This is a picture of the $ 7 billion (estimated) still under construction Chinese Imperial Pacific International, also known as Imperial Resort & Casino on Saipan, the Northern Mariana Islands biggest Island and capital. On this page, you can read about the casinos, online casinos, bitcoin casinos, slot halls, and legal status of casino gambling ,taxation, licensing and minimum age requirement in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).
Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI Casino Guide

 

This is a guide to brick and mortar as well as online casinos in the Northern Mariana Islands. Find out what the best casinos and online casino sites are in the Northern Mariana Islands, or learn more about the legal status of casino gambling in the country.

 

Online casinos in the Northern Mariana Islands

Legal status: UPDATE 2021:  in the process of being legalized, in the meantime players are not prosecuted and can freely paly online

 

UPDATE 2021: Online gambling is in the process of being legalized in the Northern Mariana Islands, according to the 2020 House Bill 21-31*. It’s a complex process, even though the necessary steps were taken locally, US federal online gambling laws (click here to learn more about the gambling situation in the USA) apply, such as the Illegal Gambling Business Act, The Wire Act 1961, The Racketeer Act, and also the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act 2006, therefore, it is uncertain whether it will be rejected or not, or how exactly the final bill will actually look like.

The Northern Mariana Islands is an unincorporated dependent territory of the US, with the title of Commonwealth (officially called Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands – CNMI). In practice this means that the federal laws of the US apply on the islands, but it has its own government and constitution. The federal laws of the US had for many years prohibited online casino gambling, based on an interpretation of the 1961 Wire Act. However, the Department of Justice reinterpreted the act in 2011, and opened the way for US states and territories to legalise online casino gambling. UPDATE: and additionally, the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act was declared unconstitutional in 2018, which makes it possible for states and territories to legalize sports wagering and online sports betting (but online sports betting is not likely to be part of current legalization attempts, it targets “online gaming” and sports betting, wagering most likely will not be included).

While online casinos are generally not allowed in US territories, the Northern Mariana Islands will soon be able to grant online casino licenses to brick & mortar casino license holders. For now, during the legalization process, players who player from Northern Mariana Islands who play in online casinos are not prosecuted or fined, and online casinos are blocked.

 

 

Can tourists play in online casinos while vising Northern Mariana Islands?

Yes they can. The laws, rules, regulations discussed on this page apply only to residents of the Northern Mariana Islands.

 

Northern Mariana Islands online casino tax: there is no specific online casino tax yet

 

Age requirement to play in online casinos in Northern Mariana Islands: 21+

 

For players, taxation of winnings from an online casino in Northern Mariana Islands: should be taxable according to Public Law 09-22**, earnings tax applies to gambling winnings of any kind, not sure how strongly, if at all, this is enforced

 

Online casino licensing Northern Mariana Islands: The Northern Mariana Islands has two gambling regulatory agencies. On Saipan all licensing and regulation is done by the Commonwealth Casino Commission on Saipan while Tinian has the Tinian Casino Gaming Control Commission (no website). If you wish to set up a gambling business, you have to contact them. Online casinos licenses are not issued yet, it will take a few years till the new online gambling law is approved federally, online casino license will only be issued afterwards.

 

Sources, main pieces of the gambling legislation:

*House Bill 21-31

**Public Law 09-22

 

Online casinos accepting players from Northern Mariana Islands

The following online gambling websites accept players from Northern Mariana Islands:

 

RichPrize Casino

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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:
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  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.
 

 

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  • Welcome bonus, 150% up to $500 on your first deposit (then 100%, up to $250 bonus on your second deposit, then 5-50% depending on the amount on your third deposit and afterwards)
  • 10% weekly rebate, 15% cashback on horse racing betting
  • Free spins, weekly cashback for returning players

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 10-40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Earnings ($10) Sign Up Bonus Playthrough Reload Bonus (Varies by %) Playthrough
Sports 5 points for every $10 wagered 12x 6x-10x
(Baseball) 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Horses 7.5 points for every $10 wagered 8x 4x-6.7x
Slots 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Table 1 point for every $10 wagered 60x 30x-50x
Video Poker 1.5 points for every $10 wagered 40x 20x-33x
 
Wagering limitation:
  • Please be advised - the use of bonus funds to place wagers on the following games is not allowed: Baccarat (including Live), Craps, and European Roulette (including Live).
  • For bonuses, sports moneyline wagers with odds of -300 (1.33) or less, will not qualify for rollover point earnings. So for example, betting NBA - NY Knicks (-350) will not earn rollover points towards a bonus.
 

Bet Online Casino and Sports Book

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Bet Online sports-book, poker and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, $3000, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits. Use the code BOLCASINO
  • or 100% up to $1,000 Welcome Bonus + $25 Risk Free Bet, when you bet on the Cowboys vs. Buccaneers NFL Week 1 season-opener, code: NFL100
  • +100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.
  • 10% weekly rebate for returning players

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

Land-based casinos in the Northern Mariana Islands

While online casino gambling is in the process of legalization, brick and mortar casinos are completely legal. All casinos must obtain a gambling licence and pay the corresponding gambling tax in order to offer their services legally on the Northern Mariana Islands.

At the moment, there is only one casino in operation on the islands, the $7 billion mega resort and casino Imperial Pacific International – IPI on the main island, Saipan (IPI has a monopoly on casino gambling on Saipan, and no other casino can get a licence, it also doesn’t pay any gambling taxes, and license fees), and there are two other casino projects that are still not in operation on the island of Tinian, you can read the details below. All of these projects are partially or fully Chinese business interests, and the Northern Mariana Islands casino sector is dominated by China.

/Comment: Allegedly, the government is also strongly influenced by them, there are many corruption allegations, and even the FBI got involved*, this is a common strategy of China in Polynesia and Micronesia (and also in Africa) they slowly buy influence and political capital by legal, and sometimes illegal and unethical means in smaller and poorer countries. This is a form of modern colonialism, by the one party dictatorship of China, even though these smaller poorer countries initially welcome the investment, employment and wealth, eventually there is quite a big price to pay…. It’s the quintessential deal with the devil. But not everyone can be bought, a similar thing happened in the Independent State of Samoa and the Chinese company, with strong ties to the Chinese Communist Party, was thrown out, after acquisitions of corruption surfaced and flooded the press**./

Additionally, slot parlours are also legal and there are two slot halls: Club 88 Garapan and Club 88 Marianas Resort and Spa in Garapan, they only have gamin machines, but it’s uncertain whether they can stay in operation or not, because Imperial Pacific International – IPI claims that they violate their casino monopoly, even though they are technically not casinos.

Additionally, there were one additional casino on Saipan: Club C e-Gaming Club but it had to close after the allegedly corrupt government signed and exclusivity deal with Imperial Pacific International Holdings, and made them the casino monopoly on the island. Also, Tinian Dinasty Casino on Tinian went bankrupt and closed sometime around 2015.

The largest casino in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands is the Imperial Pacific Resort Hotel. Currently, the casino operates in a very limited, temporary form, and only has about 190 slot machines, as well as 70 gaming tables. The casino is currently located at a temporary site, as the construction of the final site is expected to be completed in 2022 (originally it was 2020, but they keep delaying it), and it is expected that it will have over 1000 tables, 1000+ slot machines and VIP rooms.

 

Can locals play in the casinos of Northern Mariana Islands?

Yes they can. Unlike in many smaller countries (e.g.: Samoa, and many arab, muslim countries) the casinos are not just for tourists, locals are not forbidden to enter and can play in the gambling establishments.

 

Northern Mariana Islands casino tax: there is no specific casino tax, just fixed license fees, but IPI doesn’t pay license fees for now, they claim that the slot halls violate their casino monopoly (which the government agreed to) and refuse to pay until the situation is resolved, their license fee is $US15 annually

 

Age requirement to play in online casinos in Northern Mariana Islands: 21+

 

For players, taxation of gambling winnings from a casino in Northern Mariana Islands: should be taxable according to Public Law 09-22, earnings tax applies to gambling winnings of any kind, not sure how strongly, if at all, this is enforced

 

Casino licensing in Northern Mariana Islands: The Northern Mariana Islands has two gambling regulatory agencies. On Saipan all licensing and regulation is done by the Commonwealth Casino Commission on Saipan while Tinian has the Tinian Casino Gaming Control Commission (no website). If you wish to set up a gambling business, you have to contact them. Casinos are legal, and licenses are issued on Tinian, but on Saipan, IPI has a monopoly over casino gambling, and no further casino licenses are issued.

 

Sources:

*FBI Raids Link Casino Operator Imperial Pacific, Saipan Governor in a Money Laundering, Bribery Probe

**Samoa – Samoa cancels licence with Chinese Exhibitions

 

List of land-based casinos in Northern Mariana Islands:

1., Imperial Pacific International - IPI (also known as Imperial Pacific Resort Hotel)

 

This is a picture of Imperial Pacific International - IPI, on the island of Saipan, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands' only current casino. To the right of the picture you can read about the casino.
Imperial Pacific International – IPI

Imperial Pacific Resort Hotel, address: Rte 319, Garapan, Saipan 96950

The Imperial Pacific Resort Hotel is owned by Best Sunshine, a subsidiary of the Chinese Imperial Pacific International Holdings. The company (like all big companies in China) has ties to the Communist Party of China. The mega project’s cost is currently at an estimated $7 billion, and it is not yet finished. The casino, and the Chinese  presence is mired in controversy, allegations of corruption, FBI raids, and even deaths.

The video below summarizes the situation perfectly:

 

 

Games:

Since 2018, the casino is open with a very limited selection. Currently, they have 190 slot machines, as well as 70 gaming tables, once finished, the $7 billion casino will have 1000+ tables and 1000+ slots.

The casino has no poker room.

 

Opening hours: 24/7

 

UPDATE COVID-19: the casino is open despite the global pandemic.

 

Dress code: appears to have no official dress code yet, no info about it on their website (which is a really ugly Indonesian website, weird for such a huge and expensive casino ,I expected a better website)

 

Entrance fee: appears to have no entrance fee, no info about it on their official website

 

Meta review analysis: the temporary casino gets 3.9/5 reviews on reviews sites, most people complain about the prices, the fact that the place is still under construction, that it is intended for foreigners, not locals, and about the corruption allegations

 

21+, ID, and passport for tourists, is needed to enter.

2.,Tinian Ocean View Casino Resort

A casino+hotel project on the island of Tinian. The project is constantly being delayed, and the casino is still not open, and not operational. It’s not know when it will be finally open, but it’s not abandoned, unlike the other project.

3., Plumeria Golf and Casino Resort

The other casino project in Tinian. In 2016, the Chinese Alter City Group Holdings Limited received a conditional gaming licence from Tinian regulators for the construction of the US$1.2 billion Plumeria Golf & Casino Resort, originally expected to start later that year, but it was delayed to the second quarter of 2018. And that was the last official update on the project. It seems like this project was abandoned for good, but we will see.

 

 

Bitcoin, cryptocurrency casinos in Northern Mariana Islands

Legal status: not specifically regulated

 

There are no bitcoin casinos in the Northern Mariana Islands. Bitcoin gambling is not specifically regulated by local or federal laws. None of the land-based casinos on the islands accept cryptocurrency of any kind.

 

Other forms of online gambling in the Northern Mariana Islands

Apart from the casinos, the other notable forms of gambling are the slot halls, bingo, and the NMSA Lottery.

 

 

 

The following online gambling websites accept players from Northern Mariana Islands:

RichPrize Casino

This is RichPrize Casino's animated GIF banner advertising their new exclusive games and their free spins and casino bonuses. You can read about these promotional offers below the animated banner. By clicking on the banner you will be taken to the casino's website where you can register and play.
RichPrize Casino bonus offers
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.
 

 

GT Bets Casino and Sportsbook

GTbets bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently. The picture also acts as a link and by clicking o nit you will be taken to the gambling website.
GTbets sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 150% up to $500 on your first deposit (then 100%, up to $250 bonus on your second deposit, then 5-50% depending on the amount on your third deposit and afterwards)
  • 10% weekly rebate, 15% cashback on horse racing betting
  • Free spins, weekly cashback for returning players

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 10-40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Earnings ($10) Sign Up Bonus Playthrough Reload Bonus (Varies by %) Playthrough
Sports 5 points for every $10 wagered 12x 6x-10x
(Baseball) 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Horses 7.5 points for every $10 wagered 8x 4x-6.7x
Slots 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Table 1 point for every $10 wagered 60x 30x-50x
Video Poker 1.5 points for every $10 wagered 40x 20x-33x
 
Wagering limitation:
  • Please be advised - the use of bonus funds to place wagers on the following games is not allowed: Baccarat (including Live), Craps, and European Roulette (including Live).
  • For bonuses, sports moneyline wagers with odds of -300 (1.33) or less, will not qualify for rollover point earnings. So for example, betting NBA - NY Knicks (-350) will not earn rollover points towards a bonus.
 

Bet Online Casino and Sports Book

Bet Online digital bookmaker, internet poker and online casino website's animated GIF banner displaying the latest 2021 promotional offers and bonus codes offered currently by the gambling platform to new and existing, returning players. This is a paid promotional banner, and acts as a link. By clicking on it, you will be taken to website betonline.ag , where you can register and start playing if you so choose.
Bet Online sports-book, poker and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, $3000, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits. Use the code BOLCASINO
  • or 100% up to $1,000 Welcome Bonus + $25 Risk Free Bet, when you bet on the Cowboys vs. Buccaneers NFL Week 1 season-opener, code: NFL100
  • +100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.
  • 10% weekly rebate for returning players

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

 

 

If you have questions, or any feedback, don’t hesitate to drop a comment below. Please let me know in the comments section if you think I might have gotten something wrong, or if you have additional information, clarification about the casinos in the country, especially if you are from Northern Mariana Islands. Thank you.

 

This article is an extension of the guide to the legal status of gambling in the Northern Mariana Islands.

 

Simon’s Guide to Land-based and Online Casinos in the Northern Mariana Islands is part of Simon’s Online Casino Guide.

 

Last updated: 2021-03-11

 

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