Simon’s Guide to Gambling in Cape Verde

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Gambling and casinos in Cape Verde

 

Gambling has been legal in Cape Verde since 2005, though the first legal gambling facility opened only in 2012. The law regulating gambling in Cape Verde is the Regulamenta de funcinamento dos Casinos e salas de Jogos. In accordance with this act, gambling on the islands is only legal within certain designated gambling areas, which are required to be located in 4 or 5-star hotels.

These designated gambling areas can be either permanent or temporary. At the moment there are 5 islands with permanent gambling zones: Santiago, S. Vincente, Sal, Boavista and Maio. The first casino in the country was Casino Royal in the city of Santa Maria, on the island of Sal.

All in all, Cape Verde – or Cabo Verde in Portuguese – consists of 10 volcanic islands and is situated about 570 kilometres of the coast of Western Africa. However, compared to other countries in the region, Cape Verde shows exceptional political stability and economic strength. The internet penetration rate on the island reflects this: more than 40% of the population has access to the internet.

Prior to 2015, there had been no mention of online gambling in the gambling regulations of Cape Verde. The legal status of online gambling has been unclear, as gambling is prohibited in Cape Verde outside of the designated gambling zones, but no players or operators have been prosecuted for online gambling.

A new regulatory framework for online gambling was approved by the Cape Verdean government on the 18th of September, 2015.** This regulation legalises online gambling and enables the licensing of online gambling services. Interestingly, news of a licensed online gambling operator surfaced as early as July, 2015: Macau Legend Development Ltd. was reported to have received the rights to exclusive nationwide operation of online gaming, physical and online sports betting for 10 years.*** What these news mean for the future of online gambling in Cape Verde has yet to be seen.

 

*Source (Portuguese): Jogos de Fortuna ou Azar

**Source (Portuguese): Cabo Verde regulamenta jogos e apostas de fortuna e azar online (Panapress)

***Source: Macau Legend to Invest $275M in Cape Verde Casino (CalvinAyre)

 

 

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Casino gambling in Cape Verde

 

Online casino gambling in Cape Verde: controversial, license required for domestic casinos

 

In Cape Verde, casinos may only be operated in designated gambling zones in 4 or 5-star hotels. Currently there are 5 permanent gambling zones, though not all of them host gambling facilities. The oldest and most well-known casino in Cape Verde is the Royal Casino.

Another casino and resort is to be built in Praia, the capital of Cape Verde, on the island of Santiago. Macau Legend Development Ltd. is to receive exclusive rights to casino gambling on the island, as well as exclusive right to online casino gambling services within the country – though this seems to contradict the 2015 law for regulating online gambling.

As a result of the new online gambling act – and the lack of a previous regulation – the legal status of online casino gambling is rather controversial at the moment. Operating online gambling facilities had likely been illegal prior to 2015, though there have been no reports of prosecution. From now on, online gambling licences may be given out, or Macau Legend may hold the monopoly to online gambling – the specifics are unclear.

Players, on the other hand, are free to play on international online casino gambling sites. There are no laws prohibiting gambling for individuals, and there have also been no reports of criminal charges against online gamblers.

 

 

Bingo in Cape Verde

 

Online bingo in Cape Verde: controversial

 

The 2005 law on gambling decrees that gambling is only allowed within designated zones. “Gambling” covers all games where the outcome is determined exclusively or mainly by luck. As such, while not specifically regulated, bingo falls into this category.

While bingo could be legally played at the gambling areas, currently no gambling facility offers any bingo games. Bingo does not enjoy great popularity in Cape Verde, and there are no online bingo operators based in the country. Those who wish to try their hand at the game may do so on international online bingo sites.

 

 

Poker in Cape Verde

 

Online Poker in Cape Verde: controversial

 

The 2005 law on gambling decrees that gambling is only allowed within designated zones. “Gambling” covers all games where the outcome is determined exclusively or mainly by luck. Poker is often considered a game of skill, not a game of chance, and so may be exempt from the regulation. Still, there are currently no reported instances of any large-scale poker activity in Cape Verde. There is also no word on whether the new resort built by Macau Legend will host poker games, as poker is not mentioned among their supposed exclusive rights.

There are currently no online poker sites licensed or based in Cape Verde. Cape Verdean players are free to participate in cash games or tournaments on offshore online poker sites.

 

 

Sports betting in Cape Verde

 

Online sports betting in Cape Verde: controversial

 

Sports betting in general is legal in Cape Verde, and is regulated by the Inspeccao Geral de Jogos. However, the old regulation makes no mention of online sports betting.

Sports betting has also been included in the regulatory framework of online gambling approved in September 2015. This regulation is expected to decrease illegal and problem gambling while increasing revenues from the market. On the other hand, Macau Legend is reported to have received exclusive rights to the nationwide operation of  physical and online sports betting for 10 years.

Whatever the case may be, Cape Verdean residents have the option to wager online in the form of international sports betting sites.

 

 

Lottery in Cape Verde

 

Online lottery in Cape Verde: state monopoly, no online lottery

 

Cape Verde has a National Lottery which has exclusive rights to offer lottery services and products on the island. The lottery is operated by the Red Cross of Cape Verde, and revenues from the games go towards social projects. The Cape Verdean national lottery offers no online lottery at the moment.

As a result of the monopoly, providing online lottery services to Cape Verdean residents is technically illegal, but no steps have been taken to ban international lottery companies. As a result, gamblers in Cape Verde are free to participate in lottery draws on foreign online lottery sites.

 

 

Bitcoin gambling in Cape Verde

 

Bitcoin gambling in Cape Verde: unregulated

 

Bitcoin gambling is not specifically regulated by the Cape Verdean gambling laws. The new regulatory framework for online gambling might include virtual currencies, though there has been no word of any Bitcoin regulation.

There are no Bitcoin casinos based in Cape Verde, but locals are free to play on foreign Bitcoin gambling sites.

 

 

Online gambling websites accepting players from Cape Verde

Even tough online gambling – especially online casino gambling – remains controversial, a good number of online casinos accept players from Cape Verde.

The following online casinos accept players from Cape Verde.

 

Banner for the Betsson online casino, which is available to players from Cape Verde

Betsson online casino accepting players from Cape Verde

Banner of the Betsafe online casino, which accepts players from Cape Verde.

Betsafe online casino accepting players from Cape Verde

Banner of the Casino Euro online casino, accepting players from Cape Verde

CasinoEuro online casino accepting players from Cape Verde

Banner of the Black Lotus online casino accepting players from Cape Verde.

Black Lotus online casino accepting players from Cape Verde

Banner of the Lotus Asia online casino, acceptin players from Cape Verde.

Lotus Asia online casino accepting players from Cape Verde

Banner of the 32 Red online casino, which accepts players from Cape Verde.

32Red online casino accepting players from Cape Verde

Banner for the BGO online casino, available to players from Cape Verde

BGO online casino accepting players from Cape Verde

This the banner ad of Gt Bets online casino. The online casino accepts players from Cape Verde.

GT Bets accepts players from Cape Verde – accepting Bitcoins as well

 

 

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. 26.

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