Facade of the Hotel & Casino Suleimaniya in Iraq
Hotel & Casino Suleimaniya in Iraq

 

Online casinos in Iraq

 

Legal status: illegal, players are not prosecuted

 

Iraq, officially known as the Republic of Iraq, is a country located in Western Asia where online casino gambling is not allowed. The law that effectively prohibits online casino gambling in the country is the Penal Code of Iraq that has been in effect since 1969.

Naturally, this penal code makes no explicit mention of online casinos. However, it does state that those who participate in gambling of any kind are punishable with a fine or even jail time. Although there are no specific regulation regarding online casinos in place in Iraq, this general prohibition covers online casinos as well. (It should be noted though, that in spite of the ban there are some forms of gambling that are legal, or at least tolerated.)

As a result of this prohibition, there is no way for online casinos to obtain a gambling licence in Iraq, which also means that there are naturally no legal online casinos based within the country. The potential market for Iraqi online casino gambling is also rather small at the moment, since internet penetration is quite low in the country, around 5%.

Even though online casino gambling is formally illegal, the authorities do not seem to have taken any definitive steps towards actually preventing online casino gambling. As a result, playing in online casinos is among the best and safest options for Iraqi gamblers. Still, participating in online casino gambling, especially in the public, is not without risks, though there have been no reports of individuals being arrested for doing so.

There are several international online casino sites that welcome players from Iraq, though not all of them do. Many online casinos are also available in Arabic, which is spoken throughout the country. Internet services in Iraq are mainly provided by the State Company for Internet Services, which has the authority to block sites that are “contrary to the country’s moral values”; as a result, some international online casino sites may be unavailable.

 

 

Online casinos accepting players from Iraq

The following online gambling websites accept players from Iraq:

 

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 Iraq

 

Even though gambling in general is quite strictly forbidden in accordance with the Iraqi penal code, the country is not completely without legal gambling opportunities. In fact, there is a single casino which seems to have obtained a licence for operating legally.

Casino Suleimaniya is located in the city of Suleimaniya, very near the Iranian border. The casino was opened in 2007 by Russian businessman Vitaly Kouznetzov. Casino Suleimaniya is a Las Vegas-style casino where players can choose from several table games as well as about a hundred slot machines.

The reason for the at least semi-legal operation of the casino is that it is actually located in Iraqi Kurdistan, an autonomous region that is officially still part of Iraq. While the vast majority of the Iraqi population follows Islam, Iraqi Kurdistan – and especially Suleimaniya – is the most secular area within the country.

Even so, operating and even visiting a casino within Iraq is not without its risks. Many of the players arrive bearing arms, which they have to check into a storage room for the duration of their visit. Also, beer is the only type of alcohol served in the casino.

 

Other forms of online gambling in Iraq

 

Just like in the case of casinos, the general ban on gambling still allows for certain forms of it to be accepted and tolerated. The most popular and traditional form of gambling in Iraq is sport betting; wagering on animal events to be precise.

Cockfighting had been legal and immensely popular in Iraq for centuries until the overthrow of Saddam Hussein’s regime in 2003. Today, cockfighting as well as betting on the fights is banned with regards to animal cruelty, but fights are still held regularly.

Horse and camel races also enjoy significant popularity in Iraq. Gambling at the races was forbidden under Saddam Hussein’s rule, but is now generally allowed and thriving. Online sports betting, on the other hand, is non-existent in Iraq: there are no licensed and legal online sportsbooks in the country.

Locals who are looking for more variety and relatively risk-free gambling often choose international online gambling sites. Playing on such sites is not exactly legal, but there have been no reports of individual players arrested for online gambling.

There are several online sportsbooks, online lotteries and online poker sites that welcome players from Iraq, though some of them may be unavailable due to internet restrictions.

 

 

The following online gambling websites accept players from the Iraq:

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 Iraq.

 

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

 

Last updated: 2021-01-08

 

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