|The self-proclaimed Principality of Sealand has opened what it claims is the world’s first national online casino.|
Sealand is located on the decommissioned Maunsell sea fort HM Fort Roughs six miles off the coast of Great Britain. It claims to be the world’s smallest state and to operate under its own sovereignty and jurisdiction but these rights are not recognised by any nation of the world or the United Nations.
SealandCasino.com is based on the former fort, which was built off the coast of Suffolk as a defence against German mine-laying tactics during the Second World War, with its opening coinciding with the 'State's' upcoming 40th year anniversary in September.
The installation was occupied by associates and the family of Paddy Roy Bates, a former radio broadcaster and British Army Major, in 1967 and has since proclaimed its independence. It claims to operate its own constitution and has adopted its own national flag, anthem and stamps as well as gold and silver coins denoting the Sealand Dollar but the population of the 5,920 square feet site rarely exceeds ten people.
To celebrate the opening of SealandCasino.com, the site is offering to match 100 percent of all first deposits or provide new players with a $200 sign-up bonus.
“The Royal Family of Sealand’s high regard for the loyalty of its subjects is extended towards all Sealand Casino users with players gaining loyalty points each time they place a bet,” read a Sealand statement.
“These can then be redeemed for credits in the casino or cashed out as required. Tax-free winnings will be privately transferred in any currency to any account in the world.”