Simon’s Guide to Online Casinos in Spain

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Interior of Casino Mediterraneo in Alicante with gaming tables

Casino Mediterraneo in Alicante, Spain


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

Online casinos in Spain


Legal status: legal, requires licence

Online casino gambling is legal and regulated in Spain. The law affecting online casino gambling is the Act no. 13/2011, dated May 26, also called the Spanish Gambling Act. Specific regulations are established by the Ministry of Finance, while the General Directorate for the Regulation of Gambling Activities (Direccion General de Ordenacion del Juego) directly supervises the operators and their activities.

All non-regulated gaming is considered illegal under the Spanish Gambling Act. Online casino operators that wish to offer their services within Spain need to apply for a gambling licence. Spain actually has a two-tier licence system in place.

Online casino operators need to apply for a general licence first. These licences allow the holder to conduct gambling activities in general, and are valid for 10 years. The operator must also apply for a specific licence corresponding to the type of game they are offering. Casino games recognized by the DGO include Blackjack, Bingo, Baccarat, Roulette and slot machines. Poker is also considered gambling, regardless of the importance of skill in the game.

These categories apply to both land-based and online casinos in Spain. There are also further restrictions for online casinos that wish to cater to the Spanish market. Online casinos may only use the .es domain specified in their licence. Online casino operators also have to pay taxes amounting to 25% of all gross revenues.

The Spanish government has made quite a bit of effort to prevent unlicensed online casinos from offering their services in Spain. Unlicensed online casinos may not advertise within the country. Such sites are also often blocked by ISPs. Unlicensed online casino operators that still cater to Spanish gamblers may face fines of up to €50m.

These regulations may seem quite strict, but there is a rather long list of online casinos licensed in Spain, offering a wide array of online casino games. Also, while unlicensed online casinos are technically illegal, individual players are not in any danger of being prosecuted for playing in such casinos. The government only targets the casinos not the players.




Online casinos accepting players from Spain


Here’s a selection of online casinos I’ve tried and recommend wholeheartedly. These trustworthy online casinos currently accept players from Spain:


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Land-based casinos in Spain


Land-based casinos were legalized in Spain by the original gambling act of 1977, and are currently regulated by the Spanish Gambling Act of 2011. In order to understand the legal status of casinos in Spain, one needs to take a closer look at the political and legislative system of the country.

The Kingdom of Spain consists of 17 autonomous communities as well as two autonomous cities. These territories have varying levels of autonomy fixed in the Spanish constitution and the Statute of Autonomy of each territory. Casino gambling in general is legal in the whole country, but the regions have certain rights of their own.

Gambling activities that span at least two regions, which includes online casino gambling, are regulated on a national level. Brick and mortar casinos, however, are under the jurisdiction of the appropriate regional authority. As a result, some rules as well as taxing vary from region to region, but taxes are, in general, rather high.

In spite of this, there are about 60 casinos located throughout Spain. Casinos are quite popular among locals and tourists alike. The city with the most casinos in Spain is, not surprisingly, the capital, Madrid. Popular tourist destinations such as Alicante and Palma de Mallorca also feature casinos.

The largest casino in Spain is the Casino Gran Madrid Torrelodones. Casino Gran Madrid has over 50 table games on offer, including games such as Roulette, Blackjack and Punto Banco. Poker tournaments are held regularly at the casino. Casino Gran Madrid also offers over 200 slot machines, and contains a restaurant as well as multiple bars.



Other forms of online gambling in Spain


Similarly to online casino gambling, most forms of online gambling are legal in Spain. Online gambling is regulated on a national level, by the 2011 Spanish Gambling Act. Since the legalisation of online gambling, more than 70 operators have received a licence.

The most popular form of online gambling in Spain is most likely sports betting, which has accounted for about half of all online gambling revenues since 2013. The gaming act recognises several types of sports betting, including fixed-odds and pari-mutuel betting. Wagering on horse races is also quite popular.

Online poker is also legal in Spain, and requires its own specific licence. There are currently about 10 licensed online poker operators in Spain. Interestingly, this list does not include most of the larger operators such as PokerStars. Online poker contributes about 40% of online gambling revenues.

While Spain does have a national lottery, the online lottery market was also liberalised by the 2011 gambling act. The Spanish national lottery company, Loterías y Apuestas del Estado also offers all of their games online. The most popular lottery games include Euromilliones and Bonoloto.




History and future of online casinos in Spain


Gambling in Spain had, for a long time, been regulated by the relatively unchanged Royal Decree Law 16/1977. It was the advent of online gambling and the regulations set forth by the European Court of Justice that prompted the introduction of a new gambling regulation that specifically addresses online casino gambling.

The main purpose of the new gaming act was to create uniform regulation in the whole country, in the place of online gambling laws varying by region. The new regulation seems to have been quite successful in that aspect.

A drawback of the new gambling act is that taxes are set at such a high level as to discourage some of the online gambling operators. It remains to be seen whether the games offered under these circumstances will be enough to discourage Spanish gamblers from playing on unlicensed online gambling sites.




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


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


Last updated: 2016. 02. 27.


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Simon's Guide to Land-based and Online Casinos in Spain
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