Seychellois Gambling Information
By Reno Rollins
Gambling is legal in the country of Seychelles. Casinos are available, as are sportsbooks, race books and Internet gambling. The minimum age to gamble is 18.
Casinos in Seychelles
Currently, there are four casinos in operation in Seychelles. They are:
- Berjaya International Casino (Beau Vallon Beach, Mahe Island, Seychelles) Slot machines are available daily from noon until 3am, while table games are available fro 8pm until 3am. The casino has 2,000 square feet of gaming space with 52 gaming machines (including video machines and jackpot slots) and 14 table and poker games (blackjack, poker and roulette). Three restaurants, four bars and a 232-room hotel are also located on the premises. A smart/casual dress code is enforced. For more information, call +248 287 287 or visit their website at www.berjayaresorts.com/beachresort_vallon.htm.
- Casino des Iles (Cote D’Or, Praslin, Seychelles) The casino is open Monday thru Saturday from 7pm until 3am and Sunday from noon until 3am. There are 42 gaming machines available, as well as 10 table and poker games (blackjack, poker and roulette). Gaming machines include jackpot slots and video machines, which include progressive and cumulative slots. Two restaurants are also located on the premises, with a casual dress code in effect. For more information, call +248 232 500.
- The Plantation Club Resort and Planters Casino (Baie Lazare, Victoria, Seychelles) Open Sunday thru Thursday from 8:30 pm until 3am and Friday and Saturday from 8:30 pm until 4am. The casino offers 30 gaming machines (including jackpot slots and video machines) and 11 poker and table games (blackjack, poker and roulette). There are also two restaurants, one bar and a 200-room hotel on the premises. A smart/casual dress code is enforced. For more information, call +248 386 868.
- Victoria International Casino (Pirates Arms Building, Victoria, Seychelles) The casino is open Monday thru Friday from 8pm until 3am and Saturday and Sunday from 2pm until 4am. The casino offers 1,507 square feet of gaming space, plus 30 gaming machines, 16 table and poker games (3 card poker, blackjack, electronic roulette, poker, roulette, stud poker and Texas Hold‘em), and a race and sports book. A restaurant and bar are also located on the premises. For more information, call +248 225 878.
Internet Gambling in Seychelles
In 2003, the Interactive Gambling Act was passed in Seychelles. This provided for the licensing and regulation of any Internet gambling sites from or in the country. Drawing heavily from Australian legislation, the Act extends “Interactive gaming” to where:
- A monetary prize, or something else, can be won
under the rules of the game.
The Act also allows for “players’ accounts” to be created so that the operator can hold the funds of the player on trust for them. The operator then has the right to debit the account for the amount of an authorized game. Winnings may also be paid directly into these accounts. This allows customers to play without having to enter credit card information every time, but credit cannot be extended to a player.
Only fit and proper persons will have licenses granted to them, and the regulatory authority will have the right to approve the control system and gaming software. According to the Act, an annual audit must be performed of the operator’s financial statements and operator’s accounts. Inspectors will also have the power to conduct investigations to determine that the operator is in compliance with the Act.
Currently, there are two Internet casinos licensed in Seychelles. They are:
- E-Gold Casino
Seychelles, also known as the Republic of Seychelles, is an island nation comprising 155 islands in the Indian Ocean. It is roughly 930 miles east of Africa. Nearby islands include the Maldives, Suvadives, Mayotte, Comoros, Reunion, Mauritius and Zanzibar.
It is believed that Arab traders may have been the first to visit the islands, although the first recorded sighting took place in 1502 by Vasco da Gama. The first recorded landing was by the crew of the Ascension in 1609.
The islands were also used by pirates until the French began to take control of the islands in 1756. They named the islands after the Minister of Finance of France, Jean Moreau de Sechelles. Between 1794 and 1812, the British and French struggled for possession of the islands, with Britain eventually sending warships to capture the islands. This was formalized in the Treaty of Paris in 1814.
At this time, Seychelles became a crown colony, and independence was eventually granted in 1976. The first president of the republic, however, was overthrown by a coup in 1977. The constitution of 1979 declared the country to be a one-party socialist state, and it stayed that way until 1991. A new constitution was approved in 1993.
The country is divided into 25 administrative districts. They are:
- Anse aux Pins
The 155 islands of the Seychelles are divided into various groups. These include:
- Granitic Islands: Mahé, Praslin, Silhouette, La Digue, Curieuse, Félicité, Frégate, St. Anne, North, Cerf, Marianne, Grand Sœur,Thérèse, Aride, Conception,Petite Sœur, Cousin, Cousine, Long, Récif, Round (Praslin), Anonyme, Mamelles, Moyenne, Ile aux Vaches Marines, L'Islette, Beacon (Ile Sèche), Cachée, Cocos, Round (Mahé), L'Ilot Frégate, Booby, Chauve Souris (Mahé),Chauve Souris (Praslin), Ile La Fouche, Hodoul, L'Ilot, Rat, Souris, St. Pierre (Praslin),Zavé, Harrison Rocks (Grand Rocher).
- Coral Sand Cays: Denis and Bird.
- Coral Islands: Coetivy and Platte.
- Coral Islands in the Amirantes Group: Desroches, Poivre Atoll (comprising 3 islands : Poivre, Florentin and South Island), Alphonse, D'Arros, St. Joseph Atoll (comprising 14 islands: St. Joseph Ile aux Fouquets, Ressource, Petit Carcassaye, Grand Carcassaye, Benjamin, Bancs Ferrari, Chiens, Pélicans, Vars, Ile Paul, Banc de Sable, Banc aux Cocos and Ile aux Poules), Marie Louise, Desnoeufs, African Banks (comprising 2 islands: African Banks and South Island), Rémire, St. François, Boudeuse, Etoile, Bijoutier.
- Coral Islands in the Farquhar Group: Farquhar Atoll (comprising 10 islands: Bancs de Sable Déposés Ile aux Goëlettes Lapins Ile du Milieu North Manaha South Manaha Middle Manaha North Island and South Island), Providence Atoll (comprising two islands: Providence and Bancs Providence) and St Pierre.
- Coral Islands in the Aldabra Group: Aldabra Atoll (comprising 46 islands: Grande Terre, Picard, Polymnie, Malabar, Ile Michel, Ile Esprit, Ile aux Moustiques, Ilot Parc, Ilot Emile, Ilot Yangue, Ilot Magnan, Ile Lanier, Champignon des Os, Euphrate, Grand Mentor, Grand Ilot, Gros Ilot Gionnet, Gros Ilot Sésame, Heron Rock, Hide Island, Ile aux Aigrettes, Ile aux Cèdres, Iles Chalands, Ile Fangame, Ile Héron, Ile Michel, Ile Squacco, Ile Sylvestre, Ile Verte, Ilot Déder, Ilot du Sud, Ilot du Milieu, Ilot du Nord, Ilot Dubois, Ilot Macoa, Ilot Marquoix, Ilots Niçois, Ilot Salade, Middle Row Island, Noddy Rock, North Row Island, Petit Mentor, Petit Mentor Endans, Petits Ilots, Pink Rock and Table Ronde), Assumption, Astove and Cosmoledo Atoll (comprising 19 islands: Menai, Ile du Nord (West North), Ile Nord-Est (East North), Ile du Trou, Goëlettes, Grand Polyte, Petit Polyte, Grand Ile (Wizard), Pagode, Ile du Sud-Ouest (South), Ile aux Moustiques, Ile Baleine, Ile aux Chauve-Souris, Ile aux Macaques, Ile aux Rats, Ile du Nord-Ouest, Ile Observation, Ile Sud-Est and Ilot la Croix).
Tourism is a leading sector of the economy and accounts for 70% of hard currency earnings. Fishing, farming, manufacturing and the offshore sector also contribute to the economy of Seychelles.
With the Seychellois rupee being the national currency, Seychelles is the smallest nation in the world to issue its own currency.
The most common ethnic groups found on the islands are Chinese, Indian, African and French. The official languages are French, English and Seychellois Creole. The Roman Catholic Church is the dominant religion on the islands.
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