This is a photo of a Pestana Resort & Casino in São Tomé, the capital of the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe. Under this picture, on this page, you can find a list of all terrestrial São Toméan casinos, info about the legal status of gaming venues, slot halls, their taxation regime, licensing system, and you can find a list of São Tomé licensed online casinos, which accept players from the country.

São Tomé and Príncipe Gambling Guide (on the picture: Pestana Resort & Casino in the capital São Tomé)

This is a guide to brick and mortar as well as online casinos in São Tomé and Príncipe (officially the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, a small African island nation, only has a population of 223 K, predominantly Christian, a former a colony of Portugal). Find out which are the best land-based casinos and licensed online casino sites in São Tomé and Príncipe, or learn more about the legal status of casino gambling in the country. 

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Online casinos in São Tomé and Príncipe

Legal status of digital casinos in São Tomé and Príncipe: technically illegal

 

Online casinos are technically illegal in Sao Tome. As a result, there are currently no domestic online casinos on the islands.

Online casino gambling is only mentioned in the gambling legislation in connection to land-based casinos.

Lei no. 1/20041, the main piece of the Sao Tomean gambling legislation only states that licensed operators of brick & mortar casinos can not operate digital gambling sites with the same licence.

Additionally, online casino licenses are not issued in São Tomé, and all types of unregulated, unlicensed games of chance are illegal by default.

However, this is not entirely unenforced, due to the low internet penetration rate in the country (32%2), and the lack of specific regulations targeting online gambling. São Tomé players can paly freely online in international online casinos, a few of which accept players from the island nation (you can see a list of them below).

/Comment: These digital casinos are registered and licensed outside of the jurisdiction of São Tomé and Príncipe, therefore the laws of the country do not apply to them. The gambling licences of these casino websites allow them to accept players from Sao Tome./

By scrolling below you can find a list of online casinos, which accept São Toméan players.

 

Can tourists play online while visiting São Tomé and Príncipe?

Yes, tourists, expats (or illegal migrants) can play online freely while enjoying their stay in the country. The laws mentioned above only apply to the citizens of São Tomé.

 

Online casino licensing and regulatory body of São Tomé: N/A, online casino licences are not issued in the country

 

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Taxation of online casino sites in São Tomé: no specific online casino tax, information about the taxation of brick & mortar casinos can be found below

 

For the players, taxation of online casino gambling winnings in São Tomé and Príncipe: unknown, if you know anything about the taxation of gambling winnings in Sao Tome please leave a comment

 

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Age requirement of Sao Tome online casinos: no set online casino gambling age, the general gambling age is 18+

 

Sources, main pieces of São Toméan online casino gambling legislation:

1Law 1/2004 – Legal Framework of Gambling and Games of Chance – Sao Tome and Principe (Portuguese, in force from 2005)

2DataReportal – Digital 2022: São Tomé and Príncipe

 

List of online casinos, which accept players from São Tomé and Príncipe

The following online gambling websites accept players from São Tomé and Príncipe. They all accept players from the country, and are accessible from within the country, at the time of writing. If they no longer accept players from São Tomé, or if they are blocked for some reason, please leave a message in the comments section, so I can investigate it. Thank you.

 

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Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

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General bonus terms and conditions at the 888 gambling websites:
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  • bonuses are available in US Dollars, GBP, Euros or Canadian Dollars
  • the minimum deposit to receive any bonus is €10
  • the bonus + deposit needs to be wagered within 7 days from date of activation
 
Playthrough requirement of the welcome bonus: 30x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal. Playthrough requirement of the free spins: no free spins currently, free spins expire after 14 days
Wagering limitation:
Game type: Contribution:
Video slots & other types of slots, Scratch cards, Keno, Race, Arcade, Dice (and all other types of games not specifically mentioned below) 100%
Pai Gow, Caribbean Poker, Triple Card Poker and other kinds of table poker 20%
Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, Live casino games, Video poker 10%
Craps 5%
 
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Miami Club online casino, 18+

  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $100 on your first 8x deposit (up to $800 total)
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USA players accepted, Canada, Netherlands, Israel, France, Australia and UK players are not accepted. You can read the review of Miami Club Casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Check the gambling website for the most recent bouse promotions and playthrough requirement and wagering limitation information. The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Type of game: Count towards wagering requirement: 
Keno, Dazzling Dice, Poker Slots, Bingo Bucks - 100%
Table games 10%
Blackjack or video poke 10%
Slots 100%
Roulette, Craps or Baccarat 0% - Forbidden!
 
Wagering limitation:
  • UPDATE 2022: The wagering of any portion of a non-deposit bonus on Roulette, Craps or Baccarat games is strictly forbidden!
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  • Bonuses cannot be combined.
  • Miami Club casino requires that a deposit of at least $25 is made on all accounts before any cash withdrawal is processed to comply with anti money laundering laws + mandatory ID check required by law (law to fight financing of terrorism and payment processor require this as well). The deposited $25 can be withdrawn afterwards with the winnings.

Bet Online Casino, Bookmaker & Poker

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Bet Online casino, poker and sportsbook

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Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

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Playthrough requirements of every bonus and promotion:
  • The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal, usually (sports betting and poker bonuses 10x)
  • Forfeiting the bonus will result in the bonus and any subsequent winnings associated with it to be removed from players accounts.
  • Only one bonus can be active at a time, playthrough requirements must be met before additional promotions can be received.
  • Players must use the related bonus code in order to receive a bonus (if it has a code, not every promotion requires one).
  • Bonus funds will only be available on the Betsoft games, the other providers are not eligible,, unless otherwise stated.
  • In cases where rollover or other criteria specified in the individual bonus terms and conditions are not met within 30 days, any remaining bonus funds and associated winnings will be forfeited automatically.
  • Wagering requirements must be fulfilled before any winnings can be withdrawn.

Playthrough requirement contributions: The following table show the contribution of the various types of games towards the fulfillment of the wagering requirement.
Game types: Contribution:
Slots (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%
This only applies to casino bonuses, sports betting or poker bonuses have different wagering limitations (can be found on the company's website). BetOnline does not accept players from:

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Only one bonus can be active at a time. North American players are accepted at the casino. FairGo Casino does not accept players from: Moldova, Israel, UK. You can read the full review of Fair Go casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

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All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date). Terms and conditions of every bonus and promotion:
  • Players from the following countries do not qualify for any bonuses: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Hungary, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan.
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  • Only real money players, who completed the registration are eligible for a bonus.
  • No deposit bonuses hold a maximum cash out limit which is 5x the bonus amount unless otherwise specified.

Playthrough requirement:
  • The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 60 times before withdrawal, unless otherwise stated.

Wagering requirement contributions: The following table show the contribution of the various types of games towards the fulfillment of the wagering requirement.
Game types: Contribution:
Slots (a.k.a. Pokies) 100%
All types of Blackjack, Video Poker, Craps, American Roulette, Baccarat and other table games and non-pokies games 0%

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Mr. Bit casino & bookmaker, current 2022 bonus offers, welcome bonus, free spins and offers for returning players, 18+

  • 100% welcome bonus Up To €500 + 50 Free Spins
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  • 33% reload bonus for returning players

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General bonus terms and conditions at Mr. Bit and its sister sites:
  • welcome bonuses are only available for 30 days after account creation
  • the minimum deposit to receive any bonus is €10
  • the bonus + deposit needs to be wagered within 7 days from date of activation
 
Playthrough requirement of the welcome bonus: 27x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 27 times before withdrawal. Playthrough requirement of the free spins: 30x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus:
  • Minimum deposit amount: €10
  • Maximum bonus amount: €500
  • Wagering requirements: x27 (deposit + bonus)
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  • Participating slots: Jungle Jim and the Lost Sphinx
  • Bet per spin: €0,10
  • Wagering requirements: x30 (bonus)
  • Limit on withdrawing from the free spins: x10
  • 7 days for wagering

Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days for wagering
  • Player from certain countries are not allowed use bonuses due to regular bonus abuse, check the casino's website for the ever changing up to date list.
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Land-based casinos in São Tomé and Príncipe

Legal status of casinos in São Tomé: legal since 2005, operators require a licence, slot halls are illegal

 

Casinos have been legal in São Tomé and Príncipe since 2005, according to Lei no. 1/2004, de 7 de Abril de 2005, DR no. 4 -Lei que define o quadro jurídico-legal regulador dos jogos de fortuna ou azar em São Tomé e Príncipe (in force from 2005)1.

Casino operators must obtain a gambling licence in order to casino games legally on the islands.

UPDATE 2022: Even though casinos are legal in São Tomé and Príncipe since 2005, due to the small number of tourists post-pandemic only one of the hotels still operate a casino: Pestana São Tomé Hotel & Casino.

You can read more about the country’s only operational casino below.

Interesting fact: It seems like the legalization of casino hotels has helped the tourism sector, as evidenced by the graph below:

/Comment: Many studies conclusively prove that the legalization of gambling has a beneficial effect on the tourism and hospitality sector of a country3,4./

You can see the number of visitors from 1995 to 2018 on the graph below:

This graph shows the number of tourists visiting São Tomé and Príncipe from 1995 to 2018. You can see on the graph the point of legalization of wagering and betting (it's marked with a black arrow). You can read more about the effects of the legalization of games of chance on Sao Tome's tourism and hospitality sector above the graph. And below the picture you can find a list of licensed São Tomé and Príncipe online gambling websites, which accept players from the country.

São Tomé and Príncipe number of tourists from 1995 to 2018

You can clearly see that the numbers have reliably started to increase from 2005, which is when the legalization of games of chance took place. Prior to the legalization the Sao Tomean tourism developed at a slower pace.

You can find all the currently operating brick and mortar casinos in the list below.

 

Can locals visit the casinos in São Tomé and Príncipe?

Yes, both locals and tourists can visit the casinos in São Tomé, unlike in some other countries (e.g.: in the entire Muslim world casinos are only available to the tourists, locals can not enter, but due to the Christian colonial background, used to be a colony of Portugal, this is not the case in Sao Tome).

 

Casino licensing and regulatory body of São Tomé and Príncipe:

The Minister of Tourism is responsible for the licencing of gambling businesses.

The Ministry of Tourism does not maintain any online presence and there is no information available of the licensing process, requirements and fees anywhere online.

The casino gambling licences can be obtained through tenders. The conditions of the contract also vary from tender to tender. For example, gambling tax is minimised at 20 percent of the gross gaming revenue, but its exact amount depends on the tender.

If you know anything else about the casino licences please leave a comment.

 

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Taxation of brick & mortar gambling establishments in São Tomé and Príncipe: 

The São Tomé casino tax rates are determined by article 22 of Law 01/2004, and they are the following:

São Tomé casino tax
Activity: Rate: Tax Base:
casino tax 20% gross gaming revenue

Casino taxes are on top of regular taxes (e.g.: corporate tax, which is 25%).

 

For the players, taxation of casino winnings in São Tomé and Príncipe: unknown, if you know anything about the taxation of gambling winnings in Sao Tome please leave a comment

 

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Age requirement of land-based casinos, slot parlours in São Tomé and Príncipe: 18+

 

Sources, main pieces of the land-based casino legislation in São Tomé and Príncipe:

1Law 1/2004 – Legal Framework of Gambling and Games of Chance – Sao Tome and Principe (Portuguese, in force from 2005)

2The World Bank – International tourism, number of arrivals – Sao Tome and Principe

3University of Nevada Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming – The spread of casinos and their role in tourism development

4Cappadocia University, Turkey The Effect of Casino Tourism and Reentry to the Casino Gaming Industry -The Case of Turkey

 

List of all casinos in São Tomé and Príncipe

This is a list of all casinos in Sao Tome, with address, opening hours, number and types of games, dress code, entrance fee, reviews and a video of each gambling establishment, if one is available.

 

1., Pestana São Tomé Hotel & Casino
This is a picture of the entrance of the 5 star Pestana São Tomé Hotel & Casino, located in the capital, São Tomé. This is the first and only casino on this list of all Sao Tomean casinos. You can find the other gaming venues on this list below this one. You can read more about this gaming venue to the right of the picture: its' address, opening hours, dress code, entrance fee, and you can watch a video of the venue as well.

Pestana São Tomé Hotel & Casino

Pestana São Tomé Hotel & Casino, address: Av. Marginal 12 de Julho , 851 , Sao Tome

The casino of 5 star Pestana São Tomé Hotel is the country’s only casino, and it is located in the capital.

The casino is aimed mainly at tourists,  and it is small (by international standards) and looks to be very outdated with really old machines (although this is typical of most African casinos).

However, the resort complex offers a wide range of entertainment, including diving, nightlife and plane rides.

 

Games: unknown, because the casino does not maintain an onlinepresence there is no information online about the casino games available

 

Video of Pestana São Tomé Hotel & Casino:

 

Opening hours: 3 pm and 1 am, daily

UPDATE COVID-19: open

Dress code: unknown, if you know please leave a comment, but seeing that this is an upscale hotel I recommend smart casual

Entrance fee: no entrance fee

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

 

Other forms of online gambling in São Tomé and Príncipe

Similarly to online casinos, the other main forms of online gambling are also technically illegal.

You can read more about them in the guide to the legal status of gambling in São Tomé and Príncipe.

 

Bitcoin casinos in São Tomé and Príncipe

Legal status: unregulated

 

There are no specific restrictions in place regarding the use of bitcoin or other digital currencies in Sao Tome and Principe.

Players from the islands are free to place bets on foreign bitcoin gambling platforms.

The bitcoin casinos below accept players from São Tomé and Príncipe.

 

The following casino websites accept players from São Tomé and Príncipe:

888 Casino, Poker, Bingo and Sportsbook

This is a banner displaying the various bonuses, promotional offers of the 888 digital gambling platform (the 888 Group has online casino, digital poker and internet sports betting sections, all of them are accessible with just one registered player account). On this page, right under the banner, you can read about these promotions, free spins and their terms and conditions, playthrough requirements, wagering limitations and the 888 online gambling website's player protection, self exclusion and harm mitigation features and options available to players. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to the website of 888 casino, where you can register an account and play for real money. Full disclaimer: by registering an account I (the website owner) will receive a small percentage of the amount of money you deposited, must be 18+ to be able to register a real money account. Gamble responsibly. UPDATED 2022.

888 online gambling: casino games, poker, bingo & bookmaker, current 2022 promos, UK players accepted (no USA)

  • 88 free spins, no deposit required,
  • and 100% welcome bonus, up to 100 £.

USA players are not accepted, but UK players are accepted. Full list of banned countries can be found in the drop down menu below. All in one gambling destination with poker, sports betting, live dealer games, bingo and over 1000 casino games, all accessibe with one players account (but on separate platforms). You can read the review of 888 Casino here.

Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date by the time you are reading this).
General bonus terms and conditions at the 888 gambling websites:
  • welcome bonuses are only available for new players
  • bonuses are available in US Dollars, GBP, Euros or Canadian Dollars
  • the minimum deposit to receive any bonus is €10
  • the bonus + deposit needs to be wagered within 7 days from date of activation
 
Playthrough requirement of the welcome bonus: 30x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal. Playthrough requirement of the free spins: no free spins currently, free spins expire after 14 days
Wagering limitation:
Game type: Contribution:
Video slots & other types of slots, Scratch cards, Keno, Race, Arcade, Dice (and all other types of games not specifically mentioned below) 100%
Pai Gow, Caribbean Poker, Triple Card Poker and other kinds of table poker 20%
Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, Live casino games, Video poker 10%
Craps 5%
 
UPDATE COVID-19: The online casino does not use the global pandemic situation for advertisement purposes, or to encourage the usage of its online gambling platform. In fact, it's forbidden to use the namesake, name, likeness and official logo or any depiction of the casino/company (and this casino gambling blog) in conjunction with any marketing campaign, which uses the novel coronavirus pandemic for promotion.
888 Casino does not accept players from:

Miami Club Digital Casino Destination

This is the banner advertisement of the gambling website Miami Club, it displays the various bonuses and promotional offers currently available at the digital gambling website, including their terms and conditions and legally mandated player protection information. The picture acts as a link and by clicking on it you will be taken to the electronic wagering platforms, where you can check out the most recent 2022 bonuses, codes, promos and you can register and play if your over the age of 18 (you can try out the games for free, no registration is needed for the free to play mode).

Miami Club online casino, 18+

  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $100 on your first 8x deposit (up to $800 total)
  • Exclusive bonus code: MIFREE20, $20.00 free, every month, not just for new players, for returning players as well
  • Free spins, use coupon HOTWINGS to get 150% up to $150 plus 30 spins on the Funky Chicken 5-reel, limited time only (by the time you are reading it probably expired, only valid for a few days)

USA players accepted, Canada, Netherlands, Israel, France, Australia and UK players are not accepted. You can read the review of Miami Club Casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Check the gambling website for the most recent bouse promotions and playthrough requirement and wagering limitation information. The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Type of game: Count towards wagering requirement: 
Keno, Dazzling Dice, Poker Slots, Bingo Bucks - 100%
Table games 10%
Blackjack or video poke 10%
Slots 100%
Roulette, Craps or Baccarat 0% - Forbidden!
 
Wagering limitation:
  • UPDATE 2022: The wagering of any portion of a non-deposit bonus on Roulette, Craps or Baccarat games is strictly forbidden!
  • Currently, bonuses are not available to players registering accounts from the following countries: Russia, Ukraine.
  • Bonuses cannot be combined.
  • Miami Club casino requires that a deposit of at least $25 is made on all accounts before any cash withdrawal is processed to comply with anti money laundering laws + mandatory ID check required by law (law to fight financing of terrorism and payment processor require this as well). The deposited $25 can be withdrawn afterwards with the winnings.

Bet Online Casino, Bookmaker & Poker

This is the promo banner of Bet Online, the US-friendly digital bookmaker, internet poker and online casino website. The banner provides information about the latest 2022 promotional offers and bonus codes, which are offered currently by the gambling platform to new and returning players. This picture acts as a link. By clicking on it you will be taken to the website of betonline.ag, where you can register and start playing if you create a player account (must be 18+).

Bet Online casino, poker and sportsbook

  • Welcome bonus, $3000, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits. Use the code BOLCASINO
  • 25% - 50% sports betting reload on every qualifying bet, code: LIFEBONUS  (for the 25% bonus) and BOL1000 (for the 50% bonus)
  • +100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using bitcoin, bitcoin cash, ethereum, ripple, litecoin or DASH. No code required + 5% crypto boost afterwards on future deposits
  • 100% poker bonus
  • 10% weekly rebate, cashback for returning players

You can read the review of BetOnline here. List of countries, from which they do not accept players can be found in the review and below. North American players accepted.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date).
Playthrough requirements of every bonus and promotion:
  • The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal, usually (sports betting and poker bonuses 10x)
  • Forfeiting the bonus will result in the bonus and any subsequent winnings associated with it to be removed from players accounts.
  • Only one bonus can be active at a time, playthrough requirements must be met before additional promotions can be received.
  • Players must use the related bonus code in order to receive a bonus (if it has a code, not every promotion requires one).
  • Bonus funds will only be available on the Betsoft games, the other providers are not eligible,, unless otherwise stated.
  • In cases where rollover or other criteria specified in the individual bonus terms and conditions are not met within 30 days, any remaining bonus funds and associated winnings will be forfeited automatically.
  • Wagering requirements must be fulfilled before any winnings can be withdrawn.

Playthrough requirement contributions: The following table show the contribution of the various types of games towards the fulfillment of the wagering requirement.
Game types: Contribution:
Slots (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%
This only applies to casino bonuses, sports betting or poker bonuses have different wagering limitations (can be found on the company's website). BetOnline does not accept players from:

Fair Go Aussie Themed Casino

This is a banner of Fair Go internet casino website's current 2022 promotions, bonuses. FairGo is an Australian ("Aussie") themed casino, which accepts players from Australia and New Zealand. The picture also act as a link, by clicking on it you will be taken to the free to play area of the digital gambling website, where you can try out their games for free without spending any money, and you can register a real player account if you are 18 or older. Terms and conditions and requirements can be seen below the banner and on the casino's website.

FairGo - click to check out the digital casino, latest promotions, offers, hundreds of pokies, Aussie players welcome

Promotions:
  • 100% welcome bonus up to $200, on your first 5 deposits (total $500), coupon code: WELCOME
  • 100 free spins with code: DOD-GOW (limited time only, please let me know when the code expires)
  • 150% bonus and 50 spins on the new slot Lil Red ($20 minimum deposit requirement), coupon code: LILRED150, or on the slot Hyperwins, bonus code: GETHYPED
  • Special Neosurf bonus, deposit using Neosurf and get a 200% welcome bonus (only once per player), promo code: 200-NEO

Only one bonus can be active at a time. North American players are accepted at the casino. FairGo Casino does not accept players from: Moldova, Israel, UK. You can read the full review of Fair Go casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Disclaimer: The casinos is not actually an Australian online casino, the company is not registered in Australia, it's only "Aussie" themed.
All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date). Terms and conditions of every bonus and promotion:
  • Players from the following countries do not qualify for any bonuses: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Hungary, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan.
  • Only one bonus can be active at a time.
  • Only real money players, who completed the registration are eligible for a bonus.
  • No deposit bonuses hold a maximum cash out limit which is 5x the bonus amount unless otherwise specified.

Playthrough requirement:
  • The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 60 times before withdrawal, unless otherwise stated.

Wagering requirement contributions: The following table show the contribution of the various types of games towards the fulfillment of the wagering requirement.
Game types: Contribution:
Slots (a.k.a. Pokies) 100%
All types of Blackjack, Video Poker, Craps, American Roulette, Baccarat and other table games and non-pokies games 0%

Mr Bit Casino and Sportsbook

This is a banner displaying the various bonus offers of Mr Bit casino. On this page, right under the banner, you can read about these latest 2022 promotions, free spins and their terms and conditions, playthrough requirements, wagering limitations and their player protection, self exclusion and harm mitigation features. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to website of Mr. Bit, where you can register an account and place bets with real money. Full disclaimer: by registering an account we (the website owners and/or employees) will receive a small percentage of the amount of money you deposited, self exclusion from the casino website is possible. Must be 18+.

Mr. Bit casino & bookmaker, current 2022 bonus offers, welcome bonus, free spins and offers for returning players, 18+

  • 100% welcome bonus Up To €500 + 50 Free Spins
  • Free spins every day for returning players
  • 33% reload bonus for returning players

You can read the full review of Mr Bit casino here. USA and UK players are not accepted. Full list of banned countries can be found in the review and below.

Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date by the time you are reading this).
General bonus terms and conditions at Mr. Bit and its sister sites:
  • welcome bonuses are only available for 30 days after account creation
  • the minimum deposit to receive any bonus is €10
  • the bonus + deposit needs to be wagered within 7 days from date of activation
 
Playthrough requirement of the welcome bonus: 27x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 27 times before withdrawal. Playthrough requirement of the free spins: 30x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus:
  • Minimum deposit amount: €10
  • Maximum bonus amount: €500
  • Wagering requirements: x27 (deposit + bonus)
In case of the free spins:
  • Participating slots: Jungle Jim and the Lost Sphinx
  • Bet per spin: €0,10
  • Wagering requirements: x30 (bonus)
  • Limit on withdrawing from the free spins: x10
  • 7 days for wagering

Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days for wagering
  • Player from certain countries are not allowed use bonuses due to regular bonus abuse, check the casino's website for the ever changing up to date list.
  • Please note that the free spins will appear on the account, once the 150% bonus has been wagered. Your players will get 10 free spins per day over the course of 5 days (50 free spins in total).

UPDATE COVID-19: The online casino does not use the global pandemic situation for advertisement purposes, or to encourage the usage of its online gambling platform. In fact, it's forbidden to use the namesake, name, likeness and official logo or any depiction of the casino/company (and this casino gambling blog) in conjunction with any marketing campaign, which uses the novel coronavirus pandemic for promotion.
Mr Bit Casino does not accept players from:

 

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 we might have gotten something wrong or if you have additional information, clarification about the legal status of online gambling in this country. Especially if you are from São Tomé and Príncipe. Thank you.

 

FAQ – frequently asked questions about São Tomé online casinos

 

FAQ section

The following are some of the frequently asked questions about casinos in São Tomé and Príncipe. Click on the dropdown menu below to see the questions and answers.

Q&A

Are casinos legal in São Tomé and Príncipe?

Yes, casinos are legal in São Tomé and Príncipe since 2005.

Are online casinos legal in São Tomé and Príncipe?

No, online casinos are technically illegal in São Tomé and Príncipe. However, this is not enforced and Sao Tomean players can freely play online.

Are there any casinos in São Tomé and Príncipe?

Yes, but there is only 1 casino in the country due to the low number of tourists and the low population.

Can I play in an online casino from São Tomé and Príncipe?

Yes, São Toméan players can play in licensed international online casinos. You can see a list of them on this page. Even though technically this is illegal, it is not enforced.

Are bitcoin casinos legal in São Tomé and Príncipe?

Cryptocurrency accepting casinos are not addressed by the São Tomé and Príncipe gambling legislation. Players can play freely in bitcoin casinos, they are not prosecuted for it.

Are there online casinos, which accept players from São Tomé and Príncipe?

Yes, the licensed online casinos listed on this page accept players from São Tomé and Príncipe.

Can tourists play in the casinos of São Tomé and Príncipe?

Yes, both tourists and locals can play in the casinos of São Tomé and Príncipe.

Can tourists place bets in online casinos while staying in São Tomé and Príncipe?

Yes, the casino gambling laws and regulations mentioned on this page only apply to locals. Tourists, migrants, expats visiting São Tomé and Príncipe can play freely online.

What is the age requirement of São Tomé and Príncipe online casinos?

The age limit of both land-based and digital casinos is 18+.

Do casinos in São Tomé and Príncipe have dress codes?

Casinos in São Tomé and Príncipe never officially specify a dress code online but smart casual is expected, casinos are considered upscale venues, dress accordingly.

How much tax do I have to pay in São Tomé and Príncipe on my gambling winnings from an online casino?

The amount of tax payable on gambling in São Tomé and Príncipe is unknown. If you know anything about it please leave a comment at the bottom of the page.

Are there any digital casinos licensed in São Tomé and Príncipe?

No, online casino licenses are not issued in São Tomé and Príncipe.

How many casinos are there in São Tomé and Príncipe?

There is only 1 casino in São Tomé and Príncipe.

Do casinos in São Tomé and Príncipe have entrance fees?

No, casinos in São Tomé and Príncipe do not charge an entrance fee, it's not customary in the country.

Which is the biggest casino in São Tomé and Príncipe?

The biggest and only casino in São Tomé and Príncipe is Pestana São Tomé Hotel & Casino.

Which is the biggest casino group in São Tomé and Príncipe?

There are no casino groups present in São Tomé and Príncipe, there is only one casino: Pestana São Tomé Hotel & Casino.

<>Can tourists play in the casinos of São Tomé and Príncipe?

Yes, tourists can play in the casinos of São Tomé and Príncipe.

 

Simon’s Guide to Land-based and Online Casinos in São Tomé and Príncipe is part of Simon’s Online Casino Guide with interactive global map.

Last updated: 2022-10-18

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