Simon’s Guide to Gambling in Indonesia

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Guide to Gambling in Indonesia

 

Indonesia, officially the Republic of Indonesia is a sovereign island country located in Southeast Asia and Oceania. This is the world’s biggest island country consisting of more than 14,000 islands. Indonesia is the 4th most populous country in the world with an estimated population of 255 million. It is the most populous Muslim-majority country in the world. The country’s capital and largest city is Jakarta with approximately 30 million residents in its metropolitan area. The world’s most populous island is part of Indonesia called Java where approximately half of the countries population resides. The country’s official language is Indonesian. The officially recognized religions in the country are Islam, Protestantism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism.

Indonesia has been an important trade center since the 7th century. This drawn foreign powers to the islands like Muslims and later the Europeans. The Netherlands took control of the country in the early 17th century and remained in charge for more than 3 centuries. Indonesia declared its independence after the conclusion of World War II in 1945 forming the United States of Indonesia in the process. However, the federation dissolved in 1950 effectively creating the Republic of Indonesia. After gaining independence, Indonesia experienced political and economic struggles throughout the years. Today, Indonesia operates as a unitary presidential constitutional republic.

All forms of gambling in Indonesia are illegal due to the dominant religion of Islam. The Sharia law forbids all forms of gambling as it considers gambling addicting, evil, and a cause for people to forget their social responsibilities. Therefore, there aren’t any land-based casinos in the country where players could enjoy their favorite games like roulette, poker, or blackjack to name a few. Although there are illegal gambling operations in the country, the police constantly raid these facilities. Online gambling is forbidden too and the government blocks foreign gambling websites. However, there is not much information whether players are prosecuted for playing at an offshore online casino or not.

 

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Casino gambling in Indonesia

 

Online casino gambling in Indonesia: illegal

 

All forms of gambling are illegal in Indonesia due to the predominant religion of Islam. Islamic teachings forbid gambling altogether. The anti-gambling laws are heavily enforced to, at least, when we talk about land-based activities. Therefore, there aren’t any legally operating brick-and-mortar casinos or other gambling establishments in the country. Illegal gambling still exists in the country but the Indonesian authorities constantly raid the underground facilities. Online gambling is prohibited too and the government blocks offshore online gambling websites as well. It is not known whether players are prosecuted for playing at an offshore online casino, though.

 

 

Bingo in Indonesia

 

Online bingo in Indonesia: illegal

 

Bingo is a quite popular game amongst players around the world, especially in the United States. However, it doesn’t matter how popular it is as it counts as a form of gambling so it is banned in Indonesia. Therefore, there aren’t any land-based bingo halls in the country. Online gambling is prohibited too and the government blocks foreign websites as well. There is not much information whether players are prosecuted for playing at an offshore online casino, though.

 

 

Poker in Indonesia

 

Online poker in Indonesia: illegal

 

Poker is quite possibly the most popular casino game ever created. The main reasons behind its ever growing popularity are the constant television broadcasts, the 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. All forms of gambling are illegal in Indonesia so is poker. Online gambling is forbidden too and the government blocks foreign gambling sites as well. There is not much information about the penalties for playing at an offshore online casino if there is any, though.

 

Sports betting in Indonesia

 

Online sports betting in Indonesia: illegal

 

Sports betting is one of the most common and popular games in the world. However, like many other kinds of gambling, sports betting is illegal in Indonesia as well. Online gambling is illegal too and the government blocks foreign online bookmakers. There is not much information whether players are prosecuted or not for playing at an offshore online bookmaker, though.

 

 

Lottery in Indonesia

 

Online lottery in Indonesia: illegal

 

Arguably, the lottery is the most common form of gambling out there. It is safe to say that where gambling is legal there is a national lottery. However, in Indonesia, all forms of gambling are illegal including the lottery too. Online gambling is forbidden too and the government blocks foreign gambling websites as well. It is not known whether players are prosecuted or not for playing a lottery at an offshore online gambling provider, though.

 

 

Bitcoin gambling in Indonesia

 

Bitcoin gambling in Indonesia: illegal

 

Bitcoin is a digital currency often referred to as a “cryptocurrency” invented in 2008. It quickly became popular worldwide 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 an asset rather than a currency (like Norway or Lithuania for example). as of now, Indonesia does not have any specific laws concerning Bitcoin gambling or Bitcoin in general. However, all forms of gambling are illegal in Indonesia so it is safe to assume Bitcoin gambling is as well. It is not known whether players are prosecuted for playing at an offshore online casino or not.

 

 

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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: 2016.02.11.

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2 Responses

  1. daniel says:

    you want to know what happens to people gambling in indonesia. my cousin was arrested 2 days ago and is serving a 2 month sentence no probation for offshore gambling. thats what the police say but when you hear the whole story it is very corrupt.

    • Thanks for letting me know. This is fantastic information. I assume you are from Indonesia. Could you please answer the following short questions:
      Was he arrested for online gambling?
      How was he caught?
      How often did he play?
      At home or somewhere else?
      How much did he bet a month generally?
      Did he use credit cards or other forms of payment?

      Thanks for your help! I will update the website with your answers.

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