Simon’s Guide to Gambling in Spain

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Guide to gambling and online gambling in Spain

 

All forms of online and offline gambling are legal and regulated in Spain. Under Spanish laws, the powers to regulate gambling activities are distributed between the state and the authorities of individual regions. Generally, state legislation applies to gambling providers that operate across regional borders (like online gambling), while local gambling venues and facilities fall under the legislative supervision of regional authorities.

At a national level, the regulatory body trusted with overseeing and controlling the Spanish gambling scene, as well as issuing licenses to operators is the General Directorate for the Regulation of Gambling Activities (“Direccion General de Ordenacion del Juego”, or DGOJ for short), which is integrated within the Ministry of Taxes.

The legal framework in which the gambling industry operates is laid down in the 2011 piece legislation, Act no. 13/2011, dated May 26, also referred to as the Spanish Gambling Act. There are a few other legislative documents pertinent to gambling as well, such as the Royal Decree establishing technical requirements for gambling activities, but the former is recognised as the general legal reference point in the field of gambling in Spain.

All online gambling operators in Spain need to obtain a licence from the authorities in order to offer their services on the Spanish market. In order to conduct online gambling in Spain, operators first need to acquire a General Licence, than another Specific Licence for the type of game they want to offer. Currently licenses are available for providing fixed-odds sports betting, mutual sports betting, other fixed-odds betting, fixed-odds horse racing betting, mutual horse race betting, and contests, roulette, baccarat, black jack, complementary games, poker, bingo, slots and exchange betting. Most Specific Licenses are issued for 5 years, with the exceptions of black jack, roulette, baccarat and fixed-odds horse betting licenses that are granted for only 3 years*.

Spanish authorities impose a hefty 25% tax on gross revenue on all online gambling operators and they are strictly enforcing online gambling statutes by blocking access to unlicensed foreign sites through ISPs. Recently, the DGOJ issued warnings to twelve unlicensed operators on the Spanish market ordering them to restrict access from Spanish players to their sites or they could face fines up to €50m ($55.43m)**.

Although there are stringent regulations in place pertinent to gambling operators in Spain, playing on an unlicensed foreign platform is not criminalised on the level of the individual player.

 

*Source: ICLG report: Spain – Gambling 2015

**Source: Calvinayre.com – Spanis market dominated by handful of firms; illegal operator blacklist grows

 

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Casino gambling in Spain

 

Online casino gambling in Spain: legal, requires license

 

Land based casinos in Spain are legal and licensed. Moreover, gambling is extremely popular amongst the Spanish population. No wonder, that there are over 40 land based casinos in the country. Unlike their online counterparts, these venues are tied to a physical location, which falls under the legislative supervision of the regional authority of the region where they operate.

Online casinos in Spain are also legal and licensed by the authorities. Now Spanish licensees are also eligible for a license to offer online slots – a game prohibited until recently*. Operators are taxed for 25% of their gross revenues and unlicensed sites are blocked by the Spanish ISPs on the DGOJ’s order.

The following online casinos accept players from Spain:

Not many online casinos have a Spanish gambling licence, which is needed to accept players from the country. Because of this I can only recommend one online casino to Spanish players.

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

GT Bets accepts players from Spain- accepting Bitcoins as well

*Source: Calvinayre.com – Spain issues 10 new online licenses, authorizes Slots and Exchange Betting

 

Bingo in Spain

 

Online bingo in Spain: legal, requires license

 

Land based bingo is legal and operators can apply for a licence in the country, with many of the land based casinos in Spain operating bingo halls inside their venues. One can also find separate bingo halls around the country as well.

Online gambling operators in possession of a General Remote Gambling Licence are eligible for a specific licence to conduct online bingo games as well. However, bingo games reportedly represent only a small portion of online gambling market in Spain.

The following bingo websites accept players from Spain:

Not many online bingo websites have a Spanish gambling licence, which is needed to accept players from the country. Because of this I can not personally recommend any online bingo websites to Spanish players.

 

Poker in Spain

 

Online poker in Spain: legal, requires license

 

Land based poker is legal inside licensed land based casinos in the country as well as dedicated poker clubs.

Online poker is legal and licensed as well. Operators in possession of a specific online poker licence are allowed to offer their services to residents of the country. Online poker reportedly made up 35.9% of the whole legal Spanish online gambling market in 2012.
The following online poker sites accept players from Spain:

Not many online poker websites have a Spanish gambling licence, which is needed to accept players from the country. Because of this I can not personally recommend any online poker websites to Spanish players.

 

 

Sports betting in Spain

 

Online sports betting in Spain: legal, requires license

 

Spain is a sports loving country. No wonder, sports betting – both online and offline – is the most popular form of gambling in the Iberian state. Sports betting operators, are eligible for a license in Spain.

Online sports betting accounted for approximately 49.7% of the gross revenue of the Spanish online gambling industry in 2013*.

The following online sportsbooks accept registrations from Spain:

Not many online bookmakers have a Spanish gambling licence, which is needed to accept punters from the country. Because of this I can only recommend one online bookmakers to Spanish players.

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

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

*Source: Calvinayre.com – Poker up, Bingo down in Spain’s stagnant online Gambling Market

 

Lottery in Spain

 

Online lottery in Spain: legal, duopoly, with the two providers being Loterías y Apuestas del Estado and La ONCE, they sell lottery tickets online

 

Spain offers a wide array of lottery games, the majority of which are operated by the company ‘Loterías y Apuestas del Estado’ with the remaining lotteries ran by ‘La ONCE’. The most notable of the Spanish lotteries is El Gordo de Navidad or the Spanish Christmas Lottery. The El Gordo de Navidad (a.k.a Sorteo Extraordinario de Navidad) was established in 1811 and it’s draws are held on 22 December each year. With a total prize pool of €2 billion, it usually offers the largest first prize and jackpot in the world. Nearly every lottery in Spain offers an online platforms for buying tickets as well.

Spanish gambling laws do not restrict Spanish players from buying lottery tickets from foreign online lotteries as well.

The following websites let people from Spain purchase lottery tickets online:
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Bitcoin gambling in Spain

 

Bitcoin gambling in Spain: legal, requires license

 

Spain is one of the few countries in the world with specific rules relating to Bitcoin gambling. Last year, in response to questions from Coinffeine, a Spain-based, open-source bitcoin exchange platform the Spanish Finance and Public Administration stated, that all Bitcoin gambling sites offering their services to residents of the country are subject to the same rules as other online gambling operations and therefore they have to obtain the same licenses*.

The following Bitcoin casinos accept players from Spain:

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

GT Bets accepts players from Spain, and also accepts Bitcoin

*Source: Coindesk – Spain Cracks Down on Bitcoin Gambling Loopholes

 

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: 2016-06-21

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