Simon’s Guide to Gambling and Online Gambling in Ireland
Ireland, also known as the Republic of Ireland is a sovereign state in north-western Europe occupying about five-sixths of the island of Ireland. The country’s population is around 4,6 million. Ireland’s capital and largest city is Dublin with approximately 1,8 million residents in its metropolitan area. The official languages of Ireland are Irish and English. Ireland is one of the wealthiest countries in the world in terms of GDP per capita. The country is a member of the United Nations and the European Union amongst other organizations.
Gambling in Ireland is regulated since the issuing of the Gaming and Lotteries Act of 1956. Although the act states that operating a land-based casino is unlawful, some loopholes allowed the operation of private clubs with casino-like facilities.* Gambling was a grey area till the Gaming Control Bill of 2013, which made gambling completely legal. The act established the Minister and Office for Gambling Control Ireland as the sole authority concerning licensing and regulations.** Since then, there are many casinos throughout the country where players can enjoy the most popular casino games. Online gambling is legal since the Horses and Greyhound Act of 2001***, which made it possible for Irish citizens to legally bet online at licensed gambling websites. Gambling operators have to acquire a license to organize online and offline gambling activities.
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- Casino gambling in Ireland
- Bingo in Ireland
- Poker in Ireland
- Sports betting in Ireland
- Lottery in Ireland
- Bitcoin gambling in Ireland
Casino gambling in Ireland
Online casino gambling in Ireland: legal, requires license
Casino gambling has a long history in Ireland. The Gaming and Lotteries Act of 1956 ruled casinos unlawful but loopholes in the act allowed private clubs to operate casino-like facilities, which attracted the seedier elements of the society. The reputation of gambling suffered as a result. However, since the Gaming Control Bill of 2013, all forms of gambling became legal and regulated and nowadays, licensed gambling venues have to abide by strict anti-money laundering laws and are subject to frequent controls. As a result, players can now safely enjoy their favorite games in numerous gaming facilities across the country and the reputation of gambling has improved quite a bit. Online casino gambling is legal too. Just like in the neighbouring UK, online gambling is heavily regulated and domestic and foreign operators have to acquire proper licenses to be able to accept players from Ireland.
The following online casinos accept players from Ireland:
Bingo in Ireland
Online bingo in Ireland: legal, requires license
Bingo is legal in Ireland. Online gambling is legal in Ireland as well, so players can play bingo from the comfort of their homes too. Online bingo operators have to acquire a license to operate in Ireland.
The following bingo websites accept players from Ireland:
Poker in Ireland
Online poker in Ireland: legal, requires license
Poker is legal in ireland Irish, players can enjoy poker at numerous land-based facilities or online. Poker operators have to acquire the proper licenses to operate. Irish poker players are not “fenced in”. Which means they can compete internationally and play poker online with players from outside of Ireland.
The following online poker sites accept players from Ireland:
Sports betting in Ireland
Online sports betting in Ireland: legal, requires license
Sports betting is the most popular form of gambling in the UK and Ireland. The nation has a rich history in horse and greyhound racing. Since the Horses and Greyhound Act of 2001, players from Ireland are allowed to bet on sports online too. Land-based bookmakers have to acquire proper licenses to operate and online bookmakers as well.
The following online sportsbooks accept registrations from Ireland:
Lottery in Ireland
Online lottery in Ireland: legal, requires license
The national lottery of Ireland is the organized by Premier Lotteries Ireland Limited. The company received a 20-year contract to organize the nation’s official lotteries in 2014. Before this, the lottery was a state monopoly but due to financial problems and poor management, the government agreed to license it to a private company. Players from Ireland can purchase lottery tickets online as well from lottery agents and participate in foreign lottery draws (e.g.: Euro Millions).
The following websites let people from Ireland purchase lottery tickets online:
Bitcoin gambling in Ireland
Bitcoin gambling in Ireland: legal, requires license
As of now, Ireland does not have any specific laws regarding Bitcoin gambling. However, online gambling in general is subject to licensing. Therefore, it is safe to assume that operators have to acquire proper licenses to conduct such businesses. And the licensing process appears to be the same for Bitcoin casinos (no mention of digital currencies or excluded currencies in the regulation).
The following Bitcoin casinos accept players from Ireland:
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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: 2016-04-15