Simon’s Guide to Virgin Islands Gambling

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A picture taken of Charlotte Amalie, the biggest town on the US Virgin Islands. Even though gambling is legal, online gambling operators are yet to be licensed in the US Virgin Islands. This is the header image of the US Virgin Islands gambling guide.

US Virgin Islands Gambling

 

The US Virgin Islands is a group of islands in the Caribbean, which are an insular area of the United States. Formerly they were called the Danish West Indies and were the part of the Kingdom of Denmark-Norway, but the islands were sold to the US in the Treaty of the Danish West Indies of 1916. Currently, they are classified by the UN as a Non-Self-Governing Territory and are officially an organised, unincorporated United States territory (population 104,737).

In the US Virgin Islands gambling is legal, except sports betting. Land-based casinos and gambling establishments are controlled by the Virgin Islands Casino and Resort Control Act of 1995*. The act also sets the standards for issuing licenses to such facilities. Online gambling is also legal, however, official licensing of online gambling companies is yet to come.

The US Virgin Islands was one of the first in the United States to introduce a bill legalizing online gambling in 2001, called the Virgin Islands Internet Gaming and Internet Gambling Act. However, the legislation laid dormant for more than a decade due to a 2004 letter written by then U.S. Attorney David Nissman to the Virgin Islands.

The barriers to the legalization of online gambling in US states, and its unincorporated territories, were eventually lifted by the US Department of Justice.

Although, the Wire Act of 1961 only prohibited “transmission of bets or wagers and gambling information in interstate and foreign commerce” specifically, for decades the DOJ interpreted  it in such a way, that it applied to all forms of interstate and international online gambling activities. The DOJ decided to resolve this contradiction in a memorandum released two days before Christmas 2011, which presented a dramatic reversal of the DOJ’s previous interpretation of the Wire Act and it opened the door for state-level legalization of internet gambling by stating: “Interstate transmissions of wire communications that do not relate to a ‘sporting event or contest’ fall outside the reach of the Wire Act”.

/More information about gambling and online gambling in the USA can be found here./

In 2013, the Casino Control Commission of the US Virgin Islands requested the opinion of US Attorney General Vincent Frazer on whether, in the light of the new interpretation, it was legal for the Virgin Islands to finally legalize internet gambling, based on the 2001 Internet Gaming and Internet Gambling Act.

The Attorney General approved the request, but to this date the actual licensing process is stalled, due to issues the Casino Commission is having with the master services providers**. (The master service providers are the organisations with exclusive rights to provide services and license applicants to conduct approved internet gambling in the territory.)

 

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Sources:

Virgin Islands Casino and Resort Control Act of 1995

** Virgin Islands Casino Control Commission Internet Gaming and Gambling Update

 

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Casino gambling in US Virgin Islands

 

Online casino gambling in US Virgin Islands: legal, license required

 

Land-based casino gambling is legal and regulated in the US Virgin Islands. Licenses are issued under the Virgin Islands Casino and Resort Control Act. The regulatory bodies trusted with the task of overseeing the sector and the issuing of licenses are the Casino Control Commission and the Division of Gaming Enforcement.

There is only one major casino on the territory, but many hotels and resorts have dedicated spaces with slot machines and video poker machines.

Online casino gambling regulation is enacted, but licenses are not being issued just yet. Players are not prosecuted for playing in offshore casinos and such websites are not blocked.

The following online casinos accept players from Virgin Islands:

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Black lotus casino – accepting players from Virgin Islands

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Lotus Asia casino – accepting players from Virgin Islands

This the banner ad of Gt Bets online casino. The online casino accepts players from Virgin Islands.

GT Bets accepts players from Virgin Islands- accepting Bitcoins as well

 

 

Bingo in US Virgin Islands

 

Online Bingo in US Virgin Islands: legal, license required

 

There is no information online whether there are any brick-and-mortar bingo halls in the USVI.
The islands’ only licensed major casino doesn’t organize bingo games.

As soon as the legislative issues are resolved, and licenses begin to be issued in accordance with the Internet Gaming and Internet Gambling Act, it will most probably be legal to play in licensed, domestic online bingo halls. For now, residents of the US Virgin Islands can only play bingo online on foreign bingo websites.

The following bingo websites accept players from Virgin Islands:

I can not personally recommend any. The bingo websites I usually recommend and know personally do not accept players from US states or territories.

 

 

Poker in US Virgin Islands

 

Online Poker in US Virgin Islands: officially legal, no licenses are being issued yet

 

The only major licensed casino in the Virgin Islands, the Divi Carina Bay has poker tables where visitors can play Caribbean Stud, Mississippi Stud, 3-Card Poker and also, the classic Texas Hold ‘Em. Also, posts on Trip Advisor suggests*, that there are video poker machines too, at least on the island of St Thomas.

Online poker sites, will receive licenses, once the issues around the master service providers are resolved. In the meantime people from the islands are free to play poker online on foreign sites.

The following online poker sites accept players from Virgin Islands:

I can not personally recommend any. The poker websites I personally use do not accept players from US states or territories.

 

*Source: Gambling on St Thomas (TripAdvisor thread) 

 

Sports Betting in US Virgin Islands

 

Online sports Betting in US Virgin Islands: illegal, players are not prosecuted

 

All forms of wagering on the outcome of sporting events (except greyhound and horse race betting) are illegal on a federal level in all of the US states and territories.

The Internet Gaming Act of the Virgin Islands doesn’t mention sports betting for this reason, but it’s being discussed recently, whether or not the country should legalise pari-mutuel betting on its horse tracks on St Tomas and St Croix.

That being said, players, who place bets on foreign sports betting sites are not prosecuted.

The following online sportsbooks accept registrations from Virgin Islands:

This the banner ad of Gt Bets online sportsbook. The sportsbook accept players from Virgin Islands.

GT Bets online bookmaker – accepts registrations from Virgin Islands, also accepts Bitcoin

 

 

Lottery in US Virgin Islands

 

Online lottery in US Virgin Islands: legal, license required

 

There is a lottery organized by the state in the US Virgin Islands. Although, they don’t offer their services online, there are several video lottery machines (VLT) around the country.

The Internet Gaming Act includes online lottery operators as well, so private investors can also apply, but licenses are yet to be issued.
In the meantime there are some foreign online lotteries that let residents of the Virgin Islands purchase lottery tickets online.

The following websites let people from Virgin Islands purchase lottery tickets online:
Coming soon!

 

 

BitCoin Gambling in US Virgin Islands

 

Bitcoin Gambling in US Virgin Islands: legal, license required

 

The US Virgin Islands recognizes Bitcoin as a legitimate currency. So when licenses start to get issued, Bitcoin casinos can apply too. In the meantime offshore Bitcoin casinos are available to players  from the islands.

The following Bitcoin casinos accept players from Virgin Islands:

This a banner ad of GT Bets bitcoin casino. It accepts players from Virgin Islands.

GT Bets accepts players from Virgin Islands, and also accepts Bitcoin

 

 

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.

 

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This page is part of Simon’s List – Legal Status of Online Gambling – a definitive guide to the legal status of all forms of online gambling activities in every country around the world.

 

Last updated: 2016-07-13

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