Simon’s Guide to Gambling and Casinos in Andorra

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View of Andorra la Vella, where Andorra's first casino is likely to be built.

Andorra la Vella, where Andorra’s first casino is likely to be built.

 

At the moment, there are no casinos in Andorra. Gambling and online gambling regulations are currently being rewritten by the government*. In the past few years significant progress has been made towards the regulation of both offline and online gambling. According to the Minister of Andorran Presidency, Antoni Riberaygua, a bill regulating and legalising gambling can be expected to pass by the end of 2016., and this will be followed by one regulating online gambling.

Legalising casino gambling is important for the small European country, as tourism makes up about 80% of  the GDP, and casinos and casino resorts are known to boost tourism. The Andorran government places great emphasis on consumer protection, with rather strict guidelines. As Riberaygua stated:

Andorra’s 10.2 million yearly visitors should be captivated by the country as a whole, and not “captive” to numerous gambling facilities.”**

For this reason, there are only talks of a single brick and mortar casino in Andorra.

Currently, the only legal and regulated forms of gambling in Andorra are bingo and lottery (but online bingo and online lottery are not regulated).

Online gambling license in Andorra: The country used to issue online gambling licenses in the past, but this practice was later discontinued for unknown reasons. Currently online gambling regulations are being rewritten and there are talks of issuing online gambling licenses yet again, but nothing concrete as of now. It is also not yet clear whether this will let offshore online casinos operate out of the country or simply lets Andorra’s only casino provide online gambling services domestically.

 

*Source: The iGaming Post – Andorra Moves Forward with Gambling Bill

**Source: Cardschat – Andorra Online Poker

 

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Casinos in Andorra

 

Online casino gambling in Andorra: unregulated

 

While there is no law in Andorra forbidding participation in casino gambling, there are no land-based casinos in the country yet. That is bound to change, however, with the upcoming gambling legislation.

The establishment of a brick and mortar casino in Andorra – presumably in the capital, Andorra la Vella – is expected to precede the elaboration on the details of online gambling legislation. For the sake of customer protection and to avoid the fragmentation of the player base (so that the casino will remain sustainable and profitable) slot machines will only be available at this casino.

The tax on casino gambling is expected to be relatively low to provide incentive to gambling corporations, although not necessarily lower than that of the neighbouring Catalonia (which has recently been reduced to 10% from a staggering 55%).

As only a single land-based casino’s establishment is planned at the moment, online gambling is expected to remain more popular in Andorra.

The following online casinos accept players from Andorra currently:

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BGO casino – accepting players from Andorra

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32 Red casino – accepting players from Andorra

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Betsson online casino – accepting players from Andorra

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Betsafe online casino – accepting players from Andorra

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Casino Euro – accepting players from Andorra

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Black lotus casino – accepting players from Andorra

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Lotus Asia casino – accepting players from Andorra

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GT Bets accepts players from Andorra – accepting Bitcoins as well

 

Bingo in Andorra

 

Online bingo in Andorra: unregulated

 

Bingo is the only legal and regulated form of gambling in Andorra currently. There is a large bingo hall in Andorra’s capital, Andorra la Vella. Those visiting the Bingo Stars Bingo hall can play Bingo on any day of the year. But no online bingo is available.

Andorran residents are free to access foreign online Bingo platforms, most of which have no restrictions regarding Andorrans.

The following online bingo platforms accept players from Andorra:

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BGO bingo – accepting players from Andorra

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Betsson Bingo – accepting registrations from Andorra

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32 Red Bingo – accepting registrations from Andorra

 

Poker in Andorra

 

Online poker in Andorra: unregulated

 

Online Poker in Andorra, as other forms of online gambling and games of skill, is largely unregulated at the moment. Most international online poker platforms have no restrictions against Andorran players.

The legal status of online poker in Andorra is subject to change as well with the new gambling legislation. Online poker, along with casino gambling and sports betting is expressly recognised as a potential source of revenue for the Andorran government, and is one of the focal points of the upcoming legislation.

After the bill is passed, Andorra is expected to be open not only to online poker operators from within the country, but also to foreign companies, because Andorra’s low population (under 85 000) most probably will not be able to provide enough traffic for a domestic only online poker operator to turn a profit. Even with Andorra’s low rate of corporate income tax.

Once the new gambling legislation comes into effect, Andorrans – and tourists – will have the possibility to partake in legal live poker games, but only in the single land-based casino that is to be established.

The following online poker sites accept players from Andorra:

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Betsson online Poker – accepting players from Andorra

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Betsafe online Poker – accepting players from Andorra

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32 Red online Poker – accepting players from Andorra

 

Sports betting in Andorra

 

Online sports betting in Andorra: unregulated

 

There is no regulation in effect at the moment regarding sports betting in Andorra, which means that Andorran residents are free to participate in online sports betting on any foreign online sports betting platform they wish. Further easing this process is the fact that there are very few online sports betting sites that restrict access for Andorrans.

With the passing of the new bill regarding gambling legislation in Andorra, an Andorran Gambling Regulator is to be created. This establishment will be responsible for giving out gambling licenses, including online sports betting licenses.

The following online sportsbooks accept players from Andorra:

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Betsson online sportsbook – accepting registrations from Andorra

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Betsafe online bookmaker – accepting registrations from Andorra

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32 Red sport online sportsbook – accepting players from Andorra

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GT Bets online bookmaker – accepts registrations from Andorra, also accepts Bitcoin

 

 

Lottery in Andorra

 

Online lottery in Andorra: unregulated

 

In Andorra lottery tickets may be bought only at land-based lottery ticket retailers, as there is no online version of the Andorran lottery. On the other hand, several foreign online lottery platform are available for Andorran residents.

While certainly possible, to date there has been no word on whether the new Andorran gambling legislation will include regulations regarding lottery operators, nor whether any licenses will be given out.

The following online lottery websites let players from Andorra purchase lottery tickets online:

Coming soon.

 

Bitcoin gambling in Andorra

 

Bitcoin gambling in Andorra: unregulated

 

As all other forms of online gambling, Bitcoin is also currently unregulated in Andorra. Bitcoin gamblers may access international Bitcoin gambling platforms.

Bitcoin is quite well-known in Andorra. The country hosted the 2014 Digital Currency Summit with themes such as digital currency investment opportunities, regulation and banking. Representatives of Andorran banks such as Banca Privada d’Andorra and MoraBanc attended the event, having realised the huge potential of Bitcoin.

Due to the anonymous nature of the currency there are no statistics on how many Andorran residents engage in Bitcoin gambling or other activity using the cryptocurrency.

The following Bitcoin casinos accept players from Andorra:

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GT Bets accepts players from Andorra, and also accepts Bitcoin

 

If you have questions or any feedback don’t hesitate to drop a comment below. Please let me know in the comments section if you think we might have gotten something wrong or if you have additional information, clarification about the legal status of online gambling in this country.

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This page is part of Simon’s List – Legal Status of Online Gambling – a definitive guide to the legal status of all forms of online gambling activities in every country around the world.

 

Last updated: 2016-03-26

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Legal status and expected legislative changes regarding gambling, online gambling and casinos in Andorra.
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