Simon’s Guide to Cape Verde Online Casinos and Land-based Venues

This is a picture of Cape Verde's only casino Casino Royal in Santa Maria, on the island of Sal. Under this picture, on this page, you can find a list of all terrestrial Cape Verdean casinos, info about the legal status of gaming venues, slot halls, their taxation regime, licensing system, and you can find a list of Cape Verde licensed online casinos, which accept players from the country.

Cape Verde Casinos Guide (on the picture: Casino Royal in Santa Maria)

This is a guide to brick and mortar as well as online casinos in Cape Verde (officially the Republic of Cabo Verde, a small West African island country on an archipelago, with a population of only 483 K, a predominantly Christian former Portuguese colony). Find out which are the best land-based casinos and licensed online casino sites in Cape Verde, or learn more about the legal status of casino gambling in the country.

 

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Online casinos in Cape Verde

Legal status of digital casinos in Cape Verde: legal since 2005, operators require a licence

 

Online casino are legal in Cape Verde since 2005.

Cape Verde is one of the few countries in Africa, where online casinos are legal. This is because the population is predominantly Christian (gambling is almost always illegal or at least very restricted in Muslim-majority countries).

The law regulating casino gambling in Cape Verde is the Law No. 77/VI/20051, which originally did not specifically address online gambling. However, the gambling legislation was extended by Decreto-Lei nº 73-2015, a.k.a. the Digital Games of Chance Act (Regula a Exploração e Prática de Jogos e Apostas de Fortuna ou Azar Desenvolvidos á Distância)2, which specifically regulated, among other things, online casinos gambling. And because of this online gambling licenses are only issued since 2015.

Only licensed casino websites can accept players from Cape Verde. Playing in unlicensed online casinos is illegal.

Foreign companies can acquire digital casino licences as well. The first foreign gambling company to receive such an internet casino licence was Macau Legend Development Ltd.,3 which is the company behind the €250 million Praia Casino Resort mega project.

By scrolling below you can find a list of online casinos, which accept Cape Verdean players.

 

Can tourists play online while visiting Cape Verde?

Yes, tourists, expats (or illegal migrants) can play online freely while enjoying their stay in the country.

 

Online casino licensing and regulatory body of Cape Verde: 

The Cape Verde Gaming Inspection Authority (Serviço Central de Inspeção e Controlo da Atividade de Jogos) is responsible for issuing online casino licences to internet gambling companies.

You have to contact them if you wish to set up any sort of digital gambling business in Cape Verde. Their website is only available in Portuguese.

 

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Taxation of online casino sites in Cape Verde: There is no performance based casino tax in Cape Verde, the companies pay fixed license fees instead. You can find information about these fees on the website of the Cape Verde Gaming Inspection Authority.

 

For the players, taxation of online casino gambling winnings in Cape Verde: taxable, a 20% flat tax rate applies to all forms of gambling winnings (considered capital gains)4

 

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Age requirement of Cape Verde online casinos: 18+

 

Sources, main pieces of Cape Verdean online casino gambling legislation:

1Cape Verde Serviço Central de Inspeção e Controlo da Atividade de Jogos – Law 77/VI/2005 (Portuguese)

2Cape Verde Serviço Central de Inspeção e Controlo da Atividade de Jogos – Decreto-Lei nº 73-2015 (Portuguese)

3GGRASIA – Macau Legend gets casino, online licences in Cape Verde

4PricewaterhouseCoopers – Worldwide Tax Summaries – Cape Verde (Category E – capital gains)

 

List of online casinos, which accept players from Cape Verde

The following online gambling websites accept players from Cape Verde. They all accept players from the country, and are accessible from within the country, at the time of writing. If they no longer accept players from Cape Verde, or if they are blocked for some reason, please leave a message in the comments section, so I can investigate it. Thank you.

888 Casino, Poker, Bingo and Sportsbook

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Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

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General bonus terms and conditions at the 888 gambling websites:
  • welcome bonuses are only available for new players
  • bonuses are available in US Dollars, GBP, Euros or Canadian Dollars
  • the minimum deposit to receive any bonus is €10
  • the bonus + deposit needs to be wagered within 7 days from date of activation
 
Playthrough requirement of the welcome bonus: 30x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal. Playthrough requirement of the free spins: no free spins currently, free spins expire after 14 days
Wagering limitation:
Game type: Contribution:
Video slots & other types of slots, Scratch cards, Keno, Race, Arcade, Dice (and all other types of games not specifically mentioned below) 100%
Pai Gow, Caribbean Poker, Triple Card Poker and other kinds of table poker 20%
Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, Live casino games, Video poker 10%
Craps 5%
 
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888 Casino does not accept players from:
   

Miami Club Digital Casino Destination

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Miami Club 18+

  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $100 on your first 8x deposit (up to $800 total)
  • Exclusive bonus code: MIFREE20, $20.00 free, every month, not just for new players, for returning players as well
  • Free spins, use coupon HOTWINGS to get 150% up to $150 plus 30 spins on the Funky Chicken 5-reel, limited time only (by the time you are reading it probably expired, only valid for a few days)

USA players accepted, Canada, Netherlands, Israel, France, Australia and UK players are not accepted.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Check the gambling website for the most recent bouse promotions and playthrough requirement and wagering limitation information. The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Type of game: Count towards wagering requirement: 
Keno, Dazzling Dice, Poker Slots, Bingo Bucks - 100%
Table games 10%
Blackjack or video poke 10%
Slots 100%
Roulette, Craps or Baccarat 0% - Forbidden!
 
Wagering limitation:
  • UPDATE 2022: The wagering of any portion of a non-deposit bonus on Roulette, Craps or Baccarat games is strictly forbidden!
  • Currently, bonuses are not available to players registering accounts from the following countries: Russia, Ukraine.
  • Bonuses cannot be combined.
  • Miami Club casino requires that a deposit of at least $25 is made on all accounts before any cash withdrawal is processed to comply with anti money laundering laws + mandatory ID check required by law (law to fight financing of terrorism and payment processor require this as well). The deposited $25 can be withdrawn afterwards with the winnings.

Bet Online Casino, Bookmaker & Poker

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Bet Online sports-book, poker and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, bitcoin accepted.

  • Welcome bonus, $3000, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits. Use the code BOLCASINO
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You can read the review of BetOnline here. List of countries, from which they do not accept players can be found in the review and below. North American players accepted.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date).
Playthrough requirements of every bonus and promotion:
  • The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal, usually (sports betting and poker bonuses 10x)
  • Forfeiting the bonus will result in the bonus and any subsequent winnings associated with it to be removed from players accounts.
  • Only one bonus can be active at a time, playthrough requirements must be met before additional promotions can be received.
  • Players must use the related bonus code in order to receive a bonus (if it has a code, not every promotion requires one).
  • Bonus funds will only be available on the Betsoft games, the other providers are not eligible,, unless otherwise stated.
  • In cases where rollover or other criteria specified in the individual bonus terms and conditions are not met within 30 days, any remaining bonus funds and associated winnings will be forfeited automatically.
  • Wagering requirements must be fulfilled before any winnings can be withdrawn.

Playthrough requirement contributions: The following table show the contribution of the various types of games towards the fulfillment of the wagering requirement.
Game types: Contribution:
Slots (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100%
Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20%
Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10%
Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5%
Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
This only applies to casino bonuses, sports betting or poker bonuses have different wagering limitations (can be found on the company's website). BetOnline does not accept players from:

Fair Go Aussie Themed Casino

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Fair Go Australian casino, 18+

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  • 150% bonus and 50 spins on the new slot Lil Red ($20 minimum deposit requirement), coupon code: LILRED150, or on the slot Hyperwins, bonus code: GETHYPED
  • Special Neosurf bonus, deposit using Neosurf and get a 200% welcome bonus (only once per player), promo code: 200-NEO

Only one bonus can be active at a time. North American players are accepted at the casino. FairGo Casino does not accept players from: Moldova, Israel, UK. You can read the full review of Fair Go casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Disclaimer: The casinos is not actually an Australian online casino, the company is not registered in Australia, it's only "Aussie" themed.
All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date). Terms and conditions of every bonus and promotion:
  • Players from the following countries do not qualify for any bonuses: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Hungary, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan.
  • Only one bonus can be active at a time.
  • Only real money players, who completed the registration are eligible for a bonus.
  • No deposit bonuses hold a maximum cash out limit which is 5x the bonus amount unless otherwise specified.

Playthrough requirement:
  • The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 60 times before withdrawal, unless otherwise stated.

Wagering requirement contributions: The following table show the contribution of the various types of games towards the fulfillment of the wagering requirement.
Game types: Contribution:
Slots (a.k.a. Pokies) 100%
All types of Blackjack, Video Poker, Craps, American Roulette, Baccarat and other table games and non-pokies games 0%

Mr Bit Casino and Sportsbook

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Mr. Bit casino & bookmaker, current 2022 bonus offers, welcome bonus and free spins + offers for returning players, 18+

  • 100% welcome bonus Up To €500 + 50 Free Spins
  • Free spins every day for returning players
  • 33% reload bonus for returning players

You can read the full review of Mr Bit casino here. USA and UK players are not accepted. Full list of banned countries can be found in the review and below.

Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

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General bonus terms and conditions at Mr. Bit and its sister sites:
  • welcome bonuses are only available for 30 days after account creation
  • the minimum deposit to receive any bonus is €10
  • the bonus + deposit needs to be wagered within 7 days from date of activation
 
Playthrough requirement of the welcome bonus: 27x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 27 times before withdrawal. Playthrough requirement of the free spins: 30x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus:
  • Minimum deposit amount: €10
  • Maximum bonus amount: €500
  • Wagering requirements: x27 (deposit + bonus)
In case of the free spins:
  • Participating slots: Jungle Jim and the Lost Sphinx
  • Bet per spin: €0,10
  • Wagering requirements: x30 (bonus)
  • Limit on withdrawing from the free spins: x10
  • 7 days for wagering

Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days for wagering
  • 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.
  • Please note that the free spins will appear on the account, once the 150% bonus has been wagered. Your players will get 10 free spins per day over the course of 5 days (50 free spins in total).

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Mr Bit Casino does not accept players from:
.

 

Land-based casinos in Cape Verde

Legal status of casinos in Cape Verde: legal since 2005, operators require a licence, restricted to the gambling zones

 

Even though gambling has been legal in Cape Verde since 1977, according to Decree-Law No. 76/771, initially only lottery was legal.

Casinos were only legalized in Cape Verde with the passing of Law 77/VI/2005, a.k.a the Games of Chance Act (Estabelece o regime jurídico da exploração de jogos de fortuna ou azar)2 in 2005, which is the main piece of the gambling legislation even to this day.

Slot halls are illegal, only casinos attached to 4+ star hotels are allowed to operate.

Additionally, casinos are restricted to the 5 gambling zones, which are located on the following islands (Cape Verde consists of 10 islands):

  • Santiago;
  • Saint Vincente;
  • Sal;
  • Boavista;
  • and Maio.

 

Because Cape Verde is a beautiful island country with a pleasant climate it has remarkable potential for tourism. Additionally, it is politically stable and has a growing economy for many years, and because of this many people are convinced that the country will become an important casino and tourism destination of Africa in the coming years3.

Despite this, currently only 2 out of the 5 gambling zones have casinos: Santiago and Sal. And only one casino, Casino Royal is fully operational (in operation since 2017, a small casino by international standards).

Cape Verde, even though it is not a tourist hotspot yet, it receives more visitors in a year than the entire population of the country (758 K tourists in 2019)4, which is a rarity in Africa. This is well above the average number Sub-Saharan African countries usually receive.

UPDATE COVID-19: However, the global coronavirus pandemic devastated the tourism sector of Cape Verde, and the number of visitors drastically declined from 758,000 in 2019 to 180,000 in 2020, and as a result, many of the bigger hospitality projects were put on hold or were entirely scrapped.

UPDATE 2022: This includes the €250 million casino resort complex, the local mega project Casino Resort Praia (financed by Chinese company Macau Legend Development Ltd., details of their casino: Casino Na Cidade Da Praia Cabo Verde, can be found below, in the list of Cape Verde casinos). Originally set to open in 2020 this was delayed indefinitely due to the global pandemic5.

You can find all the currently operating brick and mortar casinos in the list below.

 

Can locals visit the casinos in Cape Verde?

Yes, both locals and tourists can visit the casinos in Cape Verde, unlike in some other countries (e.g.: in Muslim countries with legal gambling casinos are only available to the tourists, locals can not enter).

 

Casino licensing and regulatory body of Cape Verde:

The Cape Verde Gaming Inspection Authority (Serviço Central de Inspeção e Controlo da Atividade de Jogos) is responsible for issuing casino licences to gambling companies.

You have to contact them if you wish to open a casino in Cape Verde. Their website is only available in Portuguese.

 

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Taxation of brick & mortar gambling establishments in Cape Verde: There is no performance based casino tax in Cape Verde, the companies pay fixed license fees instead. You can find information about these fees on the website of the Cape Verde Gaming Inspection Authority.

 

For the players, taxation of casino winnings in Cape Verde: taxable, a 20% flat tax rate applies to all forms of gambling winnings (considered capital gains)6

 

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Age requirement of land-based casinos, slot parlours in Cape Verde: 18+

 

Sources, main pieces of the land-based casino legislation in Cape Verde:

1Cape Verde Serviço Central de Inspeção e Controlo da Atividade de Jogos – Decree-Law No. 76/1977 (Portuguese)

2Cape Verde Serviço Central de Inspeção e Controlo da Atividade de Jogos – Law 77/VI/2005 (Portuguese)

3SIGMA – Cape Verde: the future gaming hub of Africa

4The World Bank – International tourism, number of arrivals – Cabo Verde

5China-Lusophone Brief – Delay in Macau Legend´s EUR 250 million Resort in Cabo Verde Likely – Government

6PricewaterhouseCoopers – Worldwide Tax Summaries – Cape Verde (Category E – capital gains)

 

List of all casinos in Cape Verde

This is a list of all casinos in Cape Verde, with address, opening hours, number and types of games, dress code, entrance fee, reviews and a video of each gambling establishment, if one is available.

 

1., Casino Royal
This is a picture of the front entrance of Casino Royal. This is the first casino on this list of all Cape Verdean casinos. You can read more about this gaming venue to the right of the picture: its' address, opening hours, dress code, entrance fee, and you can watch a video of the venue as well.

Casino Royal

Casino Royal, address: Cabo Verde, Avenida dos Hoteis, Santa Maria

Cape Verde’s only casino, located on the island of Sal right next to the Hilton hotel.

The casino is in operation since 2017, and it is owned by Senator Group.

It is a small casino, much smaller than Casino Na Cidade Da Praia (Praia casino is not yet officially open, although the casino section of the resort is temporally available for a few months every year).

 

Games: around 50 gaming machines (slots, video poker, not very good machines, lower quality brands, older, cheaper machines, nota good selection), and around 8 tables (blackjack, American Roulette, Baccarat, Cabo Verde Poker*, Texas Hold’em) + electronic roulette machines

They have banking poker tables, no non-banking poker section.

They also have a VIP room.

 

*Cabo Verde Poker explanation, tutorial, how to play: Nothing is known about this local poker variant. Interestingly and surprisingly, the official website of the casinos does not have any information about it. If you know anything about Cabo Verde Poker please leave a comment.

 

Video of Casino Royal:

 

Opening hours: 16:00 – 04:00, every day

UPDATE COVID-19: open

Dress code: unknown, no information is available online

Entrance fee: no entrance fee

Meta review analysis: the casino gets good reviews 4/5, no major problems, some people complain about the limited number of machines

 

18+, ID, and passport for tourists, is needed to enter.

2., Praia Casino
This is an aerial picture of Praia Casino and Hotel Resort Complex on the island of Santiago. This will be the biggest casino of Cape Verde, but the casino is not yet officially open, only open with a limited capacity and for a limited time each year, during the peak tourist season. This is the second and last casino of this list of Cape Verdean casinos. You can find the other venue above this one. You can read more about this gaming venue to the right of the picture: its' address, opening hours, dress code, entrance fee, and you can watch a video of the venue as well.

Praia Casino

Praia Casino, address: Cabo Verde, Avenida dos Hoteis, Santa Maria

The full official name is Casino Na Cidade Da Praia Cabo Verde, but most people know it as Praia casino.

This is the casino of the €250 million Praia Resort complex on the island of Santiago.

The complex is owned by the Chinese Macau Legend Development Ltd. (the company of hotel and casino mogul David Chow).

The casino is not yet officially open, although it is open in a limited capacity during the peak season every year, even while the rest of the complex is under construction.

/Comment: However, it is unknown if this is the case since the coronavirus pandemic. Surprisingly, this local mega project does not have any online presence at the time of writing and there is no information available about the opening hours and dates. If you know please leave a comment./

The casino is not as big as you would expect from a mega project.

 

Games: around 110 gaming machines (slots, video poker), and around 10 tables (blackjack, roulette, baccarat, various forms of poker) + electronic roulette machines

They do not yet have a poker room, but it is rumored that they will have one when the casino will officially open.

 

Video of Praia Casino:

There aren1t any video of the casino online. I could only find this short news clip about the project (Portuguese only, from the local Cape Verdean news channel).

 

Opening hours: unknow, if you know please leave a comment

UPDATE COVID-19: most likely closed, if you know please leave a comment

Dress code: unknown, no information is available online

Entrance fee: unknown, no information is available online

Meta review analysis: the casino is not yet officially open, there are no reviews online yet

 

18+, ID, and passport for tourists, is needed to enter.

 

Other forms of online gambling in Cape Verde

In accordance with the 2015 online gambling laws most types of digital games of chance are legal. However, due to the small population (483,000) and the low internet penetration rate (61%, which is very good fora an African country, but it’s low by international standards*) not many companies acquired Cape Verdean online gambling licenses so far.

For now, there are no domestic online poker, online lottery or online bingo operators. When it comes to online bingo not even foreign operators accept players from Cape Verde, which means locals can not play bingo online at all.

Additionally, the national lottery of Cape Verde (organized by the Red Cross, proceeds fund charitable and social projects), Totoloto da Cruz Vermelha de Cabo Verde, also does not sell lottery tickets online.

You can read more about the legal status of gambling in Cape Verde here.

 

Source: *Datareportal – Digital 2021: Cape Verde

 

Bitcoin casinos in Cape Verde

Legal status: not regulated

 

Bitcoin gambling is entirely unregulated in Cape Verde*.

Some licensed online casino sites, which accept players from Cape Verde also accept cryptocurrencies (you can see a list of them below), they accept virtual currencies (litecoin, bitcoin, ethereum, ripple etc…) through the various payment processors they work with.

The bitcoin casinos below accept players from Cape Verde.

 

Source: *Freeman Law – Cap Verde and Cryptocurrency

 

The following casino websites accept players from Cape Verde:

888 Casino, Poker, Bingo and Sportsbook

This is a banner displaying the various bonus offers of thee 888 gambling platforms (including casino, poker, sports betting platforms). On this page, right under the banner, you can read about these promotions, free spins and their terms and conditions, playthrough requirements, wagering limitations and their player protection, self exclusion and harm mitigation features. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to website of 888 casino, where you can register an account and play for real money. Full disclaimer: by registering an account I (the website owner) will receive a small percentage of the amount of money you deposited, self exclusion from the casino website is possible.

888 casino, poker, bingo & bookmaker, current 2022 promos, UK players accepted

  • €1500 welcome bonus package

USA players are not accepted, but UK players are accepted. Full list of banned countries can be found in the drop down menu below. UK licensed casino website, accept players from the United Kingdom and British territories. All in one gambling destination with poker, sports betting, live dealer games, bingo and over 1000 casino games (review coming soon).

Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date by the time you are reading this).
General bonus terms and conditions at the 888 gambling websites:
  • welcome bonuses are only available for new players
  • bonuses are available in US Dollars, GBP, Euros or Canadian Dollars
  • the minimum deposit to receive any bonus is €10
  • the bonus + deposit needs to be wagered within 7 days from date of activation
 
Playthrough requirement of the welcome bonus: 30x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal. Playthrough requirement of the free spins: no free spins currently, free spins expire after 14 days
Wagering limitation:
Game type: Contribution:
Video slots & other types of slots, Scratch cards, Keno, Race, Arcade, Dice (and all other types of games not specifically mentioned below) 100%
Pai Gow, Caribbean Poker, Triple Card Poker and other kinds of table poker 20%
Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, Live casino games, Video poker 10%
Craps 5%
 
UPDATE COVID-19: The online casino does not use the global pandemic situation for advertisement purposes, or to encourage the usage of its online gambling platform. In fact, it's forbidden to use the namesake, name, likeness and official logo or any depiction of the casino/company (and this casino gambling blog) in conjunction with any marketing campaign, which uses the novel coronavirus pandemic for promotion.
888 Casino does not accept players from:
   

Miami Club Digital Casino Destination

This is Miami Club gambling website's GIF animated banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently and their terms and conditions and required player protection information. The picture also acts as a link and by clicking on it you will be taken to the gambling website, where you can check out the most recent 2022 bonuses, promotions and you can register and play if your over the age of 18.

Miami Club 18+

  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $100 on your first 8x deposit (up to $800 total)
  • Exclusive bonus code: MIFREE20, $20.00 free, every month, not just for new players, for returning players as well
  • Free spins, use coupon HOTWINGS to get 150% up to $150 plus 30 spins on the Funky Chicken 5-reel, limited time only (by the time you are reading it probably expired, only valid for a few days)

USA players accepted, Canada, Netherlands, Israel, France, Australia and UK players are not accepted.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Check the gambling website for the most recent bouse promotions and playthrough requirement and wagering limitation information. The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Type of game: Count towards wagering requirement: 
Keno, Dazzling Dice, Poker Slots, Bingo Bucks - 100%
Table games 10%
Blackjack or video poke 10%
Slots 100%
Roulette, Craps or Baccarat 0% - Forbidden!
 
Wagering limitation:
  • UPDATE 2022: The wagering of any portion of a non-deposit bonus on Roulette, Craps or Baccarat games is strictly forbidden!
  • Currently, bonuses are not available to players registering accounts from the following countries: Russia, Ukraine.
  • Bonuses cannot be combined.
  • Miami Club casino requires that a deposit of at least $25 is made on all accounts before any cash withdrawal is processed to comply with anti money laundering laws + mandatory ID check required by law (law to fight financing of terrorism and payment processor require this as well). The deposited $25 can be withdrawn afterwards with the winnings.

Bet Online Casino, Bookmaker & Poker

Bet Online digital bookmaker, internet poker and online casino website's animated GIF banner displaying the latest 2021 promotional offers and bonus codes offered currently by the gambling platform to new and existing, returning players. This is a paid promotional banner, and acts as a link. By clicking on it, you will be taken to website betonline.ag , where you can register and start playing if you so choose.

Bet Online sports-book, poker and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, bitcoin accepted.

  • Welcome bonus, $3000, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits. Use the code BOLCASINO
  • 25% sports betting reload on every qualifying bet, code: LIFEBONUS 
  • +100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Ripple, Litecoin or DASH. No code required + 5% crypto boost afterwards on future deposits
  • 10% weekly rebate, cashback for returning players

You can read the review of BetOnline here. List of countries, from which they do not accept players can be found in the review and below. North American players accepted.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date).
Playthrough requirements of every bonus and promotion:
  • The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal, usually (sports betting and poker bonuses 10x)
  • Forfeiting the bonus will result in the bonus and any subsequent winnings associated with it to be removed from players accounts.
  • Only one bonus can be active at a time, playthrough requirements must be met before additional promotions can be received.
  • Players must use the related bonus code in order to receive a bonus (if it has a code, not every promotion requires one).
  • Bonus funds will only be available on the Betsoft games, the other providers are not eligible,, unless otherwise stated.
  • In cases where rollover or other criteria specified in the individual bonus terms and conditions are not met within 30 days, any remaining bonus funds and associated winnings will be forfeited automatically.
  • Wagering requirements must be fulfilled before any winnings can be withdrawn.

Playthrough requirement contributions: The following table show the contribution of the various types of games towards the fulfillment of the wagering requirement.
Game types: Contribution:
Slots (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100%
Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20%
Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10%
Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5%
Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
This only applies to casino bonuses, sports betting or poker bonuses have different wagering limitations (can be found on the company's website). BetOnline does not accept players from:

Fair Go Aussie Themed Casino

This is an animated gif banner ad featuring all the current 2022 promotions, bonuses of FairGo Australian ("Aussie") themed casino. The picture also act as a link, by clicking on it you will be taken to the free to play area of the casino, where you can try out their games for free without spending any money, and you can register a real player account if you are 18+. Terms and conditions and requirements can be seen below the banner.

Fair Go Australian casino, 18+

Promotions:
  • 100% welcome bonus up to $200, on your first 5 deposits (total $500), coupon code: WELCOME
  • 100 free spins with code: DOD-GOW (limited time only, please let me know when the code expires)
  • 150% bonus and 50 spins on the new slot Lil Red ($20 minimum deposit requirement), coupon code: LILRED150, or on the slot Hyperwins, bonus code: GETHYPED
  • Special Neosurf bonus, deposit using Neosurf and get a 200% welcome bonus (only once per player), promo code: 200-NEO

Only one bonus can be active at a time. North American players are accepted at the casino. FairGo Casino does not accept players from: Moldova, Israel, UK. You can read the full review of Fair Go casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Disclaimer: The casinos is not actually an Australian online casino, the company is not registered in Australia, it's only "Aussie" themed.
All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date). Terms and conditions of every bonus and promotion:
  • Players from the following countries do not qualify for any bonuses: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Hungary, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan.
  • Only one bonus can be active at a time.
  • Only real money players, who completed the registration are eligible for a bonus.
  • No deposit bonuses hold a maximum cash out limit which is 5x the bonus amount unless otherwise specified.

Playthrough requirement:
  • The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 60 times before withdrawal, unless otherwise stated.

Wagering requirement contributions: The following table show the contribution of the various types of games towards the fulfillment of the wagering requirement.
Game types: Contribution:
Slots (a.k.a. Pokies) 100%
All types of Blackjack, Video Poker, Craps, American Roulette, Baccarat and other table games and non-pokies games 0%

Mr Bit Casino and Sportsbook

This is a banner displaying the various bonus offers of Mr Bit casino. On this page, right under the banner, you can read about these promotions, free spins and their terms and conditions, playthrough requirements, wagering limitations and their player protection, self exclusion and harm mitigation features. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to website of Mr. Bit, where you can register an account and play for real money. Full disclaimer: by registering an account I (the website owner) will receive a small percentage of the amount of money you deposited, self exclusion from the casino website is possible.

Mr. Bit casino & bookmaker, current 2022 bonus offers, welcome bonus and free spins + offers for returning players, 18+

  • 100% welcome bonus Up To €500 + 50 Free Spins
  • Free spins every day for returning players
  • 33% reload bonus for returning players

You can read the full review of Mr Bit casino here. USA and UK players are not accepted. Full list of banned countries can be found in the review and below.

Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date by the time you are reading this).
General bonus terms and conditions at Mr. Bit and its sister sites:
  • welcome bonuses are only available for 30 days after account creation
  • the minimum deposit to receive any bonus is €10
  • the bonus + deposit needs to be wagered within 7 days from date of activation
 
Playthrough requirement of the welcome bonus: 27x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 27 times before withdrawal. Playthrough requirement of the free spins: 30x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus:
  • Minimum deposit amount: €10
  • Maximum bonus amount: €500
  • Wagering requirements: x27 (deposit + bonus)
In case of the free spins:
  • Participating slots: Jungle Jim and the Lost Sphinx
  • Bet per spin: €0,10
  • Wagering requirements: x30 (bonus)
  • Limit on withdrawing from the free spins: x10
  • 7 days for wagering

Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days for wagering
  • 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.
  • Please note that the free spins will appear on the account, once the 150% bonus has been wagered. Your players will get 10 free spins per day over the course of 5 days (50 free spins in total).

UPDATE COVID-19: The online casino does not use the global pandemic situation for advertisement purposes, or to encourage the usage of its online gambling platform. In fact, it's forbidden to use the namesake, name, likeness and official logo or any depiction of the casino/company (and this casino gambling blog) in conjunction with any marketing campaign, which uses the novel coronavirus pandemic to advertise.
Mr Bit Casino does not accept players from:
.

 

FAQ – frequently asked questions about Cape Verde online casinos

 

FAQ section

The following are some of the frequently asked questions about casinos in Cape Verde. Click on the dropdown menu below to see the questions and answers.

Q&A

Are casinos legal in Cape Verde?

Yes, casinos are legal in Cape Verde since 2005. However, the first casino of the country only opened in 2017 (Royal Casino on the island of Sal, next to the Hilton Hotel).

Are online casinos legal in Cape Verde?

Yes, online casinos are legal in Cape Verde since 2005 technically, but they were only specifically regulated in 2015 (online casino licenses are only issued since 2015).

Are there any casinos in Cape Verde?

Yes. There is only 1 casino in the country right now, Casino Royal on the island of Sal, next to the Hilton Hotel.

Can I play in an online casino from Cape Verde?

Yes, Cape Verdean players can play in licensed online casinos. You can see a list of them on this page.

Are bitcoin casinos legal in Cape Verde?

Cryptocurrency accepting casinos are not yet specifically addressed by the Cape Verdean gambling legislation.

Are there online casinos, which accept players from Cape Verde?

Yes, the licensed online casinos listed on this page accept players from Cape Verde.

Can tourists play in the casinos of Cape Verde?

Yes, both tourists and locals can play in the casinos of Cape Verde.

Can tourists place bets in online casinos while staying in Cape Verde?

Yes, the casino gambling laws and regulations mentioned on this page only apply to locals. Tourists, migrants, expats visiting Cape Verde can play freely online.

What is the age requirement of Cape Verde online casinos?

The age limit of both land-based and digital casinos is 18+.

Do casinos in Cape Verde have dress codes?

No, Cape Verdean casinos do not specify official dress codes. It's not customary on the islands.

How much tax do I have to pay in Cape Verde on my gambling winnings from an online casino?

Gambling winnings regardless of the source and amount are taxed at a rate of 20%.

Are there any digital casinos licensed in Cape Verde?

Yes, online casino licenses are issued since 2015.

How many casinos are there in Cape Verde?

There is only 1 fully operational casino in Cape Verde. It is Casino Royal (you can read about this casino in the list above).

Do casinos in Cape Verde have entrance fees?

No, casinos in Cape Verde do not charge an entrance fee, it's not customary in the country.

Which is the biggest casino in Cape Verde?

The biggest casino in Cape Verde is Casino Royal right now.

Which is the biggest casino group in Cape Verde?

The biggest casino group active in Cape Verde is Macau Legend Development Ltd..

 

Simon’s Guide to Land-based and Online Casinos in Cape Verde is part of Simon’s Global Online Casino Guide – with interactive map.

Last updated: 2022-03-29

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