Simon’s Guide to Online Casinos in Ireland

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Interior of the Sporting Emporium, one of the largest casinos in Ireland

Sporting Emporium, one of the largest casinos in Ireland

 

This is a guide to brick and mortar as well as online casinos in Ireland. Find out what the best casinos and online casino sites are in Ireland, or learn more about the legal status of casino gambling in the country.

Online casinos in Ireland

 

Legal status: legal, requires a licence

Online casino gambling is legal and regulated in Ireland, although online casino legislation has had a rocky history due to outdated laws and acts focusing solely on sports betting. Online casino licences have been issued since 2003. Online casino gambling is overseen by the Irish government – specifically the department for Justice and Equality -which also issues the licences themselves.

Although online casino licences have been issued for some years now, the legal status of online casinos was only settled in 2013, when the Gambling Control Bill was approved by the Irish government. This bill lists several categories for the various types of gambling. Remote casino gambling which includes online casinos is covered by category 2O.

Online casino licences are valid for 2 years only, after which they need to be renewed. The Gambling Control Bill also regulates the advertising of licensed operators. While the Irish online casino gambling may seem quite strict, it is actually favourable to both operators and players.

While online sports betting is taxed, there is no tax on online casino gambling (though this may change in the next few years). Due to the strict supervision of online casino operators, players may also feel secure that online casinos licensed in Ireland will not be scamming them.

While this system is quite user-friendly, naturally there are Irish gamblers who are not content with the casino games on offer within the country. Fortunately for them, it is also legal for Irish players to use international online casino sites, most of which accept players from Ireland.

 

 

 

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Online casinos accepting players from Ireland

 

Here’s a selection of online casinos I’ve tried and recommend wholeheartedly. Choose from these trustworthy online casinos available in Ireland, or read on to find out more about the legal status and history of gambling and casinos in Ireland!

Banner for the Betsson online casino, which is available to players from Ireland

Betsson online casino accepting players from Ireland

Banner of the Betsafe online casino, which accepts players from Ireland.

Betsafe online casino accepting players from Ireland

Banner of the Casino Euro online casino, accepting players from Ireland

CasinoEuro online casino accepting players from Ireland

Banner of the Black Lotus online casino accepting players from Ireland.

Black Lotus online casino accepting players from Ireland

Banner of the Lotus Asia online casino, acceptin players from Ireland.

Lotus Asia online casino accepting players from Ireland

Banner of the 32 Red online casino, which accepts players from Ireland.

32Red online casino accepting players from Ireland

Banner for the BGO online casino, available to players from Ireland

BGO online casino accepting players from Ireland

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

GT Bets accepts players from Ireland – accepting Bitcoins as well

 

 

Land-based casinos in Ireland

 

Land-based casinos in Ireland have existed under various names for multiple decades, but the legal status of these establishments was only settled in 2013 along with online casino gambling in the Gambling Control Bill. Land-based casino licences belong to the 2R category, and are also issued and supervised by the Department for Justice and Equality.

The number of land-based casinos in Ireland are limited by the maximum number of casino licences, which is set at 40. The specifications of land-based casino licences may differ, but the maximum number of tables that may be allowed in the licence is 15. The number of slot machines is also limited and set in the individual casinos’ licences, but may not exceed 25, or twice the number of casino tables.

Land-based casino licences, unlike their online counterparts, are valid for 10 years. The maximum amount of business hours is also set in the bill, which means that Irish casinos may only be open from 11.00 am until 4.30 am.

There are currently several land-based casinos of various sizes and profiles in operation in Ireland. Some of them focus on card games, especially poker, while others offer more traditional casino games, and yet others also have sports betting options available on the premises.

One of the largest casinos in Ireland is the Sporting Emporium which opened in 2005. As the name suggests, sports betting is quite important in this casino, and sports events are shown live on several large screens. Casino games on offer include roulette, blackjack, punto banco and poker, as well as lesser-known games such as sic bo or brag.

 

 

Other forms of online gambling in Ireland

 

Along with online casino gambling, pretty much all forms of online gambling are legal and regulated in Ireland. Online sports betting licences have been issued since 2004, but many of the sportsbooks are still hosted outside of Ireland. This may be due to the fact that online sports betting is the only form of gambling that is taxed in Ireland – previously, the tax was only 1% but was then raised to 2%.

While sports betting itself is quite popular in the country – especially when it comes to rugby and Gaelic football – online sports betting is still not as widespread as in the rest of Europe. The largest online sportsbook in Ireland is paddy Power.

Online poker is not only legal in Ireland, players may also compete against poker players from other countries. This is because the Irish authorities have decided not to “fence off” the Irish online poker market as in France. Online poker operators require licences, which have been issued since 2003.

 

 

 

History of online casino legislation in Ireland

 

Online casino gambling regulation has, by now, been more or less consolidated. However, online gambling in Ireland has been affected by various laws over the years, resulting in rather confusing legislation at times. The first law to affect casino gambling in Ireland was the 1956 Gaming and Lotteries Act. Naturally, this law had no way to directly regulate online casino gambling, yet some of its provisions could be understood to cover online casino gambling as well.

The first law to affect casino gambling in Ireland was the 1956 Gaming and Lotteries Act. Naturally, this law had no way to directly regulate online casino gambling, yet some of its provisions could be understood to cover online casino gambling as well. This law that allowed only very limited forms and types of casino gambling was superceded by the 2015 Gambling Control Bill.

Online sports betting is regulated by the 2015 Betting Amendment Act, which amended a rather old law as well, the 1931 Betting Act. The Betting Amendment Act now regulates all forms of remote sports betting.

 

 

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This article supplements the general guide to the legal status of gambling in Ireland.

 

Simon’s Guide to Land-based and Online Casinos in Ireland is part of Simon’s Online Casino Guide.

 

Last updated: 2016. 10. 23.

 

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