This is a picture of Casino Crown Colonial, in the capital, San Salvador, the biggest, and oldest casino in El Salvador (since 1999). On this page you can read about the legal status, taxation, legislation, age requirement of the various main forms of games of chance: casino gambling, poker, bingo, lottery, cryptocurrency wagering, and you can find a list of online gambling sites which accept players from the Republic of el Salvador.
El Salvador Gambling Guide

Gambling in El Salvador (officially the Republic of El Salvador, the smallest country in Central America, population of around 6 million) is officially illegal (except the national lottery), but it’s de facto legal due to loopholes, and it is tolerated, and the gambling ban is ignored by the local municipalities.

Originally most forms of gambling were banned, with the exception of the state owned national lottery (which predates this ban, and it is in operation since 1870). However, due to the antiqued wording, outdated terminology, and narrow scope, there were some loopholes, which were abused.

Details: The source of all this confusion is the 1983 Constitution of el Salvador1, which gave local municipalities a lot of freedom to make independent decisions, and pass local laws in “economic and technical matters”. This has resulted in the issuance of gambling licenses in a country, where gambling was officially illegal.

Additionally, Presidential decree Number 274 from 19862 also reinforced the legislative independence of the local municipalities, and it directly mentions gambling, which was a point of contention even back then.

The gambling ban was reinforced in 2002 by the Ley 35-20023, and all gambling houses were ordered to shut down.

/Comment: I couldn’t find the original gambling ban, if you know where it can be found online, then please drop a link to it in the comment section. Thank you./

That there was ever need for such a law makes it obvious that the ban on gambling was blatantly disregarded, and the loopholes were actively abused even back then.

The 2002 ban was in response to attempts of gambling establishments (which operated semi-illegally, using various loopholes, some with organized crime connections, and with the help of corrupt politicians, most notably the company Crown Group El Salvador, owners of Casino Crown Colonial, in the capital, San Salvador) to officially legalize casinos in the country.

This is not surprising, and it is very much in line with the country’s bad reputation.

/Comment: Most notably: issue with corruption, drug cartels, street gangs, and sadly, they had the highest number of murders per capita in the world, excluding actual warzones, in 2015, UPDATE 2021: but the situation has greatly improved since, and the murder rate decreased by at least 50%4 but the people are still fleeing this impoverished country, mostly migrating to the USA illegally fora better life./

 

Despite all the problems and issues listed above, many tourists still have a great time here. The following video is a first hand account and review of the country, by a YouTube travel vlogger. This can give you an idea what you can expect if you visit the country:

 

Online gambling is not regulated, and it is not mentioned by any any of the gambling bans. It is unknown if the gambling ban extends to internet gambling as well.

/Comment: If you know, please let me know in the comments section, with links to official sources preferably, I know it’s de facto legal and players are not fined or prosecuted, I’m interested in the official stance of the government, if there is any, thank you./

Some sources claim that online gambling is legal, e.g.: Contrapunto5, for unknown reasons, but this is definitely not true, and it is best described as not regulated.

Locals are free to play on international online gambling sites.

You can find a list of gambling websites below, which accept players from El Salvador.

 

Can tourists play online while visiting the Republic of El Salvador?

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 El Salvador

The only kind of gambling license available in El Salvador are the disputed local licenses (called “gaming and betting licenses”)6.

It’s extremely difficult to obtain these licenses, and it is only possible with significant “political connections”.

The people who own these licenses sell the operational rights of these licenses for huge amounts of money, or a fraction of the revenue, but the licenses rarely change hands. There is no real regulatory agency, and there is no control or oversight of these licensed establishments. Consequently money laundering, corruption, machine rigging, and organized crime involvement are probably very common.

 

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Gambling tax in the Republic of El Salvador

There is no country-wide gambling tax, it depends on the local municipalities.

/Comment: I couldn’t find any info about local gambling taxes, if any. If you know something about them, please leave a comment./ 

 

 

For players, taxation of gambling winnings in El Salvador: not taxable

 

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Legal gambling age in El Salvador: no official gambling age, but casinos require people to be 18+

 

Other:

Loot boxes, skin gambling, fantasy sports betting and social gambling are not regulated in El Salvador.

 

Sources, main pieces of the El Salvador gambling legislation:

1Constituteproject.org – El Salvador’s Constitution of 1983 with Amendments

2Decreto nº 274 1986 – la Asamblea Legislativa de la Republica de El Salvador, (and additional details can be found here)

3Ley 35-2002 (Spanish)

4Overseas Security Advisory Council, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, U.S. Department of State  -El Salvador 2020 Crime & Safety Report

5Contrapunto – El impacto económico de los casinos online en El Salvador (Spanish)

6CasinoCompendium – Bravo acquires El Salvador gaming licenses

 

Online casinos accepting players from El Salvador

The following online gambling websites accept players from El Salvador

 

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UPDATE 2021: This particular online casino was removed due to complaints from the players and visitors to the website. We apologize for the inconvenience.
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Casino gambling in El Salvador

Casinos in El Salvador: illegal, but local municipalities issued casino licenses and with those, casino can operate semi-legally

Online casino gambling in El Salvador: unregulated

 

Casinos are currently tolerated, and operate semi-legally with local licenses, which were issued by local municipalities, despite the gambling ban (it’s a complicated, and an obviously corrupt system, details can be found above).

In 2002, a second ban closed this loophole, but, by that time, there were around 25 licensed gambling establishments.

UPDATE COVID-19: Due to the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown, a decrease in tourism, and the mandatory temporary closure of these gambling establishments, about 5 gambling establishments went out of business.

20 venues are still in operation, 10 casinos + 10 slot halls.

The Casino Crown Colonial in San Salvador (established in 1999) is the biggest casino in the country. They also have a second casino in San Miguel. The overwhelming majority of the casinos are located in San Salvador, the capital. You can find a list of the currently operating El Salvador casinos here.

In accordance with the 2002 gambling regulation, they are only allowed to sell lottery products officially, and some are officially bingo halls, and are called as such, even to this day. However, in reality, slots, video poker machines, live roulette wheels, and table games are also freely available in these establishments.

There are currently at least 10 casinos + 10 slot halls, most of them in San Salvador, the capital.

Unsurprisingly, many of these semi-legally operating gambling establishments are allegedly connected to organized crime, drug cartels, corrupt government officials and dubious offshore companies engaged in money laundering. They are not regulated, and are not known for transparency, or law abiding.

Therefore, I strongly suggest avoiding any Salvadorian gambling establishments (with the exception of the national lottery, which is operating legally, and it is regulated).

Online casino gambling is not regulated in El Salvador. There are no locally-based online casino operators, but locals are free to play on foreign online casino sites, many of which are also available in Spanish.

The online casinos below accept players from El Salvador.

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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.
 

 

UPDATE 2021: This particular online casino was removed due to complaints from the players and visitors to the website. We apologize for the inconvenience.
We will replace it with another recommendation as soon as possible. In the meantime, check out the other online casinos above and below, or the recent casino bonuses, free games or casino reviews.
If you have any issue with the other gambling platforms featured on the website, then please drop a comment or try the live chat (bottom right). We will investigate all reports and take action if necessary.
 

 

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(Baseball) 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Horses 7.5 points for every $10 wagered 8x 4x-6.7x
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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.

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Bingo in El Salvador

Bingo in El Salvador: illegal

Internet bingo in El Salvador: unregulated

 

The regulation of bingo in El Salvador is even more confusing than casinos. Bingo was not specifically outlawed by the original 1882 gambling law, and up until 2002, bingo halls were allowed to operate, and licenses were issued (and abused, these bingo halls routinely had slots as well, not just bingo). However, even after the new 2002 ban, the bingo halls with existing licenses were allowed to operate till the expiration date of their licenses. This is the reason why many casinos in El Salvador, even to these day, call themselves bingo halls, e.g.: Bingo Marbella in El Salvador, or Bingo Club in Salvador.

Bingo is still payed in many of these establishments, but that’s not the primary attraction.

Online bingo is unregulated in El Salvador. There are no licensed online bingo operators in the country, but there are also no laws against online gambling. Locals are free to play on international online bingo sites.

The following bingo websites accept players from El Salvador:

UPDATE 2021: This particular online casino was removed due to complaints from the players and visitors to the website. We apologize for the inconvenience.
We will replace it with another recommendation as soon as possible. In the meantime, check out the other online casinos above and below, or the recent casino bonuses, free games or casino reviews.
If you have any issue with the other gambling platforms featured on the website, then please drop a comment or try the live chat (bottom right). We will investigate all reports and take action if necessary.
 

 

 

Poker in El Salvador

Poker clubs in El Salvador: illegal

Online poker in El Salvador: unregulated

 

Poker is not specifically addressed by the El Salvador gambling legislation, and the blanket ban on games of chance applies to card games as well, including poker. In many countries poker is not considered gambling, it’s either a game or skill, or a sport, but that’s not the case in El Salvador, and poker is considered gambling.

Most of the semi-legally operating casinos don’t have poker, only a few of biggest casinos have poker sections. There are no standalone poker clubs in El Slavador.

Online poker is not regulated in El Salvador. There are no licensed online poker operators in the country, and there are also no laws against online gambling. Locals are free to play on international online poker sites.

The following online poker sites accept players from El Salvador.

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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
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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.
 

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  • 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.

 

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 El Salvador

Land-based bookmakers, betting shops in El Salvador: illegal

Online sports betting in El Salvador: unregulated

 

Sports betting is also illegal in El Salvador. Also, none of the semi-legally operating casinos have sports books.

Online sports betting is not regulated in El Salvador. While there are no licensed online sports betting operators in the country, there are also no laws against online gambling, and locals are free to place bets with international digital sports books.

The online sportsbooks below accept registrations from the Bahamas.

Online bookmakers accepting registrations from El Salvador - click to see

The following online sportsbooks accept bettors from El Salvador:

 

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.

 

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 El Salvador

Lottery in El Salvador: legal since 1870, monopoly of Lotería Nacional de Beneficencia de El Salvador

Online lottery in El Salvador: unregulated

 

Lottery is legal, and it is a state monopoly. The national lottery is called Lotería Nacional de Beneficencia de El Salvador, and it is in operation since 1870, which makes it one of the oldest lottery in Central America. Originally created to help fund a hospital, revenues now go towards various social programs.

The Salvadoran national lottery has no online platform. However, locals are free to purchase lottery tickets online from foreign online lottery operators.

The following websites allow people from the Republic of El Salvador to purchase lottery tickets online:

 

 

Bitcoin, cryptocurrency gambling in El Salvador

Cryptocurrency, bitcoin gambling in El Salvador: legal

 

Bitcoin gambling is not specifically regulated in El Salvador.

UPDATE 2021: El Salvador became the first country in the world to have made bitcoin an official currency*. Therefore, wagering, placing bets with bitcoin is like any other form of gambling, and as such, the same rules and laws apply to it as regular gambling (meaning it’s de facto legal).

The crypto casinos below accept players from El Salvador.

Source:

*Reuters – Bitcoin to become legal tender in El Salvador on 2021 Sept 7

Online casinos accepting crypto and players from El Salvador - click to see

The following online casino websites accept bitcoin, litecoin and ethereum, and accept players from El Salvador:

 

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.

 

 

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: 2021-08-02

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4 Responses

  1. One of your sources seems to be a law of Spain, not El Salvador

    *BOE – Real Decreto de 14 de septiembre de 1882 por el que se aprueba la Ley de Enjuiciamiento Criminal (Spanish only)

    1. Thank you very much for pointing it out! It’s very embarrassing…. :( I will fix it right away.

      1. Thanks a lot for fixing it so quick! Untangling all this is a lot easier with your blog. Please keep up the great work!

        1. Sure, I will. A link from Slotregator would help the site a lot though, in exchange for all the help perhaps? ;) Would be really awesome to get a link form such an established site like yours. Thanks.

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