Afghanistan, men at gambling table in Kābul.
Afghanistan, men at gambling table in Kābul. Photo: Harrison Forman

 

Sharia law and gambling – In Afghanistan – as in the whole Muslim world – all forms of gambling are forbidden by the Islamic law (Shari’ah). Sharia law was most strictly enforced in Afghanistan under the Taliban control of the country between 1996 and 2001.

After the NATO-invasion of Afghanistan the enforcement of gambling (and several other) laws became less rigorous, gamblers who fail to hide their activity from the police may face serious fines or even jail time. Knowing these prohibitions, it might be surprising that Afghanistan has quite a few traditional gambling forms, although they differ from the poker and casino games popular in Europe and the USA.
A low internet penetration rate also prevents most Afghans from accessing online gambling websites.

 

Gambling, or maisir is strictly forbidden by the Quran, and is considered the Satan’s handiwork.

The reasons for the prohibition are twofold:

According to the Islamic teaching, one ought to earn a living by honest, serious work, and relying on luck to gain money is contrary to this principle.

The reason for this prohibition lies in the addictive quality of gambling, which causes the gambler to neglect his responsibilities to society and the Creator. Interestingly, gambling is mentioned in conjunction with drinking, emphasizing the similarities between gambling addiction and alcoholism.*

*Source: http://www.islamawareness.net/Gambling/gambling_fatwa001.html

 

Online casinos accepting players from Afghanistan

The following online gambling websites accept players from Afghanistan

 

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Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
  • Playthrough requirement: 40-60x for match bonuses and usually 60x for free spins and other bonuses, depends on the bonus check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Wagering limitation:
  • 100% - Slots and Keno
  • 50% - Roulette and Three Card Poker
  • 25% - Baccarat
  • 10% - Video Poker
  • 5% - Blackjack, Craps
  • 0% - Everything else

 

Legal status of gambling in Afghanistan:

 

 

Casino gambling in Afghanistan

 

Online casino gambling in Afghanistan: illegal but players are not prosecuted, despite this, we don’t recommend playing from Afghanistan if you are a local, it’s illegal (if you are a tourist t’s okay to access gambling websites)

There are no physical casinos in Afghanistan as casino games are banned in Afghanistan. It is illegal for Afghans to participate in online casino games.
However, online activity is difficult to track and the state does not actively monitor the online gambling activity of it’s citizens. Several online casino sites accept people from Afghanistan.

The online casinos below accept players from Afghanistan.

Online casinos accepting players from Afghanistan - click to see

The following online casino websites accept players from Afghanistan:

 

Black Lotus Casino

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Black Lotus Casino bonus offers
USA and Canada players are accepted.
  • Get 200% match bonus, up to $600. Use the code: WELCOME600
  • +$30 bonus. Use code: WINBLACK

Bonuses for existing players:
  • 32 Free Spins on Sweet Success Code: CHEER1
  • 32 Free Spins on Nordic Wild Code: CHEER2
  • 32 Free Spins on Cosmopolitan Code: CHEER3
  • 32 Free Spins on 7 Chakras Code: CHEER4
  • 32 Free Spins on Le Chocolatier Code: CHEER5
  • 32 Free Spins on Fairy Dust Forest Code: CHEER6
UPDATE, SPECIAL CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY BONUS: It's the Elf Hat Game of the season! Can you keep your eyes on the lucky hat? Choose the right one with the present and see what festive prize you will win! For returning players only.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
  • Playthrough requirement: 40-60x for match bonuses and usually 60x for free spins and other bonuses, depends on the bonus check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Wagering limitation:
  • 100% - Slots and Keno
  • 50% - Roulette and Three Card Poker
  • 25% - Baccarat
  • 10% - Video Poker
  • 5% - Blackjack, Craps
  • 0% - Everything else

 

Click here for more info on casinos in Afghanistan.

 

Bingo in Afghanistan

 

Online Bingo in Afghanistan: illegal but players are not prosecuted, despite this, we don’t recommend playing from Afghanistan if you are a local, it’s illegal (if you are a tourist t’s okay to access gambling websites)

 

Bingo, as all other forms of gambling, is illegal in Afghanistan. Bingo also does not enjoy great popularity in Afghanistan, which means one is unlikely to find even illicit bingo games.

Those who actually played the most Bingo in Afghanistan were in fact not Afghans, but troops stationed in Afghanistan. Before their withdrawal from the country, the soldiers could participate in regular bingo nights.

The following bingo websites accept players from Afghanistan:

There isn’t any live bingo site that would accept players from Afghanistan. If you know of any please drop a comment below.

 

 

Poker in Afghanistan

 

Online Poker in Afghanistan: illegal but players are not prosecuted, despite this, we dot recommend playing from Afghanistan if you are a local, it’s illegal (if you are a tourist t’s okay to access gambling websites)

 

Poker – while not considered a game of luck in many countries – is considered gambling in Afghanistan, and as such is illegal. Similarly to Bingo, Poker was also played mostly by soldiers stationed in the country.

Online Poker games are accessible to the prospective gambler from Afghanistan, although – according to unofficial sources* – even this might prove suspicious to the police and be investigated.
Also, only about 10% of the population of Afghanistan has access to the internet.

Some major online poker sites do not accept players from Afghanistan, but there are several sites which do allow them to play.

The poker world knows of a single professional poker player from Afghanistan, Sherkhan Farnood. He has since retired from playing poker, but not before winning over $600 000.

The following online poker sites accept players from Afghanistan.

*Source: http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/28/internet-poker/playing-afghanistan-1339631/

Online casinos which have online poker sections and accept players from Afghanistan - click to see

The following online casino websites have poker and accept players from Afghanistan:

None of the online poker platforms accept players from Afghanistan. If you know of any please drop a comment below.

 

 

Sports betting in Afghanistan

 

Online sports betting in Afghanistan: illegal but players are not prosecuted, we dot recommend placing bets on sports from Afghanistan if you are a local, it’s illegal (if you are a tourist t’s okay to access gambling websites)

 

Betting on horse races or other sport events is considered gambling and is forbidden (haram) under Islamic law. Some Muslims, especially in Iran and Saudi-Arabia circumvent this by stating that they are only “predicting” the outcome of the race.
However, it is not advised to use this excuse should one be apprehended by the authorities in Afghanistan.

Regarding online sports betting in Afghanistan, the same stands as for online Poker: it is illegal, might be risky (although currently players do not appear to be prosecuted) and not many foreign sports betting websites accept players from Afghanistan.

Offline sports betting, on the other hand, has quite a bit of a history and following in Afghanistan. Most well-known of these is bird fighting, most often featuring quails. Also banned by the Taliban, the sport has made a comeback since 2001.

Dog fighting, and even sheep fighting are sports Afghans enjoy betting on. Another such sport, albeit lacking the harm of animals, is kite fighting. In Afghanistan, kite flying has been a popular activity for over 100 years. The lines of the kites are coated with crushed glass, and the aim is to cut the line of your opponent’s kite with that of your own.

These traditional forms of sports betting have dominated the underground gambling market that has emerged since 2001.

The online sportsbooks below accept registrations from Afghanistan.

Online bookmakers accepting registrations from Afghanistan - click to see

The following online sportsbooks accept bettors from Afghanistan:

 

To the best of my knowledge there isn’t any online sportsbook that accept players from Afghanistan legally. But if you know of any please drop a comment below.

 

 

Lottery in Afghanistan

 

Online lottery in Afghanistan: illegal but players are not prosecuted

 

Lottery is considered to be a game of chance, and is illegal under Sharia law. Some lotteries and raffles may not be considered gambling in the traditional sense: there are free internet lotteries and lotteries at trade fairs which are technically giveaways.

If there is a lack of exchange, i.e. participation in the lottery is free, it may be permissible to partake.

As for online lottery: some lotteries in the US accept players from all around the world, including Afghanistan.

Bear in mind however, that participating in online lottery from Afghanistan is also illegal.

The following websites allow people from Afghanistan to purchase lottery tickets online:

 

 

Bitcoin gambling in Afghanistan

 

Bitcoin gambling in Afghanistan: not specifically regulated, illegal like all other forms of online gambling, but players are not prosecuted, bitcoin is anonymous, if you play from Afghanistan it’s best to use bitcoin (if you are a local) to avoid any issue, it’s untraceable

 

Bitcoin gambling is, strictly speaking, merely another form of gambling, which is categorically forbidden by the Islamic law. One might argue that bitcoin is not a regular form of currency, which means gambling in bitcoins might not be considered wealth gain in the traditional sense.

However, as mentioned earlier, the prohibition of gambling in the Quran also serves to discourage Muslims from turning away from Allah and to prevent addiction.

The enforcement of gambling bans might be even laxer when it comes to Bitcoin gambling, as authorities might not be up-to-date regarding this form of gambling, and anonymity is easier to achieve. This anonymity is what offers a great opportunity for Afghan women: often forced out of school at a young age, working for Bitcoins online is one of the very few ways for them to gain some measure of independence.*

The bitcoin casinos below accept players from Afghanistan.

*Source: http://www.coindesk.com/how-bitcoin-helps-afghan-girls-achieve-financial-freedom/

Online casinos accepting crypto and players from Afghanistan - click to see

The following online casino websites accept bitcoin, litecoin and ethereum, and accept players from Afghanistan:

 

Black Lotus Casino

This is Black Lotus Casino's 2020 animated GIF banner advertising their new slot and their free spins and casino match bonuses. You can read about these promotional offers below the animated banner. By clicking on the banner you will be taken to the casino's website where you can register and play.
Black Lotus Casino bonus offers
USA and Canada players are accepted.
  • Get 200% match bonus, up to $600. Use the code: WELCOME600
  • +$30 bonus. Use code: WINBLACK

Bonuses for existing players:
  • 32 Free Spins on Sweet Success Code: CHEER1
  • 32 Free Spins on Nordic Wild Code: CHEER2
  • 32 Free Spins on Cosmopolitan Code: CHEER3
  • 32 Free Spins on 7 Chakras Code: CHEER4
  • 32 Free Spins on Le Chocolatier Code: CHEER5
  • 32 Free Spins on Fairy Dust Forest Code: CHEER6
UPDATE, SPECIAL CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY BONUS: It's the Elf Hat Game of the season! Can you keep your eyes on the lucky hat? Choose the right one with the present and see what festive prize you will win! For returning players only.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
  • Playthrough requirement: 40-60x for match bonuses and usually 60x for free spins and other bonuses, depends on the bonus check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Wagering limitation:
  • 100% - Slots and Keno
  • 50% - Roulette and Three Card Poker
  • 25% - Baccarat
  • 10% - Video Poker
  • 5% - Blackjack, Craps
  • 0% - Everything else

 

 

 

 

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 in every country around the world.

Last updated: 2021-01-08

Gamble responsibly,
SimonTheSorcerer

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Simon's Guide to Gambling in Afghanistan
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Simon's Guide to Gambling in Afghanistan
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All forms of gambling in Afghanistan are forbidden by Islamic law. There is, however, some variation between the enforcement of laws regarding online Poker, casino games, sports betting and other forms of gambling.
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Simon András Péter (SimonTheSorcerer)

2 Responses

  1. Hi! I wanted to ask that are skill based games like Skillz banned in Afghanistan too???

    1. SimonTheSorcerer says:

      No, if it is skill based, than it is not considered gambling. So, it should not be. (But I never heard of “Skillz”, I don1t know what that is. The onyl thing that comes up for it, if you I search for it is a realyl bad, low quality site with cheapo gambling games and boring games like Solitare (those are not games of skill btw. If you meant that horrible website, it’s clearly gambling, and it’s not even good, or enjoyable, looks like a scam tbh.)

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