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Puerto Rico Gambling Guide

 

Gambling is legal in Puerto Rico (officially the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, PR , a United States unincorporated territory) since 1948, including casino games, lottery, bingo, horse and even betting on cockfights (UPDATE: since 2019 cockfights are no longer legal). The main piece of gambling legislation is the Laws of Puerto Rico Annotated  – Title 15 – Sports and Parks – Chapter 5. Games of Chance* and the Casino and Gambling Act**. There are 20 casinos, 2 horse racing tracks, and several cockfighting arenas (a.k.a. cockpits) on the islands. Puerto Rico is one of the few places in the world, where betting on blood sports is still legal UPDATE: since 2019 , according to US Public Law 115 – 334 – Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018***, all forms of blood sports, including cockfighting are illegal in all US states and territories, which includes Puerto Rico (they tried to fight this ban, but so far ii was unsuccessful, see the video below for more). However, even though cockfighting is illegal on paper, it is still de facto legal in the countryside of Puerto Rico (this is pretty common in the US territories though: Guam, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands all have legalized traditional cockfighting and betting on cockfights, despite the objections of the US federal government, and just like Puerto Rico, they are actively fighting the US ban, and have made laws to protect this particular piece of their local culture).

The legal status of unincorporated territories within the US is quite controversial. They can elect regulators and pass their own laws, but the US congress (to which they cannot appoint representatives) can nullify the measures of their territorial legislatures, and in case of conflict, US federal laws supersede local laws (although 54% of  Puerto Ricans voted in favor of becoming an independent country, and it is very possible that Puerto Rico will eventually achieve independence). But for now, all the restrictions on online gambling that exist in the US on a federal level apply to Puerto Rico as well, which means it’s illegal. UPDATE 2021: Online casino gambling is no longer illegal, it’s in the process of being legalized in Puerto Rico, it needs to be approved and brought into compliance with US federal laws (Wire Act 1961, Unlawful Internet Gambling Act 2006, Illegal Gambling Business Act, The Wire Act 1961, The Racketeer Act, you can read more about the situation of online gambling in the United States of America here), therefore, the process will likely take years. In the meantime, players can freely play online in casinos which accept US players (you can see them below, online casinos which accept players from the USA tend to accept Puerto Rico players as well).

Additionally, since 2019, online sports betting is legal in Puerto Rico, according to Puerto Rico Sports Betting and Fantasy Contest Regulations****, which also covers fantasy sports betting and e-sports betting. This was made possible, because in 2018 the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act was declared unconstitutional and that made it possible for states and territories to legalize sports betting (online and offline, except for horse and dog racing which were not covered by the Amateur Sports Protection Act).

 

If you want to know about what’s going on in Puerto Rico about cockfighting, how they fight the US federal ban, and how a cockfight in an arena actually looks like, watch the following video:

 

Can tourists play online while visiting Puerto Rico?

Yes, the laws discussed here only apply to residents of Puerto Rico, if you are a tourist, you can play online freely while enjoying your vacation.

 

Gambling licensing in Puerto Rico

Gambling licensing and regulation is the responsibility of the newly created Puerto Rico Gaming Commission (no website yet). If you wish to set up a gambling business, you have to contact them (for now you have to contact the Gaming Division of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, until the Gaming Commission gets a website).

 

Gambling tax Puerto Rico

There is no specific gambling tax. Operators pay fixed licensing fees instead.

 

For the players, taxation of gambling winnings in Puerto Rico: taxable, gambling winnings are exempt from income tax. Instead, prizes are subject to a special tax, according to PRIRC § 3040.02***** “a tax of 10% on certain gambling winnings obtained in banks and 20% on all winnings from pools, betting against the bank, daily doubles, and subscription funds or from
any other betting transactions legally authorized on the racetracks of Puerto Rico.” Federal taxes are not paid on gambling winnings, unlike in the overwhelming majority of the USA.

/Comment: betting against the bank probably means betting against the house, therefore it means betting, wagering, sports betting, it’s just probably incorrectly worded, I have no idea what “gambling winnings obtained in banks” could mean, but according to Puerto Rico Herald****** it means casino gambling, but the article is from 2004 so I ‘m not sure if this is true anymore. They really should rename these, they are really poorly worded. Taxes are not automatically withheld by the gambling establishments./

 

Legal gambling age in Puerto Rico: 18+

 

Other:

Loot boxes, skin gambling is not regulated in Puerto Rico. Social gambling is not regulated. Fantasy sports betting is legal.

 

Sources. main pieces of gambling legislation:

*Laws of Puerto Rico Annotated  – Title 15 – Sports and Parks – Chapter 5. Games of Chance

**Casino and Gambling Act Puerto Rico  (if it doesn’t work try here)

***Public Law 115 – 334 – Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018

****Puerto Rico Sports betting and Fantasy Contest Regulations

*****PRIRC § 3040.02 is not available online, this is the best I could find: Unified Tax Code of Puerto Rico: Tax Policy Implementation Options General Explanation of Principal Options, mentioned at page 15

******10% Withholding Tax On Winnings Would Increase Burden On Casino Operations

 

 

Online casinos accepting players from Puerto Rico

The following online gambling websites accept players from Puerto Rico

 

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USA and Canada players are accepted.
  • Get 200% match bonus, up to $600. Use the code: WELCOME600
  • +$30 bonus. Use code: WINBLACK
OR:
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  These are only available to new players. Returning players get daily, exclusive bonuses and other rewards. It changes daily, check the casinos's page for info, the are usually very good, also they have cashback almost each month, so even if you lose, you will get some of it back, usually 10%, but sometimes more.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
  • Playthrough requirement: 30-60x for match bonuses and usually 40-60x for free spins and other bonuses, depends on the bonus
  Check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations, does not apply to bonuses for returning players which have different (significantly better) paythrough requirements.
Wagering limitation:
  • 100% - Slots and Keno
  • 50% - Roulette and Three Card Poker
  • 25% - Baccarat
  • 10% - Video Poker
  • 5% - Blackjack, Craps
  • 0% - Everything else
 

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USA and Canada players are accepted. However, US players can only deposit and withdraw money using cryptocurrencies! (this restriction only applies to US players, and only in this casino)
  • 100% match bonus, up to $400 + 25 free spins, no code needed
  OR:
  • Confirm email or phone, apply code: LADYDAY, make deposit from 21 to 400 EUR/USD and receive 88% + 88 free spins, limited time only, if it is no longer valid, please drop a comment and let me know
  OR:
  • Confirm email or phone, apply code: WEST100 make deposit pf at least 21 EUR/USD and receive 100 free spins, limited time only, if it is no longer valid, please drop a comment and let me know
  Returning players usually get 25% - 33% cashback, one of the highest regular cashbacks online. Even if you end up losing you will get about 30% of your money back (returning players only).

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
  • Playthrough requirement: Bonus wagering x40 applied.
  • Free spins wagering x40 applied.
  Check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations, does not apply to bonuses for returning players which have different (significantly better) paythrough requirements.
Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days to wager bonus.
  • Slots wagering allowed.
  • Slots wagering participation 100%.
  • Min bet 0.01 EUR - Max bet 3 EUR.
  • Betting Games wagering not allowed.
  • Providers allowed for wagering: Limited to enabled games only.
  • Player can cancel bonus at any time. Please note: Upon cancellation of the bonus the balance will be adjusted to the balance before bonus activation.
 

 

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  • Welcome bonus, 150% up to $500 on your first deposit (then 100%, up to $250 bonus on your second deposit, then 5-50% depending on the amount on your third deposit and afterwards)
  • 10% weekly rebate, 15% cashback on horse racing betting
  • Free spins, weekly cashback for returning players

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 10-40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Earnings ($10)Sign Up Bonus PlaythroughReload Bonus (Varies by %) Playthrough
Sports5 points for every $10 wagered12x6x-10x
(Baseball)2 points for every $10 wagered30x15x-25x
Horses7.5 points for every $10 wagered8x4x-6.7x
Slots2 points for every $10 wagered30x15x-25x
Table1 point for every $10 wagered60x30x-50x
Video Poker1.5 points for every $10 wagered40x20x-33x
 
Wagering limitation:
  • Please be advised - the use of bonus funds to place wagers on the following games is not allowed: Baccarat (including Live), Craps, and European Roulette (including Live).
  • For bonuses, sports moneyline wagers with odds of -300 (1.33) or less, will not qualify for rollover point earnings. So for example, betting NBA - NY Knicks (-350) will not earn rollover points towards a bonus.
   

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  • 100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.
  • 100% match poker bonus, a minimum deposit of $50 using code NEWBOL
  For returning players: Fund your BetOnline account via cryptocurrency and earn a 35% Reload Bonus on EVERY qualifying deposit. To claim your extra 35%, simply use code: CRYPTO35 Earn a 25% Bonus up to $250 on every qualifying reload you make 24/7/365. Just use promo code: LIFEBONUS when you deposit as little as $50 and the extra 25% will be added to your sports bankroll instantly

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

 

 

 

Summary:

 

 

Puerto Rico casino gambling

Online casino gambling in Puerto Rico: in the process of being legalized

Casino gambling in Puerto Rico: legal, license required

 

Land based casinos are legal and regulated in Puerto Rico since as early as 1948, according to the Casino and Gambling Act. Currently, there are 20 legally operating casinos on the islands. All of them are located in areas frequented by tourists, but locals are also allowed to enter these venues too (unlike in many small countries, where casinos are only accessible to tourists). Casinos can only be opened in so called “zonas históricas, antiguas o de interés turístico” – historically important zones of tourism, these were established in 1947 and they must be part of a hotel or resort.*

Online casino gambling is in the process of being legalized, which will likely take years due to the extreme and unnecessary complexity of US federal laws. In the meantime, players can play freely in online casinos, they are not prosecuted or fined at all. And online casinos which accept players from the USA tend to accept payers from Puerto Rico.

UPDATE: There is growing Chinese presence in the Puerto Rico casino industry both in terms of investors (10% of casinos are owned by Chinese individuals or companies, and about one third of them are partially owned by Chinese interests) but also in terms of visitors (increase in Chinese tourists for years).** This is not only happening in Puerto Rico, this takes place in other US territories with a gambling industry as well (probably a coordinated effort), a great example of this is the situation in the Northern Mariana Islands.

The online casinos below accept players from Puerto Rico.

Source:

*The Imperial Gaze: Tourism and Puerto Rico — A Review Essay

**Can Puerto Rico Become a First-Class Destination for Chinese Tourists?

 

Online casinos accepting players from Puerto Rico - click to see

The following online casino websites accept players from Puerto Rico:

 

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USA and Canada players are accepted.
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  • +$30 bonus. Use code: WINBLACK
OR:
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  These are only available to new players. Returning players get daily, exclusive bonuses and other rewards. It changes daily, check the casinos's page for info, the are usually very good, also they have cashback almost each month, so even if you lose, you will get some of it back, usually 10%, but sometimes more.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
  • Playthrough requirement: 30-60x for match bonuses and usually 40-60x for free spins and other bonuses, depends on the bonus
  Check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations, does not apply to bonuses for returning players which have different (significantly better) paythrough requirements.
Wagering limitation:
  • 100% - Slots and Keno
  • 50% - Roulette and Three Card Poker
  • 25% - Baccarat
  • 10% - Video Poker
  • 5% - Blackjack, Craps
  • 0% - Everything else
 

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RichPrize Casino bonus offers
USA and Canada players are accepted. However, US players can only deposit and withdraw money using cryptocurrencies! (this restriction only applies to US players, and only in this casino)
  • 100% match bonus, up to $400 + 25 free spins, no code needed
  OR:
  • Confirm email or phone, apply code: LADYDAY, make deposit from 21 to 400 EUR/USD and receive 88% + 88 free spins, limited time only, if it is no longer valid, please drop a comment and let me know
  OR:
  • Confirm email or phone, apply code: WEST100 make deposit pf at least 21 EUR/USD and receive 100 free spins, limited time only, if it is no longer valid, please drop a comment and let me know
  Returning players usually get 25% - 33% cashback, one of the highest regular cashbacks online. Even if you end up losing you will get about 30% of your money back (returning players only).

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
  • Playthrough requirement: Bonus wagering x40 applied.
  • Free spins wagering x40 applied.
  Check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations, does not apply to bonuses for returning players which have different (significantly better) paythrough requirements.
Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days to wager bonus.
  • Slots wagering allowed.
  • Slots wagering participation 100%.
  • Min bet 0.01 EUR - Max bet 3 EUR.
  • Betting Games wagering not allowed.
  • Providers allowed for wagering: Limited to enabled games only.
  • Player can cancel bonus at any time. Please note: Upon cancellation of the bonus the balance will be adjusted to the balance before bonus activation.
 

 

Black Lotus Casino

This is Black Lotus Casino's animated GIF banner advertising their new slot and their free spins and casino match bonuses. You can read about these promotional offers below the animated banner. By clicking on the banner you will be taken to the casino's website where you can register and play.
Black Lotus Casino bonus offers
USA and Canada players are accepted.
  • Get 200% match bonus, up to $600. Use the code: WELCOME600
  • +$30 bonus. Use code: WINBLACK
OR:
  • Get 313% match bonus, up to $1616. Use the code: ASTRA313
  • +33 free spins on the slot SPARTIANS. Use code: ASTRA33
  These are only available to new players. Returning players get daily, exclusive bonuses and other rewards. It changes daily, check the casinos's page for info, the are usually very good, also they have cashback almost each month, so even if you lose, you will get some of it back, usually 10%, but sometimes more.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
  • Playthrough requirement: 30-60x for match bonuses and usually 40-60x for free spins and other bonuses, depends on the bonus
  Check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations, does not apply to bonuses for returning players which have different (significantly better) paythrough requirements.
Wagering limitation:
  • 100% - Slots and Keno
  • 50% - Roulette and Three Card Poker
  • 25% - Baccarat
  • 10% - Video Poker
  • 5% - Blackjack, Craps
  • 0% - Everything else
 

RichPrize Casino

This is RichPrize Casino's animated GIF banner advertising their new exclusive games and their free spins and casino bonuses. You can read about these promotional offers below the animated banner. By clicking on the banner you will be taken to the casino's website where you can register and play.
RichPrize Casino bonus offers
USA and Canada players are accepted. However, US players can only deposit and withdraw money using cryptocurrencies! (this restriction only applies to US players, and only in this casino)
  • 100% match bonus, up to $400 + 25 free spins, no code needed
  OR:
  • Confirm email or phone, apply code: LADYDAY, make deposit from 21 to 400 EUR/USD and receive 88% + 88 free spins, limited time only, if it is no longer valid, please drop a comment and let me know
  OR:
  • Confirm email or phone, apply code: WEST100 make deposit pf at least 21 EUR/USD and receive 100 free spins, limited time only, if it is no longer valid, please drop a comment and let me know
  Returning players usually get 25% - 33% cashback, one of the highest regular cashbacks online. Even if you end up losing you will get about 30% of your money back (returning players only).

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
  • Playthrough requirement: Bonus wagering x40 applied.
  • Free spins wagering x40 applied.
  Check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations, does not apply to bonuses for returning players which have different (significantly better) paythrough requirements.
Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days to wager bonus.
  • Slots wagering allowed.
  • Slots wagering participation 100%.
  • Min bet 0.01 EUR - Max bet 3 EUR.
  • Betting Games wagering not allowed.
  • Providers allowed for wagering: Limited to enabled games only.
  • Player can cancel bonus at any time. Please note: Upon cancellation of the bonus the balance will be adjusted to the balance before bonus activation.
 

 

Click here for more info on casinos in the Puerto Rico.

 

 

Bingo in Puerto Rico

Online bingo in Puerto Rico: illegal, players are not prosecuted

Bingo in Puerto Rico: legal, non-profit only

 

Land based bingo is legal and regulated in Puerto Rico according to Chapter 9. Bingo Games – Laws of Puerto Rico*. Which means only eligible 501 (c) charitable organizations, companies can organize bingo events for fundraising purposes (this is common in the USA actually , commercial, for-profit bingo is only legal in a very few, only about 5 states).

Online bingo is illegal, even for non-profit organizations. However, players who visit foreign online bingo sites are not prosecuted or fined. but very few online bingo sites accept players from the USA, lat alone from Puerto Rico.

The following online bingo websites accept players from Puerto Rico:

I don’t know any. Due to the restrictions placed on financial transactions (because of the Wire Act) and due to political pressure exerted by the US on offshore online gambling licensing centers, I couldn’t find any bingo websites that would accept players from Puerto Rico. If you know of any, please drop a link to it in the comments section.

Source:

*Chapter 9. Bingo Games – Laws of Puerto Rico

 

 

Poker in Puerto Rico

Online poker in Puerto Rico: illegal, players are not prosecuted

Poker in Puerto Rico: legal in the casinos

 

Land based poker in Puerto Rico is legal within the casinos. However, very few of the licensed brick and mortar casinos have poker tables or poker rooms. There are, as mentioned before, 20 casino venues on the island currently, only about 3 of them have poker rooms (usually only the bigger casinos have poker rooms, smaller ones have a few poker tables at best, usually only Texas Hold’em against a dealer). There is no separate card room license, poker parlours would also need to get an expensive casinos licence, consequently, the are no standalone poker clubs.

Online poker is illegal in Puerto Rico and in the US on a federal level. It doesn’t look like it’s part of the online gambling legalization efforts, but it’s not certain yet what will be included in the final bill. For now, online poker is technically illegal, but players are not prosecuted or fined, and poker platforms that accept US players tend to accept Puerto Rican players as well.

The online poker sites below accept players from Puerto Rico.

Online casinos which have online poker sections and accept players from Puerto Rico - click to see

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

 

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  • Welcome bonus, 150% up to $500 on your first deposit (then 100%, up to $250 bonus on your second deposit, then 5-50% depending on the amount on your third deposit and afterwards)
  • 10% weekly rebate, 15% cashback on horse racing betting
  • Free spins, weekly cashback for returning players

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 10-40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Earnings ($10)Sign Up Bonus PlaythroughReload Bonus (Varies by %) Playthrough
Sports5 points for every $10 wagered12x6x-10x
(Baseball)2 points for every $10 wagered30x15x-25x
Horses7.5 points for every $10 wagered8x4x-6.7x
Slots2 points for every $10 wagered30x15x-25x
Table1 point for every $10 wagered60x30x-50x
Video Poker1.5 points for every $10 wagered40x20x-33x
 
Wagering limitation:
  • Please be advised - the use of bonus funds to place wagers on the following games is not allowed: Baccarat (including Live), Craps, and European Roulette (including Live).
  • For bonuses, sports moneyline wagers with odds of -300 (1.33) or less, will not qualify for rollover point earnings. So for example, betting NBA - NY Knicks (-350) will not earn rollover points towards a bonus.
   

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  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits! Use the code: BOLCASINO
  • 100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.
  • 100% match poker bonus, a minimum deposit of $50 using code NEWBOL
  For returning players: Fund your BetOnline account via cryptocurrency and earn a 35% Reload Bonus on EVERY qualifying deposit. To claim your extra 35%, simply use code: CRYPTO35 Earn a 25% Bonus up to $250 on every qualifying reload you make 24/7/365. Just use promo code: LIFEBONUS when you deposit as little as $50 and the extra 25% will be added to your sports bankroll instantly

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

 

Sports betting in Puerto Rico

Online sports betting in Puerto Rico: legal, operators require a license

sports betting in Puerto Rico: legal, operators require a license

 

The 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act* (PASP) outlawed sports betting nationwide in an attempt to protect professional and amateur sports against the perceived dangers of sports betting. PASPA barred states that didn’t already have legal sports betting from ever legalizing it. This law effectively gave Nevada a sports gambling monopoly. However, this was declared unconstitutional in 2018, which made it possible for states and territories to legalize sports betting. Puerto Ric took advantage of this and legalized both sports wagering and online sports betting in 2019. However, commercial online sportsbook license are not yet issued, the only form of local online sports betting is online horse racing betting of the Hipódromo Camarero.

Horse and racing betting (and greyhound racing betting) is a different issue when it comes to sports betting. It was already exempt from both PASPA and UIGEA. Horse racing betting and online horse racing betting were legal in the majority of the states and territories, including Puerto Rico ,even before 2018.

Betting on cockfights is also legal in the state. It is a traditional form of entertainment amongst the local populace despite the US federal ban. Cockfighting is so popular in Puerto Rico, that some arenas were actually funded by the government (prior to the US ban) and some of the fights are televised.

Sportsbooks which accept registrations from the USA tend to accept Puerto Rico punters as well.

The online sportsbooks below accept players from Puerto Rico.

*Source: Cockfighting-The Gentleman’s Sport of Puerto Rico.

Online bookmakers accepting registrations from Puerto Rico - click to see

The following online sportsbooks accept bettors from Puerto Rico:

 

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GTbets sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 150% up to $500 on your first deposit (then 100%, up to $250 bonus on your second deposit, then 5-50% depending on the amount on your third deposit and afterwards)
  • 10% weekly rebate, 15% cashback on horse racing betting
  • Free spins, weekly cashback for returning players

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 10-40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Earnings ($10)Sign Up Bonus PlaythroughReload Bonus (Varies by %) Playthrough
Sports5 points for every $10 wagered12x6x-10x
(Baseball)2 points for every $10 wagered30x15x-25x
Horses7.5 points for every $10 wagered8x4x-6.7x
Slots2 points for every $10 wagered30x15x-25x
Table1 point for every $10 wagered60x30x-50x
Video Poker1.5 points for every $10 wagered40x20x-33x
 
Wagering limitation:
  • Please be advised - the use of bonus funds to place wagers on the following games is not allowed: Baccarat (including Live), Craps, and European Roulette (including Live).
  • For bonuses, sports moneyline wagers with odds of -300 (1.33) or less, will not qualify for rollover point earnings. So for example, betting NBA - NY Knicks (-350) will not earn rollover points towards a bonus.
   

Bet Online Casino and Sportsbook + Poker

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  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits! Use the code: BOLCASINO
  • 100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.
  • 100% match poker bonus, a minimum deposit of $50 using code NEWBOL
  For returning players: Fund your BetOnline account via cryptocurrency and earn a 35% Reload Bonus on EVERY qualifying deposit. To claim your extra 35%, simply use code: CRYPTO35 Earn a 25% Bonus up to $250 on every qualifying reload you make 24/7/365. Just use promo code: LIFEBONUS when you deposit as little as $50 and the extra 25% will be added to your sports bankroll instantly

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

 

Lottery in Puerto Rico

Online lottery in Puerto Rico: legal, government monopoly

Lottery in Puerto Rico: legal, government monopoly

 

Puerto Rico operates a public lottery since 1934, the Puerto Rico Lottery (Loterias de Puerto Rica), operated by the Puerto Rico Treasury Department. Tickets for the Puerto Rico Lottery are available through land-based retailers and online, on their website as well.

Foreign online lotteries are not legal in Puerto Rico. However, players are not prosecuted for purchasing lottery tickets online. You can also purchase lottery tickets in person if you visit a foreign country as a tourist, that’s perfectly legal.

The following websites let people from Puerto Rico purchase lottery tickets online:

 

 

Bitcoin, cryptocurrency gambling in Puerto Rico

Bitcoin gambling in Puerto Rico: not specifically regulated

 

Cryptocurrency gambling is not specifically regulated in Puerto Rico or federally.

The following online casinos accept cryptocurrency and players from Puerto Rico:

Online casinos accepting crypto and players from Puerto Rico - click to see

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

 

Black Lotus Casino

This is Black Lotus Casino's animated GIF banner advertising their new slot and their free spins and casino match bonuses. You can read about these promotional offers below the animated banner. By clicking on the banner you will be taken to the casino's website where you can register and play.
Black Lotus Casino bonus offers
USA and Canada players are accepted.
  • Get 200% match bonus, up to $600. Use the code: WELCOME600
  • +$30 bonus. Use code: WINBLACK
OR:
  • Get 313% match bonus, up to $1616. Use the code: ASTRA313
  • +33 free spins on the slot SPARTIANS. Use code: ASTRA33
  These are only available to new players. Returning players get daily, exclusive bonuses and other rewards. It changes daily, check the casinos's page for info, the are usually very good, also they have cashback almost each month, so even if you lose, you will get some of it back, usually 10%, but sometimes more.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
  • Playthrough requirement: 30-60x for match bonuses and usually 40-60x for free spins and other bonuses, depends on the bonus
  Check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations, does not apply to bonuses for returning players which have different (significantly better) paythrough requirements.
Wagering limitation:
  • 100% - Slots and Keno
  • 50% - Roulette and Three Card Poker
  • 25% - Baccarat
  • 10% - Video Poker
  • 5% - Blackjack, Craps
  • 0% - Everything else
 

RichPrize Casino

This is RichPrize Casino's animated GIF banner advertising their new exclusive games and their free spins and casino bonuses. You can read about these promotional offers below the animated banner. By clicking on the banner you will be taken to the casino's website where you can register and play.
RichPrize Casino bonus offers
USA and Canada players are accepted. However, US players can only deposit and withdraw money using cryptocurrencies! (this restriction only applies to US players, and only in this casino)
  • 100% match bonus, up to $400 + 25 free spins, no code needed
  OR:
  • Confirm email or phone, apply code: LADYDAY, make deposit from 21 to 400 EUR/USD and receive 88% + 88 free spins, limited time only, if it is no longer valid, please drop a comment and let me know
  OR:
  • Confirm email or phone, apply code: WEST100 make deposit pf at least 21 EUR/USD and receive 100 free spins, limited time only, if it is no longer valid, please drop a comment and let me know
  Returning players usually get 25% - 33% cashback, one of the highest regular cashbacks online. Even if you end up losing you will get about 30% of your money back (returning players only).

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
  • Playthrough requirement: Bonus wagering x40 applied.
  • Free spins wagering x40 applied.
  Check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations, does not apply to bonuses for returning players which have different (significantly better) paythrough requirements.
Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days to wager bonus.
  • Slots wagering allowed.
  • Slots wagering participation 100%.
  • Min bet 0.01 EUR - Max bet 3 EUR.
  • Betting Games wagering not allowed.
  • Providers allowed for wagering: Limited to enabled games only.
  • Player can cancel bonus at any time. Please note: Upon cancellation of the bonus the balance will be adjusted to the balance before bonus activation.
 

 

GT Bets Casino and Sportsbook

GTbets bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently. The picture also acts as a link and by clicking o nit you will be taken to the gambling website.
GTbets sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 150% up to $500 on your first deposit (then 100%, up to $250 bonus on your second deposit, then 5-50% depending on the amount on your third deposit and afterwards)
  • 10% weekly rebate, 15% cashback on horse racing betting
  • Free spins, weekly cashback for returning players

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 10-40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Earnings ($10)Sign Up Bonus PlaythroughReload Bonus (Varies by %) Playthrough
Sports5 points for every $10 wagered12x6x-10x
(Baseball)2 points for every $10 wagered30x15x-25x
Horses7.5 points for every $10 wagered8x4x-6.7x
Slots2 points for every $10 wagered30x15x-25x
Table1 point for every $10 wagered60x30x-50x
Video Poker1.5 points for every $10 wagered40x20x-33x
 
Wagering limitation:
  • Please be advised - the use of bonus funds to place wagers on the following games is not allowed: Baccarat (including Live), Craps, and European Roulette (including Live).
  • For bonuses, sports moneyline wagers with odds of -300 (1.33) or less, will not qualify for rollover point earnings. So for example, betting NBA - NY Knicks (-350) will not earn rollover points towards a bonus.
   

Bet Online Casino and Sportsbook + Poker

Bet Online bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently.
Bet Online sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits! Use the code: BOLCASINO
  • 100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.
  • 100% match poker bonus, a minimum deposit of $50 using code NEWBOL
  For returning players: Fund your BetOnline account via cryptocurrency and earn a 35% Reload Bonus on EVERY qualifying deposit. To claim your extra 35%, simply use code: CRYPTO35 Earn a 25% Bonus up to $250 on every qualifying reload you make 24/7/365. Just use promo code: LIFEBONUS when you deposit as little as $50 and the extra 25% will be added to your sports bankroll instantly

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

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.

 

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: 2021-03-12

Gamble responsibly,
SimonTheSorcerer

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Simon's Guide to Gambling in Puerto Rico
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Simon's Guide to Gambling in Puerto Rico
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An overview of the legal status of various forms of online and brick & mortar gambling and internet gaming and cryptocurrency games of chance in the US unincorporated territory of Puerto Rico. A list of online gambling websites accepting players from Puerto Rico is included as well.
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Simon András Péter (SimonTheSorcerer)
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