Picture of Baghdad, the capital city of Iraq. Gambling in Iraq is illegal.
Guide to Gambling in Iraq

 

Iraq, officially the Republic of Iraq is a country in Western Asia. The country shares borders with Turkey to the north, Iran to the east, Kuwait to the southeast, Saudi Arabia to the south, Jordan to the southwest, and Syria to the west. The country’s population is around 37 million. Iraq’s capital and largest city is Baghdad with approximately 9 million residents. The dominant religion of Iraq is Islam as around 95% of the population are Shia or Sunni Muslims.

The region was home for Mesopotamia in its earliest history. Widely considered to be the one of the cradles of civilization, the territory included Sumer and Akkadian, Babylonian, and Assyrian empires, all native to the modern-day Iraq.  The region was part of numerous empires throughout history like the Hellenistic, Parthian, Roman, and Ottoman Empires before came under the rule of the British after World War I. After the dissolution of the Ottomans, Iraq became a League of Nations mandate under British control. As the Kingdom of Iraq, the country gained independence from the British in 1932. However, the monarchy was overthrown in 1958 and the Iraqi Republic emerged. The Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party took control of the country in 1968. The infamous dictator, Saddam Hussein ruled the country as a member of the party from 1979 and remained in charge until the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Due to the invasion, Hussein’s Ba’ath Party was removed from power and a multi-party parliamentary election was held in 2005. Today, Iraq operates as a federal parliamentary republic.

All forms of gambling are illegal in Iraq. The 1969 Penal Code of Iraq states that anyone who operates or participates in gambling activities can face a fine or jail time. The penalty for operators is greater than for the players, though.* Therefore, there aren’t any land-based casinos offering the popular games like roulette, poker, or blackjack amongst others. Online gambling is illegal too, and the government blocks foreign gambling websites. There is not much information about player prosecution for playing online.

 

Online casinos accepting players from Iraq

The following online gambling websites accept players from Iraq

 

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.
 

 

*1969 Penal Code

 

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Casino gambling in Iraq

 

Online casino gambling in Iraq: illegal

 

All forms of gambling are illegal in Iraq. The reason behind the anti-gambling mindset could be the dominant religion of Islam. Islamic teachings forbid gambling as the Sharia law sees it evil, addicting, and a cause for people to forget their social responsibilities. Therefore, there aren’t any brick-and-mortar casinos in the country at the moment. Both operators and participants can face penalties like a fine or jail time if caught. Online gambling is illegal too and the government blocks offshore online casinos as well. However, there is little to no information about the prosecution of online players.

The online casinos below accept players from Iraq.

Online casinos accepting players from Iraq - click to see

The following online casino websites accept players from Iraq:

 

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 Iraq.

 

Bingo in Iraq

 

Online bingo in Iraq: illegal

 

Bingo is a quite popular game amongst players all around the world, especially in the United States. Gambling is illegal in Iraq, so there aren’t any land-based bingo halls in the country. Offshore online casinos are blocked by the government too. It is not known if players are prosecuted if they play online, though.

The following bingo websites accept players from Iraq:

There aren’t any online bingo site that would accept players from Iraq, due to the legal situation. But if you know of any please let me know in the comments section below.

 

Poker in Iraq

 

Online poker in Iraq: 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 players would argue that poker involves more skill than luck but in nature, it still counts as a form of gambling as it is mostly played in casinos to this day. Gambling is illegal in Iraq, so is poker. Online gambling is forbidden too and the government blocks foreign online casinos as well.

The following online poker sites accept players from Iraq.

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

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

 

There aren’t any online poker platform that would accept players from Iraq, due to the legal situation. But if you know of any please let me know in the comments section below.

 

Sports betting in Iraq

 

Online sports betting in Iraq: illegal

 

Sports betting is one of the most common and popular forms of gambling in the world. However, gambling is completely illegal in Iraq mainly because Islam so it’s not possible for Iraqi players to bet legally in the country. The government also blocks offshore online gambling providers. It is not known whether players are prosecuted or not if playing online.

The online sportsbooks below accept registrations from Iraq.

Online bookmakers accepting registrations from Iraq - click to see

The following online sportsbooks accept bettors from Iraq:

 

There aren’t any online sportsbooks that would accept bettors from Iraq, due to the legal situation. But if you know of any please let me know in the comments section below.

 

Lottery in Iraq

 

Online lottery in Iraq: 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, that’s not the case in Iraq. All forms of gambling are illegal in Iraq even online gambling. The government blocks foreign gambling websites too but this doesn’t seem to stop players from Iraq to play lotteries. For example, an Iraqi citizen won the Oregon Lottery Jackpot last year, a whopping $6.4 million.*

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

 

*Fox News: Mystery Man in Iraq Wins 6.4 Million Oregon Lottery Jackpot

 

Bitcoin gambling in Iraq

 

Bitcoin gambling in Iraq: illegal

 

Bitcoin is a digital currency often referred to as a “cryptocurrency” introduced in 2008. There are still debates about who exactly invented the currency. Bitcoin gained a lot of popularity over the years 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 don’t recognize Bitcoin as a currency, they see it as an asset (like Norway or Lithuania for example). As of now, there aren’t any specific laws in Iraq concerning Bitcoin gambling or Bitcoin in general. However, Bitcoin trades mostly occur via the internet so Bitcoin gambling technically counts as a form of online gambling. Therefore, it is safe to assume that Bitcoin gambling is illegal too in Iraq.

The bitcoin casinos below accept players from Iraq.

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

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

 

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: 2021-01-08

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Simon's Guide to Gambling in Iraq
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An overview of gambling's legal status in Iraq.
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