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Portugal Gambling Guide

 

Gambling is legal in Portugal since 1989 (the defining gambling legislation is Game Law  – Decree-Law no 422/89, prior to 1989 there were casinos already in the country, e,g, Casino Estoril, on the picture, at the top, is in operation since 1916, but they operated more as private clubs with some gambling as a side attraction, and they were not specifically regulated).

Online gambling was also made legal in Portugal (officially the Portuguese Republic), in 2015 with the Regime Jurídico dos Jogos e Apostas Decree-Law No. 66/2015, signed into law on April 29. Before the legalization online gambling was technically a monopoly of the Portuguese National Lottery. However, foreign online gambling platforms were not blocked or even actively discouraged from accepting player from the country. In practice, this meant that such online platforms were free to accept players from the country, and Portuguese players were also free to place bets with these unregulated sites that paid no taxes. This has changed and now only licensed, tax-paying online gambling sites can accept player from Portugal, which you can see below.

The enactment of the 2015 gaming law brought about significant change in the status-quo. After the enactment of the new law, all online gambling operators must obtain a licence from the authorities and pay taxes to the Portuguese state, after revenue they collect in the country. The legislation received the most criticism in relation to the high tax rates (online gambling operators must pay 15-30% tax after gambling revenues, you can see the details below at the taxation section), while online sports betting sites are taxed between 8-16% of the total revenue*.

According to the new legislation, the gambling regulatory agency can order ISPs to block access to unlicensed operators** – a common procedure in countries with regulated online gambling markets. However, these bans are always easy to circumvent and players are not prosecuted for gambling on unlicensed platforms (it’s still illegal to access these websites, we don’t recommend it, use only licensed gambling websites). Reports suggest that Portugal’s attempt to regulate the online gambling market will not work out as planned, just like in all the other European countries in which it was tried. Many major gambling operators such as William Hill, PKR and Party Poker have left the Portuguese market unsatisfied with high taxes, licensing fees and other unfavourable conditions.

It seems, that the Portuguese online gambling regulation will yield results similar to that of Spain, where reportedly 46% of locals turned to unlicensed sites for a better gaming experience***, and very few online gambling companies actually got a local license. Countries which don’t prosecute players, and only the operators, and only block websites all fail at curbing the usage of unlicensed gambling websites. It’s very likely that Portugal will follow suit. You can see the licensed (at the time of writing) online gambling websites, which currently accept Portuguese players below. If they no longer accept players from Portugal, or if they are blocked in the country for some reason, please let me know, so I can update the page. Thank you.

 

Portugal gambling license

The Serviço de Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos do Turismo de Portugal (SRIJ) is the regulatory body overseeing and controlling all form of gambling in Portugal (including online gambling). They’re also the ones to issue licenses to operators. Currently, the following types of online gambling games are eligible for a licence, under Portuguese law:

 

Portugal gambling tax

There is no one unified gambling tax for land-based establishments in Portugal, the amount of tax (special gambling tax IEJ) they pay is dependent on the local government.

Bingo halls are subject to a 25% stamp duty on bingo prizes (prémios).

Online gambling is subject to a special online gambling tax (IEJO), details are below.

Games of chance and mutual betting on horse races: fixed rate of 25% of the gross revenues of the operator.

Fixed-odds sports betting and fixed-odds horse race betting: 8% of gross revenue if they have other non-gambling sources of revenue, or 35% of gross gaming revenue if sports betting is their only source of income.

State-run lottery: subject to stamp duty of 4.5% on revenue from selling lottery tickets, and 20% of the prize pool if it exceeds €5000.

 

Gambling operators and are not subject to corporate income tax.

 

For players: Players’ winnings are not subject to personal income tax or stamp duty, this applies to winnings from online gambling as well.

 

Social gambling and so called ‘loot boxes’ are not yet regulated in Portugal (but in many other EU countries loot boxes are already considered gambling, and taking into account the harmonization and convergence of the gambling legislations of the various EU member states, it’s only a matter of time).

 

 

*Source: Portugal to launch online gaming market on June 28

**Source: ICLG – Gambling in Portugal – 2016

***Source: Poker Sites Announce Departure from Portugal

 

 

Online casinos accepting players from Portugal

The following online gambling websites accept players from Portuguese Republic

 

Black Lotus Casino

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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

 

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  • 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 Portugal

 

Online casino gambling in Portugal: legal, license required

 

Brick and mortar casinos are legal and regulated in Portugal. Casinos in Portugal are operated both in tourist resorts (integrated casinos) and as standalone venues, there are 12 of them currently (which is a rather small number considering the number of tourists and the population). Just like in most European countries there are no longer any slot halls and slot machines in entertainment or catering venues. Slots are restricted to casinos only. Online casinos were in a legal grey area, prior to the new legislation of April 2015. Currently, online casinos in Portugal are eligible for a licence to run Baccarat punto banca/Macau, French banque, Blackjack, slot machines and several variations of poker and roulette. Foreign operators without a licence are blocked by internet service providers (ISPs). However, players are not currently prosecuted.

The following online casinos below accept players from Portugal and have the necessary gambling license to do so (if they no longer accept players from Portugal, or if they are blocked by the ISPs please let us know in the comments section below).

*EU Top Court says Germany can’t punish Online Betting Operators

Online casinos accepting players from Portugal - click to see

The following online casino websites accept players from the Portuguese Republic:

 

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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:
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  • 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

 

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  • 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 the Portuguese Republic.

 

 

Bingo in Portugal

 

Online bingo in Portugal: legal, license required

 

Land based bingo halls can operate legally in Portugal. Bingo is moderately popular in Portugal, but enough so that many bingo halls can be found throughout the country. Bingo is regulated in both land-based and online, digital form, and licenses are available for both.

According to the 2015 internet gambling legislation, foreign online bingo sites are also eligible for a licence. However, for the time being, I couldn’t find a single online live bingo site with a Portuguese licence. If you know of any let us know in the comments section below.

The following bingo websites accept players from Portugal:

I couldn’t find any with a Portuguese gambling licence. If you know of any, please drop a comment at the bottom of the page.

 

 

Poker in Portugal

 

Online poker in Portugal: legal, license required

 

In many countries poker is not considered gambling, instead it is seen as a game of skill. In Portugal, poker is considered a game of chance, and the gambling legislation applies to it.

Land based poker in Portugal is legal and regulated. Almost all brick and mortar casinos have poker, the bigger ones have dedicated poker rooms, and  a few standalone poker clubs are also operational in the country (poker is really popular in Portugal, the most popular card game in the country).

Online poker in Portugal is legal since April 29, 2015, licenses can be acquired by private companies. However, very few licenses have been issued (due to the high online gambling taxes, in fact Full Tilt Poker and Poker Stars expressly said they don’t accept Portuguese players unless they get a better  deal from the government). Some other major players, like PKR and Party Poker also seized their operations in Portugal and do not plan to apply for a licence. This means none of the big poker networks are available to Portuguese poker player, in fact, very few poker websites or online casinos with poker sections accept Portuguese players. You can find the few of them that do below.

UPDATE: Interestingly Portugal restricted what type of poker can be played in the country, which applies to both land-based gambling establishments and online poker websites, an unusualy extra layer of regulation (Ordinance 217/2007), here are the allowed types of poker:

  • Poker tournaments (Regulation No. 810/2015)
  • Omaha poker (Regulation No. 811/2015)
  • Hold’em poker (Regulation No. 806/2015)
  • Synthetic poker (Regulation No. 809/2015)
  • Caribbean stud poker (Regulation No. 803/2015)

 

This is not really enforced online though (as far as I can tell), but land-based casinos are compliant, and are limited to these types.

The few online poker websites below are the only ones that I could find that would accept poker players from Portugal.

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

The following online casino websites have poker and accept players from the Portuguese Republic:

 

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  • 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 Portugal

 

Online sports betting in Portugal: legal, license required, was a monopoly prior to 2015

 

Land based sports betting is the monopoly of the Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa, the national lottery, which offers a sports pool betting game, Totobola. It is available in land based venues and through an online platform as well.

The 2015 online gambling law opened up the legal online betting market in Portugal for international operators. However, due to somewhat high taxes (in actuality, in Europe, the Portuguese tax burden is barely above average), not many of the major international online bookmakers actually acquired a Portuguese license, in spite of the somewhat favourable conditions laid down in the legislation. I could only find one really big, reliable, well-known (in business 15+ years) online bookmaker that accepts Portuguese players, you can see it below.

The online sportsbooks below accept players from Portugal.

Online bookmakers accepting registrations from Portugal - click to see

The following online sportsbooks accept bettors from the Portuguese Republic:

 

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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.

 

 

Lottery in Portugal

 

Online lottery in Portugal: legal, state monopoly

 

Lottery in Portugal is still the monopoly of the Portuguese national lottery company, Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa, even after 2015. The company offers several types of lottery games and scratch cards. They operate an online lottery as well.

Private online lottery operators are not eligible for a licence even under the new legislation. This is typical of European countries, about 90% of all European countries have state owned (or majority state owned) lottery monopolies. Various foreign online lottery platforms let Portuguese players purchase lottery tickets online, which is actually illegal but people who use such websites are not prosecuted (and the European lottery Euro Millions is also available through Santa Casa). However, purchasing lottery tickets in person, or online, in foreign countries, while visiting as a tourist, or working there as an expat is perfectly legal. However, such winnings are considered taxable income (online lottery winnings as well)! Only winnings from the national lottery are tax exempt.

Apart from the national lottery the following websites allow people from Portugal to purchase lottery tickets online:

 

 

Bitcoin gambling in Portugal

 

Bitcoin gambling in Portugal: not specifically regulated

 

Portugal still appears to have no legal framework for Bitcoin* (more than 60% of European countries have some sort of cryptocurrency regulation in place by now). However, the Bank of Portugal did mention in a press release that it does not consider it a safe currency. Nevertheless, they do not severely restrict using Bitcoin for paying for products or services. At present none of the land-based gambling establishments in Portugal accept any bitcoin, litecoin, ethereum etc.. The national lottery also doesn’t accept any kind of alternative digital currency. The only exception are the foreign online gambling websites, which have a Portuguese gambling licence, these work with payment processors that allow bitcoin, litecoin and one of them even allows ethereum deposits and withdrawal, mostly through Skrill (look for Skrill in the payment options menu). At this point of time, these are your only options if you want to play online using cryptocurrencies, you can see these websites below. Bitcoin transactions always have less, or even no transaction fee at all, and the withdrawal of your winnings is significantly faster compared to regular currency.

The bitcoin casinos below accept players from Portugal.

*Source: Regulation of Bitcoin in Selected Jurisdictions

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

The following online casino websites accept bitcoin, litecoin and ethereum, and accept players from the Portuguese Republic:

 

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 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.

 

 

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 Portugal 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 Portugal Gambling Guide
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Simon's Portugal Gambling Guide
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An overview of the legal status of online gambling, lottery, sports betting, casino gambling, bingo in Portugal. Focusing on the changes in the system brought about by the online gambling legislation enacted in April 2015, and the harmonization wit EU gambling directives.
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  1. YOUR BLOG IS OUT OF DATE BETSON AND 32 RED DO NOT LET PORTUGUESE OPEN ACCOUNTS IN FACT I ONLY FOUND ONE SITE GT BETS THAT WOULD

    1. SimonTheSorcerer says:

      Thank you for letting me know. I removed those online casinos.

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