This is a picture of the front facade and main entrance of Casino des Trois Ilets, the biggest gambling establishments in the Overseas department of Martinique. On this page, you can read about the legislation, rules, licensing, taxation of of the various forms of games of chance and online gambling in the country, including: poker, bingo, lottery, sports betting, cryptocurrency wagering, and a slit of online gambling sites which accept players from Martinique.

Martinique Gambling Guide

Martinique is an insular region of France located in the Lesser Antilles in the Eastern Caribbean Sea. The island is part of the Windward Islands and it is directly north of Saint Lucia, northwest of Barbados, and south of Dominica.

Because Martinique is a French territory, the French gambling laws apply, which means the main piece of the gambling legislation is the Chapitre préliminaire: Dispositions communes  – Articles L320-1 à L320-18*.

/Comment: Interestingly, the french gambling legislation is set up in a unique way. All forms of gambling are illegal by default. And only exceptions are granted. Therefore, technically, the official legal status of gambling is that it is illegal. But this just confuses people, and the main forms of gambling have all been granted exceptions, and have been de facto legalized (see below, for a detailed breakdown of the legal status all the main forms of gambling, betting, wagering in Martinique, online and offline). This quirk of the French gambling legislation doesn’t effect ordinary players at all./

Gambling is legal in Martinique, and the island only has 2 casinos. The island nation has a population of only 375K population, but gets about 800K (mostly French) visitors per year**, and the casinos are mainly reliant on the visitors to the island. UPDATE 2021 COVID-19: Sadly, this French island was also not spared from the global coronavirus pandemic, and because of the country’s strong reliance on tourism (around 10% of the GDP***) it was severely effected, but it has not resulted in any casino bankruptcies, and both casinos are still operational.

Online gambling is also legal according to French laws. You can see a list of online gambling websites, which accept players from Martinique, below.

 

If you are new to the beautiful island of Martinique, watch the following video to see why so many tourists choose it for their vacation year after year:

 

Can tourists play online while visiting Martinique?

Yes, the laws of the country only apply to citizens and lawful permanent residents, if you are a tourist (or a non-citizen expat, or illegal), you can play online freely while enjoying your vacation.

 

Gambling licensing in Martinique

Martinique doesn’t have its own gambling regulatory and licensing authority. Instead, games of chance, online licenses and land-based gambling licensing is handled by the French regulatory agencies.

Betting activities have traditionally been divided between the Pari Mutuel Hippodrome (PMH) and the Pari Mutuel Urbaine (PMU). Lottery, as well as some lottery-style games such as bingo, are in the hands of Francaise des Jeux (FDJ).

Online gambling and the licensing of brick & mortar gambling houses are the domain of by the Autorité de régulation des jeux en ligne (ARJEL) UPDATE: L’Autorité nationale des Jeux ANJ, replaces ARJEL as the regulatory authority of most forms of gambling and online gambling from 2020. You have to contact them if you want to set up a gambling establishment, or get an online gambling license.

UPDATE: The licensing process, fees, procedures were overhauled entirely in 2019, during  the implementation of PACTE Act. The whole process is now more business friendly, fees are lower, and it is streamlined, the document, which lists all the changes, is attached below.****

 

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Gambling tax in Martinique

French gambling taxes apply, which are extremely high:

Gambling tax in France and overseas territories (tax base is gross gaming revenue, from 2020 onwards, annual):

  • 37.7% horse racing tax
  • 40.8% online poker tax
  • 55.2% online sports betting tax
  • 44.5% retail sports betting tax
  • lottery tax is 54.5% and the tax on other lottery like games (bingo, keno, raffles) is 42%

 

Gaming clubs (special type of casino, VIP, entrance fee, dress code):

  • 10% of revenue, up to EUR100,000.
  • 30% of revenue, EUR100,000 – EUR1,500,000.
  • 40% of revenue, EUR1,500,000 – EUR2,600,000.
  • 55% of revenue, EUR2,600,000 – EUR5,500,000.
  • 70% of revenue, above EUR5,500,000

 

Casinos, it’s 28% first + the following progressive tax on the remainder, based on annual gross gaming revenue:

  • Up to EUR100,000: 6%.
  • EUR100,001 and EUR200,000: 16%.
  • EUR200,001 and EUR500,000: 25%.
  • EUR500,001 and EUR1 million: 37%.
  • EUR1,000,001 and EUR1.5 million: 47%.
  • EUR1,500,001 and EUR4.7 million: 58%.
  • EUR4,700,001 and EUR7.8 million: 63.3%.
  • EUR7,800,001 and EUR11 million: 67.6%.
  • EUR11,000,001 and EUR14 million: 72%.
  • EUR14 million: 83.5%

 

If this wasn’t enough, a 11.2% tax is paid on the 68% of the gross gambling revenue from slot machines.

In addition, every gambling establishments has to pay a 13.7% withholding tax on any winnings by players equal to or exceeding EUR 1,500 (this is because gambling winnings over €1500 are taxable in France and players never paid taxes on them, so now casinos have to).

As you can see, it’s incredibly high, the highest gambling tax rate in all of the world!

Keep in mind, that this gambling tax is paid on top of regular, corporate tax (can be as high as 31%), and taxes paid on the wages of employees (of course some of it is deductible, but still). In fact, with this crazy system, it’s possible for a casinos to get really close to a 100% effective tax rate.

 

For players, taxation of gambling winnings in Martinique: Gambling winnings over €1500 are taxable, 12% tax rate. However, licensed domestic companies are required to pay taxes on your winnings, not you. Therefore, as long as you play in a licensed establishment, you don’t have to pay any taxes (it’s automatically deducted from your winnings).

However, if you play abroad, or online, and if you win over €1500, you would have to pay taxes on it.

/In reality, this is rarely enforced, but if you win a really big amount, e.g.: €100 000+, I would certainly suggest paying taxes on it, otherwise you can get into a lot of trouble. Of course, I advise paying taxes on your winnings all the time, not paying taxes is illegal, but realistically, it’s not really enforced when it comes to small amounts./

 

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Legal gambling age in Martinique: it’s actually 18+, was lowered from 21+ in 1987

 

Other:

Loot boxes, skin gambling, fantasy sports betting and social gambling are not regulated in Martinique.

 

 

Sources, and main pieces of the French and Martinique gambling legislation:

*Legifrance – L.320-1 of the French Code of Homeland Security (Chapitre préliminaire : Dispositions communes  – Articles L320-1 à L320-18)

**Statista – Martinique: number of foreign visitor arrivals 2010-2019

***Travel & Tourism Economic Impact 2016 Martinique

****Whitecase – PACTE Act (action plan for the growth and transformation of companies)

 

 

 

Online casinos accepting players from Martinique

The following online gambling websites accept players from Martinique

 

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Casino gambling in Martinique

Casinos in Martinique: legal, requires a French license

Online casino gambling in Martinique: illegal, players are not prosecuted according to EU laws

 

Gambling is completely legal in Martinique as French laws apply to the territory. There are 2 brick-and-mortar casinos in Martinique at the moment, where players can enjoy the usual casino staples (roulette, poker, slots, blackjack etc.). The 2 casinos are the Casino Bateliere Plaza located in Schoelcher and the Casino Trois-Îlets in Pointe du Bout.

Online gambling is legal and regulated, but only the following forms of internet gambling are allowed to be conducted online: poker, sports betting, horse racing betting, online lottery, and bingo, which are monopolies of the state owned French Lottery (details below, in the lottery section).

Despite this, players are not prosecuted if they play in an online casino. EU gambling laws dictate, that according to Freedom to provide services — Article 56 TFEU*: if a country does not provide any means for foreign online casinos to acquire local licenses, then they can not punish or block these gambling websites or players who visit them.

The online casinos below accept players from Martinique.

*Freedom to provide services — Article 56 TFEU — Games of chance 

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The following online casino websites accept players from Martinique:

 

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Bingo in Martinique

Bingo halls in Martinique: legal, requires license (must be within licensed gambling establishments)

Online bingo in Martinique: legal, state monopoly of FDJ (Française des Jeux)

 

Bingo is legal in France and its territories. However, it appears to be not popular. There is little to no information about land-based bingo halls in Martinique, and none of the licensed casinos have any sort of bingo activity, according to their official websites (if you know anything please drop a comment).

Online bingo is a monopoly in France and its territories, private companies can not get an online bingo license. The state-owned company, Française des Jeux is the only company allowed to conduct bingo games online.

The following bingo websites accept players from Martinique:

Française des Jeux, it’s a monopoly

 

Poker in Martinique

Poker clubs in Martinique: legal, requires license (must be within licensed gambling establishments)

Online poker in Martinique: legal, requires proper French license

 

Poker is quite possibly the most popular casino game ever created. In a few countries poker is no longer considered a game of chance (e.g. Brazil, India), instead it’s either classified as a sport, or a game of skill. However, according to French gambling laws, poker is definitely a game of chance (jeux de hasard). Therefore, it can only be played within licensed casinos.

Online poker is  legal in Martinique. it is one of the 3 permitted forms of digital gambling (along with sports betting and horse racing betting). Operators have to acquire the proper license.

The following online poker sites accept players from Martinique.

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

 

UPDATE 2021: Nothing currently, sorry, none of the online poker platforms I use accept poker players from the country, due to the agressive blocking of the French government, and due to the extremely high online poker taxes, the poker networks I use elected to not get a French license, it’s just not worth it for them.

 

Sports betting in Martinique

Bookmakers, betting shops in Martinique: legal, requires proper license

Online sports betting in Martinique: legal, requires proper licence

 

Sports betting is legal in Martinique, and players can bet on their favorite sports in the betting shops on the island. There is also a horse race track on the island.

Online sports books with a French online gambling licence can accept bettors from Martinique.

The online sportsbooks below accept registrations from Martinique.

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The following online sportsbooks accept bettors from Martinique:

No recommendation currently. Due to the extreme taxes imposed by the French gambling legislation, none of the internet sports books I use accept punters from Martinique.

 

Lottery in Martinique

Lottery in Martinique: legal, monopoly of FDJ (Française des Jeux, the state owned French lottery monopoly)

Online lottery in Martinique:legal, state monopoly of FDJ

 

The island nation does not have its own lottery. However, The Frech Lottery is active in the region, and it is the the sole provider of lottery and online lottery products. The lottery in France and French territories is the monopoly of the government-owned company, Française des Jeux (FDJ).

Some online lotteries still accept lottery players from Martinique, despite this (they are licensed in countries where offering lottery products to residents of the French Territories is legal), locals can also buy lottery tickets on these platforms (and they are always better than the state owned monopoly, because unlike them, they actually have to compete for players, with great bonuses, free tickets, competitive prices, cheap tickets and huge jackpots).

 

The following websites allow people from Martinique to purchase lottery tickets online:

Online lottery

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UPDATE: They have recently changed the list of restricted countries significantly. Please check the list below to see whether you are eligible to play.

List of restricted countries

They do not allow players to purchase lottery tickets from the following countries:   Also, you must be 18+, and you must use your real address, email address and phone number to participate in the digital lottery draws. Promotions change quite often, check the lottery platforms for the most recent "buy 2 and get 1 for free" promotions or free tickets.

 

 

Bitcoin, cryptocurrency gambling in Martinique

Crypto wagering in Martinique: not specifically regulated

 

Bitcoin is a digital currency often referred to as a “cryptocurrency” invented in 2008. It quickly became popular around the world in the following years. 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. Despite being popular, Bitcoin is still a relatively new phenomenon so just only a handful of countries issued laws regarding its use. As of now, there aren’t any specific laws in France or Martinique regarding cryptocurrency wagering. Players from Martinique can use their bitcoin, bitcoincash, litecoin, ethereum in licensed online casinos.

The bitcoin casinos below accept players from Martinique.

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

 

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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:
  • 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%
 
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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: 2021-05-11

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