Simon’s Guide to Online Casinos in Samoa

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Whitesands Casino Apia in Samoa

 

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

Online casinos in Samoa

 

Legal status: unregulated

Online casino gambling is not explicitly regulated in Samoa. Officially called the Independent State of Samoa – not to be confused with American Samoa – the country is located in the Polynesian region, about halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand. Samoa consists of two larger islands, Savai’i and Upolu, as well as four smaller ones.

Samoa was first discovered by the European in 1722; followed by at first limited, then more extensive contact with explorers and missionaries. The islands had been under german ccontrol from 1900 until 1914; and from then on Samoa was ruled by New Zealand until it gained its independence in 1962. Today, Samoa is part of the Commonwealth of Nations, which means that the head of state is Queen Elisabeth II. However, Samoa has every right to legislate for itself concerning internal matters, which includes online casino gambling.

Gambling in Samoa is currently regulated by the Casino and Gambling Control Act that has been in effect since 2010. It was this piece of legislation that established the Gambling Control Authority of Samoa, which is the body that supervises all forms of gamblingin the country, and issues any gambling licences. However, the Casino and Gambling Act does not make any explicit mention of online casino gambling.

As a result, the Samoan Gambling Control Authority does not issue any licences to online casinos, and – as operating gambling ventures without the appropriate licence is against the law – there are currently no legal and licensed online casino sites based in Samoa. This lack of online casino regulations is most likely due to the low internet penetration on the islands: only about 15 percent of the population has access to the internet, which makes for a rather meager online casino market.

On the other hand, as online casinos are also not actively prohibited, locals are free to play on international online casino sites with no repercussions. Most international online casinos welcome players from the Independent State of Samoa.

 

 

 

Online casinos accepting players from Samoa

 

Here’s a selection of online casinos I’ve tried and recommend wholeheartedly. Choose from these trustworthy online casinos available in Samoa, or read on to find out more about the legal status and history of gambling and casinos in Samoa!

 

 

Land-based casinos in Samoa

 

Unlike online casinos that are unregulated in Samoa, brick and mortar casinos are legal based on the Samoan gambling law. The law setting the legal framework for Samoan casinos is  the Casino and Gambling Control Act of 2010. In accordance with this act, the number of casino licences that may be issued until 2020 is limited at two. Licences are issued by the Gambling Control Authority, which is also repsonsible for supervising the casinos.

Applicants for a casino licence are considered based on several criteria, including business skills, financial position and honesty. Casino operators must also pay a licencing fee, as well as a commission based on the gross profit of the establishment. The minimum age to enter a casino in Samoa is 18 years. The most important restriction when it comes to Samoancasinos is that only those holding a foreign passport may be admitted; locals are not allowed to play at the casinos. The aim of this regulation is to maximize the income from tourists gambling at Samoan casinos, while minimizing the negative impact of problem gambling on the population.

There are two casinos to choose from in Samoa; both of which are operated by Whitesands Casino. The larger of the two is located in Apia, the capital of Samoa. The Whitesands Casino Apia has over 200 gaming machines, as well as 24 gaming tables. Table games on offer include roulette, baccarat and blackjack.

 

Other forms of online gambling in Samoa

 

Online gambling is not specifially regulated by the gambling laws of Samoa. As most forms of gambling are prohibited for the locals, there are no Samoan poker clubs or sportsbooks. While online sports betting and online poker are not exactly banned, there is also no way to receive an online gambling licence for them, which is why there are no locally based operators.

The only from of gambling that is legal for Samoan gamblers is lottery. The Samoa National Lotto offers a single type of number game, 7 out of 35. The numbers are drawn weekly, and while the winning numbers are displayed online, there is no way to purchase a lottery ticket online.

To summarize, there are no Samoan online gambling sites whatsoever. On the other hand, locals are free to play on international online sports betting, online poker and online lottery sites; most of which welcome players from Samoa.

 

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

 

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

 

Last updated: 2018. 02. 27.

 

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