This is a picture of the entrance of Cyprus Casinos Limassol a.k.a. C2, located in 271 Franklin Roosevelt Avenue, 3046, Ciprus. This is the first ever licensed and second biggest gambling establishment in the country. Under the picture you can read about the casino gambling legislation in Cyprus. And you can find a list of the biggest brick & mortar casinos in the country with address, opening hours, entrance fee, number and types of games + a list of online casinos, which accept players from the Republic of Cyprus.
Simon’s Cyprus Online Casino Guide

This is a guide to brick and mortar as well as online casinos in Cyprus (officially the Republic of Cyprus, a member of the EU, consisting of two halves: the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and Southern Greek Orthodox majority). Find out which are the best casinos and online casino sites in Cyprus, or learn more about the legal status of casino gambling in the country.

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Online casinos in Cyprus

Legal status of digital casinos in Cyprus: legal, but it is a monopoly of OPAP, players can play freely online on other websites too, due to EU laws

 

Gambling is legal, but online casino gambling is illegal in Cyprus. Casinos can not apply for an online gambling license in Cyprus.

There is an exception to this online casino ban, it is OPAP, the Greek lottery company, which operates the Cyprus lottery (details below) and also has an online sports betting and casino platforms, which accepts Cyprus players.

OPAP, the Greek lottery company (also in charge of the Cyprus lottery) is the only exception. OPAP has a special, often criticized legal status in Cyprus, and it is exempt form the online casino ban1. OPAP’s online platform has a sports betting and online casino section, besides the internet lottery and it accepts Cyprus players.

However, many foreign online casinos also accept players from Cyprus, due to EU laws.

Cyprus is a member of the EU, which means that Article 56 TFEU2 (EU gambling directives) apply. In short, this means that foreign online gambling operators should be provided a way to obtain a gambling licence in all EU member countries. If this is not the case, they can accept players from the country and it is not illegal for them to do so, and these countries can not block these websites or prosecute players who place bets on these platforms.

In Cyprus only online sports betting licenses are obtainable and OPAP has monopoly over online casino gambling. This partially violates Article 56 TFEU, therefore, players from Cyprus can freely visit foreign unlicensed casino websites and play on them.

However, the bigger unlicensed online casinos websites are still blocked despite the EU laws. This is done to strengthen the position of OPAP’s monopoly, even if it’s not EU complaint and violates free market principles. Obviously a lot of people suspect corruption and there was a lot of litigation behind the scenes surrounding this problematic and allegedly corrupt monopoly3.

/Comment: I definitely do not recommend OPAP, it has a really bad track record, lot of scandals, corruption allegations left and right, it’s definitely a shady company./

International gambling operators (like the ones below) have argued that Cyprus goes against EU policies by providing unfair advantage to OPAP, basically monopolizing online casino gambling. However, there have been no sanctions on the part of the European Union as of yet.

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

 

Can tourists play online while visiting Cyprus?

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

 

Online casino licensing and regulatory body of Cyprus: 

Online casino licenses are not issued. Only OPAP hasa special licence, which grants them a monopoly over online casino gambling in Cyprus.

 

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Taxation of online casino sites in Cyprus: 

Gambling tax is 10% + a 3% mandatory charitable contribution, two thirds of which goes toward charitable causes and non-profit organisations and one third is spent on consumer protection, and gambling addiction management and recovery + the “strengthening of protection mechanisms” (quote from the Cyprus government website).

 

For the players, taxation of gambling winnings in Cyprus: not taxed, except OPAP lottery winnings exceeding €50004, which are taxed at a rate of 20%.

 

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Age requirement of Cypriot online casinos: 18+

 

Sources, main pieces of the Cypriot online casino gambling legislation:

1Agreement between the Hellenic Republic and the Republic of Cyprus regarding the games offered by OPAP
(Ratication) Law of 2003 (L. 34(III)/2003), not found online anywhere sadly, if you know of an online copy, please drop a link to it in the comments section

2JSTOR – Freedom to provide services — Article 56 TFEU — Games of chance

3Responsible Gaming EU – Cyprus police investigating after OPAP declines audit

4PKF Cyprus Income Tax

 

List of online casinos, which accept players from Cyprus

The following online gambling websites accept players from Cyprus. 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 Cyprus, or if they are blocked for some reason, please leave a message in the comments section, so I can investigate it.

 

 

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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. You can read the other online casino reviews here, and you can find all the current casino bonuses, promotions, offers, codes here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

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Land-based casinos in Cyprus

Legal status of casinos in Cyprus: legal since 2015, operators require a licence, slot halls are legal too

 

Gambling was mostly illegal prior to 2012 in Cyprus. However, with the introduction of the 2012 Betting Law1, which is the main piece of the gambling legislation, many forms of gambling were legalized (the Betting Law was amended sever times since 2012).

A 2015 amendment to the Betting Law made casinos legal too. And slot halls are also legal (gambling establishments with 50 gaming machines maximum), one per district.

Originally only a few license were planned to be issued. The government decided to grant a single casino licence to C2 Limassol, making it the first casino in Cyprus.

However, this started an avalanche of litigation, suing, threats, protesting, corruption and investment (using internet slang, you could call it a “shitshow”….). All of the bigger hotel chains (and many Turkish ex casino owners with political connections) managed to get a licence one way or another, and a feverish casino building spree began.

At this point there are about 15 licensed casinos in Cyprus. However, the number of actual casinos is significantly higher, because many of the licensed venues operate so called “satellite casinos”, with the same license (some operate as much as 4 satellite casinos in addition to the main casino). Therefore, the total amount of casinos and slot halls is closer to 100 (40 casinos + about 50-60 slot halls this is only an estimate, most smaller slot halls don’t have any sort of online presence, no official data about the numbers to the best of my knowledge).

This is a crazy amount for a country with a population of 875 K people, not even a million (the highest number of gambling establishments per capita in the European Union, not including microstates). Obviously, most of these venues focus primarily on tourists, mostly European and Arab, Türkish well-off tourists, temporary residents, high rollers.

Cyprus gets about 3.2 million tourist visits per year2 (these are pre coronavirus numbers, the pandemic decimated the tourism sector of Cyprus and subsequently the casino industry as well, the official number of casino closures is not yet known).

Most of the casinos are located in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, but the South has a few casinos too.

A big influence on the Cyprus gambling sector was the 1998 casino ban in Turkey, many of the shady, corrupt, criminal elements of the Turkey gambling sector switched and moved their interests, capital and casino ventures over the years to Cyprus, which many speculate led to the subsequent official legalization of casinos in the Republic of Cyprus.

/Comment: No wonder Cyprus is infamous for corruption and its gambling sector had its fair share of scandals (just look at the OPAP corruption scandal above in the online casino section, pretty much all the big players in the Cyprus gambling sector had similar scandals). Considering the history and origins of the sector it’s not surprising./

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

 

Can locals visit the casinos in Cyprus?

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

 

Casino licensing and regulatory body of Cyprus:

In accordance with the gambling legislation, gambling operators who wish to provide games of chance or any betting/wagering services need to apply for a licence at the National Betting Authority, and at the National Gaming and Casino Supervision Commission.

Their websites are available in English as well.

There are two types of gambling licences available.

 

The annual license fee is €45 000 per two years, (a very reasonable sum, considering that in nearby Croatia that same annual fee is €500 000 per annum). Cyprus has a very low gambling tax and has lower licensing fees compared to other countries in the vicinity (comment: but this is still significantly higher than offshore gambling hubs, which are basically tax havens)

Licensed companies need to have a physical presence in the country.

Casinos must be integrated into a hotel or resort.

4 satellite casinos are also allowed, per license.

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The picture must be 150x150 pixels. Contact me through the live chat, it's in the bottom right corner of the website, or in the comments section at the bottom of this page, with a link to the website you wish to advertise. If you qualify, I will give you my email address where you can send everything (I won't be putting my email address on the page, due to the extreme amount of spam I receive as it is).
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Taxation of brick & mortar gambling establishments in Cyprus:

Gambling tax is 10% + a 3% mandatory charitable contribution, two thirds of which goes toward charitable causes and non-profit organisations and one third is spent on consumer protection, and gambling addiction management and recovery + the “strengthening of protection mechanisms” (quote from the Cyprus government website).

 

For the players, taxation of gambling winnings in Cyprus: not taxed, except OPAP lottery winnings exceeding €5000, which are taxed at a rate of 20%

 

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The picture must be 150x150 pixels. Contact me through the live chat, it's in the bottom right corner of the website, or in the comments section at the bottom of this page, with a link to the website you wish to advertise. If you qualify, I will give you my email address where you can send everything (I won't be putting my email address on the page, due to the extreme amount of spam I receive as it is).
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Age requirement of land-based casinos, slot parlours in Cyprus: 18+

 

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

1Cyprus Betting Law

2statista – Number of arrivals in tourist accommodation in Cyprus from 2006 to 2019

 

 

List of the TOP 5 biggest and best rated casinos in Cyprus

This is a list of the top 5 biggest and best casinos in the country, 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., City of Dreams Mediterranean (under construction)
An aerial (but not drone, from an airplane) picture of the main building of City of Dreams Mediterranean. This is the first casino on this list of all the TOP 5 casinos in the Republic of Cyprus, you can find the other gaming venues on this list under this one. This is currently the biggest gambling venue in Cyprus. To the right of the picture you can read more about the casino, including the address, dress code and a brief video of the gambling establishment.
City of Dreams Mediterranean

City of Dreams Mediterranean, address: 271 Fragklinou Rousvelt, Zakaki

The full name of the venue is The City of Dreams Mediterranean Integrated Hotel Resort Spa Casino, and it is currently the biggest Cyprus casino hotel. It is also the biggest casino in the entire Mediterranean region (based on gaming machines + tables).

The company who owns the casino is Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited, a member of the CNS Group.

The casino is under construction at the time of writing, but it is excepted to be complete sometime in 2022 (so when you read this, it might be already open).

The age requirement will be 21+.

 

Games: around 1000 gaming machines (slots, video poker), and around 100 tables (not yet known what type but it will probably include some types of roulette, poker, blackjack for sure)

They will also have a poker room and multiple VIP areas. The details of these are not yet known.

 

Video of City of Dreams Mediterranean:

This is how the casino complex is expected to look like once complete.

 

Opening hours: not yet announced officially, but it will likely be 24/7

 

UPDATE COVID-19: open

 

Dress code: smart casual and semi formal for the VIP area and for certain events

Entrance fee: none

Meta review analysis: no reviews yet

 

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

2., C2 Limassol
This is an image of the C2 casino in Limassol, the netrance of the building. Right next to the picture you can read about the gambling establishment and can find the address. Under the picture is the next item of this list.
C2 Casino Limassol

C2 Limassol, address: 271 Fragklinou Rousvelt, Zakaki

The full name of the venue is Cyprus Casinos Limassol, but it is best known as C2 Limassol. This is the flagship and biggest venue of the Cyprus Casino group, which has 4 casinos on the island (Nicosia, Ayia Napa, Pafos, Zakaki).

This establishment was the first casino to receive gambling license in 2015. Although the casino was only opened in 2018.

The company behind the venue (Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited, part of the CNS Group) named this “a pop-up casino”, because as soon as The City of Dreams Mediterranean integrated casino resort (see above) is finished (sometime in 2022), they will move to that new location.

This is the third biggest casino in the country, and the most visited. The gaming area is 1300 m2.

You must be 21+ to enter, despite the gambling age officially being 18+ (but casinos can raise it voluntarily).

 

Games: around 252 gaming machines (slots, video poker), and around 33 tables (roulette, blackjack, Mini Punto Banco, Stud Poker, Russian Poker*, 3 Card Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold’em)

They have a VIP area, the Salon Prive.

 

*Russian poker explanation, tutorial, how to play:  If you want to know how to play Russian poker, then watch the following step by step video tutorial:

 

Video of C2 Limassol:

 

 

Opening hours: 24/7

UPDATE COVID-19: open

 

Dress code: there is an official dress code, it’s smart casual

Entrance fee: none

Meta review analysis: the casino gets good reviews, 4/5, no major problems

 

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

3., Cratos Premium Hotel and Casino
This is a picture of the interior of the casino of Cratos Premium 5 star Hotel & Casino & Port & Spa. Right next to the picture you can read about the gambling establishment and you can find the address, opening hours, entrance fee, dress code, number and types of games of this gambling establishment.
Cratos Premium Casino Hotel

Cratos Premium Hotel Casino, address: Hz.Ömer Caddesi, Cennet Sokak, Girne

The full name of this complex is quite the mouthful: Cratos Premium Hotel & Casino & Port & Spa.

Unsurprisingly, nobody really uses it. And the casino is most often simply called Cratos Casino, and the whole complex is either called Cratos Hotel or just Cratos by the guests.

This is the second biggest and most luxurious casino in all of Cyprus.

Even though the casino is huge and breathtaking, the true attraction is actually the 420 room 5 star hotel and spa, which is considered to be one of the best on the island, and considering we are talking about Cyprus, that is saying much. The complex has six restaurants and several bars.

The place is certainly frequented by more tourists than locals, and it is a really expensive place, definitely not for people on a budget.

This is the best rated casino hotel in all of Cyprus currently.

 

Games: around 280 gaming machines (slots, video poker), and around 34 tables (American Roulette, Caribbean Stud Poker, Punto Banco, 3 Card Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold’em)

They have a VIP area, and a poker room with cash games and rapid tournaments, but sadly no tournament schedule or any further info can be found on their official website.

 

Video of Cratos Premium Hotel Casino:

 

Opening hours: 24/7

UPDATE COVID-19: open

 

Dress code: there is an official dress code, it’s smart casual

Entrance fee: none

Meta review analysis: the casino gets good reviews, 4.5/5, it is the best rated casino hotel in all of Cyprus, even despite the really high prices (but I guess the kind of people who stay at this 5 star hotel don’t mind it)

 

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

4., Liman Hotel and Casino
This is a picture of the exterior of Liman Hotel and Casino. Right next to the picture you can read about the gambling establishment and you can find the address, opening hours, entrance fee, dress code, number and types of games in this gambling establishment.
Liman Hotel and Casino

Liman Hotel and Casino, address: Ecevit Cd, Girne 99300

Casino Liman is situated in the old harbour of the town of Kyrenia, which is 20 kilometres from the airport Lefkosa.

This is a smaller, but highly rated casino catering mostly to older tourists and it is also visited by many of the locals.

The casino interestingly has no online presence whatsoever.

 

Games: around 116 gaming machines (slots, video poker, the machines are old, featuring games from around 2010 and they are not from the best brands), and around 5 tables (American Roulette, blackjack, Texas Hold’em)

 

Video of Liman Hotel and Casino:

 

Opening hours: 24/7

UPDATE COVID-19: open

 

Dress code: there is no official dress code,  but I recommend smart casual

Entrance fee: none

Meta review analysis: the casino gets good reviews, 4/5, no major problems

 

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

5., Concorde Casino
This is a picture of the front entrance of the Concorde Casino. This is the last casino on this list of all the TOP 5 casinos in the Republic of Cyprus, you can find the other gaming venues on this list above this one. To the right of the picture you can read more about this particular casino.
Concorde Casino

Concorde Casino, address: Parsel 12, Bafra 99920

Concorde casino is an upscale gaming venue operating in the Concorde Luxury Resort, which is located in the Bafra region of North Cyprus.

 

Games: around 250 gaming machines (slots, video poker, the machines are brand new, and they are from the best manufacturers), and around 33 tables (American Roulette, blackjack, Russian Poker, Trio Poker, Baccarat, Craps, Ultimate Poker)

They also have bingo.

 

Video of Concorde Casino:

 

Opening hours: 24/7

UPDATE COVID-19: open

 

Dress code: there is no official dress code, but I recommend smart casual

Entrance fee: none

Meta review analysis: the casino gets good reviews, 4.5/5, it is the best rated casino hotel in all of Cyprus, even despite the really high prices (but I guess the kind of people who stay at this 5 star hotel don’t mind it)

 

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

 

Bitcoin casinos in Cyprus

Legal status: not specifically regulated

 

Bitcoin gambling is not specifically regulated in Cyprus. However, alternative digital currencies (bitcoin, litecoin, ethereum etc…) are not accepted as currency.

Consequently, none of the land-based casinos accept bitcoin or any other type of crypto.

OPAP’s casino platform, the only Cyprus licensed online casino does not accept bitcoin either.

 

Other forms of online gambling in Cyprus

Apart from OPAP’s online casino gambling and online lottery monopoly, only online sports betting is legal in Cyprus.

Even though OPP has an online sports betting platform it is not a monopoly and private companies can do apply for an receive a digital sports betting licence.

Online gambling websites licensed in other EU countries are blocked, even though, according to Article 56 of TFEU they shouldn’t be. Due to EU laws it is not illegal to play on these foreign gambling platform from Cyprus.

 

The following online gambling websites accept players from Cyprus:

 

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 Playthrough Reload Bonus (Varies by %) Playthrough
Sports 5 points for every $10 wagered 12x 6x-10x
(Baseball) 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Horses 7.5 points for every $10 wagered 8x 4x-6.7x
Slots 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Table 1 point for every $10 wagered 60x 30x-50x
Video Poker 1.5 points for every $10 wagered 40x 20x-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 Sports Book

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
  • or 100% up to $1,000 Welcome Bonus + $25 Risk Free Bet, when you bet on the Cowboys vs. Buccaneers NFL Week 1 season-opener, code: NFL100
  • +100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.
  • 10% weekly rebate for returning players

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.
You can read the review of BetOnline here.

 

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. You can read the other online casino reviews here, and you can find all the current casino bonuses, promotions, offers, codes 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.

 

If you have questions or any feedback don’t hesitate to drop a comment below. Please let me know in the comments section if you think we might have gotten something wrong or if you have additional information, clarification about the casinos in the country, especially if you are from Cyprus or nearby. Thank you.

 

To learn more about the legal status of casino gambling in the country, check out our guide to the legal status of gambling in Cyprus, which supplements this article.

 

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

 

Last updated: 2021-10-04

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