Simon’s Guide to Gambling in Haiti – Lottery, Casinos and more

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Picture of Haiti's capital city, Port-au-Prince. Land-based gambling is legal in Haiti but online gambling is not yet regulated.

Guide to Gambling in Haiti

 

Haiti, officially the Republic of Haiti is a country in the western hemisphere and is located on the island of Hispaniola, in the Greater Antilles archipelago of the Caribbean. It shares the island with the Dominican Republic. Haiti is the 3rd most populous country in the Caribbean with an estimated population of 10,6 million. The nation’s capital and largest city is Port-au-Prince with approximately 2,6 million residents in its metropolitan area.  Haiti’s official languages are French and Haitian Creole. Haiti is a member of numerous international organizations like the Latin Union, and the Organization of American States amongst others. Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world with less than a $1000 GDP per capita. The country constantly ranks amongst the lowest in the Human Development Index too.

The island was originally inhabited by the Taínos. The Europeans first visited the island in 1492 during the first voyage of Christopher Columbus. The territory was named Hispaniola and claimed by Spain, which ruled the island until the 17th century. The French took control of the western part of the island in the mid 17th century, naming their territory Saint-Domingue. During this time, the island was used to operate sugarcane plantations where the workers were mostly slaves brought from Africa. This led to the Haitian Revolution in the late 18th century resulting in Haiti’s independence in 1804.

Land-based gambling is legal in Haiti. However, gambling is not regulated on a national level. Currently, there are only 2 casinos operating in the country. These casinos offer the most popular games like roulette, blackjack, and poker amongst others, though. Online gambling is not regulated as of now in Haiti, which means that if Haitian players want to play online they need to visit an offshore online casino. Numerous offshore online casinos accept players from Haiti.

 

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Casino gambling in Haiti

 

Online casino gambling in Haiti: not regulated

 

Land-based gambling is legal in Haiti. There are currently 2 casinos operating in the country, the El Rancho Hotel & Casino and the Royal Haitian Hotel & Casino, both in the capital city of Port-au-Prince. These casinos offer the popular casino games to players (blackjack, roulette, poker, slot machines, etc.). Online gambling is not regulated in the country as of now. Therefore, players from Haiti can enjoy playing their favourite games from the comfort of their homes if they visit an offshore online casino. Numerous foreign online gambling providers accept Haitian players.

 

 

Bingo in Haiti

 

Online bingo in Haiti: not regulated

 

Bingo is a quite popular game amongst players around the world, especially in the United States. It is popular in Haiti too as there are numerous land-based bingo halls throughout the country where players can enjoy this fun little game. Online gambling, on the other hand, is not yet regulated so players “have” to visit an offshore online casino if they want to play bingo online.

 

 

Poker in Haiti

 

Online poker in Haiti: not regulated

 

Poker is arguably the most popular card game ever created. The main reasons behind its popularity are the television broadcasts, regularly held tournaments and world championships along with the game’s competitive nature. Many would argue that poker requires more skill and knowledge than luck, but in nature, it still counts as a form of gambling as it is mostly played in casinos to this day. Haitian players can enjoy poker at the land-based establishments or try out their luck at an offshore online casino (online gambling is not yet regulated in Haiti). Many offshore online casinos accept players from Haiti.

 

Sports betting in Haiti

 

Online sports betting in Haiti: not regulated

 

Sports betting is one of the most common forms of gambling out there. It has a rich history in Haiti as sports betting is one of the most popular forms of gambling in the country. The most popular “sport” in the country is cockfighting. Haiti is one of the few countries in the world where cockfighting is legal. Online gambling is not yet regulated in the country, so if players from Haiti want to bet online they have to visit an offshore online bookmaker to do so. Many foreign online bookmakers accept players from Haiti.

 

 

Lottery in Haiti

 

Online lottery in Haiti: not regulated

 

Arguably, the lottery is the most common form of gambling in the world. It’s safe to say that where gambling is legal there is a national lottery. It is no different in Haiti either. The lottery in Haiti is controlled by La Lotto Internationale S.A Lotto (LISA). The company is authorized by the state to draw lotteries regularly. LISA offers games to players like Boloto, Lotto 5,  and Lotto 3. Online gambling is not regulated in Haiti as of now, but the lotteries offered by LISA can be played from mobile devices too.*

 

 

*The official website of LISA (French)

 

Bitcoin gambling in Haiti

 

Bitcoin gambling in Haiti: not regulated

 

Bitcoin is a digital currency often referred to as a “cryptocurrency” invented in 2008 by an unknown person under the moniker of Satoshi Nakamoto. It quickly gained a worldwide popularity as an alternative mean of payment. Bitcoin gambling appeared shortly after the introduction of the currency and continues to gain 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 see Bitcoin as an asset rather than a currency (like Norway or Lithuania for example). Bitcoin trades mostly occur via the internet so Bitcoin gambling technically counts as a form of online gambling. As of now, there aren’t any specific laws in Haiti concerning Bitcoin gambling or Bitcoin in general.

 

 

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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: 2016.02.17.

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