Simon’s Guide to Gambling in Micronesia

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Guide to Gambling in Micronesia

 

The Federated States of Micronesia, often referred to as just Micronesia (not to be confused with the region of Micronesia) is an independent sovereign island nation and a United States associate state consisting of 4 states (Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei, and Kosrae). Together, the states comprise around 607 islands. They lie northeast of New Guinea, south of Guam and the Marianas, west of Nauru and the Marshall Islands, east of Palau and the Philippines, about 2900 km north of eastern Australia, and approximately 4000 km south-west from the main islands of Hawaii. The nation’s capital is Palikir, located on the Pohnpei Island while the largest city is Weno of Chuuk Atoll.

The nation’s official language is English. Other widely spoken languages are the Chuukese, Kosraean, and the Woleaian. The population of the nation is around 100,000. Almost 50% of the population is Chuukese.

The Federated States of Micronesia became a part of Spanish East Indies in the 19th century for a short while. After the Spanish defeat in the Spanish-American War, Spain sold the territory to Germany under the German-Spanish Treaty of 1899. So the nation became part of German New Guinea. Japan conquered the islands during World War I and remained in charge until the end of World War II. After World War II, it was administered by the United States until the nation gained independence under the Compact of Free Association with the US in 1986. The compact was renewed in 2004 further solidifying the Federated States of Micronesia’s independence.

Although the nation is independent, its defense is the responsibility of the US. The US government also grants access to social services for citizens of these islands. This partnership allows FSM citizens to join the US military without having US citizenship or obtaining permanent residency in the country. Furthermore, the association with the US allows immigration and employment of Micronesians in the United States and establishes economic and  technical aid programs too. Micronesia’s economy consists of mostly farming and fishing.

There are no organized forms of gambling in the Federated States of Micronesia. Some states have their own laws concerning gambling, though (as the nation does not have a central government due to it being a federation). There were plans to open casinos on the islands and spark the economy but nothing materialized yet. However, online gambling is not regulated and players from FSM are accepted in many offshore online casinos to play.

 

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Casino gambling in Micronesia

 

Online casino gambling in Micronesia: not regulated

 

Land-based gambling is legal in the Federated States of Micronesia but there aren’t any brick-and-mortar casinos or online gambling providers operating in its territory. There were plans since the 80s to build a casino on one of the islands but they never materialized. Online gambling is a whole different case altogether. Online gambling is not regulated, the nation does not have any specific laws concerning it, so players from the Federated States of Micronesia are allowed to play online. Many offshore online casino accepts players from FSM.

 

 

Bingo in Micronesia

 

Online bingo in Micronesia: not regulated

 

Bingo is a quite popular form of gambling around the world, especially in the US. However, there are no land-based bingo halls in the Federated States of Micronesia despite gambling being legal in the country. However, online gambling is not regulated or banned so players from FSM are allowed to satisfy their bingo needs in many offshore online casinos.

 

 

Poker in Micronesia

 

Online poker in Micronesia: not regulated

 

Arguably, poker is the most popular casino game ever created. The main reasons behind its ever growing popularity are the constant television broadcasts and world championship tournaments. Many consider poker a game of skill rather than a game of chance but in nature it still counts as a form of gambling. There are no land-based casinos in the Federated States of Micronesia right now, but players from FSM are allowed to play in many offshore online casinos. Online gambling is not regulated as of now.

 

Sports betting in Micronesia

 

Online sports betting in Micronesia: not regulated

 

Sports betting is a pretty common and popular form of gambling around the world. However, there are no land-based bookmakers operating in the Federal States of Micronesia as of now. Players from FSM are accepted in numerous offshore online casinos to bet on their favorite sports, though.

 

 

Lottery in Micronesia

 

Online lottery in Micronesia: not regulated

 

Arguably, the lottery is the most common form of gambling out there. Most of the countries where gambling is legal feature a national lottery. That’s not the case in the Federated States of Micronesia, though as the nation does not have a national lottery at the moment. However, players from FSM are accepted in many offshore online casinos to try out all kinds of lotteries.

 

 

Bitcoin gambling in Micronesia

 

Bitcoin gambling in Micronesia: not regulated

 

Bitcoin is a digital currency often referred to as a “cryptocurrency” first introduced back in 2008. It quickly gained popularity worldwide as an alternative payment option. Bitcoin gambling appeared shortly after the introduction of the currency and grows in popularity ever since as more and more casinos started to specialize in it. Bitcoin is still a relatively new phenomenon so only just a handful of countries issued laws concerning the currency. Some countries view Bitcoin as an asset rather than a currency (like Norway for example). The Federated States of Micronesia, however, does not have any specific laws concerning Bitcoin gambling or Bitcoin in general at the moment. Players from the Federated States of Micronesia are accepted in many offshore online Bitcoin casinos to try out their luck.

 

 

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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: 2016.01.14.

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