luckiest ones even having masseurs and opportunities to swim in the sea.
Online Sports Betting in Guadeloupe
French gambling laws has been allowing online sportsbooks to obtain licenses since 2010. Until then, web-based sports betting was a state monopoly and the activities of other online operators were considered as illegal. The liberalized online sports betting, that includes horse racing, helped to grow the internet betting in Guadeloupe too, and since cock fights and oxen pulls held only on Sundays, there is a considerable demand for these services.