Simon’s Guide to Gambling in Bahrain

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This is an image of Manama, capital of Bahrain. The picture is of the skyline at night.

Manama, capital of Bahrain

 

Bahrain is a small island country situated off the shores of Saudi Arabia. All forms of gambling are currently illegal in Bahrain, without doubt for religious reasons. 70% of the population is Muslin, and Bahrain has adopted the Qu’ran’s full prohibition of gambling into its legal system.

The reasons for the prohibition are twofold:

  • It is unlawful for the Muslim to gain wealth by gambling.

According to the Islamic teaching, one ought to earn a living by honest, serious work, and relying on luck to gain money is contrary to this principle.

  • Muslims must not participate in gambling for recreational purposes.

The reason for this prohibition lies in the addictive quality of gambling, which causes the gambler to neglect his responsibilities to society and the Creator. Interestingly, gambling is mentioned in conjunction with drinking, emphasizing the similarities between gambling addiction and alcoholism.*

Interestingly, despite these prohibitions sports enjoy great popularity in the country. Bahrain was the first of the Arab countries to construct a Formula 1 racetrack, but sports betting is illegal at all sports events. In fact, legislation with harsher penalties has recently been approved in Bahrain. Bahraini people found gambling in public may now be fined 300 Bahraini Dinars (about $800) and serve 3 months in jail (up from 2 months).

 

*Source: Islam Prohibits Gambling (IslamAwareness)

 

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Casino gambling in Bahrain

 

Online casino gambling in Bahrain: illegal

 

Casino gambling is illegal in Bahrain, and consequently there are no land-based casinos in the country, nor are there online casino gambling sites based in Bahrain. Those found gambling in public may face punishments*: a fine up to BHD300 or a jail time of 3 months.  Operators of gambling establishments are to pay or serve several times this amount.

Online casino gambling is also illegal in the country. Bahraini residents may turn to foreign online casino gambling sites, as there are no reports of prosecution of players for online gambling. However, the Bahraini government is adamant in preventing all forms of gambling in the country, and several international casino gambling sites have been blocked by internet service providers.

 

*Source: Bahrain Penal Code

 

Bingo in Bahrain

 

Online Bingo in Bahrain: illegal

 

All forms of gambling are illegal in Bahrain, and as a result there are no Bingo halls in the country, nor any casinos offering Bingo games. Those found gambling in public may face severe punishments: a fine up to BHD300 or a jail time of 3 months.  Operators of gambling establishments are to pay or serve several times this amount.

Online Bingo is also illegal in the country. Bahraini residents may turn to foreign online Bingo sites, as there are no reports of prosecution of players for online gambling. However, the Bahraini government is blocking access to online gambling websites, including international Bingo websites.

The only opportunity for Bingo games in the country is provided by MWR Bahrain on the US Navy base NSA Bahrain. As the MWR Bahrain provides services only to NSA-approved personnel, Bahraini residents or tourists in the country may not participate in Bingo games organised by them.

 

 

Poker in Bahrain

 

Online Poker in Bahrain: illegal

 

Poker is seen as a form of gambling, and so it is illegal in Bahrain. Those found gambling in public may face punishments: a fine up to BHD300 or a jail time of 3 months.  Operators of gambling establishments are to pay or serve several times this amount. Poker is included in this too.

Online Poker is also illegal in the country. Bahraini residents may turn to foreign online Poker sites, as there are no reports of prosecution of players for online gambling. However, the Bahraini government is adamant in preventing all forms of gambling in the country, and several international online Poker sites have been blocked by internet service providers.

There are still quite a few international online Poker sites accepting players from Bahrain which may be accessed by players wishing to circumvent the ban on online Poker.

 

 

Sports betting in Bahrain

 

Online sports betting in Bahrain: illegal

 

Sports betting is illegal in Bahrain, and there are no betting shops or other sports betting facilities in the country. Those found gambling in public may face severe punishments: a fine up to BHD300 or a jail time of 3 months. Operators of gambling establishments are to pay or serve several times this amount.

Online casino gambling is also illegal in the country. Bahraini residents may turn to foreign online sports betting sites, as there are no reports of prosecution of players for online gambling. However, the Bahraini government is adamant in preventing all forms of gambling in the country, and several international sports betting sites have been blocked by internet service providers.

 

 

Lottery in Bahrain

 

Online lottery in Bahrain: illegal

 

Previously legal, in recent years lottery has been seen as a form of disguised gambling in Bahrain. As a result, all lottery games are illegal and both players and operators may be forced to pay a fine or serve jail time. There are no retailers selling lottery tickets in Bahrain, nor any online lottery platforms based in the country.

Bahraini residents may turn to foreign online lottery sites, as there are no reports of prosecution of players for online gambling. However, the Bahraini government is adamant in preventing all forms of gambling in the country, and several international lottery sites have been blocked by internet service providers.

 

 

Bitcoin gambling in Bahrain

 

Bitcoin gambling in Bahrain: illegal/unregulated

 

While not specifically regulated by Bahraini laws, Bitcoin gambling is supposedly included in the ban on all forms of gambling in the country.

Bitcoin gamblers playing on international Bitcoin gambling platforms are not likely to be prosecuted, but some Bitcoin gambling websites may be blocked by internet service providers.

 

 

Online gambling websites accepting players from Bahrain

Most of the online gambling websites are blocked by the ISPs and online gambling within the country is illegal.

However, this does not stop online casinos licensed in other countries from accepting players from Bahrain (different jurisdiction).

The following online gambling websites accept players from Bahrain.

 

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BGO casino – accepting players from Bahrain

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BGO online bookmaker accepting players from Bahrain

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32 Red casino accepting players from Bahrain

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32 Red online bookmaker, sports betting website accepting players from Bahrain

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Black Lotus casino accepting players from Bahrain

 

 

 

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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: 2015. 10. 13

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Simon's Guide to Gambling in Bahrein
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An overview of the legal status of gambling and online gambling in Bahrain and possible punishments.
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