Simon’s Nepal Casino and Gambling Guide

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The picture shows you the Casino Royale located in Kathmandu, Nepal. This picture is used as the header image of my guide to Nepal casinos and gambling. Gambling is illegal for Nepali citizens but legal for tourists.

Nepal Casino and Gambling Guide

 

Nepal, officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal is a landlocked country located in South Asia. Nepal is located in the Himalayas and shares borders with China to the north, and India to the east, to the south, and to the west as well. Nepal is separated from Bangladesh by the narrow Indian Siliguri Corridor and from Bhutan by the Indian state of Sikkim. The nation’s capital and largest city is Kathmandu with almost 1 million residents.

Nepal was a monarchy throughout most of its history, ruled by the Shah Dynasty of kings from 1768 till 2008 when the country became a federal multiparty representative democratic republic. In 2015, a new constitution was issued making Nepal a federal democratic country by making 7 unnamed states.

The dominant religion in the country is Hinduism, which is practiced by 80.3% of the population. Besides Hinduism, there are many more religions prominent in Nepal like Islam and Buddhism to name a few.

Nepal is a developing country with a quite weak economy ranking only 145th out of 187 countries on the Human Development Index (HDI) in 2014. The biggest problems in the country are hunger and poverty. However, the government made a commitment to get Nepal out of the least developed country status by 2022.

All forms of gambling (including online) are forbidden in Nepal. However, gambling is legal for tourists. Nepal is considered one of the biggest gambling centers in South Asia with 8 casinos operating just in its capital city, Kathmandu.
The Nepali government ordered all the casinos to shut down because they failed to pay the taxes back in 2014*, but in 2015, they started to reopen again targeting mostly wealthy Indian players.*

Some gambling websites erroneously claim, that betting on Elephant Polo matches is legal in Nepal. Despite the gambling ban, betting on Elephant Polo is very popular and widespread among locals. However, it is still illegal, and players can face jail time and heavy fines.

Online gambling is illegal for Nepalis, but the government doesn’t block any offshore online casinos and Nepali citizens are not being prosecuted either. Some banks may block transactions between a Nepali citizen and an offshore online casino (mostly Chinese  banks do this), so the use of a so-called “digital wallet” (like Neteller) could help. However, if Nepalese are caught in a land-based establishment they could face a fine or jail time (if it’s not the first offense).

 

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*Nepal Says All The Casinos In The Country Are Illegal, Must Close By Sunday

*As Casinos Reopen in Nepal, Country Starts Direct Mumbai-Kathmandu Flight

 

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Casino gambling in Nepal

 

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

 

There are numerous land-based casinos operating in Nepal, however, Nepal citizens are not allowed to play in them. They mostly target Indian customers and other tourists. Nepal is considered one of the biggest gambling centers of South Asia with 8 casinos operating in Kathmandu only. Online gambling is illegal for Nepali citizens too, but so far none was prosecuted. The law enforcement of Nepal is not equipped to deal with offshore online casinos so none was arrested or prosecuted for playing in a foreign online casino.

The following online casinos accept players from Nepal:

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BGO casino – accepting players from Nepal

 

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32 Red casino – accepting players from Nepal

 

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Betsson online casino – accepting players from Nepal

 

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Betsafe online casino – accepting players from Nepal

 

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Casino Euro – accepting players from Nepal

 

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Black lotus casino – accepting players from Nepal

 

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Lotus Asia casino – accepting players from Nepal

 

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GT Bets accepts players from Nepal – accepting Bitcoins as well

 

Bingo in Nepal

 

Online bingo in Nepal: illegal, players are not prosecuted

 

Bingo is a quite popular form of gambling, especially in the US. Gambling is illegal for Nepali citizens, so bingo is too. However, for tourists, gambling is completely legal in the land-based casinos in Nepal. Online gambling is forbidden for Nepalese too, but players are not prosecuted.

The following online bingo sites accept players from Nepal:

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BGO bingo – accepting players from Nepal

 

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Betsson Bingo – accepting registrations from Nepal

 

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32 Red Bingo – accepting registrations from Nepal

 

Poker in Nepal

 

Online poker in Nepal: illegal, players are not prosecuted

 

Poker is one of the most (if not the most) popular forms of gambling around the world. Many consider poker as a game of skill, observation, and patience rather than a game of chance. It is still considered a form of gambling in Nepal. Most of the casinos worldwide offer poker tables to visitors and it is no different in Nepal. However, gambling is illegal for Nepali citizens so they can’t visit local casinos to try their luck. Online gambling is banned too, but players are not prosecuted.

The following online poker sites accept players from Nepal:

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Betsson online Poker – accepting players from Nepal

 

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Betsafe online Poker – accepting players from Nepal

 

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32 Red online Poker – accepting players from Nepal

 

Sports betting in Nepal

 

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

 

Sports betting is another popular form of gambling out there. Gambling is not allowed to Nepali citizens and if they caught in a land-based casino they can face jail time (if it’s not the first offense). The gambling laws are different for tourists, though. Most of the casinos located in Nepal target tourists (mostly from India) because it’s legal for them to play in a casino. There are no online bookmakers in Nepal because online gambling is illegal too. However, as of yet, no player was prosecuted for placing bets with an offshore online bookmaker.

The following online sportsbooks accept players from Nepal:

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Betsson online sportsbook – accepting registrations from Nepal

 

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Betsafe online bookmaker – accepting registrations from Nepal

 

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32 Red sport online sportsbook – accepting players from Nepal

 

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

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

 

Lottery in Nepal

 

Online lottery in Nepal: illegal, players are not prosecuted

 

Arguably the lottery is the most common form of gambling in the world. Every country where gambling is legal has a lottery game. There is no national lottery in Nepal due to gambling being illegal for citizens.

 

 

Bitcoin gambling in Nepal

 

Bitcoin gambling in Nepal: illegal, players are not prosecuted

 

Bitcoin is a digital currency often referred to as a “cryptocurrency” invented by Satoshi Nakamoto back in 2008. The currency gained a lot of popularity since then. Bitcoin gambling is starting to become popular too, as more and more online casinos specializing in it. Bitcoin trade mostly occurs in a digital platform (like the internet) due to its digital nature. Because it is still a relatively new phenomenon just a handful of countries issued laws concerning Bitcoin. As of now, Nepal doesn’t have any specific laws concerning Bitcoin gambling or Bitcoin in general.

The following Bitcoin casinos accept players from Nepal:

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GT Bets accepts players from Nepal, 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: 2016.01.07.

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Simon's Nepal Casino and Gambling Guide
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Simon's Nepal Casino and Gambling Guide
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An overview on the legal status of gambling and casinos in Nepal. This article will explain why is legal for tourists to play in Nepal casinos and illegal for the locals. Online gambling is also mentioned.
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