Simon’s Guide to Gambling, Online Gambling & Casinos in the Czech Republic

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This is a picture of the interior of the gambling hall of Grandhotel Pupp Casino, located in the Czech Republic.

Grandhotel Pupp Casino, Czech Republic

 

Gambling is legal in the Czech Republic, and there is an abundance of casinos and other gambling establishments to be found in this Central European country. However, the legal status of various forms of gambling (especially online gambling) in the Czech Republic can be rather confusing, and the efficacy of gambling laws is often questioned. The gambling regulation in effect up to 2015 is the 1990 law on lotteries and other similar games, and amendments thereof.

Currently there are about a hundred casinos in the Czech Republic, many of them situated in or near the country’s capital, Prague. The Czech Republic also hosts several smaller gambling halls where slot machines are available. There are also several brick and mortar betting shops in the country and a national lottery. To summarize, land-based gambling is a thriving in the Czech Republic.

The Czech government has realised that the gambling regulations in effect are insufficient to deal with current issues in gambling, especially online gambling. A lottery act – technically a new version of the 1990 Law on Lotteries and other similar Games – was introduced in 2012. In accordance with this law, a physical presence and purely Czech ownership was required for online gambling operators.* However, as the Czech Republic is a member of the European Union, and the restriction was found to be contrary to EU policies, the government was forced to make changes.

Since then, a new gambling regulation has been in preparation. This actually means 3 new laws: the Gaming Act, the Gaming Tax Act and the Amendment Act.** Taxes on gambling has been set rather high since the 2012 Lottery Act, and it is doubtful the level would go much lower with the new regulation.

In accordance with the 2012 gambling law, there are currently 5 online gambling operators including the state-run Sazka. However, these domestic companies may only operate online sports betting and online lottery games, no online casinos. Foreign online gambling sites can be legally blocked by ISPs at the government’s request, but this has happened in very few instances. Players are not prosecuted for playing on international gambling sites.

 

*Source: DLA Piper – All-In EiG 2012

**Source: The New Gaming Law in the Czech Republic (Consulegis)

 

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Casino gambling in the Czech Republic

 

Online casino gambling in the Czech Republic: illegal, players are not prosecuted

 

Casino gambling is legal in the Czech Republic, and there are dozens of casinos in the country. Most of the casinos in the Czech Republic are situated in or near Prague, often attached to hotels. Games on offer include most traditional casino games: poker, blackjack, roulette and slot machines. Smaller gambling establishments usually only have slot machines and/or video poker machines.

Domestic online casino gambling is currently illegal in the Czech Republic. That is subject to change with the new Gaming Act being prepared, but for now there are no legal online casinos in the country. The licensed gambling operators have been lobbying for the rights to operate online casinos for years. Foreign online gambling sites can be blocked by ISPs, but very rarely are, and players are not prosecuted for playing in foreign online casinos.

The following online casinos accept players from the Czech Republic:

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BGO casino – accepting players from the Czech Republic

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32 Red casino – accepting players from the Czech Republic

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Betsson online casino – accepting players from the Czech Republic

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Betsafe online casino – accepting players from the Czech Republic

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Casino Euro – accepting players from the Czech Republic

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Black lotus casino – accepting players from the Czech Republic

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Lotus Asia casino – accepting players from the Czech Republic

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GT Bets accepts players from the Czech Republic- accepting Bitcoins as well

 

Bingo in the Czech Republic

 

Online bingo in the Czech Republic: illegal, players are not prosecuted

 

Bingo is not very well-known in the Czech Republic and bingo games are not often organized. Bingo is considered a game of chance, which means it may only be played legally in licensed casinos. There are also no licensed domestic online bingo operators. However, Czech gamblers are free to play on international online bingo sites available to them.

The following bingo websites accept Czech players:

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BGO bingo – accepting players from the Czech Republic

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Betsson Bingo – accepting registrations from the Czech Republic

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32 Red Bingo – accepting registrations from the Czech Republic

 

Poker in the Czech Republic

 

Online poker in the Czech Republic: illegal, players are not prosecuted

 

The legal status of poker in the Czech Republic is rather controversial. It has been argued that the gambling regulations in effect do not cover poker, as they talk of games of chance only, while poker is considered by many to be a game of skill. Still, at the moment, live poker games are only allowed in licensed casinos.

Online poker is currently illegal in the Czech Republic, despite the efforts of licensed online gambling operators. There are no online poker sites licensed in the Czech Republic, but locals are free to play on foreign online poker sites available to them (some sites may be blocked by ISPs, players are not prosecuted).

The following online poker sites accept players from the Czech Republic:

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Betsson online Poker – accepting players from the Czech Republic

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Betsafe online Poker – accepting players from the Czech Republic

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32 Red online Poker – accepting players from the Czech Republic

 

Sports betting in the Czech Republic

 

Online sports betting in the Czech Republic: legal, requires licence

 

Sports betting is legal in the Czech Republic, including horse race betting. There are currently 5 licensed sports betting operators in the country including the state-run Sazka. Though football is the most popular sport to bet on, tennis, basketball and several other games are also available, in the form of live betting as well.

Licensed sports betting companies – Sazka, Fortuna, Chance, Synot Tip, and TipSport – have been allowed to provide online sports betting services since the 2012 Lottery Act. It is illegal for unlicensed online sports betting sites to operate in the Czech Republic, and sites may be blocked by ISPs. However, international bookmakers are still available to Czech punters.

The following online sportsbooks accept registrations from the Czech Republic:

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Betsson online sportsbook – accepting registrations from the Czech Republic

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Betsafe online bookmaker – accepting registrations from the Czech Republic

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32 Red sport online sportsbook – accepting players from the Czech Republic

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

GT Bets online bookmaker – accepts registrations from the the Czech Republic, also accepts Bitcoin

 

Lottery in the Czech Republic

 

Online lottery in the Czech Republic: legal, requires licence

 

Lottery is legal in the Czech Republic. Though there is a state-run lottery operator, Sazka, there’s no monopoly on the market, and there are several licensed companies offering lottery games. Apart from the traditional numeric games, scratchcards and keno can also found in the country.

Online lottery games are also legally available in accordance with the 2012 Lottery Act. Many of the licensed brick and mortar lottery companies also operate a website where lottery tickets and scratch cards may be bought. Unlicensed domestic online lotteries are illegal, but locals are free to participate in international lottery draws available to them.

The following websites let people from the Czech Republic purchase lottery tickets online:
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Bitcoin gambling in the Czech Republic

 

Bitcoin gambling in the Czech Republic: illegal, players are not prosecuted

 

Bitcoin is legal in the Czech Republic, and the Czech National Bank has issued several statements regarding the categorization of the virtual currency; the Ministry of Finance also offered legal guidance on trading in Bitcoin. The cryptocurrency is quite popular in the Czech Republic, which is home to many Bitcoin-related startups.

Domestic companies can not apply for a Bitcoin gambling license, because it is considered illegal under the 2012 Lottery Act. There is also no word yet on whether the new gambling act is to regulate Bitcoin gambling or not.

This means that there are currently no licensed Bitcoin casinos in the country, but locals are currently free to play in foreign Bitcoin casinos.

The following Bitcoin casinos accept players from the Czech Republic:

This a banner ad of GT Bets bitcoin casino. It accepts players from the Czech Republic.

GT Bets accepts players from the Czech Republic, and also accepts Bitcoin

 

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: 2016-04-01

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  1. Joe Blogg says:

    So is it illegal for an online casino based in Prague, CZ, offering slots, keno, bingo, poker (live video) Blackjack and Roulette to the international marketplace? (except Czech and mainly USA)?

    • No! How on earth did you come to this conclusion? The Czech Republic does not issue ANY online gambling licenses right now. Therefore, there are no online casinos based in Prague. However, some online gambling websites (you can see a list in above) registered abroad have gambling licenses that make it possible for them to accept players from CZ, among many other countries.

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