Simon’s Lebanon Casino and Gambling Guide

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Picture of the lit up Casino Du Liban in Lebanon.

Lebanon Casino and Gambling Guide

 

Lebanon, officially the Lebanese Republic is a country located in Western Asia. The country shares borders with Syria to the north and east, and Israel to the south. Lebanon’s population is around 5,8 million. The country’s capital and largest city is Beirut with 1,9 million residents in its urban area.

Lebanon has a rich history dating back more than 7000 years, predating recorded history. After World War I. the country became a French mandate shortly after this. Lebanon gained its independence at the end of World War II when the French forces withdrew from the country.

Lebanon has a unique legal system, confessionalism, a form of consociationalism based on religious groups. Today, there are 18 recognized religious groups in the country, each with its law legislation and religious courts. The dominant religions are represented in the parliament as the president has to be Christian, the prime minister has to be Sunni Muslim, the Speaker of the Parliament a Shi’a Muslim, and the Deputy Prime Minister along with the Deputy Speaker of the Parliament has to be Eastern Orthodox.

Gambling in Lebanon is only allowed in the Casino du Liban. This casino enjoys a monopoly on gambling in the country. Outside Casino du Liban, gambling is forbidden. Online gambling is forbidden too and the government started to ban foreign online casinos in recent years. The only company in Lebanon which can conduct online gambling is the La Libanaise des Jeux, Lebanon’s lottery company and of course the state-run Casino du Liban.

 

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Online gambling sites accepting players from Lebanon

Here’s a selection of gambling websites I’ve tried and recommend wholeheartedly. All of these online gambling websites accept players from Lebanon:

Banner for the Betsson online casino, which is available to players from Lebanon

Betsson online casino accepting players from Lebanon

Banner of the Betsafe online casino, which accepts players from Lebanon.

Betsafe online casino accepting players from Lebanon

Banner of the Casino Euro online casino, accepting players from Lebanon

CasinoEuro online casino accepting players from Lebanon

Banner of the Black Lotus online casino accepting players from Lebanon.

Black Lotus online casino accepting players from Lebanon

Banner of the Lotus Asia online casino, acceptin players from Lebanon.

Lotus Asia online casino accepting players from Lebanon

Banner of the 32 Red online casino, which accepts players from Lebanon.

32Red online casino accepting players from Lebanon

Banner for the BGO online casino, available to players from Lebanon

BGO online casino accepting players from Lebanon

 

 

 

Casino gambling in Lebanon

 

Online casino gambling in Lebanon: illegal, the government bans foreign online casinos, players are not prosecuted

 

The only establishment which can conduct gambling in Lebanon is the Casino du Liban. The casino is pretty much open since 1959 (it briefly closed down in 1989, but reopened in 1996). This casino offers all the popular games to players like roulette, poker, blackjack, and slot machines amongst others. Offshore online casinos are banned by the government since 2013 as gambling is only allowed in the Casino du Liban or online at the La Libanaise des Jeux’s websites (on the official one, or on the company owned PlayLebanon). However, still to this day many online casinos accept players from Lebanon and players are not prosecuted.

 

 

Bingo in Lebanon

 

Online bingo in Lebanon: illegal, the government bans foreign gambling websites, players not prosecuted

 

Bingo is somewhat popular around the world, especially in the United States, but definitely not in the Arab Peninsula. Gambling is only allowed in the Casino du Liban in Lebanon and online at the La Libanaise des Jeux’s websites (on the official one, or on the company owned PlayLebanon). However, bingo is not available at either one of those. Many online bingo sites accept players from Lebanon.

 

 

Poker in Lebanon

 

Online poker in Lebanon: illegal, the government bans foreign gambling websites, players are not prosecuted

 

Poker is quite possibly the most popular casino game ever created. The main reasons behind its ever growing popularity are the constant television broadcasts, regularly held world championships, and of course, its competitive nature. Many would argue that poker requires more skill than luck but it still counts as a form of gambling as it is mostly played in casinos. The only place where you can find poker in Lebanon is the Casino du Liban, outside of the capital city of Beirut. This casino is the only establishment to conduct gambling activities legally in the country besides the lottery. International online poker sites do still accept players from Lebanon, and players are not prosecuted.

 

Sports betting in Lebanon

 

Online sports betting in Lebanon: illegal, the government bans foreign online gambling websites, players are not prosecuted

 

Sports betting is amongst the most popular forms of gambling around the world. Gambling is illegal in Lebanon if it is not conducted in the Casino du Liban. As of now, the casino does not feature a sports betting facility. However, players from Libanon are allowed to bet on sports online at the La Libanaise des Jeux’s websites (on the official one, or on the company owned PlayLebanon).

 

 

Lottery in Lebanon

 

Online lottery in Lebanon: state monopoly

 

Arguably, the lottery is the most common form of gambling out there. It is safe to say that where gambling is legal there is a national lottery. It is no different in Lebanon either. Although gambling is illegal outside of the Casino du Liban, the national lottery is an exception. The La Libanaise des Jeux is the only company which is allowed to draw lotteries in Lebanon. Players can play lotteries issued by the company online too, at its official website, or at PlayLebanon (which is owned by La Libanaise des Jeux). The company offers draw and scratch games to players.* Lebanese players can participate in foreign lottery draws as well.

 

 

*La Libanaise des Jeux’s official website

 

Bitcoin gambling in Lebanon

 

Bitcoin gambling in Lebanon: illegal

 

Bitcoin trades mostly occur via the internet so Bitcoin gambling falls into the online gambling genre. The Lebanese government has a strong anti-online gambling policy and they ban some foreign online casinos. However, Bitcoin gambling is not specifically regulated.

 

 

 

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: 2016.01.27.

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Simon's Lebanon Casino and Gambling Guide
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An overview of gambling's legal status in Lebanon.
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