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What is sports betting like in Haïti?

Haiti is in the Caribbean, and neighbours the Dominican Republic; the two are part of the same island. It is one of the more populated islands of the region, coming in at third in the Caribbean with over 10.6 million citizens.

Through the years, Haiti has become a tourist hotspot, offeringpristine beaches, casinos, and numerous historical sites, from Sans-Soucis Palace to Citadelle Laferrière. 

Haiti may not compare to Atlantic City or Las Vegas in terms of its entertainment selection, but it is completely legal for citizens and tourists to gamble in the country.

Gambling in Haiti

Gambling was legalized in 1960 by Haitian President Francois Duvalier. Casinos were present in Haiti even before this, though it was illegal. The legalization of gambling gave big casino names a chance to invest in Haiti, but the law required that casinos be located in a hotel with a minimum of 200 rooms. It’s why you don’t find too many casinos in Haiti today.

Haiti currently has two large casinos, Casino El Rancho and Four Aces. Each operates freely, but while gambling is permitted in the country, the government hasn’t established an institution to regulate it. Both casinos are located in the capital, Port-au-Prince, and you will find all your favourite casino games, such as slot machines, poker, blackjack, and more. 

Sports Betting in Haiti

In Haiti, you can bet on any sports imaginable. Sports betting has always been a favourite pastime for the citizens of Haiti, and it is on the list of only a handful of countries where you can legally bet on cockfighting.

The government has no regulation in place for sports betting,which gives citizens the option to place bets with bookmakers in Haiti or those available online. Many online bookmakers, like SBOBET, allow players from Haiti to register and place bets on numerous sports, from football to horse racing.

Betting safely in Haiti

With no government regulations, casino patrons will need to take the matter of safety seriously before committing to a site. Be smart when placing bets online or in person by doing the following:

• Set a budget before you place any bets and stick to it. The last thing you want to do is commit too much and end up in

 • Don’t let greed get the best of you—play for fun, not money.

• There is always an element of unpredictability in sports. No matter how much insight you have, there are no sure shots.

 • Never chase your losses, quit while you are ahead. Becoming engulfed in a negative cycle of debt and loss leads to perpetual problems and kills the entertainment factor. 

• When placing bets online, check the license of the platform before committing money or personal information to the site. 

It doesn’t matter if you place your bets online on SBOBET or at a casino in Haiti, it is best to do so responsibly. Betting can easily get out of hand, so err on the side of caution.

Haitian Times

Haitian Times

The Haitian Times was founded in 1999 as a weekly English language newspaper based in Brooklyn, NY.The newspaper is widely regarded as the most authoritative voice for Haitian Diaspora.
Haitian Times
Sep. 18, 2020

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