Simon’s Guam Casino and Gambling Guide

Picture of Guam's capital of Hagåtña. Gambling is illegal in Guam, however, online gambling is not regulated.

Guam Casino and Gambling Guide


Guam (formally the Territory of Guam)  is an unincorporated and organized territory of the United States. It is located in the northwestern Pacific Ocean and it is one of the 5 American territories with an established civilian government. Guam is the largest and southernmost of the Mariana Islands and the largest island in Micronesia. Guam’s capital city is Hagåtña while its largest city is Dededo with an estimated population of 45,000 residents. Guamanian citizens are US citizens too by birth.

Before the European explorers arrived, Guam was inhabited by the Chamorros, the island’s indigenous people. The Portuguese were the first to visit the island from Europe in the mid-16th century. However, Guam was colonized in the 17th century by Spain. However, due to the Spanish-American war, the island came under the rule of the United States in 1898. The island remained under US rule until World War II, when the Japanese captured the territory. The US regained control of the island in 1944, though. Since then, Guam is part of the United States. Tourism is the driving force behind its economy today along with local businesses and Department of Defense installations. Guam is amongst the seventeen Non-Self-Governing Territories of the United Nations.

Gambling is illegal in Guam due to the Criminal and Correctional Code from 1977. However, some forms of gambling are allowed to conduct like cockfights or social gambling (gambling that takes place on a private premise). Land-based casino gambling is completely illegal, though, so there aren’t any establishments offering the popular casino games like roulette, poker, blackjack, or slot machines to name a few.* Illegal gambling operators can face jail time, a hefty fine, or both if caught. Online gambling, on the other hand, is not yet regulated or banned. Therefore, players from Guam can enjoy their favorite games at offshore online casinos if those casinos accept them, of course.


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*Criminal & Correctional Code of 1977






Casino gambling in Guam


Online casino gambling in Guam: not regulated


Casino gambling is forbidden in Guam and operators of such illegal establishments (or owners of illegal machines) can face up to 5 years in jail, a fine of $250,000, or both. Therefore, there aren’t any legally operating brick-and-mortar casinos in the island right now. Online gambling is not yet regulated so players from Guam can play at numerous offshore online casinos (where they are accepted, of course).



Bingo in Guam


Online bingo in Guam: not regulated


Bingo is a quite popular game amongst players worldwide, especially in the United States. It is a popular pastime activity in Guam too, as it is one of the few forms of gambling allowed on the island. So players can enjoy bingo at the land-based bingo halls throughout the island. Online gambling is not regulated, though, so players from Guam can only play bingo at land-based bingo halls or online at offshore online casinos.



Poker in Guam


Online poker in Guam: not regulated


Poker is quite possibly the most popular card game ever created. Its ever growing popularity could be traced back to the constant television broadcasts, regularly held world championships, and the game’s competitive nature. Many would argue that poker requires more skill than luck but in nature, it still counts as a form of gambling. Casinos are not allowed to operate on the island because gambling is considered illegal in Guam. However, online gambling is not regulated, which means that players from Guam can play poker at offshore online casinos.


Sports betting in Guam


Online sports betting in Guam: not regulated


Sports are very popular in Guam, especially football, swimming, and rugby. Sports betting is one of the most popular forms of gambling in the world, and in Guam as well. Some forms of sports betting are legal in Guam like betting on greyhound races. It is not a sport in common sense but cockfights are legal too. Guam is one of the few places where this kind of “blood sport” is allowed to conduct legally. However, illegal cockfights are common on the island too and operators can face jail time if caught. Online gambling is not regulated so players from Guam can bet on sports at foreign online bookmakers.



Lottery in Guam


Online lottery in Guam: not regulated


Arguably, the lottery is the most common form of gambling. It is safe to say that where gambling is legal there is a national lottery. There is not much information about lotteries in Guam, though. We can assume that because Guamanian citizens are US citizens too by birth, they are eligible to play the US lotteries as well. Online gambling is not yet regulated, so players from Guam can play different kinds of lotteries at offshore online casinos.



Bitcoin gambling in Guam


Bitcoin gambling in Guam: not regulated


Bitcoin is a digital currency often referred to as a “cryptocurrency” invented by a mysterious person behind the name of Satoshi Nakamoto. Bitcoin gained a worldwide popularity the following years as an alternative mean of payment. Bitcoin gambling appeared shortly after the introduction of the currency and continues to grow in popularity as more and more online casinos started to specialize in it. However, Bitcoin is still a relatively new phenomenon so only just a handful of countries issued laws concerning it. Some countries consider Bitcoin as an asset rather than a currency (like Lithuania or Norway for example). Bitcoin trades mostly occur via the internet so technically Bitcoin gambling is a form of online gambling. Therefore, it is not regulated in Guam as of now. There aren’t any specific laws in Guam concerning Bitcoin in general either.



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This page is part of Simon’s List – Legal Status of Online Gambling – a definitive guide to the legal status of all forms of online gambling activities in every country around the world.


Last updated: 2016.02.22.

Simon's Guam Casino and Gambling Guide
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Simon's Guam Casino and Gambling Guide
An overview of gambling's legal status in Guam.

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