The gambling history of any country is tied to its culture. As a country colonized by the Spanish and turned into Catholicism, Honduras frowned at gambling for a long time. This, despite the Mayan culture dominated country earning its independence in 1821.
The state of gambling in the country remains unclear before 1977 when it was made legal. Like in any other country, however, the formulation of a regulatory structure indicates that much illegal gambling was going on.
Even after legalization, gambling did not spread across the entire country. This was primarily due to high poverty levels. Casinos remained a preserve of urban centers, with only three cities establishing a meagre eight casinos in the whole country. The capital, Tegucigalpa, along with La Ceiba and San Pedro Sula, are the only cities with casinos. Even here, the casinos are only part of high-end hotels.
For this reason, casino gaming in Honduras was mainly a preserve of tourists and the few wealthy urbanites. Still, there was much gambling in other parts of the country, which was not checked by the regulatory body, the Honduran Institute of Tourism. The country also has the National Lottery, which licences all lotteries.