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An interactive guide to the regulation of online gambling
Austria
Is online gambling permitted? Yes
Licence available for
BettingYes
SportsYes
Skill GamesNo
Card GamesNo
CasinoNo
LotteryNo
ArcadeNo
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States offer their online services?No
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States advertise their online services?No

Notes
Online lotteries and casino type games are part of the federal lottery monopoly, Austrian Lotteries, and may not be undertaken by private operators. Online sports betting is however regulated at a provincial level and is subject to a local licence.
Contacts
Johannes Juranek Gabriela Staber
Partner Counsel
T +43 1 40443 2450 T +43 1 40443 4850
E johannes.juranek@cms-rrh.com E gabriela.staber@cms-rrh.com

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Belgium
Is online gambling permitted? Yes
Licence available for
BettingYes
SportsYes
Skill GamesNo
Card GamesYes
CasinoYes
LotteryNo
ArcadeYes
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States offer their online services?No
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States advertise their online services?No

Notes
Online licences are only available to operators holding land-based licences. There are three types of license: A+ (online casino games), B+ (online arcade games) and F1+ (online betting).
Contacts
Tom Heremans
Managing Partner, Lawyer
T +32 2 743 69 73
E tom.heremans@cms-db.com

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Bulgaria
Is online gambling permitted? Yes
Licence available for
BettingYes
SportsYes
Skill GamesYes
Card GamesYes
CasinoYes
LotteryYes*
ArcadeYes
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States offer their online services?No
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States advertise their online services?No

Notes
Bulgarian gambling legislation provides for unlicensed websites to be blocked. To date over 6,000 such websites have been blocked although no other enforcement action has been taken against unlicensed operators.
* Instant lottery games are not regulated.

Updated 8 December 2015
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Cyprus
Is online gambling permitted? Yes
Licence available for
BettingIn progress
SportsIn progress
Skill GamesNo
Card GamesNo
CasinoNo
LotteryNo
ArcadeNo
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States offer their online services?Yes
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States advertise their online services?No

Notes
Remote betting licences are not yet available, although the National Betting Authority has confirmed that it is in the process of preparing secondary legislation to commence the process for issuing licences. Until the new regulatory regime is in place, operators holding a licence from another EU Member State (which is compatible with Cypriot legislation) are permitted to operate in Cyprus.

Updated 8 December 2015
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Czech Republic
Is online gambling permitted? Yes
Licence available for
BettingYes
SportsYes
Skill GamesNo
Card GamesYes
CasinoNo
LotteryNo
ArcadeNo
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States offer their online services?No
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States advertise their online services?No

Notes
Online gambling is currently only partially regulated in the Czech Republic. To date only domestic operators have obtained licences to operate websites offering sports betting and card games to customers in the Czech Republic.
Reform of the regulatory regime is underway. Current proposals would allow for EEA-based operators to obtain licences to offer online gambling services in the Czech Republic.

Updated 8 December 2015
Contacts
Tomas Matejovsky
Partner
T +420 296 798 852
E tomas.matejovsky@cms-cmck.com

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Denmark
Is online gambling permitted? Yes
Licence available for
BettingYes*
SportsYes
Skill GamesNo
Card GamesYes**
CasinoYes
LotteryNo
ArcadeNo
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States offer their online services?No
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States advertise their online services?No

Notes
Remote gambling companies can offer online casino games, online poker and online betting under a licence. Online lotteries, bingo, scratch cards, keno and betting on horseracing and dog racing remain within Danske Spil’s monopoly.

* except horse and dog betting
** Poker
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Estonia
Is online gambling permitted? Yes
Licence available for
BettingYes
SportsYes
Skill GamesYes
Card GamesYes
CasinoYes
LotteryNo
ArcadeYes
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States offer their online services?No
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States advertise their online services?No

Notes
As online gambling is not considered to be a separate type of gambling, the games allowed to be played in land-based facilities can be offered online as well. Lotteries are still however only available under the state monopoly.

Updated 8 December 2015
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Finland
Is online gambling permitted? Yes
Licence available for
BettingNo
SportsNo
Skill GamesNo
Card GamesNo
CasinoNo
LotteryNo
ArcadeNo
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States offer their online services?No
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States advertise their online services?No

Notes
Only the State owned monopolies (Oy Veikkaus Ab, RAY and Fintoto Oy) have been authorised. The provision of online services is interpreted under Finish law as another distribution channel rather than a distinct service in its own right.
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France
Is online gambling permitted? Yes
Licence available for
BettingYes
SportsYes
Skill GamesYes*
Card GamesYes*
CasinoNo
LotteryNo
ArcadeNo
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States offer their online services?No
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States advertise their online services?No

Notes
Three types of online gambling are licensed in France:

Horserace betting;
Sports betting; and
“Club games” (defined as “pooled games based on chance and skill, in which a player, after the intervention of chance, decides, upon observing the behaviours of other players, on a strategy that is likely to modify his/her expected winnings” - to date online poker is the only game authorised (both in cash games and tournaments).

Casino games were excluded from the partial liberalisation of online gambling in France.

*Poker
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Germany
Is online gambling permitted? Uncertain
Licence available for
BettingYes*
SportsYes
Skill GamesNo
Card GamesNo
CasinoNo**
LotteryYes
ArcadeNo
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States offer their online services?No
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States advertise their online services?No

Notes
*online betting is only permitted for sports and horse racing

**although some licences were already issued in Schleswig-Holstein under a separate Gambling Act which no longer is in force

The regulatory landscape for online gambling in Germany remains uncertain. Although online gambling is subject to regulation at an individual state level, the Interstate Treaty on Gambling (ITG) was enacted to ensure unified rules throughout the 16 German states. The second ITG, effective as of July 2012, allows licenses for horse racing and sports betting while still completely banning other forms of online gaming.

No actual licences have been issued to successful applicants yet and the relevant legislation remains under court scrutiny. There is currently one case pending before the CJEU, C-336/14 (Ince), challenging the federal legislation and in particular the German Sportsbook licence tender. The CJEU’s Advocate General submitted his opinion on 22 October 2015 which provides that the criminal enforcement against illegal gambling, at least with regard to illegal sports betting, must be suspended. A final ruling from the CJEU is expected in early 2016.

Furthermore, a decision of the Higher Administrative Court of Hesse on 16 October 2015 has confirmed several defects in the sports betting licensing process that are contrary to EU law with the effect that the licensing process will either have to be restarted or changes to the ITG will be required.

Separately, two parallel cases on the prohibition of poker and casino games and the current regulation of sports betting are pending a before the Federal Supreme Court and are scheduled to be heard in June 2016. A potentially negative outcome of these cases may lead to increased enforcement of the prohibitions under the Interstate Treaty on Gambling that are targeted against various operators providing online gaming to customers in Germany. However, the Advocate General’s opinion and the decision of the Higher Administrative Court of Hesse would suggest that a negative outcome is less likely.

Before joining the ITG in 2013, the state of Schleswig-Holstein had its own Gambling Act allowing online sports betting and gambling. It issued more than 50 licences under this Act (of which 21 were for online gambling). These licences still remain valid until their stipulated expiry date.

Updated 17 November 2015
Contacts
Nantje Johnston Sebastian Cording
Counsel Partner
T +49 40 37630 310 T +49 40 37630 325
E nantje.johnston@cms-hs.com E sebastian.cording@cms-hs.com

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Greece
Is online gambling permitted? Yes
Licence available for
BettingIn progress
SportsIn progress
Skill GamesIn progress
Card GamesIn progress
CasinoIn progress
LotteryIn progress
ArcadeIn progress
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States offer their online services?No
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States advertise their online services?No

Notes
Currently local licences for both betting and gaming are only available to the monopoly operator (OPAP) and 24 offshore companies listed on the “white list” who have been granted provisional permits on the basis of their agreement to become subject to a retrospective tax regime.

Updated 8 December 2015
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Hungary
Is online gambling permitted? Yes
Licence available for
BettingNo
SportsNo
Skill GamesNo
Card GamesYes
CasinoYes
LotteryNo
ArcadeNo
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States offer their online services?No
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States advertise their online services?No

Notes
The latest legislative amendments came into force in Hungary on 1 October 2015 Licensing process has not yet commenced. The regime provide that:

only the state monopoly operator Szerencsejáték Zrt. can offer online sports betting;
only the state monopoly operator Nemzeti Lóversenyfogadást-szervező Kft. can offer online horse race betting; and
only land-based casino concessionaires can receive a licence to offer online casino games; the number of online casino licences is limited to two.

Updated 8 December 2015
Contacts
Eszter Csapo Martin Domokos
Senior Associate Senior Counsel 
T +36 1 483 4855 T +36 1 483 4 824
E eszter.csapo@cms-cmck.com E marton.domokos@cms-cmck.com

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Ireland
Is online gambling permitted? Yes
Licence available for
BettingYes
SportsYes
Skill GamesNo
Card GamesNo
CasinoNo
LotteryNo
ArcadeNo
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States offer their online services?Yes*
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States advertise their online services?Yes*

Notes
The Irish law on betting was amended in April 2015 by the Betting (Amendment) Act 2015. This introduced a new licensing system for remote bookmakers and betting intermediaries who accept, or facilitate, bets from Irish customers. Enforcement action is likely to be taken against any unlicensed operator that continues to accept bets from Irish customers after 1 August 2015.

* While remote bookmakers and intermediaries will require a valid Irish licence in order to accept or facilitate bets from Irish customers by remote means, there is currently no licensing regime in respect of the provision of online gaming services by remote operators to customers in Ireland. Until such a regime is introduced, there is no restriction on an operator from outside of Ireland continuing to offer online gaming services to customers in Ireland, even if offered from a platform offering licensed bookmaking or betting intermediary services.

Updated 23 November 2015
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Italy
Is online gambling permitted? Yes
Licence available for
BettingYes
SportsYes
Skill GamesYes
Card GamesYes
CasinoYes
LotteryYes
ArcadeYes
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States offer their online services?No
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States advertise their online services?No

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Latvia
Is online gambling permitted? Yes
Licence available for
BettingYes
SportsYes
Skill GamesNo
Card GamesYes
CasinoYes
LotteryNo
ArcadeYes
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States offer their online services?No
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States advertise their online services?No

Notes
There are currently only six licensed operators in Latvia, in addition to the state-owned operator Latvijas Loto, which is the only operator allowed to offer lottery, keno and bingo games.

Updated 8 December 2015
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Lithuania
Is online gambling permitted? Yes*
Licence available for
BettingNo
SportsNo
Skill GamesNo
Card GamesNo
CasinoNo
LotteryYes*
ArcadeNo
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States offer their online services?No
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States advertise their online services?Uncertain

Notes
*Online lottery licences are available for locally established operators.

On 1 January 2016, new legislation will come into force which will regulate online gambling in Lithuania for the first time. Under the new regime, operators based in the EEA will be able to apply for a licence to provide online gambling services to customers in Lithuania. However, there are requirements for operators to also have land-based operations in Lithuania.

Updated 8 December 2015
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Luxembourg
Is online gambling permitted? Yes
Licence available for
BettingNo
SportsNo
Skill GamesNo
Card GamesNo
CasinoNo
LotteryNo
ArcadeNo
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States offer their online services?No
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States advertise their online services?No

Notes
Only the local monopoly operator, the Loterie Nationale, is licensed to provide online gambling services in Luxembourg.
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Malta
Is online gambling permitted? Yes
Licence available for
BettingYes
SportsYes
Skill GamesNo
Card GamesNo
CasinoYes
LotteryNo
ArcadeYes
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States offer their online services?Yes
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States advertise their online services?Yes

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The Netherlands
Is online gambling permitted? No
Licence available for
BettingIn progress
SportsIn progress
Skill GamesIn progress
Card GamesIn progress
CasinoIn progress
LotteryIn progress
ArcadeIn progress
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States offer their online services?No
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States advertise their online services?No

Notes
Only local monopoly operators are licensed to provide online gambling services in the Netherlands. However, there are plans to introduce a local licensing regime in due course. An updated draft of the latest draft law to regulate online gambling was notified to the European Commission on 5 March 2014. However, due to political issues, the process to begin issuing licences has been delayed and is not expected to commence before mid-2016 at the earliest.

Updated 8 December 2015
Contacts
Annemieke Hazelhoff
Associate
T +32 26 5004 55
E annemieke.hazelhoff@cms-dsb.com

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Poland
Is online gambling permitted? Yes
Licence available for
BettingYes
SportsYes
Skill GamesNo
Card GamesNo
CasinoNo
LotteryNo
ArcadeNo
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States offer their online services?No
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States advertise their online services?No

Notes
Online gambling is prohibited with the exception of formally approved mutual betting, defined as betting for cash winnings that are determined by guessing (i) the results of a sports competition or (ii) the occurrence of different events.
Contacts
Marcin Lewoszewski Iain Batty
Senior Associate Partner
T +48 22 520 5525 T +48 22 520 5528
E marcin.lewoszewski@cms-cmck.com E iain.batty@cms-cmck.com

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Portugal
Is online gambling permitted? Yes
Licence available for
BettingNo
SportsNo*
Skill GamesNo*
Card GamesNo*
CasinoNo*
LotteryNo*
ArcadeNo*
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States offer their online services?No
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States advertise their online services?No

Notes
The new local licensing regime for online gambling, introduced by Decree Law No. 66/2015 provides that the local monopoly operator, Santa Casa, is licensed to provide online lottery and mutual sports betting games.

It also establishes a local licensing regime for the following games: fixed-odds sports betting, mutual and fixed-odds horse race betting, bingo and casino games, which include banca francesa, baccarat, blackjack/21, slot machines, poker games and poker in tournaments, American roulette and French roulette.

However, the new licensing regime is not yet in operation and there is some uncertainty over when licences will become available. Santa Casa remains the only entity legally providing online gambling services to customers in Portugal.

*licence will be available under the new regime

Updated 23 November 2015
Contacts
Jose Arnaut
Partner
T +351 210 958 100
E joseluis.arnaut@cms-rpa.com

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Romania
Is online gambling permitted? Yes
Licence1 available for
BettingYes
SportsNo1
Skill GamesNo2
Card GamesYes
CasinoYes
LotteryYes3
ArcadeNo4
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States offer their online services?No5
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States advertise their online services?No6

Notes
  • Amusement or sporting games where players are required to demonstrate knowledge and skills and which are not based predominantly on chance do not constitute gambling and are not subject to license and authorization. However, subject to the specifics of the game, sport games may fall under the general legal definition of “gambling” or within the category of a specific type of gambling activity regulated under the law and for which obtaining a license and/or authorization is required (e.g. betting).

  • Games of an entertainment nature which are operated via any kind of machines and which do not involve winning based on random elements, but are intended to test the participant’s strength, intelligence or dexterity, do not constitute gambling and are not subject to license and authorization. However, subject to the specifics of the game, skill games may fall under the general legal definition of “gambling” for which obtaining a license and/or authorization is required.


  • Organizing lottery games requires a specific type of license be obtained and is an activity subject to monopoly of the Romanian state.


  • Comments under 2) above also apply here.

  • Operators licensed in other EU Member States for offering online gambling services must obtain a license and/or authorization to offer same services in Romania. Simplified requirements for obtaining a license may apply to operators already licensed in other Member States.

  • Comments under 5) above also apply to activities ancillary to gambling such as advertising.

  • Under the regulatory regime applicable in Romania as of 2016, new licensing and authorization requirements apply to traditional and online gambling activities, as well as to activities ancillary to gambling such as lease, distribution and maintenance activities in relation to gambling. Depending on the type of activity concerned, specific types of licenses and/or authorizations need to be obtained.


Updated 6 April 2017
Contacts
Ana-Maria Nistor Laura Capata
Senior Associate Associate
T +40 21 407 3872 T +40 21 407 3825
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Slovakia
Is online gambling permitted? Yes
Licence available for
BettingNo
SportsYes
Skill GamesNo
Card GamesNo
CasinoNo
LotteryNo
ArcadeNo
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States offer their online services?No
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States advertise their online services?Yes

Notes
Only the local monopoly operator (Tipos) is licensed to provide online gambling services in Slovakia. As a result of a legal loophole, local land-based operators are allowed to offer sports-betting online services without this being considered an online gambling operation.
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Slovenia
Is online gambling permitted? Yes
Licence available for
BettingNo
SportsNo
Skill GamesNo
Card GamesNo
CasinoNo
LotteryNo
ArcadeNo
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States offer their online services?No
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States advertise their online services?No

Notes
Online gambling in Slovenia must be operated by land-based operators that already have a concession for a casino or existing classic lottery games. As a result of this requirement, the only entities eligible to apply for an online licence are Slovenia’s two lottery operators as well as the casino concessionaires. Criminal sanctions of up to three years’ imprisonment (or eight years where substantial sums are involved) apply in respect of any person who either organises, participates or assists with organising online games of chance.
Contacts
Aleš Lunder
Partner
T +386 1 620 5216
E ales.lunder@cms-rrh.com

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Spain
Is online gambling permitted? Yes
Licence available for
BettingYes
SportsYes
Skill GamesYes
Card GamesYes
CasinoYes
LotteryYes*
ArcadeNo
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States offer their online services?No
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States advertise their online services?No

Notes
Regulated online gambling comprises:

lotteries;
betting (on sports, horseracing, fixed odds betting, live betting on certain events) and exchange betting;
raffles;
contests;
slots; and
other games (this category includes poker, roulette, baccarat, bingo and black jack amongst others).

Any kind of gambling not expressly regulated will remain prohibited.

Some Spanish regions have also issued their own online gambling regulations under which operators will require a specific local licence (compatible with and independent of the national licence). This is the case of Castile-Leon, Valencia, Murcia, Navarre, the Basque Country and Madrid.

* Only the local monopoly operators, SELAE and ONCE, are licensed to provide lottery gambling services in Spain.
Contacts
Blanca Escribano Marcos García-Gasco
Partner Associate
T +34 91 451 92 87T +34 91 451 9305
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Sweden
Is online gambling permitted? Yes
Licence available for
BettingNo
SportsNo
Skill GamesNo
Card GamesNo
CasinoNo
LotteryNo
ArcadeNo
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States offer their online services?No
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States advertise their online services?No

Notes
Online gambling has been permitted in Sweden since January 2003, but only for the state-controlled operators Svenska Spel and ATG. The aim of these two operators is to produce profits for the benefit of Swedish society, and the services offered include racing, sports betting, lotteries, poker and bingo. Online casino is prohibited.

There has been increasing pressure for the opening up and regulation of the online gambling market in Sweden, mainly due to the policy preferences of some politicians, Swedish and European court decisions and the popularity of operators based outside of Sweden but targeting the Swedish market. In addition, Sweden is subject to European Commission infringement proceedings.
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United Kingdom
Is online gambling permitted? Yes
Licence available for
BettingYes
SportsYes
Skill GamesYes*
Card GamesYes
CasinoYes
LotteryYes
ArcadeYes
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States offer their online services?No**
Can online operators licensed in other EU Member States advertise their online services?Yes***

Notes
* if element of chance included.

** Under the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014, from 1 October 2014 all operators providing gambling services to customers located in Great Britain need to hold a licence obtained from the Gambling Commission.

*** Operators without licences issued by the Gambling Commission can advertise within Great Britain, provided that they have effective measures in place to prevent people accessing their facilities from within Great Britain.
Contacts
Tomas Matejovsky
Partner
T +420 296 798 852
E tomas.matejovsky@cms-cmck.com

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