Simon’s Guide to Gambling and Casinos in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Simon’s Guide to Gambling and Casinos in Bosnia and Herzegovina

 

Gambling, especially online gambling is surprisingly well regulated in Bosnia and Herzegovina, compared to most countries on the Balkan Peninsula. The country’s population is a mix of three ethnic groups; Bosniaks, Serbs and Croats. The country’s de facto official languages also correspond to these ethnic groups.

The country’s political structure is not unified either: Bosnia and Herzegovina consists of two entities, Republika Srpska and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. While the state government oversees both entities, they still have quite a bit of power. This distinction needs to be made to understand the country’s gambling regulations.

Traditional, or land-based gambling is legal in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The country hosts two casinos, two lottery operators and numerous sports betting shops. The regulating authority of gambling (including online gambling) in Bosnia and Herzegovina is the Republicka Uprava Za Igre Na Srecu (Republic Administration for Games of Chance).

Online gambling is currently legal in both Republika Srpska and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The latter tried to ban its players from accessing foreign online gambling sites in 2013, the ban was lifted after severe public pressure.*

Republika Srpska issued the first online gambling license in 2011 to a sports betting company, Williams. Since then, two more licenses have been given out. Playing on foreign online gambling site is also not restricted in Republika Srpska.

 

*Source: Regulatory Authority Retracts the Ban on Access to Online Betting Sites in Bosnia and Herzegovina (OneWorldSee)

 

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Casino gambling in Bosnia and Herzegovina

 

Online casino gambling in Bosnia and Herzegovina: legal

 

Casino gambling is legal in both autonomous entities of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The country has two land-based casinos at the moment: Coloseum Club Casino in Sarajevo (Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina) and the Grand Casino in Banja Luka (Republika Srpska). Both casinos offer table games including blackjack and poker as well as numerous slot machines.

There are currently 3 online casino sites licensed in Bosnia and Herzegovina (in Republika Srpska, to be precise), the first of which was Williams.* Several forms of gambling are available online, including slots, poker, bingo and sports betting.

Bosnian Herzegovinian residents are also free to play on any foreign online gambling sites. This was banned in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2013 by the Communications Regulation Agency of Bosnia Herzegovina, but the law was retracted after immense public pressure.

The following online casinos accept players from Bosnia Herzegovina:

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32 Red casino – accepting players from Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Betsson online casino – accepting players from Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Betsafe online casino – accepting players from Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Casino Euro – accepting players from Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Black lotus casino – accepting players from Bosnia and Herzegovina

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*Source: Gambling Expansion Continues Across Eastern Europe (gbgc)

 

Bingo in Bosnia and Herzegovina

 

Online Bingo in Bosnia and Herzegovina: legal

 

Bingo is not exactly the most popular form of gambling in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but it is legal. Bingo games are available at one of the two lottery operators in Bosnia and Herzegovina, LutrijaBiH. They offer TV Bingo, which can be enjoyed from home, but tickets can only be bought at physical retailers.

There are no online Bingo sites licensed in Bosnia and Herzegovina at the moment. Locals are free to play bingo games on any international platform from both Republika Srpska and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, since the ban on international gambling sites has been lifted.

The following bingo websites accept players from Bosnia Herzegovina:

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Betsson Bingo – accepting registrations from Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Poker in Bosnia and Herzegovina

 

Online Poker in Bosnia and Herzegovina: legal

 

Poker is legal in both autonomous entities of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Both Coloseum Club Casino and Grand Casino offer some live poker games, although in the latter players can only compete against the casino. Bosnia and Herzegovina also have a poker association called Asocijacija poker igrača Bosne i Hercegovina which organises both live and online Poker competitions.

Apart from this, there are also three online gambling sites licensed in Republika Srpska, all of which offer online poker games. Bosnian Herzegovinian players looking for international online poker games are free to play on foreign international Poker sites as well. Accessing such sites was prohibited for a while in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, but the ban has since been lifted.

The following online poker sites accept players from Bosnia and Herzegovina:

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Betsson online Poker – accepting players from Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Betsafe online Poker – accepting players from Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Sports betting in Bosnia and Herzegovina

 

Online sports betting in Bosnia and Herzegovina: legal

 

Sports betting is legal in all of Bosnia and Herzegovina. There are several sport betting operators in both halves of the country, including LutrijaBiH (the state lottery) and Williams. Williams was originally only a land-based sports betting operator, but was the first to receive a license for online gambling in Republika Srpska.

Apart from Williams there are two other online bookmakers licensed in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The most popular sport to bet on is, as in most of Europe, football, but basketball, tennis, ice hockey and several other sports are also available. Apart from the locally licensed online sports betting site, foreign websites are also available to residents of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The following online sportsbooks accept registrations from Bosnia Herzegovina:

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Betsson online sportsbook – accepting registrations from Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Betsafe online bookmaker – accepting registrations from Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Lottery in Bosnia and Herzegovina

 

Online lottery in Bosnia and Herzegovina: legal

 

Lotteries are legal in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and currently there are two lottery operators licensed in the country. The state-run lottery, LutrijaBiH was founded in 1951 and offers several lottery draws including TV Bingo and SuperLoto. While the lottery has a website, currently no online lottery games are available.

Bosnian Herzegovinian gamblers who want to play online may freely access foreign online lottery sites, though this, too, was briefly banned in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The following websites let people from Bosnia Herzegovina purchase lottery tickets online:

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Bitcoin gambling in Bosnia and Herzegovina

 

Bitcoin gambling in Bosnia and Herzegovina: legal

 

There is no specific regulation in Bosnia and Herzegovina regarding Bitcoin casinos. There are no licensed Bitcoin casinos within the country. However, there are also no laws banning either the cryptocurrency itself or gambling on international casino sites.

As a result, Bosnian Herzegovinian gamblers looking to participate in Bitcoin gambling may freely access Bitcoin casinos.

The following Bitcoin casinos accept players from Bosnia Herzegovina:

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GT Bets accepts players from Bosnia and Herzegovina, 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: 2016-03-28

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An overview of the legal status of gambling, bingo and casinos (and online casinos) in Bosnia and Herzegovina - both in the Republika Srpska and in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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