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Vatican City is not only the smallest country in Europe, it’s also the smallest country in the world, with a population of only 900. Vatican City became officially a country in 1929, and of course is the world headquarters of the Catholic Church. (1)
Needless to say, with the Pope as the head of state, and its residents limited to employees of the Church, and given that the Catholic Church is still opposed to gambling, there aren’t any gambling establishments here, nor is there any online gambling regulation.
The Catholic Church isn’t as against gambling as one may think, and they do permit games of chance, and the Church has run bingo games for many years. They haven’t evolved anywhere near the point where they would be hosting online gambling in the Vatican City though, not that they have much of a population base to support much of it anyway.
This isn’t to say that a little poker isn’t played here, either live or online, but whatever poker is played is done so with at least some degree of secrecy, at least presumably. Aside from whatever home games may go on, if you look online you will see a number of online poker players who list their country of residence as Vatican City.
Interestingly, almost all of these Vatican City online poker players play at bigger sites like 888 Poker or
PokerStars (this site has recently pulled out of this location), although to be honest there aren’t a lot of them, so it’s not like online poker is taking over this place or anything.
So presumably, people in Vatican City can access online poker sites, although this would be the last place that authorities would feel the need to block access to gambling websites. So if you are in Vatican City and do feel the desire or the need to play some real money poker, and you are OK with that, there doesn’t appear to be anything stopping you.
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