Simon’s Guide to Online Casinos in Ecuador

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Interior of the Casino Montecarlo in Quito, Ecuador

Casino Montecarlo in Quito, Ecuador

 

This is a guide to brick and mortar as well as online casinos in Ecuador. Find out what the best casinos and online casino sites are in Ecuador, or learn more about the legal status of casino gambling in the country.

 

Online casinos in Ecuador

 

Legal status: unregulated

Online casino gambling is not explicitly regulated in Ecuador, nor has it ever been. Even so, it is not obvious at first glance what the exact legal status of online casinos in Ecuador is. This is due to the ambiguous wording of the 2011 gambling law.

Traditional gambling had been legal for many decades prior to 2011. However, due to the problems associated with gambling casinos were banned in 2011 by president Rafael Corra after a referendum. In accordance with the referendum, “businesses devoted to games of chance such as casinos …” had to be shut down.

Some say that this is a blanket ban on all games of chances and casinos, including online casinos, which would naturally make the latter illegal as well. However, online casinos had never been explicitly legal either, online casinos and other forms of online gambling are best described as not regulated.

While the situation is somewhat unclear, what we do know for sure is that there are no licensed online casinos in Ecuador, nor is there any way for online casinos to receive a gambling permit in the country. On the other hand, due to the lack of clear regulation there are also no laws explicitly banning online casino gambling.

This means that gamblers from Ecuador are free to play in any foreign online casinos with no repercussions. Unlicensed online casinos and payments to them are not blocked, and most online casinos welcome players from Ecuador. These online casinos are generally available both in English and in Spanish, the official language of Ecuador.

 

 

 

 

 

Online casinos accepting players from Ecuador

 

Here’s a selection of online casinos I’ve tried and recommend. The following online casinos accept players from Ecuador:

Banner for the Betsson online casino, which is available to players from Ecuador

Betsson online casino accepting players from Ecuador

Banner of the Betsafe online casino, which accepts players from Ecuador.

Betsafe online casino accepting players from Ecuador

Banner of the Casino Euro online casino, accepting players from Ecuador

CasinoEuro online casino accepting players from Ecuador

Banner of the Black Lotus online casino accepting players from Ecuador.

Black Lotus online casino accepting players from Ecuador

Banner of the Lotus Asia online casino, acceptin players from Ecuador.

Lotus Asia online casino accepting players from Ecuador

Banner of the 32 Red online casino, which accepts players from Ecuador.

32Red online casino accepting players from Ecuador

Banner for the BGO online casino, available to players from Ecuador

BGO online casino accepting players from Ecuador

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

GT Bets accepts players from Ecuador – accepting Bitcoins as well

 

 

Land-based casinos in Ecuador

 

Ecuador has a long tradition of casino gambling, dating back to 1949 when the first Ecuadorian casino opened its doors. Unfortunately, casinos in Ecuador have long since been associated with organised crime and problem gambling.

As a result, Ecuadorian president Rafael Corra gained the support of the government in 2010 to ban casinos, with the decision reinforced through a referendum in 2011. This resulted in the Executive Decree 873, stating that all casinos and slot machine parlors had to be shut down within six months.

The decision caused an uproar among the over 3000 Ecuadorians employed in the gambling industry. The legal casino gambling industry also brought in $20 million a year in tax revenues. It is doubtful, whether the complete removal of any legal options for land-based casino gambling will actually reduce problem gambling and illegal activities.

Prior to the ban, there had been about 15 casinos operating in Ecuador, as well as a multitude of slot machine halls. The largest of these establishments had been the Hotel Casino Plaza located in Pichincha, which had over 175 slot machines as well as 25 gaming tables on offer.

As casino gambling is a traditionally popular pastime in Ecuador, it seems unlikely that avid gamblers would simply give up on their hobby. With the ban of brick and mortar casinos, many Ecuadorian gamblers might instead turn towards online casinos.

 

 

Other forms of online gambling in Ecuador

 

Most forms of online gambling have never been explicitly regulated in Ecuador just like online casinos. Since they had never been officially legal, they logically could not have been made illegal by the blanket ban on gambling in 2011. Still, since all games of chance are now illegal in Ecuador, that would, in theory, cover online gambling as well.

Since the 2011 referendum, which talked of games of chance only, interestingly poker has also been banned. This despite the fact that poker has generally been considered to be a game of skill rather than a game of luck. Still, online poker in Ecuador is not affected by this decision.

The only form of gambling currently explicitly legal in Ecaudor is lottery. Lottery in Ecuador is a monopoly of the state-run Lotería Nacional. Tickets to the Ecuadorian national lottery are available online as well, making lottery the only form of online gambling officially legal in Ecuador as well.

Fortunately for Ecuadorian gamblers, there are no laws against individuals playing on international online gambling sites. They are free to choose from international online poker sites, online sports betting sites or even online lotteries available to them.

 

 

This article supplements the general guide to the legal status of gambling in Ecuador.

 

Simon’s Guide to Land-based and Online Casinos in Ecuador is part of Simon’s Online Casino Guide.

 

Last updated: 2017-09-15

 

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Simon's Guide to Land-based and Online Casinos in Ecuador
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A guide to the legal status of online gambling and online casinos in Ecuador, including the recent changes to Ecuadorian casino regulations.
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