View of Tahiti in French Polynesia
Tahiti, French Polynesia

Gambling is legal and quite popular in French Polynesia, though certain forms of it are still illegal. French Polynesia is an archipelago located in the South Pacific Ocean, consisting of 118 islands. French Polynesia is an overseas collectivity of France, which received the title of overseas country in 2004.

Unlike overseas departments, overseas collectivities such as French Polynesia have their own head of state. These collectivities have the jurisdiction to create their own statutory laws. As a result, while French Polynesia is represented in the National Assembly, French laws do not apply automatically, but still, they are closely followed.

In French Polynesia, all forms of gambling are prohibited, except for those specified to be legal. Among the latter is horse race betting, lotteries and games offered by Pacifique des Jeux. This is a subsidiary of Francaise des Jeux, the company running the French national lottery as well as other lottery style games and sports betting.

Cruise ships that are not registered in French Polynesia may also operate casinos, as long as they are only allow in passengers and not locals. Another recent exclusion from the ban is poker, which had previously been considered a game of chance, but is now deemed to be a game of skill.

Prohibited games include gaming houses open to the public, as well as gambling in public, though a distinction is made. It is also forbidden to bet on cock fights. Online gambling is also partially legal in French Polynesia. France has introduced an online gambling law allowing online sports betting, horse race betting and poker to be offered by licensed operators, and after a few years French Polynesia has followed suit. There are no laws against locals playing on unlicensed online gambling sites, but some of these may be blocked by ISPs, and it’s also technically illegal, therefore we do not recommend it. Stick to the licensed gambling websites below.

 

*Source: L’implantation de jeux de casino en Polynésie Francaise

 

Online casinos accepting players from French Polynesia

The following online gambling websites accept players from French Polynesia

 

RichPrize Casino

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RichPrize Casino bonus offers
USA and Canada players are accepted. However, US players can only deposit and withdraw money using cryptocurrencies! (this restriction only applies to US players, and only in this casino)
  • 100% match bonus, up to $400 + 25 free spins, no code needed
  OR:
  • Confirm email or phone, apply code: LADYDAY, make deposit from 21 to 400 EUR/USD and receive 88% + 88 free spins, limited time only, if it is no longer valid, please drop a comment and let me know
  OR:
  • Confirm email or phone, apply code: WEST100 make deposit pf at least 21 EUR/USD and receive 100 free spins, limited time only, if it is no longer valid, please drop a comment and let me know
  Returning players usually get 25% - 33% cashback, one of the highest regular cashbacks online. Even if you end up losing you will get about 30% of your money back (returning players only).

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
  • Playthrough requirement: Bonus wagering x40 applied.
  • Free spins wagering x40 applied.
  Check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations, does not apply to bonuses for returning players which have different (significantly better) paythrough requirements.
Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days to wager bonus.
  • Slots wagering allowed.
  • Slots wagering participation 100%.
  • Min bet 0.01 EUR - Max bet 3 EUR.
  • Betting Games wagering not allowed.
  • Providers allowed for wagering: Limited to enabled games only.
  • Player can cancel bonus at any time. Please note: Upon cancellation of the bonus the balance will be adjusted to the balance before bonus activation.
 

 

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Casino gambling in French Polynesia

 

Online casino gambling in French Polynesia: illegal, players are not prosecuted

 

Although casino gambling is legal in France, it is currently illegal in French Polynesia. there have been extensive talks about legalising casino gambling and introducing brick and mortar casinos, but with no actual results as of yet.* Casino games are still quite popular within the collectivity, and through legalisation and regulation these games could be supervised more aptly.

Online casino gambling is also illegal, as it is believed to be more addictive than other forms of online gambling. As a result, there are no licensed online casino operators in France or in French Polynesia. However, there are no laws against locals playing in international online casinos.

The online casinos below accept players from the Bahamas.

*Source:Jeux d’argent : une histoire de gros sous en Polynésie

Online casinos accepting players from French Polynesia - click to see

The following online casino websites accept players from French Polynesia:

 

RichPrize Casino

This is RichPrize Casino's animated GIF banner advertising their new exclusive games and their free spins and casino 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.
RichPrize Casino bonus offers
USA and Canada players are accepted. However, US players can only deposit and withdraw money using cryptocurrencies! (this restriction only applies to US players, and only in this casino)
  • 100% match bonus, up to $400 + 25 free spins, no code needed
  OR:
  • Confirm email or phone, apply code: LADYDAY, make deposit from 21 to 400 EUR/USD and receive 88% + 88 free spins, limited time only, if it is no longer valid, please drop a comment and let me know
  OR:
  • Confirm email or phone, apply code: WEST100 make deposit pf at least 21 EUR/USD and receive 100 free spins, limited time only, if it is no longer valid, please drop a comment and let me know
  Returning players usually get 25% - 33% cashback, one of the highest regular cashbacks online. Even if you end up losing you will get about 30% of your money back (returning players only).

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
  • Playthrough requirement: Bonus wagering x40 applied.
  • Free spins wagering x40 applied.
  Check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations, does not apply to bonuses for returning players which have different (significantly better) paythrough requirements.
Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days to wager bonus.
  • Slots wagering allowed.
  • Slots wagering participation 100%.
  • Min bet 0.01 EUR - Max bet 3 EUR.
  • Betting Games wagering not allowed.
  • Providers allowed for wagering: Limited to enabled games only.
  • Player can cancel bonus at any time. Please note: Upon cancellation of the bonus the balance will be adjusted to the balance before bonus activation.
 

 

Click here for more info on casinos in French Polynesia.

 

 

Bingo in French Polynesia

 

Online bingo in French Polynesia: illegal, players are not prosecuted

 

Bingo appears to be illegal in French Polynesia, as it is considered a game of chance that is not exempt from the prohibition. As a result, there are no bingo halls or similar establishments on the islands. This might be surprising, as bingo is considered a lottery style game in France, and is legal.

The Pacifique des Jeux, unlike its French counterpart, offers no online bingo. As unlicensed operators may not offer online gambling services, including bingo, this means there are no legally available options for online bingo in French Polynesia. However, locals are free to play on international online bingo sites available to them.

The following bingo websites accept players from French Polynesia:

I don’t know of any bingo site that would accept players from French Polynesia. If you know of any please let me know in the comments section below.

 

Poker in French Polynesia

 

Online poker in French Polynesia: illegal, players are not prosecuted

 

Poker has previously been regarded as a game of chance, and is often played at casinos. However, in recent years, it has been increasingly considered a game of skill, which makes it exempt from the ban on games of pure chance. Still, there don’t seem to be any brick and mortar poker in French Polynesia.

As online poker is not considered a game of chance, the prohibition of online gambling does not  There are several operators that have received such licences, and offer online poker games legally, though none of these are based specifically in French Polynesia.

The following online poker sites accept players from French Polynesia.

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

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

I don’t know any poker site that would accept players from French Polynesia. If you know of any please let me know in the comments section below.

 

Sports betting in French Polynesia

 

Online sports betting in French Polynesia: illegal, players are not prosecuted

 

Sports betting is legal in French Polynesia, but only when bets are made on horse races, not on other sports events. There is one horse race track in French Polynesia, the Hippodrome de Tahiti or Hippodrome de Pirea. Horse race betting has traditionally been the most popular form of gambling in France, where parimutuel betting actually originates from.

Online sports betting is, as other forms of online gambling, illegal in French Polynesia. Though the Francaise des Jeux offers various sports betting options, the Pacifique des Jeux does not. Locals are free to wager on international online sports betting sites, though some of these may be blocked.

The online sportsbooks below accept registrations from French Polynesia.

Online bookmakers accepting registrations from French Polynesia - click to see

The following online sportsbooks accept bettors from French Polynesia:

I don’t know any poker site that would accept players from French Polynesia. If you know of any please let me know in the comments section below.

 

Lottery in French Polynesia

 

Online lottery in French Polynesia: illegal, players are not prosecuted

 

Lotteries are among the few types of gambling legal in French Polynesia. The largest lottery operator is Pacifique des Jeux, which offers traditional number games as well as scratchcards and Keno. The Euromillions is also available from French Polynesia. There are also several other, smaller authorised lottery and tombola operators.

The Pacifique des Jeux does not offer any way  to participate in the draws online, in accordance with the ban on online gambling. However, Locals are free to participate in any international online lottery draws that are available to them.

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

 

Bitcoin gambling in French Polynesia

 

Bitcoin gambling in French Polynesia: illegal, players are not prosecuted

 

Bitcoin is not specifically regulated in France or in French Polynesia. In accordance with the gambling regulations of the islands, all forms of gambling are banned except for those explicitly authorised, and Bitcoin gambling is not. As a result, there are no licensed Bitcoin casinos available in French Polynesia, though locals may play in international Bitcoin casinos with no repercussions.

The bitcoin casinos below accept players from French Polynesia.

Online casinos accepting crypto and players from French Polynesia - click to see

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

 

RichPrize Casino

This is RichPrize Casino's animated GIF banner advertising their new exclusive games and their free spins and casino 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.
RichPrize Casino bonus offers
USA and Canada players are accepted. However, US players can only deposit and withdraw money using cryptocurrencies! (this restriction only applies to US players, and only in this casino)
  • 100% match bonus, up to $400 + 25 free spins, no code needed
  OR:
  • Confirm email or phone, apply code: LADYDAY, make deposit from 21 to 400 EUR/USD and receive 88% + 88 free spins, limited time only, if it is no longer valid, please drop a comment and let me know
  OR:
  • Confirm email or phone, apply code: WEST100 make deposit pf at least 21 EUR/USD and receive 100 free spins, limited time only, if it is no longer valid, please drop a comment and let me know
  Returning players usually get 25% - 33% cashback, one of the highest regular cashbacks online. Even if you end up losing you will get about 30% of your money back (returning players only).

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
  • Playthrough requirement: Bonus wagering x40 applied.
  • Free spins wagering x40 applied.
  Check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations, does not apply to bonuses for returning players which have different (significantly better) paythrough requirements.
Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days to wager bonus.
  • Slots wagering allowed.
  • Slots wagering participation 100%.
  • Min bet 0.01 EUR - Max bet 3 EUR.
  • Betting Games wagering not allowed.
  • Providers allowed for wagering: Limited to enabled games only.
  • Player can cancel bonus at any time. Please note: Upon cancellation of the bonus the balance will be adjusted to the balance before bonus activation.
 

 

 

 

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: 2021-01-16

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