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Russia Gambling Guide

 

Gambling has a long (and equally as turbulent) history in Russia (officially the Russian Federation). Prior to the disastrous communist period from 1928 to 1987 (, which killed more people than the Nazi regime in Germany and all the World War 2 casualties in Europe combined, most of them innocent civilians) gambling was a private pastime of the rich nobles and the wealthy, in private secluded getaways in the countryside mostly, attended by many servants. Gambling wasn’t even the focus of these private clubs, it was merely a side-attraction, while they decided the fate of thousands, and the entire nation behind closed doors away from prying eyes (nowadays it’s called DAVOS or Bilderberg group and they do it in Switzerland, and there is no gambling…). During the communist era gambling was almost entirely illegal, with few exceptions, especially closer to the 1980s; close to the dissolution of the Soviet Union. After the dissolution of the USSR, and  during the gradual transition to a market economy gambling was barely regulated, up until 2002.

Gambling in Russia has been a huge problem for the government between 1987-2002*. The first legally operating Russian casino was introduced in 1989. However, in the years following the collapse of the Soviet Union, gambling facilities started to pop up all through the country. By 1994, there were approximately 496 registered gambling companies in Russia (and twice as many illegally operating, according to estimates, reportedly Moscow had a “casino’ (more like a pub with slot machines) every 100 meters, only one in 3 was actually licensed, corruption and organized crime was rampant). Most of the venues operating in the country, even the licensed ones, were notoriously avoiding taxes (to be fair, that was common in every business sector back then, not just among gambling establishments). In response to this situation, a law was crafted in 1998 to clear up matters of taxation and licensing. As a result of these measures, tax revenues from the gambling industry increased, the police started to crack down on illegally operating gaming venues (but not the ones operated by organized crime, they lasted much longer, many transitioned to genuine businesses actually, and these ex-crooks constitute a large part of the contemporary Russian gambling market). This shift brought about a dramatic upturn in the number of casinos and other gambling facilities in the country.

In 2002, the Federal Sports Agency (FSA) was granted the right to issue gambling licenses, while regional governments were stripped of this function (they were the roots of corruption and had ties with organized crime). The FSA introduced an even more liberal licensing policy. It gave away licenses for the Russian Ruble equivalent of approximately $100 to give even smaller operators in the countryside a chance to start operating legitimately. Between 2002 and 2005 the number of casinos doubled in Moscow alone, and an astonishing 60,000 slot machines were operating in the city (that means, roughly 1 slot machine/170 residents, most of these sloth parlours existed prior, they were just operating illegally, without a license, the $100 license seemed to work, of course, it was all bait and switch).

After most of the illegally operating gambling establishment got registered a major political and media backlash started, and the government started showing its true colours. The grace period ended in 2006. The the government introduced a radical countermeasure. Federal law N 244-FZ was passed on December 29, 2006, prohibiting gambling venues with slot machines and table games everywhere in Russia except for the special gambling zones** ending the booming but very problematic gambling industry overnight. The law came into effect fully in 2009, despite lobbying, threats, brines, attacks, assassinations. Authorities basically closed down all casino gambling operations outside the four gambling zones almost overnight. This leads us to the current situation, where land-based casino gambling in Russia is only allowed in the four UPDATE: now five regions, namely:

 

A picture of a map displaying the four zones with legal gambling in Russia. Only in these four zones are there legal Russian casinos.
Gambling zones in Russia, according to the 2006 legislation, updated wit ht 2019 Crimea Gold Coast planned gambling zone.

 

The prohibition also extends to online gambling in Russia. In 2006, all online gambling was outlawed in the country along with brick and mortar gambling facilities outside the aforementioned zones. In 2015 February, Russia’s media authority Roskomnadzor announced that it would block domains of blacklisted online gambling websites. The list includes Russian and international operators as well. The agency actually started to block such domains in late September, and by the end of October dozens of gambling sites were made unavailable, including the biggest global operators, such as 888 Poker, Betway, Bwin.party, JackpotCity, Ladbrokes, Marathon Bet, Pinnacle Sports, Titan Poker and Unibet, and Russians, like Favbet, Fonbet, Liga Stavok, TrioBet, Vulkan-Bet and 1xbet*****, and since then, much more, more than a 1000+ sites are blocked at this point. However, since the 2016 amendment to Federal Law No. 244 it’s possible for private companies to get online sports betting and tote licenses. This is the first big step towards a more open, properly regulated gambling market that investors actually want to invest in. As hard it is to believe, considering the history, origins and just the reality of the current gambling scene in Russia, this is where the country in heading, one baby step at a time, under the watchful gaze of the Russian government an the eternal president Vladimir Putin (but in all honesty I wouldn’t invest in Russia if I were a billionaire investor just yet, unless I had solid connections to the government, and lots of money for bribes…, and even that’s not enough sometimes, just take a look at the ex-gambling zone Azov City, and the 3 casinos there, worth about a €1 billion*****, poof, all up in smoke).

Apart from this the state-owned lotter company has an online lottery and also online bingo, these are the two additional legal forms of online gambling in Russia. Apart from these 4 types organization and conduct of gambling using information and telecommunication networks (including the internet) is prohibited according to article 171.2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation and article 14.1.1 of the Code of the Russian Federation on Administrative Offenses.

Russian laws also impose a small fine on players that participate in gambling activities conducted by unlicensed operators, both online and offline. However, currently there is little to no risk involved in playing on foreign online platforms from Russia, as authorities aim their efforts at gambling providers and organizers, not players. Still, we don1T recommend playing at unlicensed online gambling websites from Russia. You can see the online gambling websites below that accept Russian players, all of them have proper gambling licenses. If they no longer accept Russian players, or if they are blocked in the Russian federation, please let me know in the comments section (At the bottom of the page), so I can update the website accordingly. Thank you.

 

Russia gambling license

Land-based gambling licenses Russia:

You can get a casino, slot machine hall or bookmaker, tote office licence in Russia. Slot machine halls and casinos can only be located in the special gaming zones, bookmakers, sports betting offices can páratelt outside of them as well.

It’s the Ministry of Finance that issues land-based gambling licenses.

You will need:

Online gambling licenses Russia:

Online gambling licenses are handled by the Federal Tax Service. Currently, according to the 2016 amendment to the Russian gambling legislation it’s only possible to apply for and receive an online sports betting license and tote license (for now a company can have both, but the Russian government expressed their intent to make sure in the future a company can’t have both).

A legal entity registered in accordance with the laws of the Russian Federation has the right to obtain an online betting or tote license after it meets the following financial requirements:

The paperwork takes about 1.5 months and costs approximately 300.000 rubles. You must also join a self-regulatory organization. As of today, there are only two of them: Bookmakers SRO and First SRO. You will have to pay an “entrance fee, an annual membership fee and a contribution to the compensation fund” (a total of about 30-32 million rubles extra tax with a fancy name, and about 1 million rubles annual fee).

All transactions between a player and a sportsbook are conducted through centralized payment processing hub called TSUPIS only, TSUPIS deducts the payable taxes automatically, even deducts the personal income tax from players’ winnings.

 

Russia gambling tax

In Russia, gambling establishments pay taxes based on the number and types of games they have. The amount depends on which oblast, in which special gaming zone they are located.

Brick&mortar establishments pay the following gambling tax in the Russian Federation, monthly:

 

Since 2019, online gambling companies pay the following tax, monthly:

 

Even with such high taxes online sportsbooks are thriving. Since 2016, 31 Russian companies got a licence. Gambling winnings form licensed online companies and the lottery are tax exempt (the companies pay the taxes). Every other form of gambling income is subject to 13% personal income tax.

 

Other:

Social gambling and loot boxes are not yet regulated in Russia.

 

Sources:

*Prohibitions and Policy in the Global Gaming Industry: A Genealogy and Media Content Analysis of Gaming Restrictions in Contemporary Russia

**Eastern European Gaming Summit – Russian and Kazakh gambling markets 

***Focus Gaming News – Crimea casino plans on hold in Russia

****Russia Blocks Dozens Of International And Domestic Online Gambling Domains (Calvinayre.com)

*****Russia – Azov City operator Shambala announces Primorye project

 

 

Online casinos accepting players from Russia

The following online gambling websites accept players from the Federation of Russia

 

Black Lotus Casino

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Black Lotus Casino bonus offers
USA and Canada players are accepted.
  • Get 200% match bonus, up to $600. Use the code: WELCOME600
  • +$30 bonus. Use code: WINBLACK

Bonuses for existing players:
  • 32 Free Spins on Sweet Success Code: CHEER1
  • 32 Free Spins on Nordic Wild Code: CHEER2
  • 32 Free Spins on Cosmopolitan Code: CHEER3
  • 32 Free Spins on 7 Chakras Code: CHEER4
  • 32 Free Spins on Le Chocolatier Code: CHEER5
  • 32 Free Spins on Fairy Dust Forest Code: CHEER6
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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

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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.

 

Betsson Casino and Sports Book

European casino & sportsbook & poker
North American players are not accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to €100
  • 101 free spins on your first deposit
  • €5,000 every week for one lucky active returning player (no wagering limitation, no playthrough requirement)

US players can not register. Betsson has over 1500 games, the most games of any casino. You can read the review of Betsson casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 35 times before withdrawal. No wagering requirement for the weekly extra money.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus: • 100%: Slots • 10%: All Roulette (except Live), Caribbean Stud & Casino Stud Poker Games • 10%: All Casino Hold’Em, Red Dog, Pai Gow, Poker Games, Oasis Poker & Texas Hold’Em Poker Games • 5%: All BlackJack (except Live BlackJack), Baccarat, Video Poker, Pontoon, Beat Me, Punto Banco Games
Wagering limitation:
  • The bonus cannot be wagered on the following games: 1429 Uncharted Seas, Aliens, Big Bang, Blood Suckers, Castle builder, Castle Builder 2, Champion of the Track, Dead or Alive, Devil´s Delight, Eggomatic, Epic Gems, Eye of the Kraken, Kings of Chicago, Pearls of India, Robin Hood, Scrooge, Sea Hunter, Super Monopoly Money, The Wish Master, Tower Quest, Wild Gambler, Wizard Shop, Zombies.
  • Player from certain countries are not allowed use bonuses due to regular bonus abuse, check the casino's website for the ever changing up to date list.

 

 

Summary:

 

Casino gambling in Russia

 

Online casino gambling – Russia: illegal, players are not prosecuted

 

There are no legally operating online casinos in Russia. Many of the major foreign operators’ domains are on the media authority, Roskomnadzor’s blacklist* and are banned by ISPs all through the country. The legislation makes it somewhat difficult for players to access these sites and theoretically, gaming online is punishable by a minor fine. However, the chances of an individual player being caught are minuscule – authorities aim their efforts at operators. However, we still don1t recommend using a VPN and trying to access blocked unlicensed website. You can find the licensed online casinos below. If the online casinos below no longer accept players from Russia or if they are blocked for soem reasons pelase let me know, at the time of writing they all accept player from the Russian Federation including the disputed territories.

Even though there are no online casino licenses, online gambling platforms which have poker, casino gambling etc., in addition to sports betting, get around the legislation by getting two gambling licenses, one for their sportsbooks, which is legal, licensed, no problem. However, and this is where they bend the rules, they get another offshore gambling license (usually from Curacao, Panama, Guernsey) and simply transfer players to this shell company if they click on the casino games on the website.  And that offshore gambling license also covers casino games, poker, bingo and a lot more than the Russian betting licence.

Is this illegal? Sounds simple, but hard to answer actually. The offshore gambling licence is outside of the Russia’s jurisdiction, and online casinos simply transfer the players to a e.g.: Panama data center and say the gambling took place in Panama. From the point of view of Panama that’s perfectly legal, fine. From Russia’s point of view it’s outside of their jurisdiction, because the other gambling license is in Panama, and gambling took place in Panama, handled by a shell company in Panama.  And the company that transferred you probably made you accept some shady terms and conditions prior that mentions it (but 99.9% of people never read terms and conditions pages). Not easy to attack this from a legal point of view (but it’s obvious what’s going on). Technically legal, obviously very shady, unethical, but for now they seem to get away with it.

This is just one of the many ways they bend the rules, these sort of legal shenanigans are very complicated, not easy to understand.  There are lawyers who make a living (a very nice living!) making this possible, and unassailable.  The Russian government sues these operators for years,  eventually they usually get stripped of their gambling license, and they will be put on the blacklist, and will be blocked. But in the meantime, and this is a very slow, bureaucratic, legal process, they accept players from Russia, for years. Sadly this is the only way you can play in an online casino from Russia. The online casinos below all do something like this to be able to accept players from Russia.

Will players get into trouble for this, for playing in these kinds of online casinos? –  No. From your point of view, you played legally online at the website of an online casino licenced in e.g.: Panama and also in one licensed in Russia, both operating perfectly legally, with valid gambling licenses, paying taxes in Russia and Panama respectively. The worst that could happen is a small fine, but they don’t fine players because they are aware that they have no idea about these things. It would be unfair to punish the players, The only time they fine players if you on purpose access a blocked website on the Roskomnadzor blacklist using a VPN or IP mask.

Brick and mortar casinos, on the other hand, are perfectly legal in the special gambling zones. However, as one might expect, after the legislation was enacted in 2009, underground casinos started to pop up in the country. In 2013, a reported 662 of illegal venues were shut down by the authorities. That’s quite a lot! But unlike, in case of the online casinos, the situation with the land-based venues is pretty straightforward and anyone operating an illegal gambling establishment will face jail time and heavy fines.

Despite these issues all 5 of the special gambling zones in Russia attract high profile, international investors, such as casino tycoon Lawrence Ho. Plans for major casino resort complexes are already approved for most of these locations. And currently there are only 4 UPDATE: 5 casinos built, costing millions of rubles (used to be 7 but the Azov City gambling zone with 3 casinos closed down, UPDATE: one of those, Shambala was relocated and was recently opened). There is also a single smaller slot hall Magic Crystal Casino, but it will eventually be extended to become a bigger casino with a hotel, right now it only has slots and therefore it’s not considered a real casino. There are no separate slot hall licenses, they have to get the same licence and pay the same taxes, licencing fees as a casino (and that’s why there is only one slot hall, it’s prohibitively expensive, it’s only worth to get a license for a big casino + hotel complex, not a slot hall).

 

The online casinos below accept players from Russia.

Source:* Roskomnadzor – Blacklisted gambling websites that are blocked in Russia

Online casinos accepting players from Russia - click to see

The following online casino websites accept players from the Russia:

 

Black Lotus Casino

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Black Lotus Casino bonus offers
USA and Canada players are accepted.
  • Get 200% match bonus, up to $600. Use the code: WELCOME600
  • +$30 bonus. Use code: WINBLACK

Bonuses for existing players:
  • 32 Free Spins on Sweet Success Code: CHEER1
  • 32 Free Spins on Nordic Wild Code: CHEER2
  • 32 Free Spins on Cosmopolitan Code: CHEER3
  • 32 Free Spins on 7 Chakras Code: CHEER4
  • 32 Free Spins on Le Chocolatier Code: CHEER5
  • 32 Free Spins on Fairy Dust Forest Code: CHEER6
UPDATE, SPECIAL CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY BONUS: It's the Elf Hat Game of the season! Can you keep your eyes on the lucky hat? Choose the right one with the present and see what festive prize you will win! For returning players only.

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.

 

Betsson Casino and Sports Book

European casino & sportsbook & poker
North American players are not accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to €100
  • 101 free spins on your first deposit
  • €5,000 every week for one lucky active returning player (no wagering limitation, no playthrough requirement)

US players can not register. Betsson has over 1500 games, the most games of any casino. You can read the review of Betsson casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 35 times before withdrawal. No wagering requirement for the weekly extra money.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus: • 100%: Slots • 10%: All Roulette (except Live), Caribbean Stud & Casino Stud Poker Games • 10%: All Casino Hold’Em, Red Dog, Pai Gow, Poker Games, Oasis Poker & Texas Hold’Em Poker Games • 5%: All BlackJack (except Live BlackJack), Baccarat, Video Poker, Pontoon, Beat Me, Punto Banco Games
Wagering limitation:
  • The bonus cannot be wagered on the following games: 1429 Uncharted Seas, Aliens, Big Bang, Blood Suckers, Castle builder, Castle Builder 2, Champion of the Track, Dead or Alive, Devil´s Delight, Eggomatic, Epic Gems, Eye of the Kraken, Kings of Chicago, Pearls of India, Robin Hood, Scrooge, Sea Hunter, Super Monopoly Money, The Wish Master, Tower Quest, Wild Gambler, Wizard Shop, Zombies.
  • Player from certain countries are not allowed use bonuses due to regular bonus abuse, check the casino's website for the ever changing up to date list.

 

Click here for more info on casinos in Russia.

 

 

Bingo in Russia

 

Online bingo – Russia: legal, state monopoly

 

Certain bingo games are reportedly exempt from the 2006 ban, and some country-wide lottery type bingo games continue to operate to date, all of them operated as part of the lottery organized by the state and their distributor and organizer contractors. One of these partners is “Bingo Boom”  which operates many bingo halls in Russia. And you can paly online too on the website of the Stoloto (the lottery distributor company).

Foreign online bingo operators cannot offer their services to Russians. There are no bingo or online bingo license available to foreign private companies. Moreover, many such sites are blocked by ISPs in the country. Russian laws impose a small fine on players who gamble on such sites. However, chances of an individual player being caught gambling are almost non-existent, still we definitely don’t recommend trying it. Stick to Stoloto.

The following online bingo websites accept players from Russia:

stoloto.ru, it’s a monopoly

 

Poker – Russia

 

Online poker – Russia: illegal, players are not prosecuted

Land based poker in Russia is illegal outside of casinos within the special gambling zones. However, several advocacy groups and experts are advising the government to exempt poker from the ban. They argue, that poker is game of skill, not a game of chance, and therefore it should not be treated like other casino games. It’s true that poker is not regulated as gambling in some countries, but in Russia, for now, it’s a game of chance, therefore very restricted.

Online poker too, is currently outlawed in Russia. Most major poker operators are blocked by Russian ISPs. At the casino gambling section above we detailed how some of the online gambling websites go around this legislation. The same applies to poker as well, and apart form casino games these websites let people paly poker as well. You can read the details at the casino gambling section.

The online poker websites below accept players from Russia.

Online casinos which have online poker sections and accept players from Russia - click to see

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

 

Bet Online Casino and Sports Book

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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.

 

Betsson Casino and Sports Book

European casino & sportsbook & poker
North American players are not accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to €100
  • 101 free spins on your first deposit
  • €5,000 every week for one lucky active returning player (no wagering limitation, no playthrough requirement)

US players can not register. Betsson has over 1500 games, the most games of any casino. You can read the review of Betsson casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 35 times before withdrawal. No wagering requirement for the weekly extra money.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus: • 100%: Slots • 10%: All Roulette (except Live), Caribbean Stud & Casino Stud Poker Games • 10%: All Casino Hold’Em, Red Dog, Pai Gow, Poker Games, Oasis Poker & Texas Hold’Em Poker Games • 5%: All BlackJack (except Live BlackJack), Baccarat, Video Poker, Pontoon, Beat Me, Punto Banco Games
Wagering limitation:
  • The bonus cannot be wagered on the following games: 1429 Uncharted Seas, Aliens, Big Bang, Blood Suckers, Castle builder, Castle Builder 2, Champion of the Track, Dead or Alive, Devil´s Delight, Eggomatic, Epic Gems, Eye of the Kraken, Kings of Chicago, Pearls of India, Robin Hood, Scrooge, Sea Hunter, Super Monopoly Money, The Wish Master, Tower Quest, Wild Gambler, Wizard Shop, Zombies.
  • Player from certain countries are not allowed use bonuses due to regular bonus abuse, check the casino's website for the ever changing up to date list.

 

 

Sports betting in Russia

 

Online sports betting – Russia: legal, license required

 

Sports betting companies are eligible for a licence in Russia. Under a federal licence, they can provide land based sports betting services to Russian residents anywhere in the country.

Online sports betting is legal and regulated. There are over 30 companies which have a licence already, including some of the bigger bookmakers (you can see them below). Using unlicensed sportsbooks is illegal, and Russians who place bets online with such companies might get a smaller fine (depends on the judge, considered small offence, but you will have to pay taxes on your winnings too, winnings from unlicensed bookmakers are taxable income, and you will be fined for not paying taxes, can be quite high if you win a bigger amount). It’s best to avoid unlicensed sports betting websites.

The following online sportsbooks accept registrations from Russia. If any of them doesn’t accept registrations from Russia anymore, no longer has a Russian gambling licence, or is blocked in Russia please let me know, so I can update the list. Thank you.

Online bookmakers accepting registrations from Russia - click to see

The following online sportsbooks accept bettors from the Russian Federation:

 

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.

 

Betsson Casino and Sports Book

European casino & sportsbook & poker
North American players are not accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to €100
  • 101 free spins on your first deposit
  • €5,000 every week for one lucky active returning player (no wagering limitation, no playthrough requirement)

US players can not register. Betsson has over 1500 games, the most games of any casino. You can read the review of Betsson casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 35 times before withdrawal. No wagering requirement for the weekly extra money.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus: • 100%: Slots • 10%: All Roulette (except Live), Caribbean Stud & Casino Stud Poker Games • 10%: All Casino Hold’Em, Red Dog, Pai Gow, Poker Games, Oasis Poker & Texas Hold’Em Poker Games • 5%: All BlackJack (except Live BlackJack), Baccarat, Video Poker, Pontoon, Beat Me, Punto Banco Games
Wagering limitation:
  • The bonus cannot be wagered on the following games: 1429 Uncharted Seas, Aliens, Big Bang, Blood Suckers, Castle builder, Castle Builder 2, Champion of the Track, Dead or Alive, Devil´s Delight, Eggomatic, Epic Gems, Eye of the Kraken, Kings of Chicago, Pearls of India, Robin Hood, Scrooge, Sea Hunter, Super Monopoly Money, The Wish Master, Tower Quest, Wild Gambler, Wizard Shop, Zombies.
  • Player from certain countries are not allowed use bonuses due to regular bonus abuse, check the casino's website for the ever changing up to date list.

 

 

Lottery in Russia

 

Online lottery – Russia: legal, state monopoly

 

The federal law no. 138 regulates lottery and bingo games. Prior to 2014, many private lottery operations existed in Russia. However, from July 1, 2014 the government closed down all lottery schemes, apart form the state lottery conducted by the company Trade House Stoloto. They offer various types of lottery games and scratch cards. Many of these are also available online. Trade House Stoloto is actually a contractor for the state that organizes the lotteries. There are:

1., Lottery Organisers: AO State Sports Lotteries (Gosudarstvennye sportivnye loterei) and OOO Sportloto conduct lotteries
2., Distributor: Stoloto

Lottery is regulated by the Ministry of Finance. The revenue (after the organizers and distributors take their cut) is used in the following manner:

  • 34% of the money is used to encourage Russians to participate in physical culture and professional sports
  • 47% on sporting equipment accessible for the people (schools, open air gyms, football fields etc..)
  • 22% is spent to engage Russian residents to do sports, mass sports after work, recreationally

 

The distribution is and the projects are done by the Ministry of Sport.

Foreign online lotteries are illegal in Russia. Many of such sites are also blocked by ISPs. It is illegal for Russian residents to purchase lottery tickets online from foreign lottery websites. However, in person you can purchase tickets abroad, that’s perfectly legal. Keep in mind if you win some money playing the lottery abroad (or online despite it being illegal) it’s taxable income, only the winnings from Trade House Stoloto are tax exempt.

Apart from Stoloto, the following websites allow people from Russia to purchase lottery tickets online:

 

 

Bitcoin gambling in Russia

 

Bitcoin gambling – Russia: illegal, players are not prosecuted

 

Russia was for a long time not a Bitcoin friendly country. However, in 2020 Vladimir Putin signed the Russian Digital Financial Asset a.k.a. ‘Crypto’ Bill. This makes bitcoin legal and taxable. However, it also makes it clear that bitcoin is not a form of payment in Russia. Therefore, bitcoin gambling is not regulated. None of the Russian casinos (or even the national lottery) accept bitcoin, litecoin or ethereum. However! One exception! A few of the foreign companies that acquired licenses (you can see them below) accept bitcoin, litecoin and ethereum.

The bitcoin casinos below accepts players from Russia.

Online casinos accepting crypto and players from Russia - click to see

The following online casino websites accept bitcoin, litecoin and ethereum, and accept players from Russia:

 

Black Lotus Casino

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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

 

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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 Russia or nearby.

 

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: 2020-12-31

Gamble responsibly,
SimonTheSorcerer

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Simon's Guide to Gambling and Online Gambling in Russia
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Simon's Guide to Gambling and Online Gambling in Russia
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An overview of Russian gambling, bingo, lottery, poker, betting laws, rules, regulations and the state of the online and offline gambling regulations in the various special gaming zones of Russia.
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