Simon’s Guide to Online Casinos in Macedonia

Interior of the Casino Flamingo in Macedonia, there are two roulette tables left and right.

Casino Flamingo in Macedonia

 

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

 

Online casinos in Macedonia

Legal status: legal, state monopoly

Online casino gambling in Macedonia has been undergoing serious changes in the past few years, and the online casino market has still not been stabilized. The reason behind this is that the past few years have seen the first law in Macedonia explicitly addressing online casino gambling, as well as the country’s first online casino.

Prior to 2013, online casino gambling was in theory illegal in Macedonia. It was covered by a blanket ban on all unlicensed gambling activities, but the law was not strictly enforced due to a lack of resources and willingness. As a result, locals were free to play on any international online casino sites with no repercussions.

In 2013, a new regulation, the Law on Games of Chance and Entertainment Games came into effect, which marked the beginning of the liberalization of the Macedonian online casino gambling market. In accordance with this law, internet games of chance may be organised as long as the operator holds a valid licence issued by the Ministry of Finance (there is no dedicated gambling authority in Macedonia yet).

While this may have seemed like a great opportunity for online casino operators, the regulation was heavily skewed towards a single Macedonian gambling operator. In practice, this has resulted in a monopoly on the Macedonian online casino market, as the partially state-owned National Videolottery of Republic of Macedonia received the first licence, and began operating its website, 2win.mk.

The monopoly of said company is said to be a transition period only, allowing the Macedonian government to gain experience in the field. As 2win.mk was licensed in 2015, the first online casino operators – apart from them – may first apply for a licence in 2017.

As Macedonia is a candidate for joining the European Union, and EU regulations are strictly against such monopolies, favoritism and discrimination against other member states, it is likely Macedonia will continue to open up its gambling market.

Until then, locals may gamble on either the 2win website offering mainly online slots and roulette, or on foreign online casino sites.

 

 

 

Online casinos accepting players from Macedonia

The following online casinos accept players from Macedonia:

 

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

Betsson online casino accepting players from Macedonia

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

Betsafe online casino accepting players from Macedonia

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

CasinoEuro online casino accepting players from Macedonia

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

Black Lotus online casino accepting players from Macedonia

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

Lotus Asia online casino accepting players from Macedonia

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

32Red online casino accepting players from Macedonia

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

BGO online casino accepting players from Macedonia

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

GT Bets accepts players from Macedonia – accepting Bitcoins as well

 

Land-based casinos in Macedonia

 

Unlike online casinos, land-based casino gambling is well-established in Macedonia. Brick and mortar casinos are also regulated by the Law on Games of Chance and Entertainment Games of 2013 which states that casinos may offer games played on tables with dice, cards or balls, as well as slot machines.

There are currently seven licensed casinos of varying sizes in Macedonia, as well as several slot machine halls, also sometimes called casinos. Land-based casino licences are valid for 6 years, and may be obtained from the Ministry of Finance after paying the licensing fee of EUR 600 000.

The largest casino in Macedonia is interestingly not located in the capital, Skopje, but in Gevgelija. Apollonia Casino and Hotel features over 100 slot machines, as well as 32 table games such as poker, roulette and blackjack. As the casino is connected to a hotel, players may also enjoy a bar and a restaurant in the building.

 

 

Other forms of online gambling in Macedonia

 

Due to the current state of liberalization of the online gambling market, Macedonian gamblers have rather few local options for playing online. However, many of the international online gambling sites accept players from Macedonia, so locals should have no problems accessing their favorite games.

A notable exception to the lack of Macedonia-based online gambling options is online sports betting. 2win.mk, Macedonia’s first licensed online casino has a large section dedicated to online sports betting, with the most popular sports being football, basketball and ice hockey.

While Macedonia has a national lottery, the Loterija na Macedonija, tickets to their games are not yet available online, nor on any mobile devices. Bingo and keno are also somewhat popular in the country, are only available online on international online lottery sites.

The situation is expected to change radically as the monopoly of 2win.mk expires in 2017. However, it can not be foreseen, how many operators will be willing to pay the high licensing fee in order to access the Macedonian online gambling market.

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

Last updated: 2017-08-26

 

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Simon's Guide to Land-based and Online Casinos in Macedonia
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Simon's Guide to Land-based and Online Casinos in Macedonia
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A guide to the legal status of online gambling and online casinos in Macedonia, including recent and expected changes to the Macedonian online casino regulation.
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