Simon’s Maldives Casino and Gambling Guide

There is a mobile optimized version of this page, view AMP Version.

Picture of Malé, the capital city of Maldives. Casinos, and gambling in general are illegal in the country.

Maldives Casino and Gambling Guide

 

Maldives, officially the Republic of Maldives is an island country and archipelago located in the Indian Ocean. It lies southwest of India and Sri Lanka in the Laccadive Sea. Maldives’ capital and largest city is Malé, traditionally called the King’s Island. Historically linked with the Indian subcontinent, Maldives is a Muslim-majority country.

From the mid-16th century, the country was ruled by colonial powers such as Portugal, the Netherlands, and lastly the United Kingdom. The islands gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1965, becoming a republic 3 years later. The current constitution of the country came into effect under president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom in 2008, replacing the constitution from 1998. Maldives’s economy centers around tourism and fishing.

The first tourist resorts were opened in 1972 with Bandos Island Resort and the Kurumba Village (known as today as Kurumba Maldives). Tourism took off in the 70s and continues to be the driving force of Maldives’ economy. Tourism is almost 30% of the country’s GDP.

Gambling is completely illegal in Maldives. The main reason behind this is the country’s Islamic religion (the shari’a law). The Quran forbids all forms of gambling as it sees such activity as addicting, evil and a cause for people to forget their social responsibilities. You won’t find any legal establishments offering the popular casino games like roulette, poker, blackjack, or bingo in the country due to the regulations. The anti-gambling laws are heavily enforced too as the police make constant arrests and raids regarding illegal gambling activities. The penalties for violating the law could be a fine of MVR150 ($10) or 6 months in jail.* Online gambling is illegal too, but players are not prosecuted, at least, there weren’t any case of arrests yet. Therefore, numerous offshore online casinos accepts players from Maldives.

 

If you like the article, give it a +1!

 

*Maldives Independent: Eight Bangladeshi men arrested for gambling

 

Summary:

 

 

 

Casino gambling in Maldives

 

Online casino gambling in Maldives: illegal, players are not prosecuted

 

Land-based and online gambling is completely illegal for players from Maldives. The country’s dominant religion is Islam, so that could be the main reason behind the anti-gambling mindset. Therefore, you won’t find any brick-and-mortar casinos, land-based or online bookmakers, bingo halls, etc. Despite the regulations, there is an illegal gambling circle in the country as the police make arrests constantly. Online gambling is illegal, but as of now, there were no arrests made. Therefore, many foreign online casinos still accept players from Maldives.

The following online casinos accept registrations from the Maldives.

 

A banner advertisement (728x90 pixel) for BGO - Beat The Boss online casino. BGO is one of the many casino, which accept players from Maldives. The animated banner reads: bgo, 200 free spins and 200% bonus, BEAT the BOSS, join now.

BGO casino – accepting players from Maldives

 

This is a picture of 32 Red's animated GIF banner. 32 Red online casino accepts Maldivian players. The animated GIF reads: 32 Red online casino, sign up now, $10 free no deposit required, Gambleaware.co.uk.

32 Red casino – accepting players from Maldives

 

This is an animated GIF banner ad of Betsson casino. Betsson casino accepts players from Maldives. On the banner you can read the following: will you be the next winner?, 100% up to £100, claim your welcome bonus.

Betsson online casino – accepting players from Maldives

 

This is an animated GIF banner ad of Betsafe casino. Betsafe casino accept players from Maldives. The text on the banner ad reads: Betsafe, 50% deposit bonus up to €25, plus 50 free spins on Gonzo's Quest.

Betsafe online casino – accepting players from Maldives

 

This is an animated GIF banner of Casino Euro. Casino Euro is one of the many online casinos, which accept players from Maldives.

Casino Euro – accepting players from Maldives

 

This is an animated GIF banner ad of the online casino Black Lotus. Black Lotus casino accepts players from Maldives. The animated banner reads: elemental 7, play now, Bonus code: Earth, 10 free spins.

Black lotus casino – accepting players from Maldives

 

This is the animated GIF banner ad of Lotus Asia online casino. Lotus Asia online casino accepts players from Maldives. The animated banner reads: get $1000 free, download, instant play.

Lotus Asia casino – accepting players from Maldives

 

gtbets_casino_banner

GT Bets accepts players from Maldives – accepting Bitcoins as well

 

Bingo in Maldives

 

Online bingo in Maldives: illegal, players are not prosecuted

 

Bingo is a quite popular game around the world, especially in the US. Unfortunately, you won’t find any land-based or online bingo halls in Maldives as all forms of gambling are illegal due to Islamic laws. However, players from Maldives can play bingo in numerous offshore online casinos without risk. Players who play in an offshore online casino are not prosecuted as of now.

The following online bingo websites accept players from Maldives.

This is an animated GIF banner ad of BGO Bingo. This online bingo ad features Paris Hilton. BGO Bingo online bingo website accepts players from Maldives.The animated banner reads: spend £10, play with £50, BGO Bingo.

BGO bingo – accepting players from Maldives

 

This is the animated banner ad of Betsson Bingo. This GIF online bingo banner is 728x90 pixel wide. Betsson bingo is one of the online bingo websites, that accepts players from Maldives. The animated GIF reads: welcome bonus package up to R$1200, receive bonuses on your 4 deposits.

Betsson Bingo – accepting registrations from Maldives

 

This is the animated banner ad of 32 Red Bingo. This GIF bingo banner is 728x90 pixels wide. 32 Red bingo is a an online bingo website, which accepts players from Maldives. The animated GIF reads: Get £10 To try the all ne 32 Red Bingo, We've got Penny, Bogof and free bingo, guaranteed prites and loads more, plus all the great slots and jackpots we all love, All that's missing is you.

32 Red Bingo – accepting registrations from Maldives

 

Poker in Maldives

 

Online poker in Maldives: illegal, players are not prosecuted

 

Poker is arguably the most popular form of gambling in the world. Its ever growing popularity can be traced back to the constant television broadcasts and regularly held national and world championships. Its competitive nature conquered the hearts of players around the world. Many would consider poker as a game of skill rather than a game of chance but in nature, it still counts as a form of gambling as the game is associated with mostly casinos. All forms of gambling are illegal in Maldives so is poker. These rules are heavily enforced as the police make constant arrests regarding illegal gambling activities. However, if a player decides to play in an offshore online casino, he/she won’t be prosecuted although it’s illegal too. Therefore, many foreign online casino accepts players from Maldives.

The following online poker sites accept players from the Maldives:

This is a banner ad of Betsson online Poker website. This is a 728x90 pixel banner. Betsson online poker is one of the many online poker rooms, which accept players from the Maldives. The animated banner reads: plus 30% rakeback, 100% up to €1000.

Betsson online Poker – accepting players from Maldives

 

This is the animated GIF banner ad of Betsafe's online poker website. It is 728x90 pixel wide. Betsafe online poker is one of the many online poker websites, which accept players from the Maldives. The animated banner reads: betsafe welcome deal, 3 great reasons to join the fun, up to €1000 deposit bonus.

Betsafe online Poker – accepting players from Maldives

 

This is the animated GIF banner ad of 32 Red's online poker website. It is 728x90 pixel wide. Betsafe online poker is one of the many online poker websites, which accept players from Maldives. The animated banner reads: 32 Red 30% rakeback, $1000 welcome bonus, €2500 freerolls.

32 Red online Poker – accepting players from Maldives

 

 

Sports betting in Maldives

 

Online sports betting in Maldives: illegal, players are not prosecuted

 

It is safe to say that sports are popular in almost every country. This is no different in Maldives either. However, betting on sports is completely illegal due to Islamic laws. Those who decide to involve themselves in such activities can face up to 6 months jail time as a penalty. Online gambling is illegal too, however, those players from Maldives who decide to play in an offshore online casino, won’t be prosecuted.

The following online sportsbooks accept players from Maldives.

This is an animated GIF banner ad of Betsson sportsbook. Betsson online bookmaker accepts registrations from Maldives. On the banner you can read: claim your welcome bonus, bonus 100% up to €25.

Betsson online sportsbook – accepting registrations from Maldives

 

This is an animated GIF banner ad of Betsafe sportsbook. Betsafe online sportsbook accept registrations from Maldives. The text on the banner ad reads. betsafe, 50% deposit bonus up to €25, 2nd tier bonus, open an account today.

Betsafe online bookmaker – accepting registrations from Maldives

 

This is a banner of 32 Red Sports, the online sportsbook of 32 Red Casino. 32 Red online sportsbook accepts players from Maldives. The animated GIF banner reads: £10 free bet, Place your first bet & get a £10 free bet plus 10 free games on one of our fantastic slots, + 10 free games, 32 Red Sport.

32 Red sport online sportsbook – accepting players from Maldives

 

gtbets_sportsbook

GT Bets online bookmaker – accepts registrations from the Maldives, also accepts Bitcoin

 

Lottery in Maldives

 

Online lottery in Maldives: illegal, players are not prosecuted

 

The lottery is quite possibly the most common form of gambling out there. Almost every country where gambling is legal has a national lottery. Unfortunately, gambling is illegal in Maldives, so there is no national lottery. Online gambling is considered illegal too, but if a player decides to try out some lotteries in an offshore online casino, he/she won’t be prosecuted.

 

 

Bitcoin gambling in Maldives

 

Bitcoin gambling in Maldives: illegal, players are not prosecuted

 

Bitcoin is a digital currency often referred to as a so-called “cryptocurrency” introduced back in 2008. It has grown quite a lot in popularity the following years as an alternative form of payment. Bitcoin gambling appeared shortly after the introduction of the digital currency and continues to grow in popularity as more and more online casinos started to specialize in it. Bitcoin is still a relatively new phenomenon so only just a handful of countries issued laws concerning it as of now. Some countries see Bitcoin as an asset rather than a currency (like Norway for example). There are no specific laws in Maldives concerning Bitcoin gambling or Bitcoin in general. However, technically Bitcoin gambling is illegal as the Quran forbids all kinds of gambling. Players from Maldives are accepted in numerous offshore online Bitcoin casinos, though.

The following Bitcoin casino accepts players from the Maldives.

 

gtbets_casino_banner

GT Bets accepts players from Maldives, 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.

 

If you like the article, give it a +1!

 

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: 2016.01.20.

Summary
Simon's Maldives Casino and Gambling Guide
Article Name
Simon's Maldives Casino and Gambling Guide
Description
An overview of gambling's legal status in Maldives.
Author

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *