Simon’s Guide to Gambling in Greece

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Picture of Greece's capital city of Athens. This is the header image of my online gambling guide to Greece. Gambling is legal in Greece.

Greece Gambling Guide

 

Greece, officially the Hellenic Republic, is a country located in southeastern Europe. Greece’s population is around 11 million. The country’s capital and largest city is Athens with approximately 3,750,000 residents in its metropolitan area. The official language in Greece is Greek while the dominant religion in the country is Eastern Orthodox. The modern-day Greece emerged in 1830 following the war of independence. Greece is a founding member of the United Nations and a member of many other international organizations such as the European Union, NATO, and the Council of Europe amongst others.

Gambling is legal and regulated in Greece. Gambling is only allowed within casinos spaces and not in public. Offline lottery and land based sports betting are controlled solely by OPAP, till 2020.*

Online gambling in Greece on the other hand, is a heated, complicated topic. The country was accused of protectionism, corruption and violating EU law by multiple online gambling operators, multiple times in the last 10 years. However, the situation seems to be resolved. In 2016 January the greek government announced, that they will be opening up the online gambling market and will be issuing online gambling licenses.** In the meantime OPAP still has a monopoly over online gambling and ISPs sporadically block foreign online gambling websites. However, due to the expected liberalization of the Greek online gambling market, foreign online gambling sites already started to accept players from Greece and players who place bets on foreign gambling websites are not prosecuted.

Sources:

*European Commission – Gambling law of 2011 – Greece

**CalvinAyre – Greece Forging ahead with Online Gambling Licensing Plans

 

 

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Casino gambling in Greece

 

Online casino gambling in Greece: legal, monopoly of OPAP

 

Land-based gambling is legal and regulated in Greece. Therefore, there are many brick-and-mortar casinos both on the mainland and on different islands of Greece. These casinos offer the most popular casino games to players like blackjack, roulette, and poker amongst others. Gambling businesses mostly target tourists.
Online casino gambling regulation is a much more complicated issue. In 2002, online gambling was banned and criminalized. However, in 2011 the government legalized it and gave out numerous licenses to operators. A year later, Greece revoked all licenses to make the then state-owned OPAP the sole online gambling provider. However, this caused a massive backlash from EU officials and from the ex-license holders. As of now, the current government plans to issue licenses again for online gambling providers. Currently, playing at an offshore online casino from home is tolerated but illegal. players are not prosecuted and foreign online casinos are no longer seem to be blocked by internet service providers.

The following online casinos accept players from Greece:

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Betsson online casino – accepting players from Greece

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Betsafe online casino – accepting players from Greece

This is an animated GIF banner of Casino Euro. Casino Euro is one of the many online casinos, which accept players from Greece.

Casino Euro – accepting players from Greece

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Black lotus casino – accepting players from Greece

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Lotus Asia casino – accepting players from Greece

This the banner ad of Gt Bets online casino. The online casino accepts players from Greece.

GT Bets accepts players from Greece- accepting Bitcoins as well

 

Bingo in Greece

 

Online bingo in Greece: legal, monopoly of OPAP

 

Gambling is legal in Greece, therefore, there are some land-based bingo halls operating in the country. Currently online bingo is the monopoly of OPAP but they do not have a bingo website. There are plans to legalize online gambling again and issue licenses to providers besides OPAP, but there is no official timetable for that yet. According to Greece’s Deputy Finance Minister Tryfon Alexiadis new online gambling licenses will be issued very soon. Whether these licenses will include online bingo as well is not known as of yet.

A few foreign online bingo platforms are already accepting players from Greece, and Greek players are not prosecuted for playing online at these websites.

The following bingo websites accept players from Greece:

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Betsson Bingo – accepting registrations from Greece

 

Poker in Greece

 

Online poker in Greece: legal, monopoly of OPAP currently

 

Land-based poker is legal in Greece and players can enjoy it at the casinos around the country. Online poker is supposed to be a monopoly of OPAP, but the company does not have any poker websites at the moment. However, players from Greece can play poker at numerous offshore online casinos and they are not prosecuted for this. The online gambling market is expected to open up very soon, which means, in the future, Greek poker players have even more websites to choose from.

The following online poker sites accept players from Greece:

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Betsson online Poker – accepting players from Greece

This is the animated GIF banner ad of Betsafe's online poker website. It is 728x90 pixel wide. Betsafe online poker is one of the many online poker websites, which accept players from Greece. The animated banner reads: betsafe welcome deal, 3 great reasons to join the fun, up to €1000 deposit bonus.

Betsafe online Poker – accepting players from Greece

 

Sports betting in Greece

 

Online sports betting in Greece: legal, monopoly of OPAP currently

 

Sports betting is one of the most popular forms of gambling in Greece too. There are numerous OPAP land-based bookmakers where players can bet on their favorite sports. Online sports betting is a monopoly of OPAP. However, online gambling licenses are expected to be issued to other operators too very soon, the exact details are not yet known. Punters placing bets with foreign bookmakers are not prosecuted.

The following online sportsbooks accept registrations from Greece:

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Betsson online sportsbook – accepting registrations from Greece

This is an animated GIF banner ad of Betsafe sportsbook. Betsafe online sportsbook accept registrations from Greece. The text on the banner ad reads. betsafe, 50% deposit bonus up to €25, 2nd tier bonus, open an account today.

Betsafe online bookmaker – accepting registrations from Greece

This is a banner of 32 Red Sports, the online sportsbook of 32 Red Casino. 32 Red online sportsbook accepts players from Greece. The animated GIF banner reads: £10 free bet, Place your first bet & get a £10 free bet plus 10 free games on one of our fantastic slots, + 10 free games, 32 Red Sport.

32 Red sport online sportsbook – accepting players from Greece

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

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

 

Lottery in Greece

 

Online lottery in Greece: monopoly of OPAP

Arguably, lottery is the most common form of gambling out there. It is safe to say that where gambling is legal there is a national lottery. It is no different in Greece either. Currently, OPAP controls all lottery and lottery type games (scratch cards, keno, Joker, Kino, Proto, and Extra 5 etc…) in Greece. Online lottery ticket selling are a monopoly of OPAP too. However, the company does not sell lottery tickets online currently.
Even though Greece is not participating in EuroMillions or EuroJackpot lottery draws, there are still many foreign online lotteries, which are still available to Greek players.

The following websites let people from Greece purchase lottery tickets online:

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Bitcoin gambling in Greece

 

Bitcoin gambling in Greece: legal, monopoly of OPAP

 

As of now, there aren’t any specific laws in Greece regulating Bitcoin gambling. However, Bitcoin trades mostly occur via the internet so Bitcoin gambling is technically a form of online gambling which is a monopoly of OPAP at the moment. This is expected to change soon, and in the meantime some Bitcoin casinos started to accept Greek players.

The following Bitcoin casinos accept players from Greece:

This a banner ad of GT Bets bitcoin casino. It accepts players from Greece.

GT Bets accepts players from Greece, 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 in every country around the world.

 

Last updated: 2016-04-09

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