Simon’s Guide to Gambling and Online Gambling in Estonia

This is a picture of the exterior of the Estonian gambling establishment Olympic Casino in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. This is the header image of my guide to gambling, online gambling in Estonia. Under the picture you can read about the various laws regulating gambling, sports betting, lottery, keno, bingo, bitcoin and online gambling in Estonia.

Estonia Gambling Laws, Rules, Regulations, land-based and digital

 

Gambling is legal in Estonia since 1994. Formerly part of the USSR, Estonia gained its independence in 1991. In the USSR all forms of gambling were prohibited, though illicit forms were still prevalent, gambling was underground up until 1994 when the national lottery was established.

Gambling in Estonia was first regulated by the 1994 Lottery Act and the 1995 Gambling Act*. The gambling regulation currently in effect is the 2009 Gambling Act. This act was introduced to control and consolidate the industry, as well as increase revenues. It is questionable though, how successful this latter aim has been, as the number of gambling establishments had decreased from 91 to 33 between 2008 and 2010 and never quite bounced back since.

Gambling tax in Estonia is 18% for the lottery and 5% for sports betting and online gambling. Land based casinos pay a fixed tax per machine and tables: €1278,23 per table (roulette, dice, cards), €300 per gaming machine, €31,95 per poker tables or other games based on skill not just chance, one of the lowest gambling tax in Europe.

Online gambling is also legal in Estonia. The 2009 Gambling Act regulates the online gambling market as well. At first, only local companies were allowed to offer online gambling services in Estonia, but the market was opened to foreign sites in 2011. Since then, several online gambling licenses have been issued. Unlicensed online gambling sites, on the other hand, have been blocked by ISPs since this regulations, though this does not affect all gambling sites, as those licensed in other EU countries don’t seem to be blocked.

 

Source: Estonia – A Regulatory Report (GamblingCompliance)

 

 

 

Online casinos accepting players from Estonia

The following online gambling websites accept players from Estonia:

 

Black Lotus Casino

This is Black Lotus Casino's 2020 animated GIF banner advertising their new slot and their free spins and casino match bonuses. You can read about these promotional offers below the animated banner. By clicking on the banner you will be taken to the casino's website where you can register and play.

Black Lotus Casino bonus offers

USA and Canada players are accepted.
  • Get 300% match bonus, up to $3,250. Use the code: VENTURE300
  • $100 bonus. Use code: VENTURE100

Bonuses for existing players:
  • Deposit and get 37 Free Spins on Millionaire’s Life. Code: 37MILLION
  • Deposit $45 and get 299% up to $1,000. Code: 299MILLION & then get 47 Free Spins on Millionaire’s Life. Code: 47MILLION
  • One free spin on the "Millionaire's Bonus Wheel" , instant prizes, limited time only
  • Summer Samba Mini Game for returning players, huge instant wins credited to your player account if you are lucky, all throughout the summer
  • Every day between 6am and 10am EDT you'll get 50 Free Spins to play during our Happy Hour.
 

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
  • Playthrough requirement: 40-60x for match bonuses and usually 60x for free spins and other bonuses, depends on the bonus check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Wagering limitation:
  • 100% - Slots and Keno
  • 50% - Roulette and Three Card Poker
  • 25% - Baccarat
  • 10% - Video Poker
  • 5% - Blackjack, Craps
  • 0% - Everything else

 

Bet Online Casino and Sports Book

Bet Online bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently.

Bet Online sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.

  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits! Use the code BOLCASINO
  • 100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

 

 

Summary:

 

 

Casino gambling in Estonia

 

Online casino gambling in Estonia: legal, requires licence

 

The 2009 Gambling Act of Estonia covers several categories of gambling. Of these, casinos fall into the category of games of chance, which include gaming machines and table games as well. Since 2010, casinos must have at least 40 slot machines and/or 5 tables. The licensing process is handled by the Estonian Tax and Customs Board.

The gambling regulation also allowed the operation of slot halls, which had previously been viewed separately from casinos. However, since 2010 no legal distinction is made between these two types of gambling establishments, which resulted in the closure or upgrade of these establishments since (this is the main reason behind the decrease of gambling establishments in the country).

You need to be 21 or older to enter a casino in Estonia, unlike in most other European countries, in as much as 90% of them you must be 18 only.

There are several land-based casinos in Estonia, operated by both local and foreign companies. The financial crisis of 2008 and the COVID 19 outbreak of 2020 both had rather grave effects on the casino market in Estonia, which likely contributed to further decrease in numbers, and there are now 54 licensed casinos in the country (down from 57 in 2016). The largest casino operator, with about 40% of the casinos throughout the country, is OEG (Olympic Entertainment Groupt). This company opened its first casino in 1995 in Estonia, and has since expanded to 6 other countries as well. The largest casino in the country is the Olympic Park Casino in Tallinn, which is the flagship casino of the group with a Hilton hotel.

Apart from Olympic Park the “casinos” in Estonia are very small compared to other European countries, and only two of them are real casinos, the others are just large slot halls. There are barely anything else beside slots in about 90% of them. A few of them have sportsbooks.

Online casino gambling has also been legal and regulated since 2010. Local and foreign operators alike must apply for a licence. The first licensed online casino in Estonia was Olympic Casinos’ online platform, OlyBet. Unlicensed foreign sites are be blocked by ISPs within the country.

The online casinos below accept players from Estonia.

Online casinos accepting players from Estonia - click to see

The following online casino websites accept players from Estonia:

Black Lotus Casino

[caption id="attachment_17025" align="alignnone" width="728"]This is Black Lotus Casino's 2020 animated GIF banner advertising their new slot and their free spins and casino match bonuses. You can read about these promotional offers below the animated banner. By clicking on the banner you will be taken to the casino's website where you can register and play. Black Lotus Casino bonus offers[/caption] USA and Canada players are accepted.
  • Get 300% match bonus, up to $3,250. Use the code: VENTURE300
  • $100 bonus. Use code: VENTURE100

Bonuses for existing players:
  • Deposit and get 37 Free Spins on Millionaire’s Life. Code: 37MILLION
  • Deposit $45 and get 299% up to $1,000. Code: 299MILLION & then get 47 Free Spins on Millionaire’s Life. Code: 47MILLION
  • One free spin on the "Millionaire's Bonus Wheel" , instant prizes, limited time only
  • Summer Samba Mini Game for returning players, huge instant wins credited to your player account if you are lucky, all throughout the summer
  • Every day between 6am and 10am EDT you'll get 50 Free Spins to play during our Happy Hour.
 

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
  • Playthrough requirement: 40-60x for match bonuses and usually 60x for free spins and other bonuses, depends on the bonus check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Wagering limitation:
  • 100% - Slots and Keno
  • 50% - Roulette and Three Card Poker
  • 25% - Baccarat
  • 10% - Video Poker
  • 5% - Blackjack, Craps
  • 0% - Everything else

 

Bet Online Casino and Sports Book

[caption id="attachment_5678" align="alignnone" width="728"]Bet Online bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently. Bet Online sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.[/caption]
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits! Use the code BOLCASINO
  • 100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

Click here for more info on casinos in Estonia.

 

 

 

Bingo in Estonia

 

Online bingo in Estonia: legal, requires licence

 

Bingo is legal in Estonia, and it is considered a game of chance. However, bingo does not enjoy widespread popularity, and currently none of the large casinos in the country offer bingo games (none that I could find, if you know any please drop a comment at the bottom). Still, there is a way to play bingo in Estonia: The state owned Eesti Loto offers bingo games in the form of Bingo Loto, the televised bingo game.

Tickets for Bingo Loto can also be bought online, on the website of Eesti Loto. Estonian players are also free to participate in bingo games on licensed bingo sites, though I couldn’t find any (if you know any please let us know below).

 

Poker in Estonia

 

Online poker in Estonia: legal, requires licence

 

Poker is legal in Estonia, and it is the most popular type of card game in the country. In accordance with the 2009 Gambling Act poker is considered a game of skill, a game where the result is determined partially by actions based on chance, or depends on the occurrence of an event not known in advance. In short: a game of skill and chance.

Poker is played in all Estonian casinos, and poker cash games and tournaments can be found in most of them.

Online poker is also legal in Estonia. There are both local and foreign companies operating online poker sites within the country. PokerStars received its licence to provide online poker games in 2010, though the first licensed online operator was the previously mentioned OlyBet, which has a poker section available as well.

The online poker sites below accept players from Estonia.

Online poker sites accepting players from Estonia - click to see

The following online casino websites have poker and accept players from Estonia:

 

Bet Online Casino and Sports Book

[caption id="attachment_5678" align="alignnone" width="728"]Bet Online bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently. Bet Online sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.[/caption]
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits! Use the code BOLCASINO
  • 100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

 

Sports betting in Estonia

 

Online sports betting in Estonia: legal, requires licence

 

Sports betting is legal in Estonia, and has its own category within the gambling law. But before 2008 it was unregulated and bookmakers operated without any licenses, freely. Although sports betting is not technically a state monopoly in Estonia, most of the countries betting shops are operated by Spordiennustus, which is owned by the Estonian Olympic Committee. Sports betting is also available in several casinos.

According to the Estonian Consumer Protection Board, about 10% of all Estonians have placed bets on sports events. The most popular sport to wager on is of course football. Estonia also hosts a horse race track, the Tallinna Hipodroom. Horse raceing betting is run by the company Totalisaator.

Online sports betting is also legal and available in Estonia. Spordiennustus has been operating an online sportsbook since 2004. Sports betting was liberalised in 2010 along with other forms of online gambling. Locals are also free to wager on any online sports betting site that is licensed.

The online sports books below accept punters from Estonia.

Online sports betting websites which accept registrations from Estonia - click to see

The following online bookmakers, sportsbooks accept bettors from Estonia:

 

Bet Online Casino and Sports Book

[caption id="attachment_5678" align="alignnone" width="728"]Bet Online bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently. Bet Online sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.[/caption]
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits! Use the code BOLCASINO
  • 100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

 

Lottery in Estonia

 

Online lottery in Estonia: legal, requires licence, state monopoly

 

Lottery is legal in Estonia, and it is the monopoly of the state-run Eesti Loto. Eesti Loto offers quite a few lottery games, including scratchcards, keno, bingo and the regional Viking Loto. Though there has been talk of privatising the national lottery, for now it remains state-owned. The profits of the lottery are distributed as follows: 32% goes to science and education projects, 22% Olympic Committee, 10% other sports projects, 32% welfare projects, 4% cultural projects.

Even though gambling in general is banned for people under 21, interestingly lotteries are allowed for people 16 years or older. This is very unusual and unique.

Eesti Loto also the sole provider of online lottery games. There are no online lottery licences issued to other operators. However, there are no laws preventing Estonian players from participating in any foreign online lottery draws online or in person.

The following websites let people from Estonia purchase lottery tickets online:

Eesti Loto, it’s a monopoly

 

Bitcoin gambling in Estonia

 

Bitcoin gambling in Estonia: not specifically regulated

 

Bitcoin gambling is not specifically regulated in Estonia, and could, theoretically be operated and played legally. However, providing online gambling services in any form in Estonia is tied to a licence, and no online gambling licences have been issued to Bitcoin casinos.

The government was very hostile towards Bitcoin gambling, and the cryptocurrency itself was strictly regulated too. Bitcoin has been called a Ponzi scheme by officials of the central bank of Estonia.* For a company to exchange any amount of Bitcoin it requires a licence (ordinary people don’t). However, things started changing around 2017 and now bitcoin is recognized as a “value represented in digital form”, still not a legal tender.

I still think casinos, which accept bitcoin only can not get a licence in Estonia (there are none so far). However, online casinos which accept Bitcoin and regular currencies can get a license. Players are also not banned from visiting or playing in bitcoin only casinos.

The following Bitcoin casinos accept players from Estonia, these are not bitcoin only casinos, they accept regular currency as well.

*Source: Bitcoin ‘Ponzi’ Concern Sparks Warning From Estonia Bank (Bloomberg)

Online casinos which accept bitcoin and also accept players from Estonia - click to see

The following bitcoin casinos accept players from Estonia:

 

Black Lotus Casino

[caption id="attachment_17025" align="alignnone" width="728"]This is Black Lotus Casino's 2020 animated GIF banner advertising their new slot and their free spins and casino match bonuses. You can read about these promotional offers below the animated banner. By clicking on the banner you will be taken to the casino's website where you can register and play. Black Lotus Casino bonus offers[/caption] USA and Canada players are accepted.
  • Get 300% match bonus, up to $3,250. Use the code: VENTURE300
  • $100 bonus. Use code: VENTURE100

Bonuses for existing players:
  • Deposit and get 37 Free Spins on Millionaire’s Life. Code: 37MILLION
  • Deposit $45 and get 299% up to $1,000. Code: 299MILLION & then get 47 Free Spins on Millionaire’s Life. Code: 47MILLION
  • One free spin on the "Millionaire's Bonus Wheel" , instant prizes, limited time only
  • Summer Samba Mini Game for returning players, huge instant wins credited to your player account if you are lucky, all throughout the summer
  • Every day between 6am and 10am EDT you'll get 50 Free Spins to play during our Happy Hour.
 

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
  • Playthrough requirement: 40-60x for match bonuses and usually 60x for free spins and other bonuses, depends on the bonus check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Wagering limitation:
  • 100% - Slots and Keno
  • 50% - Roulette and Three Card Poker
  • 25% - Baccarat
  • 10% - Video Poker
  • 5% - Blackjack, Craps
  • 0% - Everything else

 

Bet Online Casino and Sports Book

[caption id="attachment_5678" align="alignnone" width="728"]Bet Online bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently. Bet Online sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.[/caption]
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits! Use the code BOLCASINO
  • 100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: • Slot Games (progressive jackpot slots excluded) 100% • Roulette (All versions), Draw High-Lo, 3 Card Rummy 20% • Baccarat, Blackjack (American & European), Poker 3, Oasis Poker, Single Deck Blackjack, Triple Edge Poker, Caribbean Poker, Three Card Poker, Video Poker 10% • Pirate 21, Blackjack Super 7, Pai Gow, 21 Burn, Ride’m Poker, All forms of Keno, Red Dog, Pontoon, Top Card Trumps 5% • Craps, Live Casino, All Games with Progressive Jackpots, Virtual Racebook. Speciality games ie Keno’s and Scratcher game offered by Betsoft 0%
Wagering limitation:
  • Any action on Baccarat, Roulette and Craps will not count towards the wagering requirement.

 

 

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, especially if you are from Estonia or nearby. Thank you.

 

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: 2020-07-10

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Simon's Guide to Gambling and Online Gambling in Estonia
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Simon's Guide to Gambling and Online Gambling in Estonia
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This online gambling guide focuses on the legal status of online casino gambling, lottery, sports betting, bingo, poker and Bitcoin gambling in Estonia.
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