Gambling Laws in Suriname
All types of gambling in Suriname are legal due to the general Gambling Act from 1996 and its amendments as well as the Supervision and Control Act 2009 (Wet van 02 July 2009, houdende regelen met betrekking tot de instelling van een toezicht en-controle instituut vor kansspeelen- Wet toezicht en-controle). From seaside casinos through the traditional lotto games to sports betting outlets: this South American country is equipped with all gambling facilities. Casinos appeared in the country in the second half of the 90s while the first electronic lottery was introduced at the beginning of 2000. Although the gambling industry in the country seems to be still in a developing shape, the fact that almost all forms of gambling are present and free to access by major citizens of the country makes the Surinamese gambling sector one of the most liberal in the north-west part of the continent. Online gambling is also legal in Suriname in much of its variety.
The regulatory bodies of the land-based and online gambling activities in the country are also responsible for granting licenses to all types of Surinamese gambling operators, brick and mortar as well as online. According to Surinamese gambling laws, minors, under 18 years of age are prohibited to participate in gambling activities.
Is Online Gambling Legal in Suriname?
Yes, all forms of online gambling are legal in Suriname.
Online Casinos in Suriname
There are various licensed land-based casino operators in Suriname, as of July 2019. However, the most prominent online casino in Suriname is held by the Pasha Global Group whose headquarters are settled in Paramaribo. From 2003 they operate the online casino market in the country in compliance with Surinamese gambling laws. Besides being an online gaming and betting provider this company operates with most of the casinos in the country too. On their site Pasha Global offers an incredibly rich array of electronic games, among which the regularly top-ranked are the Mayan Spirit, Blue Heart, and the Raise of Ra. Other internet casino sites are also available in the country.
Online Poker in Suriname
Poker in Suriname is legal and highly popular. Concerning the legality of online poker, there are no specialized Surinamese online poker laws, but the general regulations apply and online poker is also considered to be legal in the Suriname. Although there are no specialized Surinamese online poker sites, the Pasha Global Group platform serves as one of the most visited online poker sites in Suriname. Within their poker section, one can easily join a tournament or enjoy some video poker.
Online Lottery in Suriname
As of July 2020, there are two main lotto games providers in Suriname, operating this market in compliance with Surinamese gambling laws. The older among them is the Canadian Bank Note Company (CBN's) which in the year 2000 introduced the first electronic lottery in the country and the first Surinamese lotto games. CBN is still the largest lottery company in Suriname with a network of 207 agencies covering all inhabited areas of the country. Some of the most popular CBN lotto games are the Match 3 game launched in 2004, Tek 2 introduced in 2008, Payday in 2009, Lumpy Tek 2 in 2011, and High 5 in 2012.
The second lotto provider is the ambitious Pasha Global Group which introduced the Suribet lotto, and which gains more and more popularity among the locals. They organize lotto draws every Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 21:30. The draws are broadcasted live on radio Rapar and RBN TV. The results are also regularly published in the Dagblad Suriname newspaper. The most widely played lotto game by Suribet lotto is Suribet Lotto 4x.
However, online lottery in Suriname can only be played on the Suribet lotto portal. In accordance with the Surinamese gambling laws, they offer on their website a variety of lotto games. The biggest online attraction among them is the Surinamese skinfiri, a kind of lotto game which besides the numbers includes symbols with peculiar meanings developed by the locals. International online lotto sites are also free access from the country.
Online Bingo in Suriname
There are no specific Surinamese bingo laws, but the general legislation makes bingo as well as only bingo legal in the country. However, as of July 2020, no company has been authorized to offer online bingo in Suriname by the gambling authorities of the country. Bingo rooms, licensed elsewhere, targeting players from Suriname and easily available.
Online Sports Betting in Suriname
Online sports betting in Suriname is legal and highly popular. One of the most prominent online sportsbook sites in Suriname is run by Suribet. The site started its activities in December 2010 and has already launched the possibilities for online betting from mobile and tablet devices, in compliance with the Surinamese gambling law. This online betting platform provides for a diverse offer of betting options, the most popular being related to football matches, baseball, and basketball matches.
Online Daily Fantasy Sports in Suriname
Online DFS sites in Suriname 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 Suriname.