Simon’s Guide to Gambling and Casinos in Belarus

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Casino Shangri-La, Belarus

Casino Shangri-La, Belarus
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Gambling is legal in Belarus, unlike in many of the countries surrounding it. Situated in Eastern Europe and bordering Russia, Belarus legalized gambling to boost its tourism. This has proven to be very beneficial, especially due to Russian ban on gambling.

Belarus had been a part of the Russian Empire, and more recently, the Soviet Union. The country gained independence in 1991, and the first gaming house opened a year later. Today, gambling establishments include several casinos, slot machine halls, betting shops and other various gambling venues.

While Belarus is a rather important gambling hub in the region regarding brick and mortar gambling, Belarusian people have markedly fewer opportunities when it comes to online gambling. In accordance with a 2012 law, access to foreign websites is restricted both in the homes and in internet cafes – the latter must report any visitors accessing foreign sites.*

Online gambling is illegal in Belarus. Foreign online gambling websites are blocked by the only ISP in the country (state monopoly, Beltelecom). Domestic online gambling websites are also illegal, because it is illegal for a business in Belarus to offer goods and services using foreign hosting or domain names and having no legal registration in Belarus (this basically makes setting up online casinos nearly impossible)**.

As Belarus had previously realised the opportunities in legalising gambling, new and laxer regulation regarding online gambling can be expected. Seeking to gain control of the huge profits available in the industry, the Belarusian government has plans for a state-run online gambling portal. The introduction of the new regulation has yet to be announced, but can be expected within a few years, according to state officials.

 

*Source: Belarus: Pulling the Plug (Xindex)

**Source: Netprophet – Internet Crackdown in Belarus

 

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Casino gambling in Belarus

 

Online casino gambling in Belarus: illegal, not advisable

 

Land-based casino gambling is legal and quite popular in Belarus – especially among Russian tourists seeking legal gambling opportunities. Currently, the country boasts over 30 casinos, most of which are situated in the Belarusian capital, Minsk.

Casinos offer several table games including Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat and several forms of Poker, as well as slot machines. Slot machines can be found outside of regular casinos as well, in dedicated slot machine halls, of which there are over 150 throughout the country.

At the moment, online casino gambling is illegal in the country. There are no licensed .by country code top level domain online casino platforms, and accessing foreign sites is restricted, even in internet cafes. Many such websites are also blocked by internet service providers, though some are accessible for Belarusian players. The fine for accessing blocked online gambling websites can be as high as $120.

It is not known whether ordinary players are prosecuted in Belarus for placing bets in foreign online casinos.

Seeing the huge potential tax revenue from legalised and regulated online gambling, the Belarusian government plans to introduce a state-run gambling portal.* Through this platform, Belarusian gamblers will be able to access certain licensed online gambling operators based in Belarus.

Despite online gambling being illegal in Belarus, many foreign online casinos with international gambling licenses still accept players from Belarus.

The following online casinos accept players from Belarus:

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32 Red casino – accepting players from Belarus

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Betsson online casino – accepting players from Belarus

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Betsafe online casino – accepting players from Belarus

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Casino Euro – accepting players from Belarus

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Black lotus casino – accepting players from Belarus

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Lotus Asia casino – accepting players from Belarus

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GT Bets accepts players from Belarus – accepting Bitcoins as well

*Source: Belarus’ Regulatory Solution: State-run Online Gambling Portal (Online Casino Reports)

 

Bingo in Belarus

 

Online Bingo in Belarus: illegal

 

Bingo is a relatively unpopular (or possibly unknown) game in Belarus, and while bingo halls could operate legally, at the moment there are no such establishments. The state-run lottery also does not offer any bingo games.

Online bingo is currently illegal in Belarus, with the lack of local bingo sites, and the ban on services provided by foreign websites. There is no word yet on whether the planned new regulation will include bingo games or not.

In the meantime some foreign bingo websites still accept players from the country.

The following online bingo sites accept players from Belarus:

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BGO bingo – accepting players from Belarus

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Betsson Bingo – accepting registrations from Belarus

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Poker in Belarus

 

Online Poker in Belarus: illegal

 

Poker is a popular pastime in Belarus, and can be played in practically all Belarusian casinos. Poker variants, which are popular include classics such as Texas Hold’em and Omaha, as well as local varieties like Russian Poker and other, more obscure forms. Most of the live poker games go down in the capital, Minsk.

Online poker is illegal in Belarus. However, it should be noted, that most international online poker sites disregard this because they registered in countries, where it is legal to accept players from abroad (international gambling licence, outside of the jurisdiction of Belarus).

As a result, while online poker is technically illegal, several players from Belarus can be seen participating in cash games as well as poker tournaments online.

The following online poker sites accept players from Belarus:

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Betsson online Poker – accepting players from Belarus

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Betsafe online Poker – accepting players from Belarus

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32 Red online Poker – accepting players from Belarus

 

Sports betting in Belarus

 

Online sports betting in Belarus: illegal

 

Betting on various sports events, especially Belarusian and European football matches and championships is very popular in Belarus. Wagers can be made at over 150 licensed bookmakers in the country. There has been a large emphasis on the identification of winners in order to prevent money laundering.

Currently there is no online version of the Belarusian bookmaker network.

Legal status of online sports betting is also subject to change with the new gambling regulation but it is currently illegal within the borders of the country. However, foreign, international sports betting websites still do accept players from Belarus.

The following online sportsbooks accept players from Belarus:

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Betsson online sportsbook – accepting registrations from Belarus

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Betsafe online bookmaker – accepting registrations from Belarus

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32 Red sport online sportsbook – accepting players from Belarus

This the banner ad of Gt Bets online sportsbook. The sportsbook accept players from Belarus.

GT Bets online bookmaker – accepts registrations from the Belarus, also accepts Bitcoin

 

Lottery in Belarus

 

Online lottery in Belarus: legal, state monopoly

 

Lottery in general is legal in Belarus, and the Belarusian lottery is run by the Government Comission on Sports and Tourism. The national lottery offers various drawings, and tickets are available online, as well as at several hundred retailers in Belarus. The online platform of the lottery is operated by GTECH.

Apart from the national lottery, the following online lottery websites let players from Belarus purchase lottery tickets online:

Coming soon.

 

Bitcoin gambling in Belarus

 

Bitcoin gambling in Belarus: not regulated

 

There are currently no specific regulations concerning Bitcoin gambling in Belarus.

Recently a large tax on purchases made with foreign currencies was introduced in Belarus. As this does not include Bitcoin (at the moment), the tax may result in an upsurge in the usage of the cryptocurrency.

The following Bitcoin casinos accept players from Belarus:

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GT Bets accepts players from Belarus, and also accepts Bitcoin

 

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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: 2016-03-28

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Simon's Guide to Gambling and Casinos in Belarus
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