On the picture you can see the coastline of Wallis and Futuna.
Gambling in Wallis and Futuna

 

As an overseas territory of France, Wallis and Futuna is governed under the French constitution of 28 September 1958. In French territories, exactly the same laws apply as in the mainland. In contrast with the so-called departments, which can adapt the laws to their needs and some of them are even empowered to make their own laws, except for some areas, like defence and foreign policy.

In short words, this means, that French gambling laws are, to my best understanding, in operation on the islands of Wallis and Futuna.

France is a nation with a great history of gambling. It’s enough to think about the standard 52 card deck and the Roulette, which was also invented by a Frenchman, the physicist Blaise Pascal.

Almost all forms of gambling are legal in France. However, they are strictly regulated.

The French regulation is especially hard on online gambling, which was officially made legal in 2010, under the law No 2010-476 of 12 May 2010, usually referred to as the French Gambling Act*.

The Act introduced rigorous restrictions and taxes, that are being imposed on firms that operate under a legit French licence.

That being said, playing on unlicensed online platforms is not criminalised by any laws and as only online Poker, sports and horse betting is legal in the country, many of the players turn to offshore sites, unlicensed by the French authorities.

*Source: Online gambling: Finnish and French models

 

Online casinos accepting players from Wallis and Futuna

The following online gambling websites accept players from the Bahamas

 

RichPrize Casino

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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apply code: LADYDAY, make deposit from 21 to 400 EUR/USD and receive 88% + 88 free spins, limited time only, if it is no longer valid, please drop a comment and let me know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phone, apply code: WEST100 make deposit pf at least 21 EUR/USD and receive 100 free spins, limited time only, if it is no longer valid, please drop a comment and let me know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.
 

 

 

 

Summary:

 

Online Casino gambling in Wallis and Futuna

 

Online casino gambling in Wallis and Futuna: playing classic casino games online is prohibited under French law, for individual players it is not a criminal offence to play in an unlicensed online casino

 

Online casinos, that offer classic casino games, slots and alike are prohibited to operate in France. The 2010 legislation did open up the market, but only for online betting and Poker sites. Regulators decided, that classic casino games hold too much potential for being addictive.

ARJEL, the governmental body trusted with the oversight of the market and issuing of licenses usually sends a notice to the operators to block access for French players to their site. If the operator is not willing to comply, ARJEL asks the Tribunal de grande instance of Paris to order the ISP to block access to the site in question.

As mentioned above, French law fully applies to all its overseas territories. However, there is no info on how this particular regulation is actually enforced on the remote islands of Wallis and Futuna.

The online casinos below accept players from Wallis and Futuna.

Online casinos accepting players from Wallis and Futuna - click to see

The following online casino websites accept players from Wallis and Futuna:

 

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.
 

 

Click here for more info on casinos in Wallis and Futuna.

 

 

Bingo in Wallis and Futuna

 

Online Bingo in Wallis and Futuna: legal, requires a licence

 

Online Bingo sites, unlike online casinos with classic slots and board games appear to be eligible for a licence in France and all its overseas territories and departments.

That being said, there are not a lot of licensed Bingo sites in France, because the game is just simply not popular enough in the country and the strict regulations make the market entry cost very high. The FDJ (state owned gambling firm) does have and online Bingo platform, though.

Playing on an unlicensed online bingo platform is still no crime by French law, which applies to Wallis and Futuna as well.

The following bingo websites accept players from Wallis and Futuna:

I do not know any online bingo site that would accept players from Wallis and Futuna. If you know of any, please let me know in the comments section below.

 

 

Poker in Wallis and Futuna

 

Online Poker in Wallis and Futuna: legal, requires a license

 

Since the new law of 2010 was enacted, online Poker operators are eligible for a legit licence in mainland France and its overseas territories, although with serious restrictions and high taxes.

French players are not allowed to play at international tables and they also have to pay 2%* on all cash game pots, which is quite high by global  standards. In fact, many of the operators that originally received a licence, later pulled out from the French market.

Individual players of unlicensed sites are, again, not prosecuted in France, nor on its overseas territories.

The following online poker sites accept players from Wallis and Futuna.

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

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

 

I do not know any online poker site that would accept players from Wallis and Futuna. If you know of any, please let me know in the comments section below.

 

*Source: Gambling regulators: France (Calvinayre.com)

 

 

Sports Betting in Wallis and Futuna

 

Online sports Betting in Wallis and Futuna: legal, requires a licence by French law

 

Historically, sports and horse betting was a state monopoly in France, controlled and conducted by the Française des Jeux, or FDJ and PMU (Pari Mutuel Urbain) which was in charge of horse race betting.

In 2001 both of the aforementioned state-owned firms received licenses to operate an online platform, but by then unlicensed foreign sites garnered an enormous market share.

After the advantages of an open market became more and more apparent, in 2010, France opened up its online betting sector to private businesses, but the conditions are still very harsh and the system provides advantages to FDJ and PMU.

However, French authorities are after unlicensed operators and not individual players. The same applies to Wallis and Futuna and the other overseas territories as well.

The online sportsbooks below accept registrations from Wallis and Futuna.

Online bookmakers accepting registrations from Wallis and Futuna - click to see

The following online sportsbooks accept bettors from Wallis and Futuna:

 

I do not know any online sportsbooks that would accept punters from Wallis and Futuna. If you know of any, please let me know in the comments section below.

 

Lottery in Wallis and Futuna

 

Online lottery in Wallis and Futuna: legal, state monopoly in France, people are able to participate in Euro Millions as well

 

The first lottery games in France were created by King Francis I. around 1505. After that, all lotteries were banned for two centuries and came back into fashion around the end of the 17th century.

In its current form, the French national lottery (Loto) conducted by the FDJ exists since 1976. The company also runs Keno games. People of France and all its overseas territories can participate in the Euro Millions as well, and all of the above are available on online platforms.

There are plenty of sites that offer services for buying lottery tickets for players on foreign lotteries, but I’m yet to do a detailed research on the quality and practices of these.

The following websites allow people from Wallis and Futuna to purchase lottery tickets online:

 

 

Bitcoin Gambling in Wallis and Futuna

 

Bitcoin Gambling in Wallis and Futuna: legal, license required, no specific regulation applies to Bitcoin gambling

 

Although, Bitcoin is not recognised as a legal currency in France, transactions in the cryptocurrency can still be taxed by the state.

As for online Bitcoin casinos, it appears to be the case, that for licensed operators, it is possible to offer Bitcoin games on the French market.

Last year the French government, for the first time in European history shut down an illegal online Bitcoin exchange. The operator was also charged with running an illegal online gambling business for planning to set up an online casino dedicated to cryptocurrency.

The bottom line is, in France and all its overseas territories, for licensed sites it is OK to offer Bitcoin payment options, but unlicensed operators are prosecuted, regardless of the currencies they accept.

The bitcoin casinos below accept players from Wallis and Futuna.

Online casinos accepting crypto and players from Wallis and Futuna - click to see

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

 

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.
 

 

 

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: 2021-01-17

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