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Guide to Gambling in Honduras


Honduras, officially the Republic of Honduras is a country located in Central America. The country shares borders with Guatemala to the west, El Salvador to the southwest, Nicaragua to the southeast, the Gulf of Honduras to the north, and the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Fonseca to the south. Honduras’ population is around 7,3 million. The country’s capital and largest city is Tegucigalpa with approximately 1,3 million residents in its metropolitan area. Honduras’ official language is Spanish. Honduras’ economy centers around the export of coffee, sugar, and textiles. Although the country is rich in natural resources, it is one of the poorest countries in the world.

Honduras was home for several important cultures, most notably the Mayan before the Spanish rule. The territory was conquered by the Spanish Empire in the 16th century. The Spanish introduced Catholicism and the now predominant language of Spanish to the country. Honduras remained under Spanish rule for about 2 centuries until it gained independence in the early 19th century. However, almost immediately after declaring independence in 1821, the country became part of the First Mexican Empire. The empire was short lived as it was disbanded in 1823, though. After the empire’s fall, Honduras joined the Federal Republic of Central America. The country finally gained true independence in 1838. Today, Honduras operates as a presidential republic.

Gambling in Honduras is legal and regulated. Therefore, there are a couple casinos throughout the country (3 to be exact) where players can enjoy the most popular games like poker, roulette, and blackjack amongst others. Online gambling, on the other hand, is not yet regulated. This means that there isn’t a legal background for online gambling in the country at the moment. If players from Honduras want to play online then they “have” to visit an offshore online casino. Numerous foreign gambling sites accept players from Honduras.


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Casino gambling in Honduras


Online casino gambling in Honduras: not regulated


Land-based casino gambling is legal and regulated in Honduras. There are 3 casinos operating currently in the country in 3 different cities (in the capital city of Tegucigalpa, in San Pedro Sula, and in La Ceiba). These casinos offer the most popular casino games to visiting players (poker, blackjack, roulette, slot machines, etc.). Online gambling is not yet regulated, though. Therefore, the only option for players to play online is to visit an offshore online casino. Numerous offshore online casinos accept players from Honduras.



Bingo in Honduras


Online bingo in Honduras: not regulated


Bingo is amongst the most popular forms of gambling in the world, especially in the US. It is a popular pastime activity in Honduras too, as there are numerous land-based bingo halls throughout the country. Online gambling is not yet regulated in the country, so players can only play bingo online at offshore online casinos, where they are accepted, of course.



Poker in Honduras


Online poker in Honduras: not regulated


Poker is quite possibly the most popular card game ever created. Its ever growing popularity could be traced back to the constant television broadcasts, regularly held international tournaments, and the game’s competitive nature. Many would argue that poker is more about skill rather than luck but in nature, it still counts as a form of gambling. Players from Honduras can enjoy poker at the land-based establishments in the country. Online gambling is not yet regulated, so the only option for Honduran citizens to play online is to visit an offshore online casino. Numerous foreign online casino websites accept players from Honduras.


Sports betting in Honduras


Online sports betting in Honduras: not regulated


Sports betting is one of the most popular forms of gambling out there. It is popular in Honduras too. Fortunately, gambling is legal and regulated in the country so players can bet on sports at numerous land-based establishments around the country. Online gambling, on the other hand, is not yet regulated which means that players from Honduras can only bet online at an offshore online bookmaker. Many offshore online bookmakers accept Honduran players.



Lottery in Honduras


Online lottery in Honduras: not regulated

Arguably, the lottery is the most common form of gambling out there. It is safe to say that where gambling is legal there is a national lottery. It is no different in Honduras either. The lotteries in Honduras is handled by the Loterías Electronicas de Honduras S.A. There are many kinds of lotteries for players from Honduras to choose from, like the Super Premio, la Diaria, and Pega 3 to name a few. Online gambling is not yet regulated, so Honduran players can only play lotteries online at an offshore online gambling provider. Numerous foreign online casinos accept players from Honduras.



Bitcoin gambling in Honduras


Bitcoin gambling in Honduras: not regulated


Bitcoin is a digital currency often referred to as a “cryptocurrency” invented in 2008. It quickly became popular worldwide as an alternative mean of payment. Bitcoin gambling appeared shortly after the introduction of the currency and continues to gain popularity as more and more online casinos started to specialize in it. However, Bitcoin is still a relatively new phenomenon so only just a handful of countries issued laws concerning it. Some countries consider Bitcoin as an asset rather than a currency (like Norway and Lithuania for example). Bitcoin trades (due to the currency’s digital nature) occur mostly via the internet which means that Bitcoin gambling is technically a part of the online gambling genre. Therefore, it is safe to assume that Bitcoin gambling is not regulated in Honduras like many other forms of online gambling. However, there aren’t any specific laws in Honduras concerning Bitcoin gambling or Bitcoin in general at the moment.



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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: 2016.02.17.

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Simon's Guide to Gambling in Honduras - Lottery and more
An overview of gambling's legal status in Honduras.