Simon’s Reunion Island Casino Gambling Guide

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Casino de St-Gilles (a casino on Réunion Island) – Poker, Gambling and online Gambling Guide

 

Casinos (and other forms of gambling) are legal and regulated in Reunion Island.

Réunion (or Reunion Island) is a French overseas department located in the Indian Ocean. It is situated east of Madagascar and about 175 kilometres southwest of Mauritius, the nearest island. It has a population of 844,994 and a land area of 2,511 square kilometres. Like the other four overseas departments, it is also one of the 27 regions of France, with the modified status of overseas regions. As such, it is an integral part of the Republic with the same status as those situated on the European mainland. It is, therefore administratively, considered a part of Europe.

This obviously means, that the same gambling laws apply to Réunion, as to mainland France. Land based gambling operators are eligible for gambling licenses, according to French law. However, apart from the four land based casinos on the island, there is no trace online of any other legally operating gambling venues or operations.

Online gambling is the monopoly of the French national gambling company Française des Jeux (FDJ), and only online sports betting, lottery and poker are legal. In 2010, law No 2010-476 of 12 May, usually referred to as the French Gambling Act was enacted, which opened up the market to private operators. However, the new regulation imposed harsh taxes (33%+, – the highest in all of Europe) and several other measures on licensees, that made the legal French online gambling market somewhat unappealing to operators. The legislation established a regulatory body called ARJEL (Regulatory authority for online games) UPDATE 2021: L’Autorité nationale des Jeux ANJ replaces ARJEL as the regulatory authority of most forms of gambling and online gambling from 2020., which is trusted with overseeing and controlling the gambling industry and issuing licences*.

Only online sports betting (live betting, pool betting and fixed odds betting), online horse race betting (pool betting), online lottery and online poker (Texas Hold’em and Omaha Poker 4) are legalised.

L’Autorité nationale des Jeux ANJ also orders ISPs to block unlicensed foreign gambling sites in France and French territories. However, playing on foreign gambling platforms is not criminalised by French law, therefore residents of France (and its overseas departments, therefore Reunion Island too) are free to access the few online gambling websites that accept people from France and the French Territories.

*Source: Online gambling: Finnish and French models

 

Gambling licensing in French Territories

Gambling in France and French Territories  is not supervised by a single entity, but by several. Betting activities have traditionally been divided between the Pari Mutuel Hippodrome (PMH) and the Pari Mutuel Urbaine (PMU). The country’s national lottery, as well as some lottery-style games such as bingo, are in the hands of Francaise des Jeux (FDJ). Online gambling is regulated L’Autorité nationale des Jeux ANJ.

Online gambling has been legal and regulated in France since 2010 (Law 2010-476 dated 2010 May 12 on opening the online gambling and betting market to competition and regulation). Three forms of gambling are currently permitted to be conducted online by licensed private companies:

  • sports betting,
  • poker,
  • and horse race betting.

 

Gambling tax France

In France gambling taxes are extremely high, this keeps the number of gambling establishments down and forces several operators out of the market. It’s a progressive tax system. Operators have to pay the following taxes:

Gambling tax in France (all are percentage of gross gaming revenue, from 2020 onwards)

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

 

For 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

 

For 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 68% of the gross gambling revenue from slot machines.
In addition, every gambling establishments has to pay 13.7% tax on any winnings by players equal to or exceeding EUR1,500 (this is because gambling winnings over €1500 are taxable in France and players never paid tax on them, so now casinos have to).

As you can see, it’s incredibly high, the highest gambling tax rate in all of Europe. No wonder that despite the size, affluence, and the number of tourists visiting the country it has relatively few casinos. And this is the reason why there are no standalone casinos in France, they are always part of a complex (restaurant+hotel+venue), because of the crippling tax rate it’s impossible to get by just from gambling alone. 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% tax rate (why bother to open at that point?), with the annual licensing fees on top of this extreme tax rate, you can end up in an unlikely, but sadly possible situation, where you have to pay almost all your revenue to the government in taxes and fees… This system offically applies to French Territories too.

For players: Gambling wins over €1500 are taxable. 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. However, if you play abroad, or online, and if you win over €1500 you would have to pay taxes on it. However, 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.

 

Online casinos accepting players from Reunion Island

The following online gambling websites accept players from Réunion

 

888 Casino, Poker, Bingo and Sportsbook

This is a banner displaying the various bonuses, promotional offers of the 888 digital gambling platform (the 888 Group has online casino, digital poker and internet sports betting sections, all of them are accessible with just one registered player account). On this page, right under the banner, you can read about these promotions, free spins and their terms and conditions, playthrough requirements, wagering limitations and the 888 online gambling website's player protection, self exclusion and harm mitigation features and options available to players. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to the website of 888 casino, where you can register an account and play for real money. Full disclaimer: by registering an account I (the website owner) will receive a small percentage of the amount of money you deposited, must be 18+ to be able to register a real money account. Gamble responsibly. UPDATED 2022.

888 online gambling: casino games, poker, bingo & bookmaker, current 2022 promos, UK players accepted (no USA)

  • €1500 welcome bonus package, promo code: WELCOME1

USA players are not accepted, but UK players are accepted. Full list of banned countries can be found in the drop down menu below. All in one gambling destination with poker, sports betting, live dealer games, bingo and over 1000 casino games, all accessibe with one players account (but on separate platforms). You can read the review of 888 Casino here.

Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date by the time you are reading this).
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%
 
UPDATE COVID-19: The online casino does not use the global pandemic situation for advertisement purposes, or to encourage the usage of its online gambling platform. In fact, it's forbidden to use the namesake, name, likeness and official logo or any depiction of the casino/company (and this casino gambling blog) in conjunction with any marketing campaign, which uses the novel coronavirus pandemic for promotion.
888 Casino does not accept players from:
   

 

 

 

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Casino gambling in Reunion Island

 

Online casino gambling in Reunion Island: illegal, players are not prosecuted

 

Land based casinos are legal and licensed in France, and therefore in Reunion Island also. Currently, there are a reported 4 legally operating casinos on the island: Casino Saint-Denis, Casino de St-Gilles, Casino de Saint-Pierre and Casino du Sud.

Under French law, only sports and horse betting games and online poker sites are eligible for a licence.

All online casinos that have slots or other casino games can not apply for a licence. However, players who place bets on on these platforms cannot be prosecuted by French law (offshore casino are outside of French jurisdiction). Although accessing these sites might prove somewhat difficult, as many of them are reportedly blocked by French ISPs on ARJEL’s order. These measures apply to Réunion too, as an overseas department of France.

The online casinos below accept players from Reunion Island.

Online casinos accepting players from Reunion Island - click to see

The following online casino websites accept players from Reunion Island:

 

888 Casino, Poker, Bingo and Sportsbook

This is a banner displaying the various bonuses, promotional offers of the 888 digital gambling platform (the 888 Group has online casino, digital poker and internet sports betting sections, all of them are accessible with just one registered player account). On this page, right under the banner, you can read about these promotions, free spins and their terms and conditions, playthrough requirements, wagering limitations and the 888 online gambling website's player protection, self exclusion and harm mitigation features and options available to players. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to the website of 888 casino, where you can register an account and play for real money. Full disclaimer: by registering an account I (the website owner) will receive a small percentage of the amount of money you deposited, must be 18+ to be able to register a real money account. Gamble responsibly. UPDATED 2022.

888 online gambling: casino games, poker, bingo & bookmaker, current 2022 promos, UK players accepted (no USA)

  • €1500 welcome bonus package, promo code: WELCOME1

USA players are not accepted, but UK players are accepted. Full list of banned countries can be found in the drop down menu below. All in one gambling destination with poker, sports betting, live dealer games, bingo and over 1000 casino games, all accessibe with one players account (but on separate platforms). You can read the review of 888 Casino here.

Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date by the time you are reading this).
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%
 
UPDATE COVID-19: The online casino does not use the global pandemic situation for advertisement purposes, or to encourage the usage of its online gambling platform. In fact, it's forbidden to use the namesake, name, likeness and official logo or any depiction of the casino/company (and this casino gambling blog) in conjunction with any marketing campaign, which uses the novel coronavirus pandemic for promotion.
888 Casino does not accept players from:
   

 

Click here for more info on casinos in Reunion Island.

 

 

Bingo in Reunion Island

 

Online bingo in Reunion Island: illegal, players are not prosecuted

 

Even though bingo is quite a popular game in France and land based bingo halls are eligible for a licence, there are none in Réunion. None of the four casinos on the island seem to have a bingo hall.

Online bingo sites cannot operate legally in France. By law, only online poker sites, sports and horse betting platforms are eligible for a French online gambling licence. There is one legal bingo operation in the country – a lottery type bingo game offered by FDJ. It is also available online, but it’s not real bingo.

Foreign online bingo operators are technically illegal and some such sites are blocked by authorities. However, players are not prosecuted for playing on these platforms.

The following bingo websites accept players from Reunion Island:

I couldn’t find any bingo site that would accept players from Reunion Island. If you know of any please drop a line in the comments section below.

 

 

Poker in Reunion Island

 

Online poker in Reunion Island: legal, licensed

 

In Reunion Island, poker is legal and licensed, according to French laws, which apply to overseas departments also. Reportedly, all of the four legally operating casinos in Réunion offer poker tables to their players. Separate poker clubs are also eligible for a licence under French law. However, there don’t appear to be any such venues in operation in Réunion.

Online poker is legal and licensed in France, and therefore Reunion Island as well. The major drawback of this system is, that French laws do not allow for the sharing of player pools between countries. This means that French players are only allowed to play poker online against each other. However, an amendment to the French Gambling Act is recently being discussed by legislators that would resolve this situation and let French players join the global pool*. In the meantime, French players who choose to play on unlicensed foreign poker sites cannot be prosecuted by authorities.

The following online poker sites accept players from the Reunion Island.

Online casinos which have online poker sections and accept players from the Reunion Island - click to see

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

I couldn’t find any poker site that would accept players from Reunion Island. If you know of any please drop a line in the comments section below.

*Source: France Looks Into Increasing Player Liquidity To Increase Online Revenues

 

 

Sports betting in Reunion Island

 

Online sports betting in Reunion Island: legal, licensed

 

Land based sports betting operators are eligible for a licence under French law – which applies to Réunion as well. However, there don’t appear to be any brick and mortar betting shops on the island.

Online sports betting operators can also obtain a license under French law. There are quite a few such sites operating legally, on “.fr” domains. Many unlicensed foreign online bookmakers are blocked by authorities. However, if a player from France or one of its overseas departments or territories manages to access these, he or she cannot be prosecuted or penalised in any way for doing so.

The online sportsbooks below accept registrations from the Bahamas.

Online bookmakers accepting registrations from the Bahamas - click to see

The following online sportsbooks accept bettors from the Commonwealth of the Bahamas:

 

I couldn’t find any sports betting site that would accept players from Reunion Island. If you know of any please drop a line in the comments section below.

 

 

Lottery in Reunion Island

 

Online lottery in Reunion Island: legal, state monopoly

 

Lottery is a state monopoly in France. Residents of mainland France and its overseas territories and departments can participate in both the national lottery conducted by the FDJ and also the EuroMillions. Games of both these operators are accessible through an online platform.

Foreign online lotteries are technically illegal. Websites of some international internet lottery operators are blocked by French authorities. However, French players (and players from Reunion Island) are not prosecuted or penalised in any way for participating in foreign online lottery draws.

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

Online lottery

This is an animated 728x90 pixels GIF banner advertisement of the Lotter online lottery retailer. The animated banner displays the various ads and promotions the digital gambling platform offers in 2022. The Lottery is an official reseller of Oregon and Texas lottery tickets. You can find the list of restricted countries, from which the Lottery does not accept plyers below the banner, behind the dropdown menu, additional requirements, terms and conditions are displayed there as well. The banner acts as a link, by clicking on it you can see the offers on their website and you can purchase lottery tickets over the internet after registration.

The Lottery, official reseller of US lottery tickets online, licensed legally operating online lottery retailer

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 gambling in Reunion Island

 

Bitcoin gambling in Reunion Island: not specifically regulated

 

I couldn’t find any official, valid information on ARJEL’s stance on Bitcoin gambling and using cryptocurrencies in online gambling. Last year an illegal Bitcoin gambling operation was shut down by French authorities. The people behind it were charged with conducting illegal gambling, but it is unclear, whether it was simply illegal, because it was an unlicensed operation, or Bitcoin also had to do something with it.

However, I couldn’t unearth any precedent, where French authorities licensed a Bitcoin gambling site or authorised any of their licensees to accept Bitcoins from their players. There is also not one reported case, where they refused a possible licensee a licence, because it wanted to accept wagers in cryptocurrencies or expressly restricted a licensed operator from doing so. One thing is for certain, though: residents of France and its overseas territories and departments are not prosecuted for gambling online neither in Bitcoins, nor in any other currency.

The bitcoin casinos below accept players from Réunion Island.

Online casinos accepting crypto and players from Reunion Island - click to see

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

 

888 Casino, Poker, Bingo and Sportsbook

This is a banner displaying the various bonuses, promotional offers of the 888 digital gambling platform (the 888 Group has online casino, digital poker and internet sports betting sections, all of them are accessible with just one registered player account). On this page, right under the banner, you can read about these promotions, free spins and their terms and conditions, playthrough requirements, wagering limitations and the 888 online gambling website's player protection, self exclusion and harm mitigation features and options available to players. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to the website of 888 casino, where you can register an account and play for real money. Full disclaimer: by registering an account I (the website owner) will receive a small percentage of the amount of money you deposited, must be 18+ to be able to register a real money account. Gamble responsibly. UPDATED 2022.

888 online gambling: casino games, poker, bingo & bookmaker, current 2022 promos, UK players accepted (no USA)

  • €1500 welcome bonus package, promo code: WELCOME1

USA players are not accepted, but UK players are accepted. Full list of banned countries can be found in the drop down menu below. All in one gambling destination with poker, sports betting, live dealer games, bingo and over 1000 casino games, all accessibe with one players account (but on separate platforms). You can read the review of 888 Casino here.

Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date by the time you are reading this).
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%
 
UPDATE COVID-19: The online casino does not use the global pandemic situation for advertisement purposes, or to encourage the usage of its online gambling platform. In fact, it's forbidden to use the namesake, name, likeness and official logo or any depiction of the casino/company (and this casino gambling blog) in conjunction with any marketing campaign, which uses the novel coronavirus pandemic for promotion.
888 Casino does not accept players from:
   

 

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: 2021-01-15

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