View of the Casino du Liban, the only casino in Lebanon in the evening
Casino du Liban, the only casino in Lebanon

 

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

 

Online casinos in Lebanon

 

Legal status: illegal, players are not prosecuted

The legal status of online casino gambling in Lebanon can be quite confusing at first glance. Online casinos are banned and blocked, but there is no law actually prohibiting online casinos, nor playing in an online casino. The reason for this rather complex regulation dates back to 1995.

Lebanon, officially named the Republic of Lebanon is a country located on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. The country had been ruled by the Ottoman Empire, after which it became a French Mandate in 1918. Lebanon gained its independence from France after World War II, and today is a culturally rich and economically sound state.

Online casinos in Lebanon had been legally and freely available for several years, until in the early 2010s the Cyber Crimes Unit cracked down on online casino gambling. Interestingly enough, this was not the result of the introduction of a new Lebanese online casino regulation, but rather the enforcement of an older one.

A decree that passed in 1995 states that Casino du Liban has a monopoly on all casino gambling in Lebanon. while this monopoly had for a long time been understood to apply only to land-based casino gambling, since June 2013 it is considered to include online casinos as well. As a result, the government enforced a mandatory blocking of all online casino sites, both locally based and international, through internet service providers. Financial transactions related to online gambling are also blocked.

This presented a significant difficulty for some, as Lebanon is the only country in the region where online casino gambling was completely free. Lebanon was the country of choice for both tourists, professional gamblers and online gambling companies wishing to participate in online casino gambling in the Middle East .

It should be noted, however, that there are no laws in Lebanon that would explicitly ban online casino gambling. Local online casinos were shut down in 2013, and the operators may be fined or even face jail time, but simply playing in a foreign online casino appears to be completely legal when it comes to individual players.

This means that as long as one can circumvent the technical difficulties through the use of virtual private networks and e-wallets, they can play in international online casinos with no repercussion. Since international online casinos are not under the jurisdiction of the Lebanese government, playing in these online casinos should be relatively problem-free. While not many of these international online casinos support Arabic, many of them are available in French.

Lebanon’s only licensed casino, the Casino du Liban has launched a public tender, aiming to find a partner to provide the infrastructure and software for an online version of the casino. The tender closed in 2017, but the online version is not yet available, making international online casinos the best and only choice for Lebanese gamblers at the moment.

 

 

Online casinos accepting players from Lebanon

The following online gambling websites accept players from Lebanon:

 

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.
 

 

UPDATE 2021: This particular online casino was removed due to complaints from the players and visitors to the website. We apologize for the inconvenience.
We will replace it with another recommendation as soon as possible. In the meantime, check out the other online casinos above and below, or the recent casino bonuses, free games or casino reviews.
If you have any issue with the other gambling platforms featured on the website, then please drop a comment or try the live chat (bottom right). We will investigate all reports and take action if necessary.
 

 

Betsson Casino and Sports Book

This is a gif animated banner displaying the casino + poker platform + online sports book Betsson's various current 2021 promotions. Under the banner you can read about these bonuses, their terms and conditions, paythrough requirements, wagering limitations. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to Betsson's internet platform ,where you can register an account.
European casino & sportsbook & poker, all in one
North American players are not accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to €100
  • 101 free spins on your first deposit
  • €5,000 every week for one lucky active returning player (no wagering limitation, no playthrough requirement)

US players can not register. Betsson has over 1500 games, the most games of any online casino. You can read the review of Betsson casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 35 times before withdrawal. No wagering requirement for the weekly extra money.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus: • 100%: Slots • 10%: All Roulette (except Live), Caribbean Stud & Casino Stud Poker Games • 10%: All Casino Hold’Em, Red Dog, Pai Gow, Poker Games, Oasis Poker & Texas Hold’Em Poker Games • 5%: All BlackJack (except Live BlackJack), Baccarat, Video Poker, Pontoon, Beat Me, Punto Banco Games
Wagering limitation:
  • The bonus cannot be wagered on the following games: 1429 Uncharted Seas, Aliens, Big Bang, Blood Suckers, Castle builder, Castle Builder 2, Champion of the Track, Dead or Alive, Devil´s Delight, Eggomatic, Epic Gems, Eye of the Kraken, Kings of Chicago, Pearls of India, Robin Hood, Scrooge, Sea Hunter, Super Monopoly Money, The Wish Master, Tower Quest, Wild Gambler, Wizard Shop, Zombies.
  • Player from certain countries are not allowed use bonuses due to regular bonus abuse, check the casino's website for the ever changing up to date list.

 

Land-based casinos in Lebanon

 

Land-based casino gambling is legal in Lebanon. In accordance with a 1995 decree, a single casino has monopoly over all casino gambling within the country. This establishments is the Casino du Liban, which has the exclusive right to conduct casino games in Lebanon until 2026.

Casino du Liban, located about 20 kilometres north of the capital, Beirut, opened in 1959. The casino is majority-owned by a company controlled by the Lebanese government.

Casino du Liban has 60 gaming tables available, which include American Roulette, Black Jack, Mini Punto Banco and multiple variations of Poker. Poker tournaments have been held regularly since 2007. The casino also has over 600 slot machines on offer.

The casino is open between 16.00 and 04.00 daily, with the minimum age of entry set at 21. There are multiple bars and dining options available, including the La Martingale restaurant. The area is also open for weddings and other special events.

Although Casino du Liban is the only licensed casino in Lebanon, there are some other options when it comes to gambling, though many of them are rather shady. A legal alternative, however, is the casino located on board the Orient Queen cruise ship, available through Abou Merhi Cruises.

 

 

Other forms of online gambling in Lebanon

 

There are very few forms of online gambling that are available legally in Lebanon. Since Casino du Liban has a monopoly on practically all forms of gambling, online gambling sites may not receive a gambling license, and consequently may not operate legally within the country.

However, there is a notable exception to this rule. Lebanon has a national lottery run by Libanaise des Jeux, which is also the only company allowed to run lottery draws in the country. Libanaise des Jeux has an online platform as well as an official exclusive agent, PlayLebanon, through which tickets to the lottery draws are available online. Lottery games available include three types of traditional number games as well as online scratchcards.

While Libanaise des Jeux has a monopoly on online lottery in Lebanon and there are no other online lottery sites based in the country, it is completely legal for locals to participate in international online lottery draws. It should be noted, however, that similarly to online casino sites, online lottery sites are also blocked by internet service providers.

Still, those who circumvent these blocks seem to be breaking no Lebanese laws, and are actually free to participate in online lotteries, online sports betting or online poker on international online gambling sites.

 

The following online gambling websites accept players from Lebanon:

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.
 

 

UPDATE 2021: This particular online casino was removed due to complaints from the players and visitors to the website. We apologize for the inconvenience.
We will replace it with another recommendation as soon as possible. In the meantime, check out the other online casinos above and below, or the recent casino bonuses, free games or casino reviews.
If you have any issue with the other gambling platforms featured on the website, then please drop a comment or try the live chat (bottom right). We will investigate all reports and take action if necessary.
 

 

Betsson Casino and Sports Book

This is a gif animated banner displaying the casino + poker platform + online sports book Betsson's various current 2021 promotions. Under the banner you can read about these bonuses, their terms and conditions, paythrough requirements, wagering limitations. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to Betsson's internet platform ,where you can register an account.
European casino & sportsbook & poker, all in one
North American players are not accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to €100
  • 101 free spins on your first deposit
  • €5,000 every week for one lucky active returning player (no wagering limitation, no playthrough requirement)

US players can not register. Betsson has over 1500 games, the most games of any online casino. You can read the review of Betsson casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 35 times before withdrawal. No wagering requirement for the weekly extra money.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus: • 100%: Slots • 10%: All Roulette (except Live), Caribbean Stud & Casino Stud Poker Games • 10%: All Casino Hold’Em, Red Dog, Pai Gow, Poker Games, Oasis Poker & Texas Hold’Em Poker Games • 5%: All BlackJack (except Live BlackJack), Baccarat, Video Poker, Pontoon, Beat Me, Punto Banco Games
Wagering limitation:
  • The bonus cannot be wagered on the following games: 1429 Uncharted Seas, Aliens, Big Bang, Blood Suckers, Castle builder, Castle Builder 2, Champion of the Track, Dead or Alive, Devil´s Delight, Eggomatic, Epic Gems, Eye of the Kraken, Kings of Chicago, Pearls of India, Robin Hood, Scrooge, Sea Hunter, Super Monopoly Money, The Wish Master, Tower Quest, Wild Gambler, Wizard Shop, Zombies.
  • Player from certain countries are not allowed use bonuses due to regular bonus abuse, check the casino's website for the ever changing up to date list.

 

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

 

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

 

Last updated: 2021-01-08

 

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