This is a picture of the front facade and main entrance of Casino St. Francois (Saint Francis), the biggest gambling establishments in the Overseas department of Guadeloupe (Département d’Outre-Mer de la Guadeloupe). On this page, you can read about the legislation, rules, licensing, taxation of of the various forms of games of chance and online gambling in the country, including: poker, bingo, lottery, sports betting, cryptocurrency wagering, and a list of online gambling sites which accept players from Guadeloupe.
Guadeloupe Gambling Guide

Guadeloupe (officially the Overseas department of Guadeloupe – Département d’Outre-Mer de la Guadeloupe) is an insular region of France, an overseas department, located in the Leeward Islands, part of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean (with around 396,000 residents). Like other overseas departments, Guadeloupe is an integral part of France, thus part of the European Union (currency is the Euro, not part of the Schengen Area, EU directives on gambling and online gambling apply, though not really strictly enforced).

Because Guadeloupe is a French territory, the French gambling laws apply, which means the main piece of the gambling legislation is the Chapitre préliminaire: Dispositions communes  – Articles L320-1 à L320-18*.

/Comment: Interestingly, the french gambling legislation is set up in a unique way. All forms of gambling are illegal by default. And only exceptions are granted. Therefore, technically, the official legal status of gambling is that it is illegal. But this just confuses people, and the main forms of gambling have all been granted exceptions, and have been de facto legalized (see below, for a detailed breakdown of the legal status all the main forms of gambling, betting, wagering in Guadeloupe, online and offline). This quirk of the French gambling legislation doesn’t effect ordinary players at all./

Therefore, gambling is legal and regulated by the government, and most forms of internet gambling are legal too (details are below). Establishments offering games and chance or online betting platforms both need to be licensed to be able to accept players from Guadeloupe (you can see a list of online gambling websites, which accept players from Guadeloupe, below).

Guadeloupe has 2 casinos only (you can read more about these in the guide to the casinos and gambling establishments in the Guadeloupe casino guide). UPDATE 2021 COVID-19: Sadly, these French islands were also not spared from the global coronavirus pandemic, and because of the country’s strong reliance on tourism (around 15% of the GDP**) it was severely effected, but so far, this has not resulted in any casino bankruptcies (at the time of writing).

Unlicensed gambling establishments are fined heavily and the ISPs often block unlicensed foreign gambling websites. However, online players are not prosecuted, even if they play on unlicensed online gambling sites.

If you are new to the beautiful islands of Guadeloupe, watch the following video to see why so many tourists choose these paradise islands year after year:

 

Interesting: Christopher Columbus was the first European to visit the island of Guadeloupe during his second voyage in 1493. The island wasn’t colonized until the late 17th century. It was annexed to the kingdom of France in 1674.

 

Can tourists play online while visiting Guadeloupe?

Yes, the laws of the country only apply to citizens and lawful permanent residents, if you are a tourist (or a non-citizen expat, or illegal), you can play online freely while enjoying your vacation.

 

Gambling licensing in Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe doesn’t have its own gambling regulatory and licensing authority. Instead, games of chance, online licenses and land-based gambling licensing is handled by the French regulatory agencies.

Betting activities have traditionally been divided between the Pari Mutuel Hippodrome (PMH) and the Pari Mutuel Urbaine (PMU). Lottery, as well as some lottery-style games such as bingo, are in the hands of Francaise des Jeux (FDJ).

Online gambling and the licensing of brick & mortar gambling houses are the domain of by the Autorité de régulation des jeux en ligne (ARJEL) UPDATE: L’Autorité nationale des Jeux ANJ replaces ARJEL as the regulatory authority of most forms of gambling and online gambling from 2020. You have to contact them if you want to set up a gambling establishment, or get an online gambling license.

Online gambling has been legal and regulated in France and its overseas territories. Three forms of gambling are currently permitted to be conducted online by licensed private companies:

 

UPDATE: The licensing process, fees, procedures were overhauled entirely in 2019, during  the implementation of PACTE Act. The whole process is now more business friendly, fees are lower, and it is streamlined, the document, which lists all the changes, is attached below.***

 

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Gambling tax in Guadeloupe

French gambling taxes apply, which are extremely high:

Gambling tax in France and overseas territories (tax base is gross gaming revenue, from 2020 onwards, annual):

 

Gaming clubs (special type of casino, VIP, entrance fee, dress code):

 

Casinos, it’s 28% first + the following progressive tax on the remainder, based on annual gross gaming revenue:

 

If this wasn’t enough, a 11.2% tax is paid on the 68% of the gross gambling revenue from slot machines.

In addition, every gambling establishments has to pay a 13.7% withholding tax on any winnings by players equal to or exceeding EUR 1,500 (this is because gambling winnings over €1500 are taxable in France and players never paid taxes on them, so now casinos have to).

As you can see, it’s incredibly high, the highest gambling tax rate in all of the world!

Keep in mind, that this gambling tax is paid on top of regular, corporate tax (can be as high as 31%), and taxes paid on the wages of employees (of course some of it is deductible, but still). In fact, with this crazy system, it’s possible for a casinos to get really close to a 100% effective tax rate.

 

For players, taxation of gambling winnings in Guadeloupe: Gambling winnings over €1500 are taxable, 12% tax rate. However, licensed domestic companies are required to pay taxes on your winnings, not you. Therefore, as long as you play in a licensed establishment, you don’t have to pay any taxes (it’s automatically deducted from your winnings).

However, if you play abroad, or online, and if you win over €1500, you would have to pay taxes on it.

/In reality, this is rarely enforced, but if you win a really big amount, e.g.: €100 000+, I would certainly suggest paying taxes on it, otherwise you can get into a lot of trouble. Of course, I advise paying taxes on your winnings all the time, not paying taxes is illegal, but realistically, it’s not really enforced when it comes to small amounts./

 

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Legal gambling age in Guadeloupe: it’s actually 18+, was lowered from 21+ in 1987, however, most of the Guadeloupe gambling establishments (according to their official websites, if any) still require patrons to be 21+

 

Other:

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

 

Sources, and main pieces of the French and Guadeloupe gambling legislation:

*Legifrance – L.320-1 of the French Code of Homeland Security (Chapitre préliminaire : Dispositions communes  – Articles L320-1 à L320-18)

**Statista – Expenditure of international tourists in Guadeloupe between 2005 and 2018

***Whitecase – PACTE Act (action plan for the growth and transformation of companies)

 

 

Online casinos accepting players from Guadeloupe

The following online gambling websites accept players from Guadeloupe

 

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Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
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  • 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.
 

 

 

 

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Casino gambling in Guadeloupe

Casinos in Guadeloupe: legal, requires a French license

Online casino gambling in Guadeloupe: illegal, players are not prosecuted according to EU laws

 

Land-based gambling is legal and regulated in Guadeloupe, according to French casino gambling laws. There are 2 casinos in the region: Casino de Saint-François and Casino de Gosier, both are owned by Groupe Cogit.

These casinos offer all the same popular games to players you can expect in mainland France: roulette, poker, slots and blackjack, amongst others.

Online gambling is legal and regulated, but only the following forms of internet gambling are allowed to be conducted online: poker, sports betting, horse racing betting, online lottery, and bingo, which are monopolies of the state owned French Lottery (details below, in the lottery section).

Despite this, players are not prosecuted if they play in an online casino. EU gambling laws dictate, that according to Freedom to provide services — Article 56 TFEU*: if a country does not provide any means for foreign online casinos to acquire local licenses, then they can not punish or block these gambling websites or players who visit them.

The online casinos below accept players from Guadeloupe.

Source:

*Freedom to provide services — Article 56 TFEU — Games of chance 

Online casinos accepting players from Guadeloupe - click to see

The following online casino websites accept players from Guadeloupe:

 

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  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.
 

 

Click here for more info on casinos in Guadeloupe.

 

 

Bingo in Guadeloupe

Bingo in Guadeloupe: legal, requires license (must be within licensed gambling establishments)

Online bingo in Guadeloupe: legal, state monopoly of FDJ (Française des Jeux)

 

Bingo is legal in France and its territories. However, it appears to be not popular. There is little to no information about land-based bingo halls in Guadeloupe, and none of the licensed casinos have any sort of bingo activity, according to their official websites.

Online bingo is a state monopoly in France and its territories, private companies can not get an online bingo license. The state-owned company, Française des Jeux is the only company allowed to conduct bingo games online.

The following bingo websites accept players from Guadeloupe:

Française des Jeux, it’s a monopoly

 

Poker in Guadeloupe

Poker in Guadeloupe: legal, requires license (must be within licensed casinos)

Online poker in Guadeloupe: legal, requires license

 

Poker is not just about luck, it’s also about skill, knowledge, strategy, and it has quite the competitive scene. In a few countries poker is no longer considered a game of chance (e.g. Brazil, India), instead it’s either classified as a sport, or a game of skill. However, according to French gambling laws, poker is definitely a game of chance (jeux de hasard). Therefore, it can only be played within licensed casinos.

Online poker is  legal in Guadeloupe. it is one of the 3 permitted forms of digital gambling (along with sports betting and horse racing betting). Operators have to acquire the proper license.

The following online poker sites accept players from Guadeloupe.

Online casinos which have online poker sections and accept players from Guadeloupe - click to see

The following online casino websites have poker and accept players from Guadeloupe:

UPDATE 2021: Nothing currently, sorry, none of the online poker platforms I use accept poker players from Guadeloupe, due to the agressive blocking of the French government, and due to the extremely high online poker taxes, the poker networks I use elected to not get a license, it’s just not worth it.

 

Sports betting in Guadeloupe

Bookmakers, betting shops in Guadeloupe: legal, requires proper license

Online sports betting in Guadeloupe: legal, requires proper license

 

Sports betting is legal, and Guadeloupe even has its own horse race track.

Online sports betting is also legal for licensed companies.

The online sportsbooks below accept registrations from Guadeloupe.

Online bookmakers accepting registrations from Guadeloupe - click to see

The following online sportsbooks accept bettors from Guadeloupe:

No recommendation currently. Due to the extreme taxes imposed by the French gambling legislation, none of the internet sports books I use accept punters from Guadeloupe.

 

 

Lottery in Guadeloupe

Lottery in Guadeloupe: legal, state monopoly of FDJ (Française des Jeux)

Online lottery in Guadeloupe: legal, state monopoly of FDJ

 

The island nation does not have its own lottery. However, The Frech Lottery is active in the region, and it is the the sole provider of lottery and online lottery products. The lottery in France and its territories is a state monopoly of the government-owned company, Française des Jeux (FDJ).

Some online lotteries still accept lottery players from Guadeloupe, despite this (they are licensed in countries, where offering lottery services to French citizens is legal), locals can also buy lottery tickets on these platforms (and they are always better than the state owned monopoly, because unlike them, they actually have to compete for players, with great bonuses, competitive prices, and huge jackpots).

The following websites allow people from Guadeloupe to purchase lottery tickets online:

 

Bitcoin, cryptocurrency gambling in Guadeloupe

Crypto wagering in Guadeloupe: not specifically regulated

 

France does not have regulation specifically addressing bitcoin, crypto gambling. Cryptocurrency betting is not regulated.

The bitcoin casinos below accept players from Guadeloupe.

Online casinos accepting crypto and players from Guadeloupe - click to see

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

 

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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.
 

 

 

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: 2021-05-15

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