Simon’s Mauritius Casino and Gambling Guide

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Mauritius Casino and Gambling Guide

 

Mauritius, officially the Republic of Mauritius is an island nation in the Indian Ocean approximately 2000 kilometers off southeast from the coast of the African Continent. The country consists of the islands of Mauritius, Rodrigues and the outer islands (Agaléga, St. Bardon and two disputed territories). The main islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues are part of the Mascarene Islands along with Réunion, a French overseas department. Mauritius’ capital and largest city is Port Luis with around 150,000 residents.

Mauritius was first visited by the Arabs during the medieval period and later by the Portuguese. The country was unpopulated until the Dutch Republic established a colony in 1638 naming the country after Prince Maurice van Nassau. The Dutch colony was abandoned in the early 18th century but the country became a French colony shortly after and was named Isle de France. The British gained control over the territory in 1810 (they named the country Mauritius) and remained in charge until 1968 when Mauritius became independent. Mauritius adopted a new constitution and became a republic within the Commonwealth in 1992. Mauritius’s laws are the combination of French civil law and British common law.

Mauritius does not have an official language but – due to the French and British rule – the most widely spoken languages in the country are French and British. The dominant religions are Hindu (~48%) and Christian (~32%) in Mauritius.

Gambling in Mauritius is pretty much legal since 1973* and regulated by the Gambling Regulatory Authority (GRA) since 2007.* The main responsibilities of the GRA are to control and regulate gambling and gaming activities and to ensure that such activities are conducted in a fair and transparent manner. The GRA is administered by the Gambling Regulatory Board (GRB), under the Prime Minister’s Office. Online gambling is legal too in the country, but playing in an offshore online casino is considered illegal. However, the players are not prosecuted.

Before the Gambling Regulatory Authority Act of 2007, gambling was controlled by 5 different entities:

  • the Accountant General Office
  • the Gaming Control Board
  • the Value Added Tax Department
  • the Horse Racing Board
  • and the Mauritius Revenue Authority

 

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*The Gaming Act of 1973

*Gambling Regulatory Authority

 

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Casino gambling in Mauritius

 

Online casino gambling in Mauritius: operators must have licence

 

The land-based casino business is booming in Mauritius as there are more than 10 establishments operating throughout the country pretty successfully. Mauritius’ gambling center is the capital city of Port Luis with 4 casinos. The largest casino in the country is the Caudan Waterfront Casino at the Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel located in Port Luis. The brick-and-mortar casinos in Mauritius offer the most popular games around the world like roulette, poker, bingoblackjack, and slot machines to name a few. Online gambling is legal in the country but a provider has to get proper licences to conduct such activities. As of now, there are no online gambling providers in Mauritius. Playing in an offshore online casino is considered illegal but players are not prosecuted because the government punishes the operators. Despite these regulations, many offshore online casinos are available for players from Mauritius.

 

 

Bingo in Mauritius

 

Online bingo in Mauritius: operators must have licence

 

Bingo is quite popular amongst players worldwide, especially in the US. There are numerous bingo halls scattered around Mauritius to satisfy the players. Players from Mauritius can play bingo online too, however, as of now there are no online gambling providers in the country. Playing in an offshore online casino is considered illegal in Mauritius but players are not prosecuted.

 

 

Poker in Mauritius

 

Online poker in Mauritius: operators must have licence

 

Poker is arguably the most popular casino game ever created. The main reasons behind its ever growing popularity are probably the constant television broadcasts and world championships. Many would consider poker as a game of skill rather than a game of luck but in nature, it still counts as a form of gambling. Playing poker is legal both in land-based and online gambling providers (there aren’t any operating in the country right now). However, playing in an offshore online casino is illegal but players are not prosecuted.

 

Sports betting in Mauritius

 

Online sports betting in Mauritius: operators must have licence

 

Sports betting is one of the most common forms of gambling out there. Betting on sports is legal and a popular activity amongst Mauritian citizens. It is legal to bet online too if the provider has a licence. However, there aren’t any online bookmakers operating in the country at the moment. Betting in offshore online casinos considered illegal, but players are not prosecuted.

 

Lottery in Mauritius

 

Online lottery in Mauritius: state monopoly

 

Arguably, the lottery is the most common form of gambling around the world. It is safe to say that where gambling is legal there is a national lottery. It is no different in Mauritius. The lottery is a state monopoly in the country as Lottotech is the exclusive provider on behalf of the government. The national lottery in Mauritius is drawn weekly.

 

Bitcoin gambling in Mauritius

 

Bitcoin gambling in Mauritius: operators must have licence

 

Bitcoin is a digital currency often referred to as a “cryptocurrency” introduced back in 2008. It quickly gained a worldwide popularity as an alternative mean of payment. Bitcoin gambling appeared shortly after the introduction of the currency and continues to grow in popularity as more and more casinos started to specialise in it. Bitcoin is still a relatively new phenomenon so just only a handful of countries issued laws concerning it. Bitcoin gambling (and Bitcoin trades in general) mostly occur on the internet so operators of such businesses have to acquire a proper licence from the GRA to operate. Aside from this, there are no specific laws concerning Bitcoin gambling or Bitcoin in general in Mauritius as of now.

 

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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: 2016.01.15.

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An overview of gambling's legal status in Mauritius.
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