Simon’s Guide to Gambling in Mayotte

A picture of the Mayotte island. The French laws of gambling applies to Mayotte.

Guide to Gambling in Mayotte


Mayotte, officially the Département de Mayotte is an overseas department and region of France. It consists of the main island, Grande-Terre (or Maore), a smaller island, Petit-Terre (or Pamanzi), and a couple islets around these two. The archipelago is located in the northern Mozambique Channel in the Indian Ocean off the coast of South Africa, between northwestern Madagascar and northeastern Mozambique. Mayotte’s population is around 212,000. The nation is very densely populated at 569 per km². The biggest city and prefecture of Mayotte is Mamoudzou located on Grande-Terre. The Dzaoudzi-Pamandzi International Airport is located on the smaller island, though.

In 1500, a sultanate was established on the island and Portuguese explorers started to observe the territory in 1503. They didn’t colonize it, though. Mayotte was conquered a couple times during the early 19th century by neighboring kings and sultanates. However, the nation regained its independence in 1836 under the last local Sultan. The independence didn’t last long as France purchased the island in 1841. Mayotte was the only nation in the archipelago that voted in referendums 1974 and 1976 to retain its link with France and forgo independence. Despite this, in a draft issued by the United Nations Security Council in 1976 recognized Comorian sovereignty over Mayotte but France vetoed it. This “Comorian” problem was a continued issue the following years but Mayotte remained a French territory.

Mayotte became an overseas department of France in 2011 as a result of a 2009 referendum. 95% of the voters voted in favor to become a France’s 101st département. So French laws, social welfare, and taxes apply to Mayotte since then.

Because it’s a French department, the gambling laws of French apply to the nation so gambling is completely legal. Online gambling is legal too, so players from Mayotte can play in numerous offshore online casinos. The dominant religion in Mayotte is Islam, but Islamic laws are not officially recognized by France therefore, gambling is not forbidden. There are no land-based or domestic online casinos operating in Mayotte as of now despite gambling being legal. The main reasons behind it are that Mayotte is not a popular tourist destination and the dominant religion of Islam (although Islamic laws are not official).


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Casino gambling in Mayotte


Online casino gambling in Mayotte: legal but requires proper licenses


The French gambling laws apply to the country, therefore, gambling is completely legal. However, there are no casinos on the islands as of now, mostly because Mayotte is not a popular tourist destination. There are no domestic online gambling providers operating in Mayotte either. Players from Mayotte, however, can play the popular games like roulette, poker, blackjack, bingo, and online slot machines in numerous offshore online casinos. Islam is the dominant religion in the territory although its laws are not recognized by France. This could be another reason behind the lack of casinos on the islands.



Bingo in Mayotte


Online bingo in Mayotte: legal


Bingo is a quite popular casino game around the world, especially in the US. However, there are no bingo halls on the islands of Mayotte as of now despite gambling being legal. Players from Mayotte are accepted to play in many offshore online casinos so they can enjoy all kinds of bingos.



Poker in Mayotte


Online poker in Mayotte: legal


Poker is quite possibly the most popular casino game ever created. The main reasons behind its ever growing popularity are mostly the television broadcasts and world championships. Many consider poker as a game of skill rather than a game of chance but in nature, poker is still a form of gambling. Gambling is completely legal in France and because Mayotte is a French department, French gambling laws apply. However, there are no land-based or domestic online gambling providers on the islands as of now. Players from Mayotte are accepted to play in many offshore online casinos, though.


Sports betting in Mayotte


Online sports betting in Mayotte: legal


Sports betting is one of the most common forms of gambling out there. It’s quite popular in countries where gambling is legal. Players from Mayotte can enjoy sports betting too, as many offshore online casino accepts them.



Lottery in Mayotte


Online lottery in Mayotte: legal


Arguably, the lottery is the most common form of gambling around the world. It’s safe to say that where gambling is legal there is a national lottery. Mayotte does not have its own lottery, but because it’s a French territory, players from Mayotte are eligible to play the French national lottery. In France, the lottery is controlled by the semi-state owned (the state controls 72%) company, La Française des Jeux. It offers lottery tickets to French citizens, therefore, for players from Mayotte too. Players from Mayotte are also eligible to play in many offshore online casinos and try out their luck playing all kinds of lotteries. Numerous foreign online gambling providers accept players from Mayotte.



Bitcoin gambling in Mayotte


Bitcoin gambling in Mayotte: not regulated


Bitcoin is a digital currency often referred to as a “cryptocurrency” invented back in 2008. It quickly became popular around the world as an alternative form 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. Bitcoin is still a relatively new phenomenon so only just a handful of countries out there issued laws concerning it. Some countries see Bitcoin as an asset rather than a currency (like Norway for example). France does not have any specific laws concerning Bitcoin gambling or Bitcoin in general as of now. Mayotte is a French territory so French laws apply.


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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: 2016.01.14.

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An overview of gambling's legal status in Mayotte.

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