New Caledonia is a made up of dozens of islands but is best known for the pristine lagoons and stunning sandy beaches. Since the islands are part of the French territory, gambling is 100% legal. So if you can tear your eyes away from the biggest lagoon in the world you can place a bet at the single land-based casino in New Caledonia or head online for a bet or two.
Top licensed online casinos
Security is incredibly important when it comes to gaming online as a New Caledonian player, so stick to our advice and you will have a safe overall gaming experience.
About New Caledonia
New Caledonia is located in the south west of the Pacific Ocean and is considered to be French territory. Since it is completely legal to gamble in France, the same rules apply in New Caledonia, but gambling companies need to acquire a proper gambling license in order to operate.
This has led to just one land-based casino operating in New Caledonia and you can find it in the heart of the tourist area of Pointe Magnin. Known as the Grand Casino de Noumea, players will find a variety of pokies open from 11am to 2am Sunday to Thursday and until 3am on Friday and Saturday. Table games are also available from 6pm and 2am on Sundays, 8pm to 2am from Monday through to Thursday and until 4am on Fridays and Saturdays.
If you prefer 24/7 gambling you can play online with three types – sports betting, horse racing, and poker – all legal to engage in. When it comes to online casinos, New Caledonians are regulated by the ARJEL which oversee’s the French gambling industries, including the New Caledonian industry. While ARJEL orders unlicensed gambling sites from offshore countries to be blocked, it is not illegal to play at licensed sites online and New Caledonians are free to wager on the websites which aren’t blocked.
We recommend only playing at licensed sites too as it ensures the security of your personal and financial details.
Licensed CFP Franc Internet casinos
A licensed online casino is one which has been tested by a reputable third party. Despite being located offshore many online casinos operate responsibly and ensure players are safe when playing online.
Unlicensed sites are considered to be rogue as there’s no governing body to pull the online operators up on irresponsible operating, such as not paying out players. This is why French laws are enforced and only allow licensed gambling poker and bookmaker sites to accept New Caledonian players. When it comes to online casino sites – these aren’t illegal to play at but players need to be careful and play at their own discretion. This why licensed sites are always recommended.
Keep an eye out for advanced gaming regulators such as Malta Gaming Authority, UK Gambling Commission, Government of Curacao and more which we detail here.
This will ensure your financial and personal details are protected and you will have a higher authority to report any issues to if things go sour.
Online casino safety for New Caledonia players
Licensed sites aren’t the only feature to keep in check when choosing an online casino – encryption technology and third party testing agencies need to be considered too.
Encryption technology is implemented by the online casino to protect players who access the casino games via a browser. This technology can be viewed by clicking the padlock in the URL bar – if there’s no padlock avoid the site – and the certificate will reveal TLS or SSL security is implemented which is the latest technology available. This technology protects every single detail you enter into the online casino from the moment you log in, to the moment you log out.
Third party testing agencies, such as eCOGRA, test the games regularly to ensure the casino operators haven’t gone off on their own accord and manipulated the games in their favour.
Can I play in CFP Franc?
New Caledonian players may find it hard to find a secure licensed online casino accepting CFP Franc as a currency due to the French laws. However, you will be able to find EUR at secure web casinos and you can make a deposit with a number of secure payment methods, such as Visa, MasterCard, Neteller, Skrill or with a bank transfer.
Head to the online casino, sign up if you haven’t already and elect your preferred currency as EUR. Then head to the cashier and make a deposit – be sure to note there will be a fee incurred due to the conversion rates.
Withdrawals can also be made once you have confirmed your identity with the licensed site and have funds to withdraw.