Today we’re going to answer a question from Scott in Sydney. He’s going to Bali for a holiday, and he wants to know about Bali casinos.
This is Scott’s original email.
I’m headed to Bali for a whole month of sun and surfing at the end of March. I can’t wait as I’ve been working for a year now without a break.
I’m aware that Indonesia is a Muslim country, but that Bali is Hindu. What’s the situation with casinos in Bali? I love to play poker and blackjack, but I can’t find any accurate information on Bali gambling laws. Is gambling legal in Bali or is it prohibited nationwide?
Any clarity you could provide would be awesome.
Casinos in Bali
Truthfully, your email could not have come at a better time. One of the Gamblerspro crew just came back from Bali, so we’re in a perfect position to answer your question. She stayed in Kuta and travelled all over, and she didn’t find a single legal gambling establishment.
Scott, there are no casinos in Bali. While you’re right that it’s a Hindu island and is very different from the rest of Indonesia, it’s still conservative, and gambling is illegal in Indonesia nationwide.
There are many bars, clubs, and international hotels in Bali, but not a single one of them offers legal gambling. If anyone tries to tell you otherwise, be careful. Like many tourist hotspots, there are plenty of scammers in Bali. You wouldn’t be the first foreigner to be set up for some good old-fashioned extortion, so don’t go to any casinos in Bali even if someone tells you they exist.
One thing you might find is underground poker games between foreigners. Bali has a huge expat community, and from time to time, poker tournaments are advertised on expat and tourist forums. However, these are still illegal, and you would be taking a risk by playing in them.
There’re no two ways to slice this Scott – gambling is illegal in Bali. It’s never wise to break the law in any country you are visiting.
Why would you risk getting banged up in Indonesia or paying a heavy fine when there are so many great casino sites to choose from? Betting in Bali just isn’t worth the risk.
It’s much safer to play blackjack and poker online from your laptop or phone. You can even do so with a cold one while watching the sun go down from a beachside bar or restaurant.
Enjoy Bali, Scott. It really is unbelievably beautiful. This may be an ideal time to take a one-month gambling break. But if you feel the irresistible urge, you should play at an online casino for Aussies instead.