Poker in Sri Lanka

After the civil war ended in 2009, numerous foreigners, especially those coming from China, have been coming to the Pearl of the Indian Ocean for sightseeing and tourism.

Seeing an opportunity, President Rajapaksa decided to give 4 of the existing licenses to bigger casinos on the condition that the smaller casinos close the moment the bigger brands open.  He was hoping that the establishment of bigger international casino brands would bring in greater tourist revenues. Included in these 4 were Crown Resorts, Sands Casino, MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment. But this decision was met by resistance from the Buddhist clergy and some politicians. Concessions, which came in the form of raising gaming fees and increasing taxes, were made to appease the opposition. And to discourage locals from developing a vice, Sri Lankans have to pay $100 to enter a casino.

All this ended in 2014 when Maithripala Sirisena, who has strong support from the Buddhist clergy, won the elections. Sirisena has pledged to stop the transfer of these 4 licenses to the bigger brands. As of 2015, it had been reported that 3 of the projects had already been blocked from operating in the island country.


Online Poker: Legal

  Live Poker: Legal

  Casinos with Poker:

Bally’s Casino, Jim’s Poker Room


– Casinos & Poker Rooms in Sri Lanka –


Bally’s Casino is one of 2 casinos that offer Texas Holdem poker. The poker room is on the ground floor of the casino. 3 tables are fully dedicated to poker. No Limit Hold’Em games are the only games on offer. Casino is open 24/7. Read More …


Jim’s Poker Room is the very first poker room in Sri Lanka, located in the Casino Marina Colombo. It is open 24/7, offering Texas Holdem and Omaha games. Read More …

– Playing Live Poker in Sri Lanka –

   Live Poker Legislation in Sri Lanka

Gambling in Sri Lanka had always been around but regulation over it only started in 2010 with President Mahindra Rajapaksa who thought that licensing casinos would bring good revenue to the country. A casino bill was then passed to give licenses to a handful of small casinos.

  Live Poker Venues in Sri Lanka

4 majors casinos are operating in the country. As for poker, two casinos offer poker games, namely, Bally’s Casino and Casino Marina, both located in Colombo.

– Playing Online Poker in Sri Lanka –

  Online Poker Legislation in Sri Lanka

Regarding online poker, Sri Lankans are free to play on offshore sites and all major Online Poker Sites, as there is hardly any regulation regarding this matter.  This is mainly because internet access in Sri Lanka is scarce and serves as a natural hindrance to playing online. But this may change as more people get access to the internet.

Opinion on the quality of internet in Sri Lanka varies widely. Some say it’s the best in the region, while others describe it in terms of multiple crying emoji.

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