Slot machines in the Casino du Sud in Réunion
Casino du Sud in Réunion

 

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

 

Online casinos in Réunion Island

Legal status: illegal, players are not prosecuted

 

Online casino gambling is officially considered illegal on the island of Réunion. Réunion is an overseas region of France located in the Indian Ocean to the east of Madagascar. The official language of the region is quite naturally French, but Réunion Creole is spoken by the majority of the population.

The online casino regulations in place in Réunion stem from the island’s affiliation with France. As an overseas department, Réunion forms an integral part of France and is represented in the National Assembly and the Senate. Réunion does not pass its own legislation regarding gambling; instead, the French online casino laws – in compliance with the casino regulation of the European Union – apply automatically.

While casinos and multiple forms of online gambling are legal in France, online casino gambling is considered to be more addictive and thus carry more risks to society than the others. As a result, online casino gambling is not legal in France and in Réunion. Online casino operators can not apply for a licence in the region, and unlicensed online casinos operating from within the territory may be prosecuted.

The French authorities have also made attempts to ensure that locals would not be able to play on international online casino sites either. However, fortunately for French and Réunionese gamblers, in accordance with the regulations of the European Union, the national governments are not allowed to prosecute individual players for participating in online casino gambling when it is conducted on a website belonging to another member state.

Since these regulations apply on Réunion as well, locals are actually free to play in any international online casinos available to them. Most of these casinos welcome players from Réunion, and many of them are available in French as well.

 

 

Online casinos accepting players from Réunion Island

The following online gambling websites accept players from the Reunion Island:

 

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 Réunion Island

 

Unlike online casinos, their brick and mortar counterparts are legal in France and therefore on the island of Réunion as well. Casino gambling is very popular in former French colonies and other regions that have been affiliated with the country in the past. This is understandable considering that many of the casino games that are popular today originated in France.

Companies that wish to operate a casino on the island of Réunion must obtain a gambling licence and pay the corresponding gambling taxes. There are four licensed casinos operating in Réunion at the moment. Two of them are located in L’Ermitage-les-Bains, one is in Saint-Denis and the fourth can be found in Saint-Pierre.

The largest of the four is the Casino du Sud in Saint-Pierre. The casino has about 80 slotmachines as well as multiple table games including Roulette and Baccarat on offer. The casino also has a poker room where poker tournaments are held regularly. The casino forms part of the Hôel Villa Delisle Resort and Spa, where patrons have access to various entertainment and dining opportunities.

 

 

 

Other forms of online gambling in Réunion Island

 

Even though online casino gambling is prohibited in Réunion, some forms of online gambling, most notably online sports betting and online lotteries, are allowed. In theory, online gambling operators based in Réunion could apply for an online gambling  licence, but there seems to have been no precedent of this. Instead, Réunionese gamblers can play on French online gambling sites.

The online gambling scene in French regions is heavily regulated. Online lottery for example, is a monopoly of the state-backed Francaise des Jeux. Traditional number games and scratchcards are both available online.

Online sports betting is also legal on the island of Réunion. While also heavily regulated and dominated by the French state-backed sports betting operator PMU, online sports betting is not a monopoly, which means sportsbooks may apply for an online sports betting licence. The most popular form of online sports betting, along with the ever-popular football, is wagering on horse races. Réunion does not have its own hippodrome, but locals can bet on horse races held in France.

Due to the heavy regulations and high taxes, there aren’t too many France-based online gambling sites to choose from. However, since individual players are not prosecuted, Réunionese gamblersare free to choose from international online lottery and online sports betting sites as well.

 

 

The following online gambling websites accept players from Réunion Island:

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 Réunion Island.

 

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

 

Last updated: 2021-01-15

 

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