Buildings and roads in Tehran, the capital of Iran
Tehran, the capital of Iran

 

Online casinos in Iran

 

Legal status: illegal, players are not prosecuted

 

Online casino gambling is illegal in Iran, similarly to practically all other forms of gambling. Casinos in general are prohibited in the country, in accordance with the Civil Code of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The law states that  “Gambling and betting are void transactions and no action based on them will lie. The same rule applies to all engagements which arise out of illegal transactions.”

Online casinos are not explicitly mentioned among the regulations concerning gambling in Iran. However, the Iranian government does not issue gambling licences to online casino operators, and without such a licence all online casinos based in the country would be considered illegal. As a result, there are currently no legal and licensed online casinos in Iran.

Despite the prohibition and the fact that internet penetration is only slightly higher than 20%, online casino gambling is still quite popular in Iran. The reason for this is most likely the lack of alternatives: public gambling carries a risk of being sentenced to 6 months in jail or up to 74 lashes. It should be noted that online casino gambling is also considered illegal, and thus is not completely free of risks either. However, there have been no reports of individual players arrested simply for playing in online casinos.

The Iranian government has no jurisdiction over international online casinos, and as a result many of them offer their services to players from Iran as well. Unfortunately, that does not mean that these online casinos are freely available to Iranian gamblers, as internet service providers in Iran tend to block online casino sites.

This can be circumvented through the use of virtual private networks, which also helps players remain anonymous. Still, it bears repeating that even with precautions taken, there are still certain risks connected to playing in online casinos.

 

Online casinos accepting players from Iran

The following online gambling websites accept players from Iran:

 

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.
 

 

Land-based casinos in Iran

 

Similarly to online casinos, their brick and mortar counterparts are also prohibited by the ciuntry’s civil code. There are no legal casinos in the country, although there are certainly illegal gambling dens to be found throughout the country. Organising illegal casino games, as well as participating in them, is punishable by both prison time and lashes.

Interestingly, several hundred years ago, Persia was among the first areas where gambling gained significant popularity. The ancient forms of casino games included four sided dice created out of bones. However, in 1978, the Islamic Revolution drastically changed the acceptance and legal status of casino games in the country.

Casino games are strictly prohibited by Islam. Gambling is considered to be as addictive as alcohol, any partaking in either of them makes people forget about Allah and their social responsibilities. Muslim people are also expected to earn money by hard work rather than through sheer luck.

Beliefs other than Islam are not recognized by the Iranian government. While officially 99% of the population follows Islam, the real numbers are most likely different. Either way, despite the legal and religious prohibitions casino gambling is not completely absent from the country.

Since casino gambling in Iran is heavily penalised, locals have very limited options. Turkemnistan, where casinos are legal, is a popular destination among Iranian people looking to gamble. The aforementioned online casinos consitute the other popular option for gambling in Iran.

 

Other forms of online gambling in Iran

 

 

The future of online casinos in Iran

 

Most forms of gambling in Iran are completely banned, in accordance with the coutnry’s civil code. Interestingly, while the civil code states that all forms of gambling and betting are illegal and transactions based on them are considered invalid, it does make an exception when it comes to “Betting […] in races of riding animals and also in shooting matches and in fencing”

This exception is more a curiosity than a gambling option, however, since the Iranian authorities treat sports betting just like any other form of gambling: illegal, and punishable with jail time. As a result, there are no online sports betting sites based in Iran; nor are there any online lotteries, online poker sites, etc.

The best and safest option for Iranian gamblers for participating in online gambling from within their country is playing on international online gambling sites. Playing on such online gambling sites is also considered illegal, but it is not nearly as strictly supervised as traditional formas of gambling.

Most international online sportsbooks, online poker sites and online lotteries allow players from Iran, though their websites may be blocked by Iranian ISPs.

 

 

The following online gambling websites accept players from Iran:

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

 

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

 

Last updated: 2021-01-08

 

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Simon's Guide to Land-based and Online Casinos in Iran
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