This is a picture of the building of Club Hotel Loutraki, in Greece. The photo was taken facing the front entrance, during daytime. Under this picture you can read about the various forms of online games of chance in Greece, including (internet poker, digital bingo, electronic lottery, sports betting, crypto wagering), and you can find a list of Greece licensed online gambling websites, which accept Greek payers.
Guide to Online Gambling in Greece
Summary: Gambling is legal in Greece (officially the Hellenic Republic, a Southern European country, member of the European Union).

Online gambling is also legal in Greece since 2012.

Most forms of land-based gambling are a monopoly of OPAP A.E.. However, the online gambling market is open to private investors since 2021 due to pressure from the EU, and many years of litigation.

You can find a list of online gambling websites, which accept players from Greece by scrolling below, or click here to jump to that list:

Most forms of gambling and online gambling are the monopoly of OPAP A.E. (English name: Greek Organisation of Football Prognostics S.A, was state owned, but has been privatized, very bad reputation prior to privatization, best to avoid it).

Gambling is legal in Greece, and the main piece of the gambling legislation is the Law 4635/2019 Law 4002/20111.

Gambling has been legal in Greece since antiquity, but the modern history of it is intertwined with OPAP and the Greek state, and it starts in 1958.

OPAP had a monopoly on almost all forms of gambling since its inception in 1958. It was state owned, but over time, due to pressure by the EU, and after various corruption scandals it was privatised.

In 2013, in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, and as a result of the 2009 Greek debt crisis, the state sold its last 33% share in the company. However, this did not effect the OPAP’s monopoly situation, which remained intact.

OPAP has managed to retain a monopoly on sports betting and lottery until 2021.

UPDATE 2021: The lottery and sports betting monopoly was once again extended to 20233 (it was extended once before, from 2017 to 2021). Additional extensions are likely.

 

Online gambling in Greece is also legal since 2012 according to the Decision No. 23/3/23.10.2012 of the Hellenic Gaming Commission. All forms of online gambling including online sports betting, internet lottery, digital bingo and online casino gambling were a monopoly of OPAP until 2021.

UPDATE 2021: However, this monopoly was dismantled and 15 online gambling licenses were issued in 20214. Private companies can once again apply for an online gambling licence (details can be found in the Greece gambling licensing section below).

Online Gambling in Greece, detailed explanation, context and history - click to expand

For a long time the Greek government was strongly against online gambling, and it was officially made illegal in 2002.

However, when online casinos and bookmakers started to appear en masse in the early 2000s, the Greek government made online gambling officially legal in 2012 to start licensing and taxing these websites (many people already played on these unlicensed websites, which didn’t pay any taxes).

They quickly issued 24 licenses.

/Comment: According to industry rumors they only wanted the licensing fee, there was no real licensing, monitoring and regulatory oversight behind the licenses. And considering the how corrupt the Greek government was prior to the 2009 debt crisis, it’s not difficult to believe./

However, they also wanted to make online gambling a monopoly of OPAP A.E. (back then the company was still 33% state owned) and they made sure these licensed online gambling companies could not compete, despite the valid licenses they just received.

They backstabbed the licensed operators, and they used shady and underhanded tactics to protect the online gambling a monopoly of OPAP A.E.. As a result most licensed comapnies left the market and started legal action against the government.

In the meantime the value of company (OPAP) went up, and the government sold all its shares, taking advantage of the situation.

/Comment: If a private company would have done the same, the owners and CEO would be in jail btw…/

The state made hefty profits (the 33% stake was sold for $650 million). And even though the licensed companies sued the government, and the CJEU (Court of Justice of the EU) ruled i ntheir favour, and declared this monopoly to be illegal, it’s still intact, up to this day and OPAP has a monopoly on all forms of online gambling till 2030. UPDATE 2021: no longer, the monopoly of OPAP was finally dismantled, due to pressure from the EU, in 2021.

/Comment: OPAP is a controversial company, to put it lightly,  with a bad reputation. Not just in Greece, but also in Cyprus, where they also have a very strong market presence (you can read about the Cyprus gambling sector here).

And there are many problems with the company in pretty much every country where they have a presence.

However, things have improved since the 2013 privatization, now that the corrupt Greek government is out of the picture./

Online gambling in Greece is still a heated, controversial topic. The country was accused of protectionism, corruption and violating EU directives by multiple online gambling operators, multiple times, in the last 10 years.

The EU Top Court usually rules in favour of these companies, and even to this day there is a lot of litigation behind the scenes.

However, the situation seems to have finally been resolved.

In 2016 the Greek government announced that they will be opening up the online gambling market and that they will be issuing online gambling licenses sometime in the future5. In true Greek fashion nothing happened for 4 years. But surprisingly they actually did it, and the first round of licensing started in 2020, concluding with the issuance of 15 online gambling licenses in 2021.

The following video summarizes some of the problems with the Greek licenses, and the restrictions, which apply to the licensed companies:

 

Greece and EU gambling laws: Because Greece is an EU country Article 56 TFEU6 and Article 8 of Directive 98/34/EC (EU gambling directives) apply. These state that other EU online gambling companies should be provided access to the Greek market, and they should be provided a way to obtain local gambling licenses (free trade of services and free competition within the Eurozone).

You can find a list of online gambling websites, which accept players from Greece below.

 

Betting on blood sports in Greece

All forms of blood sports are considered animal cruelty, and are illegal in Greece. Betting on blood sports is also illegal.

 

Can tourists play online while visiting Greece?

Yes, tourists, expats (or illegal migrants) can play online freely while enjoying their stay in the country.

 

Gambling licensing Greece

Gambling licenses are issued by the Hellenic Gaming Commission. You have to contact them if you wish to set up any sort of gambling company in Greece. Their website is available in English as well.

The following types of brick & mortar gambling licenses can be acquired in Greece currently:

 

Online gambling licenses are also issued by the Hellenic Gaming Commission.

There are two types of internet betting licenses:

 

Type 1 license is valid for 7 years and covers betting, sports betting and virtual sports betting. The license fee is EUR 3 million.

Type 2 license is valid for  7 years and covers casino games and poker. The license fee is EUR 2 million.

 

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Gambling tax in Greece

The gambling tax in Greece is 35% for all types of gambling (except , horse racing betting, which is taxed at 30%). This is a high tax rate compared to other European countries.

 

For players, taxation of gambling winnings in Greece: the winnings of the players are taxed (if it’s over €100):

 

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Legal gambling age in Greece: 21+

 

Other:

Virtual and fantasy sports betting are considered gambling in Greece, and require a licence.

Loot boxes, skin gambling and social gambling are not specifically regulated in Greece.

 

Sources, and main pieces of the Greek gambling legislation:

1Greece Gambling Law 4002/2011

2European Commission – Gambling law of 2011 – Greece

3iGamingBusiness – Intralot and OPAP extend lottery deal to 2023

4Yogonet – Full circle: Greece fully re-regulates after nearly 20 years

5CalvinAyre – Greece Forging ahead with Online Gambling Licensing Plans

6JSTOR – Freedom to provide services — Article 56 TFEU — Games of chance

 


List of online gambling sites, which accept players from Greece

The following online gambling websites accept players from Greece. They all accept players from the country, and are accessible from within the country, at the time of writing. If they no longer accept players from Greece, or if they are blocked for some reason, please leave a message in the comments section, so I can investigate it.

 

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Summary:

 

Casino gambling in Greece

Casinos in Greece: legal, operators require a licence, slot halls are also legal

Online casino gambling in Greece: legal since 2021, requires a licence

 

Casinos are legal in Greece, licence C is what is required for a casino venue.

Slot halls are also legal (licence A,B, F).

Despite the relative affluence of the country and the high number of tourists (around 30 million, pre-coronavirus numbers*), there aren’t many brick-and-mortar casinos in Greece. There are only 9 proper casinos in Greece (and more than a 100 smaller slot halls, with slot machines only, PLAY OPAP brand name).

UPDATE COVID-19: None of 9 casinos closed permanently. There are still 9 casinos in Greece post-coronavirus.

Most of these venues are located in the capital or on the most visited islands of Greece.

The reason why the country of 10 million has only 9 casinos is:

  • high gambling tax (35%, keep in mind, this is in addition to all the other forms of taxes),
  • problems with legislation and the monopoly of OPAP (you can see the details above).

 

/Comment: To put it into context, the not too far away Czech Republic also has 10 million people, gets less than half the number of tourists, and they have 70 casinos./

Interestingly, the number of slot machines (called video lottery machines in the legislation) is permanently restricted to 25 000 and you can only get them from OPAP A.E..

/Comment: So even if the casino is not owned by OPAP (and most of them are) they still have to get their slot machines from them, and give them a cut…/

Online casinos are legal in Greece, but only since 2021 (before 2021 it was a monopoly of OPAP).

For the first time since 2012 (the year online gambling was legalized) it’s possible to get a Greek online casino license.

Online casinos, which accept players from Greece require a Greek type 2 license.

The online casinos below accept players from Greece.

*Statista – Number of international visitors in Greece from 2005 to 2020

Online casinos accepting players from Greece - click to see

The following online casino websites accept players from Greece:

 

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Bingo in Greece

Bingo halls in Greece: legal

Online bingo in Greece: legal

 

Bingo is legal in Greece. Bingo is not specifically mentioned in the gambling legislation of Greece. However, it is likely considered a lottery-like game. And as such, OPAP’s  monopoly on lottery applies to it.

However, in most countries bingo is not considered lottery, just regular gambling. And in that case it would fall under the scope of licence C.

According Article 25 of Law 4002/2011, the following conditions have to be met in order for a game to be defined as gambling:

  • the result of the game must depend, even partly, on the influence of luck;
  • there must be a wager or bet

 

Bingo fulfills these criteria obviously. But it seems like Hellenic Gambling Commission, does not agree with this classification, because none of the companies with a C licence offer bingo (or they are unwilling to risk, or bingo is just not popular in Greece at all).

I couldn’t find anything definitive that would shed more light on the classification of bingo.

If you know more about the exact legal status of bingo in Greece please leave a comment. Thank you.

Online bingo is also legal, and the same applies to it as well.

OPAP doesn’t have a bingo website, or any bingo games on their websites. The closest thing is the Bingo Lotto but that’s not real bingo, the name is misleading.

In the meantime, I won’t recommend any online bingo sites to Greek players, until this issue is settled decisively.

Online casinos, which have online bingo sections and accept players from Greece - click to see

The following online gambling websites have live bingo and accept players from Greece:

I won’t recommend any online bingo sites to Greek players, until the legal status of bingo is known for certain. In the meantime there is OPAP’s Lotto Bingo, which seems to be the only bingo-like option for locals at the moment.

 

Poker in Greece

Poker halls in Germany: legal, operators require a licence

Online poker in Greece: legal since 2021, operators require a licence

 

Land-based poker is legal in Greece and players can enjoy it at the casinos around the country (but not at the slot halls).

Video poker machines are also legal, and they are considered gaming machines, and can be found in the slot halls (in fact in the Greek gambling legislation both slots and pokies are called “video lottery machines”).

Online poker was a monopoly of OPAP until 2021, but the company did not utilize this, and it did not have any internet poker platforms.

Since 2021 private companies can apply for a type 2 licence, which covers online poker.

The online poker sites below accept players from Greece.

Online poker sites, which accept players from Greece - click to see

The following online casinos have poker and accept players from Greece:

 

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Horses 7.5 points for every $10 wagered 8x 4x-6.7x
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Bet Online Casino and Sports Book

Bet Online digital bookmaker, internet poker and online casino website's animated GIF banner displaying the latest 2021 promotional offers and bonus codes offered currently by the gambling platform to new and existing, returning players. This is a paid promotional banner, and acts as a link. By clicking on it, you will be taken to website betonline.ag , where you can register and start playing if you so choose.
Bet Online sports-book, poker and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, $3000, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits. Use the code BOLCASINO
  • or 100% up to $1,000 Welcome Bonus + $25 Risk Free Bet, when you bet on the Cowboys vs. Buccaneers NFL Week 1 season-opener, code: NFL100
  • +100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.
  • 10% weekly rebate for returning players

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.
You can read the review of BetOnline here.

FairGo Aussie Themed Casino

This is an animated gif banner ad featuring all the current 2021 promotions, bonuses of FairGo Australian themed casino. The picture also act as a link, by clicking on it you will be taken to the free to play area of the casino, where you can try out their games for free without spending any money.
FairGo Australian casino
Promotions:
  • 125% Welcome bonus: 125% on your first deposit
  • + 30 free spins
COUPON CODE: DOD-GUESS
US players are accepted at the casino.

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.
You can read the review of FairGo casino here (temporarily offline, being updated).

 

 

Sports betting in Greece

Bookmakers, betting shops in Greece: legal, operators require a licence

Online sports betting in Greece: legal since 2021, operators require a licence

 

Sports betting is the second most popular form of gambling in Greece (after the lottery). There are numerous OPAP land-based betting shops, which act as bookmakers, where players can bet on sports, in addition to buying lottery tickets.

Online sports betting was a monopoly of OPAP in Greece up until 2021. However, online gambling licenses are currently being issued, including the type 1 online sports betting license.

OPAP interestingly does virtual sports betting too (the only European sports betting monopoly to do so), which is like real sports betting, but you are only betting on a computer simulation of a real sport event. OPAP’s online platform apart from this is subpar (compared to private operators), apart from football (soccer to US visitors) there are barely any sports to bet on (grey hounds, horses and virtual sports only).

The following online sportsbooks below accept punters from Greece.

Online bookmakers, which accept registrations from Greece - click to see

The following online sportsbooks accept bettors from Greece:

 

GT Bets Casino and Sportsbook

GTbets bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently. The picture also acts as a link and by clicking o nit you will be taken to the gambling website.
GTbets sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 150% up to $500 on your first deposit (then 100%, up to $250 bonus on your second deposit, then 5-50% depending on the amount on your third deposit and afterwards)
  • 10% weekly rebate, 15% cashback on horse racing betting
  • Free spins, weekly cashback for returning players

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 10-40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Earnings ($10) Sign Up Bonus Playthrough Reload Bonus (Varies by %) Playthrough
Sports 5 points for every $10 wagered 12x 6x-10x
(Baseball) 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Horses 7.5 points for every $10 wagered 8x 4x-6.7x
Slots 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Table 1 point for every $10 wagered 60x 30x-50x
Video Poker 1.5 points for every $10 wagered 40x 20x-33x
 
Wagering limitation:
  • Please be advised - the use of bonus funds to place wagers on the following games is not allowed: Baccarat (including Live), Craps, and European Roulette (including Live).
  • For bonuses, sports moneyline wagers with odds of -300 (1.33) or less, will not qualify for rollover point earnings. So for example, betting NBA - NY Knicks (-350) will not earn rollover points towards a bonus.
 

Bet Online Casino and Sports Book

Bet Online digital bookmaker, internet poker and online casino website's animated GIF banner displaying the latest 2021 promotional offers and bonus codes offered currently by the gambling platform to new and existing, returning players. This is a paid promotional banner, and acts as a link. By clicking on it, you will be taken to website betonline.ag , where you can register and start playing if you so choose.
Bet Online sports-book, poker and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, $3000, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits. Use the code BOLCASINO
  • or 100% up to $1,000 Welcome Bonus + $25 Risk Free Bet, when you bet on the Cowboys vs. Buccaneers NFL Week 1 season-opener, code: NFL100
  • +100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.
  • 10% weekly rebate for returning players

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.
You can read the review of BetOnline here.

FairGo Aussie Themed Casino

This is an animated gif banner ad featuring all the current 2021 promotions, bonuses of FairGo Australian themed casino. The picture also act as a link, by clicking on it you will be taken to the free to play area of the casino, where you can try out their games for free without spending any money.
FairGo Australian casino
Promotions:
  • 125% Welcome bonus: 125% on your first deposit
  • + 30 free spins
COUPON CODE: DOD-GUESS
US players are accepted at the casino.

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.
You can read the review of FairGo casino here (temporarily offline, being updated).

 

Lottery in Greece

Lottery in Greece: legal, monopoly of OPAP

Online lottery in Greece: legal, monopoly of OPAP

 

Lottery is the most common form of gambling in Greece, and in most countries. Lottery and lottery-like games (raffles, instant games, scratch card, keno and in Greece bingo as well) and their online versions are the monopoly of  OPAP A.E..

Greece is one of the few countries where the lottery is not state owned anymore, since the 2013 privatization.

Currently, OPAP has a monopoly over lottery, brick & mortar sports betting, online lottery and the online sale and distribution of other lottery like games (Lotto 6/49, Joker 5/45 + 1/20, Tzoker, scratch cards, keno, Joker, Kino, Proto, and Extra 5 etc…).

Greece is not participating in the EuroMillions or EuroJackpot European lottery draws.

OPAP for a long time didn’t sell lottery tickets online, and they still don’t sell all of their games online, but their portfolio of games is growing.

Players from Greece can also participate in foreign lottery draws, in person, or as a tourist visiting other countries, or online, from so called “lottery purchasing services” (lottery purchasing services are businesses, which purchase physical lottery tickets for you in a foreign country if you make a purchase on their website, you can see an example of such a website below).

The following websites let people from Greece purchase lottery tickets online.

Online lottery platforms, which accept players from Greece- click to see

The following internet lottery sites accept players from Greece:

 

Bitcoin wagering in Greece

Cryptocurrency gambling in Greece: not specifically regulated

 

Cryptocurrency gambling is not mentioned in the gambling legislation of Greece. As of now, there aren’t any specific laws in Greece regulating bitcoin gambling.

However, because bitcoin, litecoin, ethereum and other virtual currencies are not recognized as legal tender in the Hellenic Republic, land-based venues can not accept them.

None of the 9 land-based casinos accept bitcoin.

Online gambling was a monopoly of OPAP up until 2021, and none of OPAP’s land-based or online platforms ever accepted bitcoin or any cryptocurrency.

But the newly licensed online gambling sites do accept bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies through the various payment processors they utilize (mostly through Netteller).

/Payment processor are third-party entities, which can accept cryptocurrencies, regardless if it is accepted as legal tender in Greece (because these companies are not registered in Greece, the world of international monetary transactions is very complicated, obviously this is a short and incomplete summary, but you get the gist)./

The bitcoin casinos below accept players from Greece, and some even accept litecoin and ethereum.

Bitcoin casinos, which accept players from Greece - click to see

The following online casinos accept cryptocurrencies and players from Greece:

 

RichPrize Casino

This is RichPrize Casino's animated GIF banner advertising their new exclusive games and their free spins and casino 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.
RichPrize Casino bonus offers
USA and Canada players are accepted. However, US players can only deposit and withdraw money using cryptocurrencies! (this restriction only applies to US players, and only in this casino)
  • 100% match bonus, up to €1000 + 25 free spins, no code needed
  Bonus for returning players: Returning players usually get 15% cashback, one of the highest regular cashbacks online. Even if you end up losing you will get about 30% of your money back (returning players only).
You can read the review of RichPrize casino here.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses and promotions are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements.
  • Playthrough requirement: Bonus wagering x40 applied.
  • Free spins wagering x40 applied.
  Check the casino's web page for the specific, up to date, current playthrough requirements and wagering limitations, does not apply to bonuses for returning players which have different (significantly better) paythrough requirements.
Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days to wager bonus.
  • Slots wagering allowed.
  • Slots wagering participation 100%.
  • Min bet 0.01 EUR - Max bet 3 EUR.
  • Betting Games wagering not allowed.
  • Providers allowed for wagering: Limited to enabled games only.
  • Player can cancel bonus at any time. Please note: Upon cancellation of the bonus the balance will be adjusted to the balance before bonus activation.
 

 

GT Bets Casino and Sportsbook

GTbets bookmaker and gambling website's banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently. The picture also acts as a link and by clicking o nit you will be taken to the gambling website.
GTbets sports-book and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, Bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, 150% up to $500 on your first deposit (then 100%, up to $250 bonus on your second deposit, then 5-50% depending on the amount on your third deposit and afterwards)
  • 10% weekly rebate, 15% cashback on horse racing betting
  • Free spins, weekly cashback for returning players

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 10-40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Earnings ($10) Sign Up Bonus Playthrough Reload Bonus (Varies by %) Playthrough
Sports 5 points for every $10 wagered 12x 6x-10x
(Baseball) 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Horses 7.5 points for every $10 wagered 8x 4x-6.7x
Slots 2 points for every $10 wagered 30x 15x-25x
Table 1 point for every $10 wagered 60x 30x-50x
Video Poker 1.5 points for every $10 wagered 40x 20x-33x
 
Wagering limitation:
  • Please be advised - the use of bonus funds to place wagers on the following games is not allowed: Baccarat (including Live), Craps, and European Roulette (including Live).
  • For bonuses, sports moneyline wagers with odds of -300 (1.33) or less, will not qualify for rollover point earnings. So for example, betting NBA - NY Knicks (-350) will not earn rollover points towards a bonus.
 

Bet Online Casino and Sports Book

Bet Online digital bookmaker, internet poker and online casino website's animated GIF banner displaying the latest 2021 promotional offers and bonus codes offered currently by the gambling platform to new and existing, returning players. This is a paid promotional banner, and acts as a link. By clicking on it, you will be taken to website betonline.ag , where you can register and start playing if you so choose.
Bet Online sports-book, poker and casino, cross platform and mobile compatible, bitcoin accepted.
  • Welcome bonus, $3000, 100% up to $1,000 on your first three deposits. Use the code BOLCASINO
  • or 100% up to $1,000 Welcome Bonus + $25 Risk Free Bet, when you bet on the Cowboys vs. Buccaneers NFL Week 1 season-opener, code: NFL100
  • +100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin or DASH. No code required.
  • 10% weekly rebate for returning players

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.
You can read the review of BetOnline here.

FairGo Aussie Themed Casino

This is an animated gif banner ad featuring all the current 2021 promotions, bonuses of FairGo Australian themed casino. The picture also act as a link, by clicking on it you will be taken to the free to play area of the casino, where you can try out their games for free without spending any money.
FairGo Australian casino
Promotions:
  • 125% Welcome bonus: 125% on your first deposit
  • + 30 free spins
COUPON CODE: DOD-GUESS
US players are accepted at the casino.

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.
You can read the review of FairGo casino here (temporarily offline, being updated).

 

 

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 Greece 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: 2021-10-17

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  1. robert smylie says:

    I
    m English a nd like to bet on the English horse racing. but every bookmaker says sorry but we cant let you have an account in Greece I cant understand why

    1. You are using VPN, or you are currently in Greece and based on your IP address the website thinks you are a Greek citizen. To find type in Google “IP geo location” and you will see where your IP address is currently located.

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