This is a picture of Lucky´s Hotel y Casino in San José, the capital of the Republic of Costa Rica. On this page you can read about the legislation, laws, rules, taxation, licensing of the various forms of games of chance and online betting in Costa Rica, these include: poker, bingo, casino gambling, cryptocurrency wagering, lottery.
Costa Rica Gambling Laws, Rules, Legal Gambling Age, Licensing, Taxation of Winnings

 

Private gambling is officially illegal, but de facto legal in Costa Rica (officially the Republic of Costa Rica) since 1886 (the first country in the Caribbean to actually formally regulate games of chance). The current main pieces of gambling legislation are the 2008 Reglemento de Casinos de Juegos, or as it is known in English, the Costa Rican Gambling Law*, and the 2012 Ley de Impuesto a Casinos y Empresas de enlace de llamadas a apuestas electrónicas, which is better known as the Costa Rica Casino Law**. However, state-run gambling is actually legal,  Junta de Potección de Social, state lottery operator, has a monopoly over all forms of gambling, except casinos (but only has a lottery for now), therefore gambling in costa Rica is actually a monopoly of the state according to Law No. 8718***, which grants JPS monopoly over:

“creation, administration, sale and marketing of all lotteries, both pre-printed and electronic, sports betting, games, video-lotteries and other gambling products, in the national territory, with the exception of casinos”.

Interestingly, gambling is officially prohibited for residents of Costa Rica: It is forbidden for locals to bet, place wagers on games with a random outcome. This rule might seem to outlaw all forms of gambling, and probably it was meant to, but this prohibition is ignored. The casinos in operation have a special license and permission from the Ministry of Public Security to operate their gaming machines, tables, electronic tables. The casino sector contributes enough to the economy to justify its existence, and it provides more benefit than the harm it does, not to mention, it mostly caters to tourists, not the locals.

In accordance with the admittedly few gambling regulations, any company wishing to provide gambling services in the country must apply for a license. In lieu of a gambling license (because it’s officially illegal) this is a commercial license, and a data processing license in case of online gambling. Applicants are required to have a company incorporated in Costa Rica (for details of the licensing process and taxation, requirements, check the licensing section, below).

Costa Rica, due to the favourable taxes, the easy and cheap licensing process, and the pro-business, laissez-faire regulatory environment, has quite a lot of casinos, 30 in total (UPDATE 2021 COVID-19: down from about 35, before the pandemic). Which is quite a lot, considering that the country only has 5 million people and gambling is not even legal… (for context, usually, similarly sized countries, with a limited potential for tourism, with normal taxation, actual gambling regulation and licensing, only have about 10 casinos, Costa Rica has 3x that much, but in the Caribbean, this is pretty much the norm).

A few of these companies also operate online casinos as well, but most actually don’t. And just like most smaller countries with a strong tourism focus, almost all gambling establishments are attached, or at the very least, can be found next to hotels, in areas frequented by tourists (which is, in this case, the capital San José, where 20 of the 30 casinos are located).

Private online gambling is also officially illegal, but de facto legal in the country (meaning, there are online gambling companies which operate from the country, but they can’t accept local players), since 1999.
Junta de Potección de Social, state lottery operator, has a monopoly over all forms of online gambling too, probably since 2009, except online casinos (but only has an online lottery for now).

Costa Rica is a lucrative online gambling hub and offshore tax haven despite the ban on online gambling, and it is probably the most popular Caribbean licensing destination. However, this popularity is not reflective of the quality of the licenses issued (at least for the players). In fact, it’s inversely proportional. An online gambling license from this country is considered to be the second worst among the popular offshore licenses (the worst is the Panama “data processing license”). The way they circumvent the ban on online gambling is that the law has been written in such a way, as to stipulate that gambling is not taking place at the location where the server is located, but rather, at the location of the player.

It is rather easy to obtain a licence for an online gambling site from Costa Rica (which is, in itself, is a red flag). The main reason for this is that licenses issued here are actually not even genuine online gambling licences. Companies can only apply for a data processing licences instead, just like in Panama. There are barely any laws regulating the actual gambling aspect of companies licensed in Costa Rica. While this is definitely positive for gambling operators wishing to acquire a licence (and this, coupled with the favourable taxation, explains the popularity of the license). This also means that Costa Rica-licensed online gambling sites are rather unreliable and are barely supervised. This poses a risk for players on these sites, as rules – e.g. payouts, getting your winnings – can not be enforced, and there is no one to help you if the online casino refuses to pay.

The government must be aware of how problematic most of the licensed online gambling operators actually are (although they don’t admit it officially, for obvious reasons). And they forbade these companies to accept locals on their websites, which is no coincidence. This is one of the few rules these licensees have to abide by. I recommend everyone to avoid Costa Rican licensed online gambling websites. There is absolutely no accountability, and these online gambling websites are not controlled, regulated at all. There have been many scandals over the years, and regular accusations of money laundering, involvement of organized crime****. Obviously not all of these allegations are actually true. But even if only a third of them are true, that is already too much. The online gambling websites below are all licensed in other countries, but accept players from Costa Rica.

The best way to illustrate and summarize the attitude of the government, in charge of regulation, licensing and fighting against money laundering, is that whenever confronted with evidence, strong evidence, and strong allegations of money laundering, cheating, tax evasion, illegal activity, this is the typical reaction of the government: 

From the 2016 case of USA versus 5Dimes, Costa Rica licensed online bookmaker: Alvaro Montoya, Costa Rica’s Deputy Prosecutor at the Office of Money Laundering (who is reportedly very lenient and dismissed 73% of cases related to money laundering*****), after being confronted by the US government, with evidence of the illegal activity, money laundering, wire fraud (using gift cards to circumvent the US Wire Act), and tax evasion of locally incensed 5Dimes Sportsbook, Alvaro simply said:

“the business of online gaming is legal, and as such, it does not fit into any offense under national law” (meaning: online gambling is not a crime in Costa Rica), and additionally, after mentioning just how much taxes they collected form that one company, he also said “We are hardly going to tax someone who commits a crime.” And that was that. Case closed, according to Alvaro, and this was added to the 73% of cases he dismissed.******

Just for context, the original owner of 5Dimes Sportsbook was kidnapped, tortured and killed, and the company was owned by his widow. Officially, the company had no connections to organized crime, only allegations. His death was not officially connected to his alleged connection to organized crime.*******

/Comment: I hope this is not representative of the kind of people and companies who get licenses here, but, considering that this is an offshore tax haven, yeah… I let you finish that sentence… It’s a disgusting, ugly world we live in, the polar opposite of the movies, where the good people get rewarded, heroes get the girl, and they all live happily ever after. Here, IRL, the evil people get rewarded, and the good guys get to work for them, as wage slaves, for the rest of their miserable little lives…/

UPDATE 2021: Since 2016, a settlement was reached between 5Dimes and the US government, the US won, $47M was paid, any further charges were dropped.

 

Costa Rica really is a beautiful place (just like the rest of the Caribbean). However, due to the popularity, influx of foreigners, the kind that takes advantage of the offshore financial services provided here, things have changed. In short: not all that glitters is gold, at least not anymore. And actually, according to many (like the Youtuber below, and others who left the island) Costa Rica is one of the worst destinations to settle down in the Caribbean. If you are thinking about moving here, watch the video below first:

 

 

Can tourists play online while visiting Costa Rica?

Yes, the laws discussed here only apply to residents of the country, if you are a tourist (or a non-citizen expat, or illegal), you can play online freely while enjoying your vacation.

 

Gambling licensing in Costa Rica

Only the following companies are eligible for a Costa Rica gambling license (a data processing license):

 

There is no dedicated licensing and regulatory body in Costa Rica, the closest thing is the Ministry of Public Security, which issues licenses for gaming machines, tables for land-based casinos, you can try them. And also the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce, because a commercial license is also needed. I couldn’t figure it out, which one is issuing the data processing license, but I’m almost certain it’s one of the two. Both are only available in Spanish. Therefore, if you wish to get an online gambling license, you have to get a translator and contact them directly. If you find out who, or which branch of the government issues the licenses currently, please let me know.

Licensing fees include a one-off license fee of USD 5,000, an annual USD 5,000 license renewal fee, and USD 500 for legal costs.

 

Land-based gambling license (permit for slots, gaming machines): If you wish to set up a casino you have to get a license from the Ministry of Public Security for tables and gaming machines (slots+electronic bingo+video poker). There is no info about licensing fees anywhere, if you know anything, please share it in the comments section at the bottom.

 

 

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Gambling tax in Costa Rica

Online gambling tax: Corporations in Costa Rica aren’t taxed on income earned overseas. Since online gambling operators can only accept players from abroad, they don’t pay any gambling or corporate taxes.

 

Brick & mortar gambling tax: According to the 2012 Ley de Impuesto a Casinos y Empresas de enlace de llamadas a apuestas electrónicas (translated using an automatic translation software, not an official translation, only available in Spanish online):

 

I don’t know what ‘base salary’ could mean, that’s what the automatic translation software translated “de un salario base por cada” as. If you speak Spanish, and you know what this could be, please leave a comment. Thank you.

 

 

For players, taxation of gambling winnings in Costa Rica: not taxable, there was a proposal for a new 25% tax on big lottery prizes in 2020, but it was rejected

 

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Legal gambling age in Costa Rica: 18+

 

Other:

Loot boxes, skin gambling and social gambling are not regulated in Costa Rica.

 

 

Sources, main pieces of gambling legislation:

*Government of Costa Rica – 2008 Reglemento de Casinos de Juegos

**Costa Rica Bienvenido al Sistema Costarricense de Información Jurídica  –  1999 Ley de Impuesto a Casinos y Empresas de enlace de llamadas a apuestas electrónicas

***Sistema costarricense de Informatión Jurídica – Autorización para el cambio de nombre de la Junta de Protección Social y establecimiento de la distribución de rentas de las loterías nacionales

****American Expatriate Costa Rica –  The US accuses man for laundering money from Costa Rica

*****American Expatriate Costa Rica Prosecutor dismissed 73% of cases related to money laundering

******Costa Rica – Costa Rica won’t investigate money laundering allegations

*******Philadelphia Inquirer – After founder’s murder and $47M pact with the feds, widow seeks to license offshore sports-betting giant in N.J.

 

Online casinos accepting players from Costa Rica

The following online gambling websites accept players from Costa Rica

 

Black Lotus Casino

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Black Lotus Casino bonus offers
USA and Canada players are accepted.
  • Get 40 free spins on BIG GAME. Use the code: SAFARI54
OR:
  • Get 250% match bonus, up to $2500. Use the code: SAFARI250
  These are only available to new players. Returning players get daily, exclusive bonuses and other rewards. It changes daily, check the casinos's page for info, the are usually very good, also they have cashback almost each month, so even if you lose, you will get some of it back, usually 10%, but sometimes more.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All offers are available in USD$, C$, Euro €, NOK, SEK, DKK. * Bitcoin is accepted as a deposit currency. * Visa and Master Card Deposits are accepted. * Minimum withdrawal of $100. * 60X wagering on all bonuses. * Maximum withdrawal of $100 on all Free Spin or Free Bonus offers. * A minimum $20 deposit is required to process a withdrawal. * Maximum withdrawal of $1000 on Match bonuses from 101% or greater * All offers are available for 1 claim per IP. * Offers valid till end of April 2022   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:
  • 100% - Slots and Keno
  • 50% - Roulette and Three Card Poker
  • 25% - Baccarat
  • 10% - Video Poker
  • 5% - Blackjack, Craps
  • 0% - Everything else
 

RichPrize Casino

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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.
 

 

BGO

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Next gen, cross platform and mobile compatible casino with the best casino games, live dealers and bingo. Best bonuses currently.
US players can not register.
  • 500 free spins
  Terms and conditions of the casino apply (if any). Check the casino's webpage for up to date terms and conditions and wagering limitations.  

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Only for UK players, new players only.
Playthrough requirement: 65x
Wagering limitation:
  • Slots: 100%
  • Roulette: 25%
  • All Blackjack Games: 25%
  • 3 Card Brag: 50%
  • Casino Hold'em: 25%
  • Baccarat: 0%
  • Everything else: 0%

 

GT Bets Casino and Sportsbook

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GTbets sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 150% up to $500 on your first deposit (then 100%, up to $250 bonus on your second deposit, then 5-50% depending on the amount on your third deposit and afterwards)
  • 10% weekly rebate, 15% cashback on horse racing betting
  • Free spins, weekly cashback for returning players

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 10-40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Earnings ($10)Sign Up Bonus PlaythroughReload Bonus (Varies by %) Playthrough
Sports5 points for every $10 wagered12x6x-10x
(Baseball)2 points for every $10 wagered30x15x-25x
Horses7.5 points for every $10 wagered8x4x-6.7x
Slots2 points for every $10 wagered30x15x-25x
Table1 point for every $10 wagered60x30x-50x
Video Poker1.5 points for every $10 wagered40x20x-33x
 
Wagering limitation:
  • Please be advised - the use of bonus funds to place wagers on the following games is not allowed: Baccarat (including Live), Craps, and European Roulette (including Live).
  • For bonuses, sports moneyline wagers with odds of -300 (1.33) or less, will not qualify for rollover point earnings. So for example, betting NBA - NY Knicks (-350) will not earn rollover points towards a bonus.
   

Bet Online Casino and Sportsbook + Poker

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Bet Online sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits! Use the code: BOLCASINO
  • 100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.
  • 100% match poker bonus, a minimum deposit of $50 using code NEWBOL
  For returning players: Fund your BetOnline account via cryptocurrency and earn a 35% Reload Bonus on EVERY qualifying deposit. To claim your extra 35%, simply use code: CRYPTO35 Earn a 25% Bonus up to $250 on every qualifying reload you make 24/7/365. Just use promo code: LIFEBONUS when you deposit as little as $50 and the extra 25% will be added to your sports bankroll instantly

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (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%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

Betsson Casino and Sports Book

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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.

 

 

Summary:

 

 

Casino gambling in Costa Rica

Casinos in Costa Rica: legal, with a license from the Ministry of Public Security

Online casino gambling in Costa Rica: illegal, players are not prosecuted

 

Casino gambling is legal in Costa Rica, despite that gambling is actually illegal (yeah, I know…, Costa Rica, where gambling is illegal, but they have 30+ casinos…, bizarre…). Casino operators are required to have a licence from the Ministry of Public Security, to operate their gambling machines and tables in the country. Casinos are not allowed to be open 24 hours a day, only between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. UPDATE 2021: This no longer seems to be a requirement. Most casinos in Costa Rica are located in or near the capital, San José, and all of them are small (compared to US casinos, they are average compared to European casinos).

While casino gambling in general is legal in Costa Rica, regulation regarding specific games is somewhat confusing. There is a law against betting on games with a random outcome, but this prohibition is rather vague and seems to be ignored. Blackjack is missing in some casinos, though available in others. And where blackjack is not available, Rummy, a blackjack variant, with almost identical rules, seems to be available instead. Some casinos don’t have tables, and only have electronic tables and electronic gaming machines (and gambling takes place essentially online, to circumvent the ban, and utilize the island’s leniency when it comes to online gambling).

/Comment: The latter one is a really good solution btw., I would use this if I had a casino in the country, this way, you don’t have to deal with the chaotic regulations, just get the license from the Ministry of Security as well, pay the taxes, but have everything online, on a server abroad, just in case, with a Panama gambling licence, with servers in Panama. God knows what those politicians will come up with, a few years down the line. This will “futureproof” your casino business and that Panama license is also a data processing license, similarly cheap, and similarly barely regulated, lets you accept players from Costa Rica./

And some other establishments advertise their live tables with dealers, as a main attraction. Other games available include slot machines, poker, video poker machines, electronic bingo machines, bingo and roulette. Sadly, all of the relevant laws are only available in Spanish, therefore, I could not investigate this any further. If you know more about this, please illuminate the situation regarding the regulations (if any) of the various casino games in Costa Rica, because it sure seem chaotic, and not regulated at all.

Online gambling sites can apply for a gambling permit in Costa Rica in the form of a data-processing license (there is no online gambling license, online gambling is also technically illegal, but they don’t let that stop them, and Costa Rica licenses about a 100+ online casino sites…). The licensees may not offer their wagering services to locals, but they can definitely accept players from abroad. These license are looked down upon in the online gambling industry, for good reasons. I recommend avoiding Costa Rica licensed casinos.

The special legal status of Junta de Potección de Social, the state lottery operator, does not apply to online casinos (but, they do have instant lottery games online, which are a good substitute for online slots, similar in feel, and also just as bad in terms of problem gambling and gambling addiction….).

Players from Costa Rica can play in foreign online casinos, the ban on online gambling is not enforced, in fact, because of the “unique” laws, that is their only option.

The online casinos below accept players from Costa Rica.

Online casinos accepting players from Costa Rica - click to see

The following online casino websites accept players from Costa Rica:

 

Black Lotus Casino

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Black Lotus Casino bonus offers
USA and Canada players are accepted.
  • Get 40 free spins on BIG GAME. Use the code: SAFARI54
OR:
  • Get 250% match bonus, up to $2500. Use the code: SAFARI250
  These are only available to new players. Returning players get daily, exclusive bonuses and other rewards. It changes daily, check the casinos's page for info, the are usually very good, also they have cashback almost each month, so even if you lose, you will get some of it back, usually 10%, but sometimes more.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All offers are available in USD$, C$, Euro €, NOK, SEK, DKK. * Bitcoin is accepted as a deposit currency. * Visa and Master Card Deposits are accepted. * Minimum withdrawal of $100. * 60X wagering on all bonuses. * Maximum withdrawal of $100 on all Free Spin or Free Bonus offers. * A minimum $20 deposit is required to process a withdrawal. * Maximum withdrawal of $1000 on Match bonuses from 101% or greater * All offers are available for 1 claim per IP. * Offers valid till end of April 2022   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:
  • 100% - Slots and Keno
  • 50% - Roulette and Three Card Poker
  • 25% - Baccarat
  • 10% - Video Poker
  • 5% - Blackjack, Craps
  • 0% - Everything else
 

RichPrize Casino

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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.
 

 

BGO

BGO casino banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered by BGO casino. You can read these offers below.
Next gen, cross platform and mobile compatible casino with the best casino games, live dealers and bingo. Best bonuses currently.
US players can not register.
  • 500 free spins
  Terms and conditions of the casino apply (if any). Check the casino's webpage for up to date terms and conditions and wagering limitations.  

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Only for UK players, new players only.
Playthrough requirement: 65x
Wagering limitation:
  • Slots: 100%
  • Roulette: 25%
  • All Blackjack Games: 25%
  • 3 Card Brag: 50%
  • Casino Hold'em: 25%
  • Baccarat: 0%
  • Everything else: 0%

 

GT Bets Casino and Sportsbook

GTbets bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently. The picture also acts as a link and by clicking o nit you will be taken to the gambling website.
GTbets sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 150% up to $500 on your first deposit (then 100%, up to $250 bonus on your second deposit, then 5-50% depending on the amount on your third deposit and afterwards)
  • 10% weekly rebate, 15% cashback on horse racing betting
  • Free spins, weekly cashback for returning players

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 10-40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Earnings ($10)Sign Up Bonus PlaythroughReload Bonus (Varies by %) Playthrough
Sports5 points for every $10 wagered12x6x-10x
(Baseball)2 points for every $10 wagered30x15x-25x
Horses7.5 points for every $10 wagered8x4x-6.7x
Slots2 points for every $10 wagered30x15x-25x
Table1 point for every $10 wagered60x30x-50x
Video Poker1.5 points for every $10 wagered40x20x-33x
 
Wagering limitation:
  • Please be advised - the use of bonus funds to place wagers on the following games is not allowed: Baccarat (including Live), Craps, and European Roulette (including Live).
  • For bonuses, sports moneyline wagers with odds of -300 (1.33) or less, will not qualify for rollover point earnings. So for example, betting NBA - NY Knicks (-350) will not earn rollover points towards a bonus.
   

Bet Online Casino and Sportsbook + Poker

Bet Online bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently.
Bet Online sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits! Use the code: BOLCASINO
  • 100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.
  • 100% match poker bonus, a minimum deposit of $50 using code NEWBOL
  For returning players: Fund your BetOnline account via cryptocurrency and earn a 35% Reload Bonus on EVERY qualifying deposit. To claim your extra 35%, simply use code: CRYPTO35 Earn a 25% Bonus up to $250 on every qualifying reload you make 24/7/365. Just use promo code: LIFEBONUS when you deposit as little as $50 and the extra 25% will be added to your sports bankroll instantly

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (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%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

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.

 

Click here for more info on casinos in Costa Rica.

 

 

Bingo in Costa Rica

Bingo in Costa Rica: legal, possibly a monopoly of Junta de Potección de Social, but there are also private bingo halls

Online bingo in Costa Rica: legal, monopoly of Junta de Potección de Social, possibly, not certain

 

Bingo is legal and played in Costa Rica. Bingo is available in standalone bingo halls, which usually have restaurants too. It’s not known if the government even considers bingo gambling, or if these bingo restaurants need any licence, or how, and why they can operate. Considering, that bingo is most probably monopoly of Junta de Potección de Social (se below). If you know anything, please drop a comment at the bottom. I couldn’t find a single mention of bingo in the very limited gambling legislation, and half of the government websites just simply don’t work, and display various error messages in Spanish (it’s pretty bad, most of the government websites are unreachable, this would be unacceptable here in Europe). What is certain is that there are about 20 places where there is bingo, and there is at least 2 places with electronic bingo machines (which are most probably considered gaming machines and need a licence from the Ministry of Public Security, and are taxed).

Companies can set up online bingo companies in Costa Rica. However, these companies may not let locals play. While this rule is rather strictly enforced, locals can play on international bingo sites with no repercussions. It’s not known if the blanket ban on online gambling applies to bingo as well, but even if it does, it’s not enforced.

It is very likely that special legal status of Junta de Potección de Social includes bingo and online bingo as well.

“creation, administration, sale and marketing of all lotteries, both pre-printed and electronic, sports betting, games, video-lotteries and other gambling products” 

This should include bingo as well. This is actually not that unusual, bingo is actually considered a form of lottery in most countries, and it is not unheard of that the lottery monopoly of the state extends to bingo and internet bingo as well  (e.g: Hungary, where bingo is a monopoly of the state owned Szerencsejáték Zrt., but they also don’t use this currently). The state does not take advantage of this currently.

In the meantime, the following bingo websites accept players from Costa Rica:

BGO

BGO casino banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered by BGO casino. You can read these offers below.
Next gen, cross platform and mobile compatible casino with the best casino games, live dealers and bingo. Best bonuses currently.
US players can not register.
  • 500 free spins
  Terms and conditions of the casino apply (if any). Check the casino's webpage for up to date terms and conditions and wagering limitations.  

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Only for UK players, new players only.
Playthrough requirement: 65x
Wagering limitation:
  • Slots: 100%
  • Roulette: 25%
  • All Blackjack Games: 25%
  • 3 Card Brag: 50%
  • Casino Hold'em: 25%
  • Baccarat: 0%
  • Everything else: 0%

 

Poker in Costa Rica

Poker in Costa Rica: legal

Online poker in Costa Rica: illegal, players are not prosecuted

 

Poker is most often considered legal in Costa Rica, though some believe it falls under the vague ban on betting on games with a random outcome. Still, poker is available in many of the casinos in Costa Rica, despite this universally ignored law. Games on offer include Texas Hold’em, Caribbean Stud, Pai Gow and video poker machines, the same casino staples you would find in other countries, where gambling is not illegal.

In some countries (e.g.: India, Brazil, China) poker is not considered gambling, it’s either a game of skill, or a sport. In Costa Rica, IMO, poker is also not considered gambling. What is certain is that no license from the the Ministry of Public Security is needed, and poker is not taxed (except video poker machines, which need a license, and have a 10% tax on them).

Costa Rica issues data processing licenses to various companies, including online poker operators (or more precisely online casinos, which also have poker, none of the licensed gambling websites are exclusively poker platforms, to the best of my knowledge). However, these companies may not offer their services to Costa Ricans. Locals can play on international poker sites with no repercussions, the online gambling ban is not enforced, and foreign online poker sites are not blocked.

The special monopoly of Junta de Potección de Social most probably does not include poker, because it is universally associated with casinos, played in casinos, and the Law No. 8718 specifically says: “with the exception of casinos”. At least, in my interpretation. This is my opinion only, of course. What is certain is that Junta de Potección de Social does not have any involvement in poker or online poker currently.

The following online poker sites accept players from Costa Rica.

Online casinos which have online poker sections and accept players from Costa Rica - click to see

The following online casino websites have poker and accept players from Costa Rica:

 

GT Bets Casino and Sportsbook

GTbets bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently. The picture also acts as a link and by clicking o nit you will be taken to the gambling website.
GTbets sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 150% up to $500 on your first deposit (then 100%, up to $250 bonus on your second deposit, then 5-50% depending on the amount on your third deposit and afterwards)
  • 10% weekly rebate, 15% cashback on horse racing betting
  • Free spins, weekly cashback for returning players

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 10-40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Earnings ($10)Sign Up Bonus PlaythroughReload Bonus (Varies by %) Playthrough
Sports5 points for every $10 wagered12x6x-10x
(Baseball)2 points for every $10 wagered30x15x-25x
Horses7.5 points for every $10 wagered8x4x-6.7x
Slots2 points for every $10 wagered30x15x-25x
Table1 point for every $10 wagered60x30x-50x
Video Poker1.5 points for every $10 wagered40x20x-33x
 
Wagering limitation:
  • Please be advised - the use of bonus funds to place wagers on the following games is not allowed: Baccarat (including Live), Craps, and European Roulette (including Live).
  • For bonuses, sports moneyline wagers with odds of -300 (1.33) or less, will not qualify for rollover point earnings. So for example, betting NBA - NY Knicks (-350) will not earn rollover points towards a bonus.
   

Bet Online Casino and Sportsbook + Poker

Bet Online bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently.
Bet Online sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits! Use the code: BOLCASINO
  • 100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.
  • 100% match poker bonus, a minimum deposit of $50 using code NEWBOL
  For returning players: Fund your BetOnline account via cryptocurrency and earn a 35% Reload Bonus on EVERY qualifying deposit. To claim your extra 35%, simply use code: CRYPTO35 Earn a 25% Bonus up to $250 on every qualifying reload you make 24/7/365. Just use promo code: LIFEBONUS when you deposit as little as $50 and the extra 25% will be added to your sports bankroll instantly

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (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%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

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.

 

Sports betting in Costa Rica

Sports betting in Costa Rica: legal, monopoly of Junta de Potección de Social

Online sports betting in Costa Rica: legal, monopoly of Junta de Potección de Social

 

Sports betting is legal in Costa Rica. Sports betting is, in theory, legal, according to Article 2 of Law No. 8718*, which grants Junta de Potección de Social monopoly over the following:

“creation, administration, sale and marketing of all lotteries, both pre-printed and electronic, sports betting, games, video-lotteries and other gambling products, in the national territory, with the exception of casinos”

Technically, Junta de Potección de Social is the only organization that is officially in a position to act as as a bookmaker or online sports book. However, JPS only has a lottery for now and does not take advantage of its sports betting and online sports wagering monopoly.

Costa Rica issues gambling licenses to various companies, including online sports betting operators. However, these companies may not offer their services to Costa Ricans. While this rule is rather strictly enforced, locals can place bets with international sports books with no repercussions.

Costa Rican bettors can only place bets with foreign online bookmakers. The online sports books below accept registrations from Costa Rica.

Online bookmakers accepting registrations from Costa Rica - click to see

The following online sportsbooks accept bettors from Costa Rica:

 

GT Bets Casino and Sportsbook

GTbets bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently. The picture also acts as a link and by clicking o nit you will be taken to the gambling website.
GTbets sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 150% up to $500 on your first deposit (then 100%, up to $250 bonus on your second deposit, then 5-50% depending on the amount on your third deposit and afterwards)
  • 10% weekly rebate, 15% cashback on horse racing betting
  • Free spins, weekly cashback for returning players

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 10-40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Earnings ($10)Sign Up Bonus PlaythroughReload Bonus (Varies by %) Playthrough
Sports5 points for every $10 wagered12x6x-10x
(Baseball)2 points for every $10 wagered30x15x-25x
Horses7.5 points for every $10 wagered8x4x-6.7x
Slots2 points for every $10 wagered30x15x-25x
Table1 point for every $10 wagered60x30x-50x
Video Poker1.5 points for every $10 wagered40x20x-33x
 
Wagering limitation:
  • Please be advised - the use of bonus funds to place wagers on the following games is not allowed: Baccarat (including Live), Craps, and European Roulette (including Live).
  • For bonuses, sports moneyline wagers with odds of -300 (1.33) or less, will not qualify for rollover point earnings. So for example, betting NBA - NY Knicks (-350) will not earn rollover points towards a bonus.
   

Bet Online Casino and Sportsbook + Poker

Bet Online bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently.
Bet Online sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits! Use the code: BOLCASINO
  • 100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.
  • 100% match poker bonus, a minimum deposit of $50 using code NEWBOL
  For returning players: Fund your BetOnline account via cryptocurrency and earn a 35% Reload Bonus on EVERY qualifying deposit. To claim your extra 35%, simply use code: CRYPTO35 Earn a 25% Bonus up to $250 on every qualifying reload you make 24/7/365. Just use promo code: LIFEBONUS when you deposit as little as $50 and the extra 25% will be added to your sports bankroll instantly

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (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%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

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.

 

Lottery in Costa Rica

Lottery in Costa Rica: legal, monopoly of Junta de Potección de Social

Online lottery in Costa Rica: legal, monopoly of Junta de Potección de Social

 

Lottery is legal in Costa Rica, according to the Article 2 of Law No. 8718. It is a monopoly of the state, and it is conducted by the Junta de Potección de Social, which is the the state lottery operator (and it is also responsible for cemeteries, and burials, and the system for applying for a burial plot is right next to the lottery…, you can’t make this up… seriously… 🙂 ) . Lottery is the most popular form of gambling in the island nation. And this is exactly why there is such a huge problem with illegal lottery resellers, who resell the tickets with a markup, and promise a higher jackpot to winners, sometimes 10x higher (of course there is no guarantee that they would actually pay, especially, considering, that these small businesses who engage in this, can’t possibly have that much money…).* And due to the very laissez faire regulatory framework, the state is powerless to stop these rouge resellers.

Junta de Potección de Social also has an online lottery platform.

Apart from JPS, the following websites allow people from Costa Rica to purchase lottery tickets online:

Source:

**QCostaRica – Unstoppable, The Illegal Lottery Business In Costa Rica

 

Bitcoin, cryptocurrency gambling in Costa Rica

Bitcoin gambling in Costa Rica: not specifically regulated

 

Cryptocurrency gambling, betting is not specifically regulated in Costa Rica, but it is illegal as all other forms of online gambling are, at least technically. However, online gambling websites licensed in the country are not affected by this. In fact, there are bitcoin casinos licensed in Costa Rica, but these gambling sites are required to not accept players from the country. However, locals are free to play on foreign bitcoin, litecoin, ethereum gambling sites.

The crypto casinos below accept players from Costa Rica.

Online casinos accepting crypto and players from Costa Rica - click to see

The following online casino websites accept bitcoin, litecoin and ethereum, and accept players from Costa Rica:

 

Black Lotus Casino

This is Black Lotus Casino's animated GIF banner advertising their new slot and their free spins and casino match 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.
Black Lotus Casino bonus offers
USA and Canada players are accepted.
  • Get 40 free spins on BIG GAME. Use the code: SAFARI54
OR:
  • Get 250% match bonus, up to $2500. Use the code: SAFARI250
  These are only available to new players. Returning players get daily, exclusive bonuses and other rewards. It changes daily, check the casinos's page for info, the are usually very good, also they have cashback almost each month, so even if you lose, you will get some of it back, usually 10%, but sometimes more.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All offers are available in USD$, C$, Euro €, NOK, SEK, DKK. * Bitcoin is accepted as a deposit currency. * Visa and Master Card Deposits are accepted. * Minimum withdrawal of $100. * 60X wagering on all bonuses. * Maximum withdrawal of $100 on all Free Spin or Free Bonus offers. * A minimum $20 deposit is required to process a withdrawal. * Maximum withdrawal of $1000 on Match bonuses from 101% or greater * All offers are available for 1 claim per IP. * Offers valid till end of April 2022   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:
  • 100% - Slots and Keno
  • 50% - Roulette and Three Card Poker
  • 25% - Baccarat
  • 10% - Video Poker
  • 5% - Blackjack, Craps
  • 0% - Everything else
 

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.
 

 

GT Bets Casino and Sportsbook

GTbets bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently. The picture also acts as a link and by clicking o nit you will be taken to the gambling website.
GTbets sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 150% up to $500 on your first deposit (then 100%, up to $250 bonus on your second deposit, then 5-50% depending on the amount on your third deposit and afterwards)
  • 10% weekly rebate, 15% cashback on horse racing betting
  • Free spins, weekly cashback for returning players

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 10-40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Earnings ($10)Sign Up Bonus PlaythroughReload Bonus (Varies by %) Playthrough
Sports5 points for every $10 wagered12x6x-10x
(Baseball)2 points for every $10 wagered30x15x-25x
Horses7.5 points for every $10 wagered8x4x-6.7x
Slots2 points for every $10 wagered30x15x-25x
Table1 point for every $10 wagered60x30x-50x
Video Poker1.5 points for every $10 wagered40x20x-33x
 
Wagering limitation:
  • Please be advised - the use of bonus funds to place wagers on the following games is not allowed: Baccarat (including Live), Craps, and European Roulette (including Live).
  • For bonuses, sports moneyline wagers with odds of -300 (1.33) or less, will not qualify for rollover point earnings. So for example, betting NBA - NY Knicks (-350) will not earn rollover points towards a bonus.
   

Bet Online Casino and Sportsbook + Poker

Bet Online bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently.
Bet Online sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits! Use the code: BOLCASINO
  • 100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.
  • 100% match poker bonus, a minimum deposit of $50 using code NEWBOL
  For returning players: Fund your BetOnline account via cryptocurrency and earn a 35% Reload Bonus on EVERY qualifying deposit. To claim your extra 35%, simply use code: CRYPTO35 Earn a 25% Bonus up to $250 on every qualifying reload you make 24/7/365. Just use promo code: LIFEBONUS when you deposit as little as $50 and the extra 25% will be added to your sports bankroll instantly

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (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%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

 

This page is part of Simon’s List – Legal Status of Online Gambling – a definitive guide to the legal status of all forms of online gambling activities in every country around the world.

 

Last updated: 2021-04-17

Gamble responsibly,
SimonTheSorcerer

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Simon's Guide to Gambling and Casinos in Costa Rica
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Simon's Guide to Gambling and Casinos in Costa Rica
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This guide focuses on casino gambling and various forms of online gambling in Costa Rica. Their infamous online gambling licensing system is also mentioned.
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Simon András Péter (SimonTheSorcerer)
Simon's Online Marketing Kft.
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  1. Is sports betting in any casino in Costa Rica? We’ve been lokking on many sites and it seems that there aren’t any, only on-line betting.

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