Simon’s Guide to Online Casinos in Eritrea

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View of Asmara, the capital of Eritrea

Asmara, the capital of Eritrea

 

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

 

Online casinos in Eritrea

 

Legal status: unregulated

Online casino gambling is not regulated in Eritrea. Officially called the State of Eritrea, the country is located in the Horn of Africa and is bordered by Sudan, Ethiopia and Djibouti, as well as the Red Sea. It had been a colony and known as Italian Eritrea between 1890 and 1947.

While the colonial state officially ended at this time, what followed was multiple decades of armed conflict, until Eritrea finally gained its independence in 1991. However, even today, Eritrea ranks as one of the worst countries when it comes to human rights and freedom of press.

Casino gambling is currently not regulated in Eritrea, which means there are no laws concerning online casino gambling either. This is not exactly surprising, seeing as internet penetration in Eritrea is very low: only about 6% of the population has access to the internet. The country’s low GDP is most likely also a factor in the small potential of the Eritrean online casino market.

Due to the lack of online casino legislation there are currently no online casino sites based in Eritrea, nor does there appear to be any way for an online casino to obtain such a permit. The lack of local options means that Eritrean players must turn to international sites if they wish to participate in online casino gambling.

Since gambling is not banned in Eritrea, locals may legally play on online casino websites. Online casinos are not actively blocked, but some online casino sites may not be available. In general, though, Eritrean players are free to play in any online casino, as most international sites welcome players from Eritrea.

 

 

 

Online casinos accepting players from Eritrea

 

Here’s a selection of online casinos, which accept players from Eritrea:

 

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

Betsson online casino accepting players from Eritrea

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

Betsafe online casino accepting players from Eritrea

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

CasinoEuro online casino accepting players from Eritrea

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

Black Lotus online casino accepting players from Eritrea

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

Lotus Asia online casino accepting players from Eritrea

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

32Red online casino accepting players from Eritrea

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

BGO online casino accepting players from Eritrea

 

 

Land-based casinos in Eritrea

 

Similarly to online casino gambling, land-based gambling also appear to be unregulated in Eritrea. There are no laws specifically regulating casinos or even gambling in general.

As a result, there are currently no licensed and legal casinos to be found in Eritrea, though there is most likely at least some gambling going on. Such unlicensed operations are prone to be shut down by local authorities, and gamblers are advised to avoid them.

While the Eritrean laws do not explicitly ban casino gambling, the Quran forbids all forms of gambling, and as a result casino operators and players alike may be fined or jailed in accordance with Sharia law. About 50% of Eritrea’s population follows Islam.

The Quran states that both professional and recreational gambling is to be avoided, as gambling is akin to alcohol addiction. Muslim people are expected to earn money through hard work and not due to luck, and gambling is believed to turn people away from God.

As a result, there are no legal and safe land-based casino gambling options in Eritrea. The best option for locals – and visitors to the country – with an access to the internet is to play on online casino sites instead.

 

 

Other forms of online gambling in Eritrea

The legal status of the various forms of land-based and online gambling is very similar to that of casinos. Online gambling is not specifically regulated by any laws, but there is no way for an online gambling site to obtain a local licence, and half the population abstains from gambling for religious reasons.

There is very little information available regarding brick&mortar or online  gambling options in Eritrea. Some forms of lottery, including scratchcards and intermittently held special lotteries appear to be present in the country. Still, there is no national lottery to speak of, and no option to buy lottery tickets online.

Online sports betting and online poker are also unavailable in Eritrea, in the sense that there are no operators based within the country. Due to the scarce regulation, it is also unclear whether online poker is considered to be a game of luck or a game of skill.

Either way, the easiest and safest way to play poker and participate in sports betting or lottery draws from Eritrea is via international online gambling sites. Most online sports betting, online lottery and online poker sites welcome players from Eritrea.

 

 

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

 

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

 

Last updated: 2018. 06. 15.

 

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A guide to the legal status of online gambling and online casinos in Eritrea, including online casino gambling options available to players in Eritrea.
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