Gambling Laws in Monaco
Gambling in Monaco is considered to be legal in almost all its variety. The Monégasque gambling laws, in particular, the Law No. 1.103 on games of chance (Gaming Law) from June 1987 is the main regulatory act of all gambling activities in the country. However, the law only mentions casino games at a land-based level, which means that bingo, lottery, betting and online gambling in Monaco are highly unregulated.
Article 9 of the law prohibits locals to gamble, as well as military men, minors under the age of 18 years old and anyone who belongs to a religious congregation, such as priests. The regulatory body is the Gambling Authority (Service de Contrôle des Jeux) which operates under the Ministry of Finance and Economy. Moreover, Article 350 of the Penal Code defines the penalties for organizing gambling without authorization.
Is Online Gambling Legal in Monaco?
No. According to the Law No. 1.103 on games of chance (Gaming Law), only authorized operators can provide gambling services. However, as this law is only applied to land-based operations, online gambling is in a gray area.
Online Casinos in Monaco
Monaco is one of the most famous gambling destinations in the world. This is mainly due to the Monte Carlo Casino that opened in 1863 and it has since reached iconic status. However, the principality hasn’t yet regulated the online market, which means that there are still no online casino sites in Monaco. But gamblers are free to access offshore platforms.
Online Poker in Monaco
One of the biggest attractions in Monaco’s casinos for visitors is the variety of poker games. However, similarly to casinos, these are only offered at a land-based level. In this way, for those looking to be part of the largest poker rooms in the world, where they can compete with high-levels of competitiveness, international online poker sites in Monaco are easily accessible.
Online Lottery in Monaco
Unlike most countries with legal gambling, there has never been a national lottery in Monaco. In 1867, a law passed stating that locals were not allowed to play lotto games, with the exception of those for charity or arts sponsoring. However, there have since been agreements between Monaco and France that allow the population to participate in French lotteries run by La Française des Jeux. Moreover, due to the unregulated online gambling market, players can also access offshore online lotto sites in Monaco.
Online Bingo in Monaco
Bingo is not very popular in Monaco and it is not possible to find any bingo hall in the microstate. It will soon become possible to play video bingo in Café de Paris, but players can also play in offshore online bingo sites in Monaco. On those, they are offered a wide variety of bingo games and great opportunities.
Online Sports Betting in Monaco
While Monaco has built an important reputation in sports, there are no land-based betting shops and none of the casinos offer the possibility to place bets. Yet, there has been an agreement between Monaco and France and locals can play in games offered by PMU. Moreover, bettors can also access international online sportsbook sites in Monaco that are based elsewhere.
Online DFS in Monaco
Online DFS sites in Monaco are not legally regulated yet. Although there is a debate on the status of this type of game worldwide, considering that online gambling is still unregulated, it is likely that it will still take some time for Daily Fantasy Sports to become legal.