Simon’s Guide to Gambling in the Dominican Republic

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This is a picture of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana, located in the Dominican Republic. This Domician casino not only accepts Bitcoin but it gives players who use it a bonus.

Gambling in the Dominican Republic

 

Gambling is legal in the Dominican Republic; the law regulating gambling is the Law 351, as amended by Law 24-98. The Dominican Republic is located on the island of Hispaniola (sharing it with Haiti) in the Caribbean Sea. The Dominican Republic is a relative newcomer to the gambling market (especially the online gambling market) in the Caribbean region, but the country has become a prestigious gambling hub.

The economy of the Dominican Republic, as that of many Caribbean countries, relies largely on tourism. Gambling opportunities in the Dominican Republic had previously been aimed solely at foreigners, but today, locals are also allowed to visit and play at gambling establishments.

Sports betting and lottery licences have been issued by the Ministry of Finances since 1999. Casino licences are also given out by the same body; prospective licensees are required to own or lease a hotel,* as casinos are only allowed when attached to a hotel.

Online gambling was first regulated in 2006, with a law that allowed online gambling licences to be issued. However, no online gambling permits were given out until 2011. Licensing requirements are still somewhat unclear, but Amaya  Gaming Group received the country’s first online gambling licence in 2011.**

Amaya is the owner of the parent company of PokerStars and FullTilt; and is the largest publicly listed online gambling company. This is also the only licensed online gambling company in the Dominican Republic to date.

 

*Source: Casinos in the Dominican Republic are governed by Law 351, as amended by Law 24-98. (GE&A)

**Source: Amaya secures online gaming license for the Dominican Republic (Bloomberg)

 

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Casino gambling in the Dominican Republic

 

Online casino gambling in the Dominican Republic:  legal

 

Casino gambling is legal in the Dominican Republic and casinos require a gambling permit to operate legally. Casino licences are issued by the Casino Department of the Ministry of Finance. All land-based casinos must be incorporated in a hotel, and locals are also allowed to visit and play.

Currently there are about 50 casinos as well as slot machine halls in the Dominican Republic. The second largest casino in the Caribbean, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana is located in the Dominican Republic. Games on offer include roulette, blackjack, craps, baccarat and poker along with slot machines.

Online casino gambling is also legal in the Dominican Republic. While the regulatory framework for issuing online gambling licences has existed since 2006, the first and – so far – only licence was issued in 2011 to Amaya. There are also no restrictions against locals playing on international online casino sites.

 

 

Bingo in the Dominican Republic

 

Online bingo in the Dominican Republic: legal

 

Bingo is legal in the Dominican Republic, but the game is not exactly popular in the country, which means live bingo games may be hard to find. Some casinos do offer bingo nights, but it is still relatively rare.

Online bingo is much more freely available. Locals and tourists alike may choose bingo games provided by the only online gambling company licensed in the Dominican Republic, Amaya.
International bingo sites are also freely available.

 

 

Poker in the Dominican Republic

 

Online poker in the Dominican Republic: legal

 

Poker is legal in the Dominican Republic and may be played in the country’s many licensed casinos. Poker is most popular among American tourists. Games on offer generally include Caribbean stud but, interestingly, Texas Hold’em is missing from many casinos.

Online poker sites may be freely accessed from the Dominican Republic, as even unlicensed sites are not blocked, and playing on such sites is not against the law. Also, the country’s only licensed online gambling operator, Amaya, has owned PokerStars and Full Tilt since 2014.

 

 

Sports betting in the Dominican Republic

 

Online sports betting in the Dominican Republic: legal

 

Sports betting is legal and quite popular in the country. It is overseen and regulated by the Secretaria de Estado de Deportes, Educacion Fisica y Recreacion. While there are sports betting “corners” to be found in several casinos, these are usually rather small. Locals and tourists alike prefer the hundreds of individual betting shops located throughout the country.

Online sports betting has also been legal since 2006, though no online gambling licences were given out at the time. Today, however, there are several online sports betting opportunities offered by sites owned by Amaya, the country1s only licensed online gambling operator. Unlicensed foreign sports betting sites are also freely available in the Dominican Republic.

 

 

Lottery in the Dominican Republic

 

Online lottery in the Dominican Republic: legal

 

Lottery is legal in the Dominican Republic. The country’s national lottery, Lotería Nacional Dominican was started in 1882 by a Dominican priest. Lottery is not a monopoly in the Dominican Republic, and there are several lottery draws going on simultaneously. Games on offer include various numeric games as well as televised bingo.

Online play is also available at LEIDSA, the Lotería Electrónica International Dominicana, S.A. Locals may also freely participate in lottery draws on international online lottery sites available to them.

 

 

Bitcoin gambling in the Dominican Republic

 

Bitcoin gambling in the Dominican Republic: legal

 

Bitcoin as a currency is legal in the Dominican Republic. Use of the virtual currency is actually rather widespread, with several traders exchanging the Dominican Peso to Bitcoin. The cryptocurrency is also accepted as payment at several establishments.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana is among these: not only do they allow the use of Bitcoin, the casino actually gives a discount to those paying with the cryptocurrency.*  There have been no online gambling licences issued to Bitcoin casinos, but locals are free to play on international Bitcoin gambling sites.

 

*Source: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic Now Giving Discounts for using Bitcoin & Exclusive Coin! (Bitcoin Magazine)

 

Online gambling websites accepting players from the Dominican Republic

 

Online gambling is legal and regulated in the Dominican Republic. Many online gambling websites accept players from the country.

The following online casinos and bookmakers accept players from the Dominican Republic.

 

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BGO casino – accepting players from the Dominican Republic

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Casino Euro – accepting players from the Dominican Republic

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32 Red casino accepting players from the Dominican Republic

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32 Red online bookmaker, sports betting website – accepting players from the Dominican Republic

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Black Lotus casino accepting players from the Dominican Republic

 

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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: 2015. 11. 03.

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  1. brian croissant says:

    Good Day Sir
    I recently heard that Turbo Global parteners has aquire an online gambling license in the Dominican Republic. Is this so and are they affiliated with a horel? Did they aquire a license to compete with Amaya or is it part of three Amya group?
    Anything more that is public information that you can share?

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