View from the rooftops of Damascus, the capital of Syria
Damascus, the capital of Syria

 

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

 

Online casinos in Syria

 

Legal status: illegal, players are not prosecuted

Online casino gambling is illegal in Syria. The Syrian Arab Republic is located in Western Asia, on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. Syria, like most other countries in the area, is predominantly Muslim, with over 80% of the population adhering to Islam.

As a result, just like in the case of other Muslim countries, online casinos are banned, based on the prohibitions set forth in Islamic law. The holy book of Islam, the Quran states that all forms of gambling, both professional and recreational, are forbidden for Muslim people.

The former is prohibited because those who follow Islam are supposed to earn money through hard work, not by playing games with a strong component of luck. Playing casino games for fun is also forbidden, as gambling is considered as addictive as alcohol, and might result in gamblers turning away from God.

The general ban on all forms of gambling in Syria covers online casinos as well, although they are not explicitly mentioned as illegal. Those who participate in online casino gambling are going against the ban, and could technically be prosecuted, although the rule is not strictly enforced – in fact, there have been no reports of any individual Syrian player fined or jailed for participating in online casino gambling.

There are multiple reasons for the lax enforcement of the prohibition of online casino gambling in Syria. Online gambling in general is hard to effectively ban, but this is especially true in Syria which has been ravaged by civil war for years now. Internet penetration in Syria is also quite low, only around 20% of the population has access to the internet.

Those who are able to go online enjoy relative freedom when it comes to online casino gambling. International online casino sites are not specifically blocked, though they may be unavailable due to the relatively frequent internet outages. Still, most international online casino sites welcome players from Syria.

 

 

 

Online casinos accepting players from Syria

The following online gambling websites accept players from Syria:

 

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 Syria

 

Among countries in the Middle Est with a Muslim majority, Syria can be considered quite lenient when it comes to casinos. Prior to 1970, there had been three casinos in operation in the capital, Damascus, but these were forced to close down due to pressure from religious groups.

After 1970, there were no licensed casinos to be found in Syria for over 40 years. The change in this situation came in 2011, when a casino was once again issued a licence to operate in the country. The opening of Casino Damascus – located, as the name suggests, in the capital of Syria – was opposed by multiple groups as well as members of the parliament.

The casino was issued a licence with the aim of changing Syria’s image of a rigid country, as well as attracting tourists from the nearby richer countries. The Syrian civil war has unfortunately largely foiled this plan.

 

 

Other forms of online gambling in Syria

 

In accordance with the Islamic and Syrian laws, all forms of gambling are illegal, including both land-based and online gambling. Of course, not everyone in the country adheres to this prohibition, which means there are multiple gambling opportunities to be found in Syria. These gambling operations are decidedly illegal and quite dangerous, tourists should definitely avoid them.

Due to the prohibition of all gambling, there are no officially sanctioned and legal gambling operators in Syria. There are also online gambling sites based in Syria. However, there are still online gambling opportunities available to Syrians with access to the internet.

Although online gambling in Syria is also technically illegal, the ban is not strictly enforced. Although, it would be unwise to participate in online gambling from a public area, such as a café, but playing from one’s home, carries no significant risk. Most international online gambling sites welcome players from Syria.

 

The following online gambling websites accept players from Syria:

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 Syria.

 

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

 

Last updated: 2021-01-09

 

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Simon's Guide to Land-based and Online Casinos in Syria
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A guide to the legal status of online gambling and online casinos in Syria, including the reasons fro the lack of the enforcement of the ban on online casinos in Syria.
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