Simon’s Guide to Gambling and Online Gambling in the Channel Islands

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This is the logo of the Alderney Gambling Commission. Gambling is not only legal in the Channel Islands but Guernsey and Jersey issues gambling licenses as well. This picture is used as the header image of my Chanell Islands online gambling and lottery guide.

Guernsey gambling guide

 

The Channel Islands are situated in the English Channel, and consist of 7 inhabited islands as well as 4 uninhabited ones. All inhabited islands belong to the Bailiwick of Guernsey except for Jersey, which belongs to the Bailiwick of Jersey. Both Bailiwicks are British Crown Dependencies, but not part of the United Kingdom. Acts of the British Parliament do not apply automatically to the islands, but may be extended to them. In general, both Bailiwicks legislate for themselves.

Gambling is legal in both Jersey and Guernsey. Legal forms of gambling available include lotteries, raffles, bingo, poker and sports betting. Gambling operators are required to obtain a licence. Many live gambling events are held for a charitable cause.

Online gambling is also legal and regulated in the Channel Islands.

Channel Island gambling license: There are, in fact, several online gambling companies licensed and registered in one of the two Bailiwicks. Guernsey has a longer history of issuing such licenses, while Jersey granted its first online gambling licence in January 2015.*

A gambling license from the UK channel islands is actually among the best licence an online gambling firm can get.

“Remote gambling” operators who wish to obtain a Jersey gambling licence need to apply to the Jersey Gambling Commission and, in case of casino-style games, to the Jersey Financial Services Commission as well. The servers need to be located in Jersey in order to receive a licence. Not much is known about the gambling license and gambling regulatory board of Jersey as almost all companies choose the bigger Bailiwick of Guernsey.

Alderney, while part of the Guernsey Bailiwick, has its own gambling commission, the Alderney Gambling Control Commission. However, as Alderney does not have the infrastructure necessary, many gambling companies licensed in Alderney actually operate from Guernsey.

 

*Source: Jersey’s first online gambling licence issued (BBC)

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Casino gambling in the Channel Islands

 

Online casino gambling in the Channel Islands: legal, licensed

 

Casino gambling is legal, though interestingly there are no brick and mortar casinos on the islands. St. Pierre Park Hotel received the licence to operate a casino, but as of yet no casino games are available.

Online casino gambling, on the other hand, thrives in the Channel Islands. Not only is it legal for locals to participate in online casino games, the gambling commissions of Jersey, Alderney and Guernsey also issue online gambling licenses. (It should be noted that requirements for gambling operators who offer casino games are somewhat stricter than for other operators.)

The gambling legislation in the Channel Islands is mostly concerned with gambling licences, not with the possibilities of individual players. It is illegal to operate online casino gambling services from local servers without a licence, but there’s nothing stopping locals from playing on foreign casino sites. Still, with the abundance of locally licensed gambling operators – the numbers are in the hundreds – it is doubtful whether they feel the need to turn to offshore casinos.

The following online casinos accept players from the Channel Islands:

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BGO casino – accepting players from the Channel Islands

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32 Red casino – accepting players from the Channel Islands

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Betsson online casino – accepting players from the Channel Islands

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Betsafe online casino – accepting players from the Channel Islands

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Casino Euro – accepting players from the Channel Islands

This is an animated GIF banner ad of the online casino Black Lotus. Black Lotus casino accepts players from the Channel Islands. The animated banner reads: elemental 7, play now, Bonus code: Earth, 10 free spins.

Black lotus casino – accepting players from the Channel Islands

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Lotus Asia casino – accepting players from the Channel Islands

This the banner ad of Gt Bets online casino. The online casino accepts players from the Channel Islands.

GT Bets accepts players from the Channel Islands – accepting Bitcoins as well

 

Bingo in the Channel Islands

 

Online bingo in the Channel Islands: legal, licensed

 

Bingo is legal in the Channel Islands, though in Alderney only charitable games are allowed, commercial bingo is not. There are several Bingo halls located in both Jersey and Guernsey, and several other establishments (clubs, restaurants, etc.) hold regular bingo night as well.

Online bingo is not specifically regulated by the gambling laws, but likely requires a licence just as conducting other forms of online gambling does. Prospective bingo operators should apply to the commission on the island of their choice for a gambling licence. Residents of the islands are also free to play on foreign online bingo sites.

The following bingo websites accept players from the Channel Islands:

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BGO bingo – accepting players from the Channel Islands

This is the animated banner ad of Betsson Bingo. This GIF online bingo banner is 728x90 pixel wide. Betsson bingo is one of the online bingo websites, that accepts players from the Channel Islands. The animated GIF reads: welcome bonus package up to R$1200, receive bonuses on your 4 deposits.

Betsson Bingo – accepting registrations from the Channel Islands

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32 Red Bingo – accepting registrations from the Channel Islands

 

Poker in the Channel Islands

 

Online poker in the Channel Islands: legal, licensed

 

Poker is legal in the Channel islands, though separate licensing regulations affect poker games on the islands. Home poker games are permitted, but larger-scale and commercial poker events need to be authorised by the gambling commission.

Online poker is also legal, and requires the same e-gambling or remote gambling licence as operating other forms of gambling. Servers of licensed online poker operators need to be physically present on the islands. Locals looking to play online poker may play at the locally licensed online poker sites, as well as offshore poker sites available to them.

The following online poker sites accept players from the Channel Islands:

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Betsson online Poker – accepting players from the Channel Islands

This is the animated GIF banner ad of Betsafe's online poker website. It is 728x90 pixel wide. Betsafe online poker is one of the many online poker websites, which accept players from the Channel Islands. The animated banner reads: betsafe welcome deal, 3 great reasons to join the fun, up to €1000 deposit bonus.

Betsafe online Poker – accepting players from the Channel Islands

This is the animated GIF banner ad of 32 Red's online poker website. It is 728x90 pixel wide. Betsafe online poker is one of the many online poker websites, which accept players from the Channel Islands. The animated banner reads: 32 Red 30% rakeback, $1000 welcome bonus, €2500 freerolls.

32 Red online Poker – accepting players from the Channel Islands

 

Sports betting in the Channel Islands

 

Online sports betting in the Channel Islands: legal, licensed

 

Sports betting is also legal in the Channel Islands, and requires a licence to operate legally either online or offline. Sports betting with many wagering options and sports on offer is available in betting shops throughout both Bailiwicks.

Online sports betting used to require a separate licence from gambling licences in Jersey. However, since 2012 gambling licences are no longer categorised by the difference between betting and gambling*  Residents of the Channel Islands may wager on both locally licensed and offshore online sports betting sites.

The following online sportsbooks accept registrations from the Channel Islands:

This is an animated GIF banner ad of Betsson sportsbook. Betsson online bookmaker accepts registrations from the Channel Islands. On the banner you can read: claim your welcome bonus, bonus 100% up to €25.

Betsson online sportsbook – accepting registrations from the Channel Islands

This is an animated GIF banner ad of Betsafe sportsbook. Betsafe online sportsbook accept registrations from the Channel Islands. The text on the banner ad reads. betsafe, 50% deposit bonus up to €25, 2nd tier bonus, open an account today.

Betsafe online bookmaker – accepting registrations from the Channel Islands

This is a banner of 32 Red Sports, the online sportsbook of 32 Red Casino. 32 Red online sportsbook accepts players from the Channel Islands. The animated GIF banner reads: £10 free bet, Place your first bet & get a £10 free bet plus 10 free games on one of our fantastic slots, + 10 free games, 32 Red Sport.

32 Red sport online sportsbook – accepting players from the Channel Islands

This the banner ad of Gt Bets online sportsbook. The sportsbook accept players from the Channel Islands.

GT Bets online bookmaker – accepts registrations from the the Channel Islands, also accepts Bitcoin

*Source: Remote Gambling License (JGC)

 

Lottery in the Channel Islands

 

Online lottery in the Channel Islands: legal, licensed

 

Lotteries are legal in the Channel Islands, and most forms of lottery games require some sort of registration at the gambling commission of the respective islands. This means that anyone with a licence may hold lotteries, promotional lotteries and raffles, though there are also “official” lotteries such as the Channel Islands Christmas Lottery.

Online lottery operators have to apply for an e-gambling or remote gambling licence as well. There are, however, no laws restricting locals from participating in international lottery draws.

The following websites let people from the Channel Islands purchase lottery tickets online:

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Bitcoin gambling in the Channel Islands

 

Bitcoin gambling in the Channel Islands: legal, licensed

 

After the economic success brought on by becoming one of the world’s largest hubs for online gambling, the Channel Islands welcomed Bitcoin. Though the results are yet to be seen, the local laws are friendly to Bitcoin investments and the industry showed a positive reaction.*

The Channel Islands is one of the few countries actively accepting and licensing Bitcoin casinos. Operating Bitcoin gambling is permissible under certain e-gambling licenses, though one should consult the gambling commissions for specifics. It follows that Bitcoin gambling is also legal for locals, whether they wish to play in locally licensed or offshore Bitcoin casinos.

The following Bitcoin casinos accept players from the Channel Islands:

This a banner ad of GT Bets bitcoin casino. It accepts players from the Channel Islands.

GT Bets accepts players from the Channel Islands, and also accepts Bitcoin

*Source: First Regulated Bitcoin Investment Fund to Launch on Island of Jersey (CoinDesk)

 

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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: 2016-03-28

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Simon's Guide to Gambling in Alderney, Guernsey and Jersey (Channel Islands)
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Find out more about casino gambling, sports betting, bingo, Bitcoin gambling and the channel islands Christmas lottery and Channel Islands gambling licenses in this Channel Islands gambling guide.
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