Socio Cultural - Bon Ku Ne

Socio Cultural - Bon Ku Ne

Socio Cultural - Bon Ku Ne

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As of September 2017 the Curaçao Gaming Control Board (GCB) was mandated the responsibility to issue, suspend and revoke licenses for socio-cultural bon ku ne and also to adapt the license conditions, where it is deemed necessary.


A Socio-Cultural Bon ku ne License can be obtained by downloading, filling in and submitting to the GCB the Socio-Cultural Bon ku ne License Application Form, including all required documentation.

• Download Socio-Cultural Bon ku ne License Application Form.

Legislation and Regulation

The Socio-cultural Bingo and Bon ku ne are licensed and regulated through the National Ordinance Games of Hazard II 1988 (Landsverordening Hazardspelen II 1988, PB 1988, no. 66) and related Bingo and Bon ku ne Decree (Bingo- en Bon ku ne-besluit). The Curaçao Gaming Control Board (GCB) is tasked with the responsibility for the licenses for Socio-cultural Bingo and is also authorized to issue additional guidelines where it is deemed necessary.

Socio-Cultural Bon Ku Ne License FAQs

Socio-cultural bon ku ne is a locally very popular game of chance:

• organized exclusively for the purpose of social or cultural objectives and where
• participants pay money to participate,
• prizes only consist of goods,
• a maximum of 13 players form a game or table,
• players make use of a sheet depicting 3 playing cards with each different pictures,
• the game leader randomly selects and calls out playing cards,
• the players then cover the pictures called and depicted on their sheet with playing cards with identical pictures, and
• the players attempt to win the game by being the first to cover all three pictures on their sheet.

De (game) rules of bon ku ne and the regulation of the game material are stated by law in articles 10 to 13, article 14, sections one and four, and articles 15 to 22 of the Bingo- and Bon ku ne-decree (A.B. 1989, no. 13).

Yes. Participation certificates may not be sold to people younger than 18 years old. Should the winner proof to be a minor, the prize will not be issued to that person.

It is also prohibited to use minors for selling participation certificates.

Together with the license application, the applicant should submit a draft print of the participation certificates, which should, at a minimum, comply with the following:

• continuous numbering;
• space for the license number, the text obligated by the GCB and the date of the license;
• the name of the licensee;
• the date of the bon ku ne;
• the prizes.

A participation certificate that lacks above information potentially belongs to an illegal bon ku ne.

The processing fee due in relation to a socio-cultural bon ku ne license request is NAf 100.

The license applicant must also submit 2 adhesive stamps (“plakzegels”) with the license application, one of NAf 10 for the application itself and one of NAf 20 for the license.

In a socio-cultural bon ku ne the prizes may only consist of goods.

This is calculated by dividing the maximum gross revenue per table of NAf 2,000 by the number of players per table.

Max. gross revenue per table / Nr. of players per table = Price per certificate.

NAf 2,000 / 13 = NAf 153.84*

*Rounded down to avoid exceeding the maximum gross revenue per table of NAf 2,000.

Yes. The total amount of money that all participants together may pay up for a licensed bon ku ne game is NAf 2,000 per game (read: per table). Each table consists of maximum 13 players. The licensee may form multiple tables of 13 players. Each table has its own game leader and functions independently from other tables. The gross revenue of the event is equal to the amount of tables times the amount received per table.

Example: In the case of 13 tables of 13 players the maximum gross revenue amounts to
13 x NAf 2,000.- = NAf 26,000.-.


Associations and foundations that are legal persons and with statutory objectives, that enable the organization of socio-cultural bon ku ne under the law.

Associations without legal personality, but that are connected to an overarching organization that has legal personality, can also apply for a socio-cultural bon ku ne license.

Example: a parent committee (“komishon di mayornan”) is usually an association that is not a legal person that via a school is connected to an overarching school board, that is a legal person. The school board’s confirmation thereof must be included in the license application package.

The licensee is obligated to maintain adequate financial accounting of the ticket sales and expenses, including the prizes issued. The GCB may verify compliance with this requirement during the event.