Barbados did not follow in the footsteps of nearby Caribbean islands that took on the e-gaming licensing and profited from the growing online industry. Instead, the government of this tropical paradise in the Lesser Antilles opted for a markedly different approach, and that is to ban most gambling-related activities. As one of the richest countries in the world, the former British colony gained independence in the 60's and has been thriving on tourism, manufacture and offshore financial services since.
Local Gambling Laws
Though gambling is officially prohibited, Barbadian laws do not specifically address or restrict all of its forms. Hence some activity does take place across the island. According to the regulations, only games played at the table in physical casinos, such as roulette, blackjack or poker are against the law. Slot machines, however, are not and that is why some facilities like hotels, restaurants, bars, pools and other destinations visited by tourists offer slots legally. Other types of games of chance available on the island are lotteries, exclusively managed by the Barbados Lottery Association, and horse races taking place at one of the world's oldest race tracks.
Online gambling is entirely exempt from the law. There are no gaming sites based in Barbados, and the government does not issue licenses to foreign companies. Despite this, the sector thrives here, as locals are fond of real money wagering and do so in large number at international virtual casinos such as BGO, Black Lotus, 32Red and many others. They are not under threat of criminal charges and can enjoy these activities freely and without repercussions. Even though Barbados has been under pressure to legalize gaming due to its entertainment value and the potential to attract tourists, this is still not a subject open for discussion, because the officials aim to keep the island a relaxed and serene location, where casinos in their view do not belong.
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