Simon’s Guide to Russia Gambling & Online Betting Sites

This is a picture of Altai Palace Casino (Отель-казино "Altai Palace", Алтайский край) located n Altai Krai, Russia, one of the designated gambling zones (you can find a full list of them below). On this page, under the picture, you can read about the legal status, taxation, licensing, age requirement of the various main forms of gambling in the Federation of Russia: internet poker, digital bingo, sports betting, lottery, cryptocurrency wagering. And you can find a list of licensed online gambling websites, which accept players from Russia.

Russia Gambling Guide

Summary: Gambling is legal in Russia since 1987 (officially the Russian Federation, the world’s largest country by a wide margin, former head of the USSR, an ex-superpower, with a population of 144 million).

Online gambling is also legal in Russia since 2016.

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

History of Gambling in Russia - click to expand

History of Gambling in Russia: Gambling has a long and turbulent history in Russia. And this history is best divided into two distinct periods:

1., Gambling prior to the formation of the USSR:

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 mostly a private pastime of the nobility and the rich.

They gathered in private secluded getaways, in the countryside usually, attended by many servants.

Gambling wasn’t even the main focus of these private clubs, it was merely the cherry on top, something to pass the time while they decided the fate of millions, entire nations, behind closed doors, away from prying eye.

/Comment: Nowadays it’s called DAVOS or the Bilderberg meeting and they do it in luxury 5 star hotels in Switzerland, France, Germany, or the UK and there is no gambling…./

Gambling during the USSR – During the communist era gambling was almost entirely illegal, with few exceptions (state owned lottery and some sports betting, e.g.: Sportloto). However, close to the dissolution of the Soviet Union, in the 1980s, some casinos, horse racing betting tracks were allowed to reopen.

2., Gambling after the fall of the USSR:

After the dissolution of the USSR, and during the turbulent and fast transition to a market economy (1987 – 2002) gambling was barely regulated and the gambling sector was a source of endless problems (corruption, money laundering, tax evasion and organized crime involvement)1.

But it also generated much needed tax revenues and provided employment. They were thriving private businesses, which is what the government tried to create at all cost. Therefore, they could get away with a lot, due to the political climate of the day.

1989 – The first legally operating Russian casino opened in 1989. And in the years following the collapse of the Soviet Union gambling facilities started to pop up all throughout the country.

1994 – By 1994 there were approximately 496 registered gambling establishments in Russia (and twice as many illegally operating venues, according to estimates). Moscow reportedly had a “casino” every 100 meters (but they were more like pubs with slot machines, newspapers mislabelled them as casinos on purpose to appear more shocking, to sell more papers).

Reportedly, only one in 3 gambling establishments was actually licensed. Corruption and organized crime involvement was rampant.

Most of the venues operating in the country, even the licensed ones, were notorious for avoiding taxes .

/Comment: To be fair, that was common in every business sector back then, not just among gambling establishments./

1998 – In response to this situation, a law was crafted in 1998 to clear up matters of taxation, licensing and enforcement.

As a result of these measures, tax revenues from the gambling industry increased and the police started to crack down on illegally operating gaming venues.

/Comment: But not the ones operated by organized crime groups, due to rampant corruption and bribes. Many of them survived the cleanse, transitioned and became law-abiding, legally operating gambling businesses.

Actually, companies started by these ex-crooks constituted a sizeable part of the Russian gambling market, foreshadowing what ended up happening./

This shift brought about a dramatic upturn in the number of licensed casinos and other gambling facilities in the country.

2002 – In 2002, the Federal Sports Agency (FSA) was granted the right to issue gambling licenses, while regional governments were stripped of this function (the main reason: they were corrupt and had ties with organized crime groups).

The FSA introduced an even more liberal licensing policy. It gave away licenses for the Russian Ruble equivalent of approximately $100. This way, even the smaller operators in the countryside had a chance to start operating legitimately.

2005 – As a result, between 2002 and 2005 the number of licensed and legally operating gaming venues doubled in Moscow, and an astonishing 6300 venues operated 60,000 slot machines in the city by 2005 (context: less than 5000 slots are in operation today, in the entire country).

/Comment: That means that there was roughly 1 slot machine per every 170 residents. The $100 license seemed to work, but it was all bait and switch, you can see why below./

2006 – After most of the illegally operating gambling establishment acquired licenses and started paying taxes (between 2002 and 2005), a major political and media backlash started, and the government started showing its true colours. The grace period ended in 2006.

The gambling scandals and problems in the sector did not stop, and to solve the issue once and for all the government introduced radical changes to the gambling legislation.

Federal law N 244-FZ was passed on December 29, 2006 (explained in detail below), this prohibited gambling venues with slot machines and table games everywhere in Russia, except for the special gambling zones (you can see them below, on the map).

This ended the booming, but very problematic gambling industry overnight. The sector never really recovered ever since.

2006 – The government set their sights on internet gambling, and in true Russian fashion just banned it all.

As a result, unlicensed and illegal online gambling becomes rampant and a huge problem. Russian citizens disregard the ban entirely, and gambling addiction due to online gambling reaches epidemic proportions.

Not to mention, unlicensed online gambling sites (many of them are available in Russain, posing as real, licensed internet wagering platforms) don’t pay any taxes.

Regular threats followed this. Every other year the Russian government made public statements reminding ordinary Russian players that placing bets on unlicensed gambling websites is illegal and they could be punished for it. However, only a couple of hundred players (with bigger winnings) were ever prosecuted, and even these people got away with just a slap on the wrist or a smaller fine usually (in case of really big winnings, e.g.: €10 000+, and if they did not pay taxes on their winnings, in those few cases more serious sentences were handed out).

This did nothing to curb the rampant illegal internet gambling in the country.

2016 – After the failed attempt at controlling online gambling via bans, blocks and threats, the government started a new approach and legalized certain forms of digital gambling. Since 2016 licensed Russian gambling websites can accept players from Russia (you can see a list of them below, and a more detailed explanation broken down by gambling type and category).

 

Gambling is legal in Russia, and the main piece of the current gambling legislation is Federal law N 244-FZ2 (passed on 2006 December 29). Federal law N 244-FZ bans gambling venues with slot machines and table games everywhere in Russia, except for the special gambling zones (you can see them on the map below)3.

The law came into effect fully in 2009, despite lobbying, threats, bribes, attacks, and even assassinations4. Authorities basically closed down all casino gambling operations outside the four gambling zones, in a span of 3 years. This leads us to the current situation: land-based casino gambling in Russia is only allowed in the four UPDATE: now five gambling regions:

  • “Yantarnaya” (within the Kaliningradskaya oblast)
  • “Krasnaya Polyana” (within Krasnodar Krai) UPDATE: was called Azov City, but it was renamed to Krasnaya Polyana and it was moved, but stayed within the Krasnodarskij kraj administrative region, new area is a small section on the coast of the Black Sea, very close to the original, but closer to the sea and Crimea, and the proposed super highway to Crimea5, the 3 existing casinos of Azov-city closed, or moved to the new area
  • “Siberian Coin” ( within the Respublika Altay)
  • “Primorye Integrated Entertainment Zone” (within Primorskiy kray)
  • “Gold Coast” (within the disputed territory of the the Republic of Crimea) – planned, approved in 2019 but currently on hold since 2020, UPDATE 2021: still no casinos6

 

A picture of a map displaying the five zones with legal gambling in Russia. Private land-based gambling establishments are restricted to these five zones. You can read the details above and below the picture.

Gambling zones in Russia, according to the 2006 legislation, updated with the new Crimea Gold Coast gambling zone. There are 5 gambling zones in Russia, not 4, despite what most websites claim.

UPDATE 2022: There is a new interactive casino map, you can find it on the page containing a list of all Russia casinos sorted by gambling zone.

 

The prohibition also extended to online gambling in Russia. In 2006 all online gambling was outlawed in the country.

In 2015 February, Russia’s media authority, Roskomnadzor, started blocking blacklisted online gambling websites. The list includes rouge Russian, but also many international operators as well, including the biggest global operators, such as: 888 Poker, Betway, Bwin.party, JackpotCity, Ladbrokes, Marathon Bet, Pinnacle Sports, Titan Poker and Unibet, and Russian sites: Favbet, Fonbet, Liga Stavok, TrioBet, Vulkan-Bet and the infamous 1xbet7.

/Comment: Since 2015 the list has grown considerably there are more than a 5000 sites on the list, last time I checked./

However, this did not have the desired effect, and Russian citizens routinely disregarded the ban and easily circumvented the blocking attempts. Placing bets on unlicensed online gambling sites in lieu of local alternatives became a widespread phenomena.

/Comment: And considering that many of the bigger unlicensed gambling sites are available in Russian as well, this resulted in an increase in problem gambling even among the poorer and less educated people as well, who don’t speak foreign languages.

(Context: it’s a well known fact in the gambling industry that the prevalence of gambling addiction is is significantly higher among the lower social classes.)/

The government changed its approach as a result.

Online gambling is legal in Russia since 2016, according to an amendment to Federal Law No. 244. You can see a list of online gambling websites, which accept Russian players below.

It’s possible for private companies to get online sports betting and tote licenses (details below in the Russia gambling licensing section).

Additionally, the state-owned lottery company has an online lottery platform, and operates an online bingo site.

Apart from these exemptions, “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 Offenses8.

Russian laws also impose a small fine on players that participate in gambling activities conducted by unlicensed operators, both online and offline. However, Russian authorities usually target gambling providers and organizers, not players (but players have been fined in the past).

Regardless, I don’t recommend playing at unlicensed online gambling websites, if you are from Russia (stick to the licensed gambling websites below).

UPDATE 2022: Russian financial institutions started blocking transactions to and from unlicensed gambling websites9.

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

 

Can tourists play online from Russia? 

Yes, the laws discussed on this webpage only apply to Russian citizens, and they do not apply to tourists. Tourists (expats, non-citizens, illegal migrants) can play online freely. However, unlicensed foreign gambling websites will be blocked by the Roskomnadzor, and won’t be accessible while using the Russian internet infrastructure.

 

Betting on blood sports in Russia

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

The last time blood sports were legal in Russia was when Russian boxing (a unique Russian martial art, extinct nowadays) was legal. It was legal until 1832.

 

Crimea gambling

Crimea is part of Russia since 2014 (formerly part of Ukraine, this resulted in strong animosity, and actual fighting between the countries). However, this is not recognized by many countries internationally (despite the fact that prior to the annexation a democratic referendum was held and 96% of people in Crimea voted to join Russia).

Due to the ongoing integration and international issues it is a special jurisdiction. However, luckily, in terms of gambling it does not have a special legal status and the Russian gambling legislation applies to it as well.

In fact, in 2019 it was designated one of the gambling zones, where casinos can operate.

If you are interested in how Russia annexed Crimea, why, and the consequences of it, watch the following mini-documentary:

 

Russia gambling license

Gambling licenses are issued by the Ministry of Finance. You have to contact them if you wish to set up any sort of gambling business in Russia. Their website is available in English as well.

Land-based gambling licenses available to private operators in Russia:

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

You will need:

  • you need to register a legal entity in the territory of the Russian Federation
  • in case of a casino licence the value of the company’s net assets must be at least 600 million rubles (approx. € 7 million)
  • totalizators, betting club operators must have at least 1 million rubles as capital (approx. € 11,861)
  • slot halls, casinos must be at least 100 m2, must have at least 80 slot machines, all equipment must be fully owned, new, not licensed or rented

 

Online gambling licenses available to private operators in Russia:

Online gambling licenses are handled by the Federal Tax Service, contact them if you wish to set up an online gambling business in Russia.

Currently, according to the 2016 amendment to the Russian gambling legislation, it’s only possible to get an online sports betting license and/or a 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 only have one).

A legal entity in the Russian Federation can obtain an online betting license if it meets the following financial requirements:

  • registered capital – 100 million rubles (approx. € 1 million);
  • company’s assets – 1 billion rubles (approx. € 11 million);
  • bank guarantee – 0.5 billion rubles (approx. € 5.5 million).

 

The paperwork takes about 1.5 months and costs approximately 300 rubles.

The organization 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 (about 30-32 million rubles in total + about 1 million rubles annually).

All transactions between a player and a sportsbook must use the centralized Russian payment processor TSUPIS. TSUPIS deducts the payable taxes automatically, even deducts the personal income tax from players’ winnings, and it is independent of the US banking system and their interests.

 

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Russia gambling taxation

In Russia, gambling establishments pay taxes based on the number and types of games they have. The amount depends on which oblast, special gaming zone the venue is located in, that’s why you can see a range below, instead of a fixed amount:

Russia gambling tax rates
Activity: Tax rate (RUB = Russian ruble): Tax base:
EGM (electronic gambling machine) RUB 3,000 – 15,000 fixed fee, per machine
Casino table games RUB 50,000 – 250,000 fixed fee, per machine
Tote processing RUB 50,000 – 250,000 fixed fee, per company
Bookmaker processing RUB 50,000 – 250,000 fixed fee, per company
Tote betting point RUB 10,000 – 14,000 fixed fee, per betting point
Bookmaker betting point RUB 10,000 – 14,000 fixed fee, per betting point
Online gambling RUB 2,500,000 – 3,000,000 fixed fee, per licence

This is on top of regular taxes (e.g: corporate tax).

Even with such high taxes, online sportsbooks are thriving. Since 2016, 31 Russian companies got a licence.

 

For players, taxation of gambling winnings in Russia: Gambling winnings from licensed online companies and the national lottery are tax exempt (the companies pay the taxes). Every other form of gambling income is subject to a 13% personal income tax.

/Example: You spend your vacation abroad, and purchase a scratch card in Brazil, and you end up winning a bigger sum, RUB 250 000 (RUB = Russian ruble, approximately € 3000), in that case you have to pay 13% income tax on your winnings in Russia. You have to contact an account and pay RUB 32 500./

 

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Gambling age Russia: the legal gambling age in Russia is 18+

 

Other:

Loot boxes, social gambling, fantasy and virtual sports betting are not specifically regulated in Russia.

 

Sources, and main pieces of the Russian gambling legislation:

1Prohibitions and Policy in the Global Gaming Industry: A Genealogy and Media Content Analysis of Gaming Restrictions in Contemporary Russia

2CIS Legislation – Federal law N 244-FZ (unofficial English translation)

3Eastern European Gaming Summit – Russian and Kazakh gambling markets

4Bitter rival of Chechnya’s leader is shot dead in Russian capital

5Russia – Azov City operator Shambala announces Primorye project

6Focus Gaming News – Crimea casino plans on hold in Russia

7Russia Blocks Dozens Of International And Domestic Online Gambling Domains (Calvinayre.com)

8Кодекс Российской Федерации об административных правонарушениях (Code of the Russian Federation on Administrative Offenses, Russian)

9Globalcompliance – Russia: Russia bans payments to illegal gambling and lotteries operators

 

List of online gambling sites, which accept players from Russia

The following online gambling websites accept players from the Federation of Russia. 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 Russia, 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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Game types: Contribution:
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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%
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All types of Blackjack, Video Poker, Craps, American Roulette, Baccarat and other table games and non-pokies games 0%

 

Mr Bit Casino and Sportsbook

This is a banner displaying the various bonus offers of Mr Bit casino. On this page, right under the banner, you can read about these promotions, free spins and their terms and conditions, playthrough requirements, wagering limitations and their player protection, self exclusion and harm mitigation features. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to website of Mr. Bit, where you can register an account and play for real money. Full disclaimer: by registering an account I (the website owner) will receive a small percentage of the amount of money you deposited, self exclusion from the casino website is possible.

Mr. Bit casino & bookmaker, current 2022 bonus offers, welcome bonus and free spins + offers for returning players, 18+

  • 100% welcome bonus Up To €500 + 50 Free Spins
  • Free spins every day for returning players
  • 33% reload bonus for returning players

You can read the full review of Mr Bit casino here. USA and UK players are not accepted. Full list of banned countries can be found in the review and below.

Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date by the time you are reading this).
General bonus terms and conditions at Mr. Bit and its sister sites:
  • welcome bonuses are only available for 30 days after account creation
  • the minimum deposit to receive any bonus is €10
  • the bonus + deposit needs to be wagered within 7 days from date of activation
 
Playthrough requirement of the welcome bonus: 27x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 27 times before withdrawal. Playthrough requirement of the free spins: 30x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus:
  • Minimum deposit amount: €10
  • Maximum bonus amount: €500
  • Wagering requirements: x27 (deposit + bonus)
In case of the free spins:
  • Participating slots: Jungle Jim and the Lost Sphinx
  • Bet per spin: €0,10
  • Wagering requirements: x30 (bonus)
  • Limit on withdrawing from the free spins: x10
  • 7 days for wagering

Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days for wagering
  • 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.
  • Please note that the free spins will appear on the account, once the 150% bonus has been wagered. Your players will get 10 free spins per day over the course of 5 days (50 free spins in total).

UPDATE COVID-19: The online casino does not use the global pandemic situation for advertisement purposes, or to encourage the usage of its online gambling platform. In fact, it's forbidden to use the namesake, name, likeness and official logo or any depiction of the casino/company (and this casino gambling blog) in conjunction with any marketing campaign, which uses the novel coronavirus pandemic for promotion.
Mr Bit Casino does not accept players from:

 

Summary:

 

Casino gambling in Russia

Casinos in Russia: legal since 1987, operators require a licence, only within the special gambling zones

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

 

Brick and mortar casinos are legal in Russia, but they are restricted to the special gambling zones. Prior to this restriction the casino sector was source of constant problems (tax evasions, money laundering, organized crime involvement, even a few killings). In 2013 alone, 662 illegal venues were shut down by the authorities.

However, since 2009 casinos can only operate in the 5 designated gambling zones (you can see them on the map above).

Despite the strong control the state exerts on the sector, Russia managed to attract high profile international investors, such as casino tycoon Lawrence Ho (former owner of Tigre de Cristal Casino,UPDATE shares sold in 2017*).

Currently there are only 6 casinos in operation in Russia.

UPDATE COVID-19: There used to be 7 casino but the Azov City gambling zone with its 3 casinos closed down, and only one of these, Shambala, was relocated. None of the Russian casinos closed permanently due to the pandemic.

+ There are also two smaller slot halls Magic Crystal Casino and Bonus slots, but they will eventually be extended to become bigger casinos eventually. Right now, they only have gaming machines and therefore they are not considered real casinos, despite the name.

/Explanation: In the gambling industry only venues with live dealer tables and card games are considered real casinos. If a gambling establishment only has gaming machines it is considered a slot hall.

Slot halls often call themselves casinos, erroneously, on purpose, to confuse tourists, who don’t know the difference (and/or don’t care about it)./

Online casinos on the other hand are not officially legal in Russia, and there are no licensed Russian online casinos.

Unlicensed online casino domains are on the media authority Roskomnadzor’s blacklist*, and they are banned by ISPs all throughout the country.

Despite this, a few online casinos manage to accept players from Russia (you can see a list of them below). I will explain how they mange to circumvent the law below, and what sort of supposed special deals they have with the government (these online casinos are not blocked).

Even though online casino licenses are not issued in Russia, some online gambling platforms (which have poker, casino gambling etc., in addition to sports betting) allegedly use a loophole to get around the legislation.

/Comment: You have to understand that these sort of things are secret deals behind closed doors. they don’t advertise these kinds of things. I’m only putting clues together, industry rumors and I lean on my 10+ years of experience working in the gambling industry. Therefore, take it with a grain of salt./

They set up a Russian company, which gets an online sports betting licence, which is legal, in addition to their offshore gambling license (usually from Curacao, Panama, Aruba). And they just simply report revenue from their casino section as online sports betting.

Also, the casino games are hosted on their offshore servers, which is covered by their offshore gambling licence (which covers online casino gambling). This way, if they would be taken to court they can simply say that the casino gambling took place outside of the jurisdiction of Russia, and therefore Russian gambling laws do not apply to it (which is actually true, Russian laws only apply within Russia).

And they report the whole thing as online sports betting activity via their Russian shell company.

As described above, with multiple licenses, and by sending players to an offshore server, and handling transactions on an offshore server via a third-party payment processor, some of the licenced gambling sites are able to offer casino games online to Russians, and their online platform is not blocked in the country**.

This is just one of the many ways they can make it work. These sort of legal strategies are very complicated, not easy to understand for the average player. There are law firms (usually located in offshore tax havens, in the Caribbean and Central America mostly), who specialize in creating these complicated networks, and are tasked with finding and abusing loopholes.

The Russian government seems to turn a blind eye to this, allegedly, because, as mentioned above, they report it as online betting activity, and they pay taxes on it. And the government knows that if they would shut this down, it would only lead to players playing on shady unlicensed gambling sites, and they would not receive tax payments.

/Comment: Unlicensed online casinos are often phishing and credit card scam sites, and they are much worse than these unethical online casinos, because at least these platforms are licensed and operate with a licence./

A good example of this type of behaviour is the Russian gambling company 1xBet***, but there are many more (considering the origins of many Russian gambling companies, see above in the history of gambling in Russia section, this is not surprising at all).

The online casinos below accept players from Russia.

Online casinos, which accept players from Russia - click to see

The following online casino websites accept players from the Russian Federation:

 

888 Casino, Poker, Bingo and Sportsbook

This is a banner displaying the various bonus offers of thee 888 gambling platforms (including casino, poker, sports betting platforms). On this page, right under the banner, you can read about these promotions, free spins and their terms and conditions, playthrough requirements, wagering limitations and their player protection, self exclusion and harm mitigation features. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to website of 888 casino, where you can register an account and play for real money. Full disclaimer: by registering an account I (the website owner) will receive a small percentage of the amount of money you deposited, self exclusion from the casino website is possible.

888 casino, poker, bingo & bookmaker, current 2022 promos, UK players accepted

  • €1500 welcome bonus package

USA players are not accepted, but UK players are accepted. Full list of banned countries can be found in the drop down menu below. UK licensed casino website, accept players from the United Kingdom and British territories. All in one gambling destination with poker, sports betting, live dealer games, bingo and over 1000 casino games (review coming soon).

Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date by the time you are reading this).
General bonus terms and conditions at the 888 gambling websites:
  • welcome bonuses are only available for new players
  • bonuses are available in US Dollars, GBP, Euros or Canadian Dollars
  • the minimum deposit to receive any bonus is €10
  • the bonus + deposit needs to be wagered within 7 days from date of activation
 
Playthrough requirement of the welcome bonus: 30x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal. Playthrough requirement of the free spins: no free spins currently, free spins expire after 14 days
Wagering limitation:
Game type: Contribution:
Video slots & other types of slots, Scratch cards, Keno, Race, Arcade, Dice (and all other types of games not specifically mentioned below) 100%
Pai Gow, Caribbean Poker, Triple Card Poker and other kinds of table poker 20%
Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, Live casino games, Video poker 10%
Craps 5%
 
UPDATE COVID-19: The online casino does not use the global pandemic situation for advertisement purposes, or to encourage the usage of its online gambling platform. In fact, it's forbidden to use the namesake, name, likeness and official logo or any depiction of the casino/company (and this casino gambling blog) in conjunction with any marketing campaign, which uses the novel coronavirus pandemic for promotion.
888 Casino does not accept players from:
   

 

Miami Club Digital Casino Destination

This is Miami Club gambling website's GIF animated banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently and their terms and conditions and required player protection information. The picture also acts as a link and by clicking on it you will be taken to the gambling website, where you can check out the most recent 2022 bonuses, promotions and you can register and play if your over the age of 18.

Miami Club 18+

  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $100 on your first 8x deposit (up to $800 total)
  • Exclusive bonus code: MIFREE20, $20.00 free, every month, not just for new players, for returning players as well
  • Free spins, use coupon HOTWINGS to get 150% up to $150 plus 30 spins on the Funky Chicken 5-reel, limited time only (by the time you are reading it probably expired, only valid for a few days)

USA players accepted, Canada, Netherlands, Israel, France, Australia and UK players are not accepted.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Check the gambling website for the most recent bouse promotions and playthrough requirement and wagering limitation information. The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Type of game: Count towards wagering requirement: 
Keno, Dazzling Dice, Poker Slots, Bingo Bucks - 100%
Table games 10%
Blackjack or video poke 10%
Slots 100%
Roulette, Craps or Baccarat 0% - Forbidden!
 
Wagering limitation:
  • UPDATE 2022: The wagering of any portion of a non-deposit bonus on Roulette, Craps or Baccarat games is strictly forbidden!
  • Currently, bonuses are not available to players registering accounts from the following countries: Russia, Ukraine.
  • Bonuses cannot be combined.
  • Miami Club casino requires that a deposit of at least $25 is made on all accounts before any cash withdrawal is processed to comply with anti money laundering laws + mandatory ID check required by law (law to fight financing of terrorism and payment processor require this as well). The deposited $25 can be withdrawn afterwards with the winnings.

Bet Online Casino, Bookmaker & Poker

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
  • 25% sports betting reload on every qualifying bet, code: LIFEBONUS 
  • +100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Ripple, Litecoin or DASH. No code required + 5% crypto boost afterwards on future deposits
  • 10% weekly rebate, cashback for returning players

You can read the review of BetOnline here. List of countries, from which they do not accept players can be found in the review and below. North American players accepted.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date).
Playthrough requirements of every bonus and promotion:
  • The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal, usually (sports betting and poker bonuses 10x)
  • Forfeiting the bonus will result in the bonus and any subsequent winnings associated with it to be removed from players accounts.
  • Only one bonus can be active at a time, playthrough requirements must be met before additional promotions can be received.
  • Players must use the related bonus code in order to receive a bonus (if it has a code, not every promotion requires one).
  • Bonus funds will only be available on the Betsoft games, the other providers are not eligible,, unless otherwise stated.
  • In cases where rollover or other criteria specified in the individual bonus terms and conditions are not met within 30 days, any remaining bonus funds and associated winnings will be forfeited automatically.
  • Wagering requirements must be fulfilled before any winnings can be withdrawn.

Playthrough requirement contributions: The following table show the contribution of the various types of games towards the fulfillment of the wagering requirement.
Game types: Contribution:
Slots (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%
This only applies to casino bonuses, sports betting or poker bonuses have different wagering limitations (can be found on the company's website). BetOnline does not accept players from:

FairGo Aussie Themed Casino

This is an animated gif banner ad featuring all the current 2022 promotions, bonuses of FairGo Australian ("Aussie") 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, and you can register a real player account if you are 18+. Terms and conditions and requirements can be seen below the banner.

FairGo Australian casino, 18+

Promotions:
  • 100% welcome bonus up to $200, on your first 5 deposits (total $500), coupon code: WELCOME
  • 100 free spins with code: DOD-GOW (limited time only, please let me know when the code expires)
  • 150% bonus and 50 spins on the new slot Lil Red ($20 minimum deposit requirement), coupon code: LILRED150, or on the slot Hyperwins, bonus code: GETHYPED
  • Special Neosurf bonus, deposit using Neosurf and get a 200% welcome bonus (only once per player), promo code: 200-NEO

Only one  onus can be active at a time. North American players accepted at the casino. FairGo Casino does not accept players from: Moldova, Israel, UK.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Disclaimer: The casinos is not actually an Australian online casino, the company is not registered in Australia, it's only "Aussie" themed.
All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date). Terms and conditions of every bonus and promotion:
  • Players from the following countries do not qualify for any bonuses: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Hungary, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan.
  • Only one bonus can be active at a time.
  • Only real money players, who completed the registration are eligible for a bonus.
  • No deposit bonuses hold a maximum cash out limit which is 5x the bonus amount unless otherwise specified.

Playthrough requirement:
  • The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 60 times before withdrawal, unless otherwise stated.

Wagering requirement contributions: The following table show the contribution of the various types of games towards the fulfillment of the wagering requirement.
Game types: Contribution:
Slots (a.k.a. Pokies) 100%
All types of Blackjack, Video Poker, Craps, American Roulette, Baccarat and other table games and non-pokies games 0%

 

Mr Bit Casino and Sportsbook

This is a banner displaying the various bonus offers of Mr Bit casino. On this page, right under the banner, you can read about these promotions, free spins and their terms and conditions, playthrough requirements, wagering limitations and their player protection, self exclusion and harm mitigation features. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to website of Mr. Bit, where you can register an account and play for real money. Full disclaimer: by registering an account I (the website owner) will receive a small percentage of the amount of money you deposited, self exclusion from the casino website is possible.

Mr. Bit casino & bookmaker, current 2022 bonus offers, welcome bonus and free spins + offers for returning players, 18+

  • 100% welcome bonus Up To €500 + 50 Free Spins
  • Free spins every day for returning players
  • 33% reload bonus for returning players

You can read the full review of Mr Bit casino here. USA and UK players are not accepted. Full list of banned countries can be found in the review and below.

Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date by the time you are reading this).
General bonus terms and conditions at Mr. Bit and its sister sites:
  • welcome bonuses are only available for 30 days after account creation
  • the minimum deposit to receive any bonus is €10
  • the bonus + deposit needs to be wagered within 7 days from date of activation
 
Playthrough requirement of the welcome bonus: 27x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 27 times before withdrawal. Playthrough requirement of the free spins: 30x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus:
  • Minimum deposit amount: €10
  • Maximum bonus amount: €500
  • Wagering requirements: x27 (deposit + bonus)
In case of the free spins:
  • Participating slots: Jungle Jim and the Lost Sphinx
  • Bet per spin: €0,10
  • Wagering requirements: x30 (bonus)
  • Limit on withdrawing from the free spins: x10
  • 7 days for wagering

Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days for wagering
  • 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.
  • Please note that the free spins will appear on the account, once the 150% bonus has been wagered. Your players will get 10 free spins per day over the course of 5 days (50 free spins in total).

UPDATE COVID-19: The online casino does not use the global pandemic situation for advertisement purposes, or to encourage the usage of its online gambling platform. In fact, it's forbidden to use the namesake, name, likeness and official logo or any depiction of the casino/company (and this casino gambling blog) in conjunction with any marketing campaign, which uses the novel coronavirus pandemic for promotion.
Mr Bit Casino does not accept players from:

 

Click here for more info on casinos in Russia.

Sources:

*Focus Gaming News – Tigre de Cristal stake to be sold

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

***1xBet – Wikipedia

 

Bingo in Russia

Bingo halls in Russia: legal, state monopoly

Online bingo – Russia: legal, monopoly of Stoloto

 

Bingo is legal in Russia, and it is considered a form of lottery, according to Federal Law no. 138 Article 3*, which defines defines the various types of lotteries. One of those types includes bingo (even though bingo is not mentioned by name in the legal document).

/Comment: It is not mentioned by name, that’s why many websites claim bingo is not regulated in Russia. Even reputable and well-known legal websites, eg.: ICLG – International Comparative Legal Guides./

Because bingo is a form of lottery Stoloto’s monopoly on lottery applies to it as well.

Stoloto operates many bingo halls throughout Russia, under the brand name “Bingo Boom”. However, not much is known about these venues, they barely have any online presence (and what little they do have is in Russian).

If you are from Russia and you know more about this please leave a comment. Thank you

Online bingo is also legal, and it is also similarly a monopoly of Stoloto.

Stoloto actually operates an online bingo game, Bingo-75, you can see a video about the game, which explains the rules of the game and shows players how to play (Russian only):

/Comment: If the video doesn’t load for technical reasons you can watch it here./

Foreign online bingo operators cannot offer their services to Russians, it’s illegal.

Unlicensed online bingo sites are blocked by ISPs in the country, similarly to online casinos (however, no special deals this time). Russian laws impose a small fine on players who place bets on unlicensed sites, which applies to online bingo as well.

The following online bingo websites accept players from Russia.

Online bingo websites, which accept players from Russia - click to see

The following online casino websites have live bingo and accept players from Russia

stoloto.ru, it’s a monopoly

Source: *Federal Law no. 138 On Lotteries

 

Poker in Russia

Poker halls in Russia: legal since 1987, restricted to casinos only, no standalone poker halls

Online poker in Russia: legal since 2016, players are not prosecuted

 

Poker is legal in Russia, but it is restricted to the casinos within the special gambling zones. There are no standalone poker clubs and poker hall licenses are not issued.

Poker is considered a game of chance (both banking and non-baking poker).

However, several advocacy groups and experts are advising the government to reclassify non-banking poker. They argue that non-banking poker (multiplayer poker cash games, tournaments) is more of a game of skill, not a game of chance, and therefore it should not be treated like other casino games. For now, poker is treated as a casino game.

/Comment: In some countries, non-banking poker is considered a game of skill and not a game of chance. In truth, it’s something in between, it’s neither./

Online poker is illegal in Russia. Most major poker operators are already blocked by Russian ISPs.

At the casino gambling section above we detailed how some of the online gambling websites go around this legislation. This appleis to online poker as well and they manage to accept Russian poker players as well, using the same methods and special deals.

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 poker websites accept players from Russia:

 

Miami Club Digital Casino Destination

This is Miami Club gambling website's GIF animated banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently and their terms and conditions and required player protection information. The picture also acts as a link and by clicking on it you will be taken to the gambling website, where you can check out the most recent 2022 bonuses, promotions and you can register and play if your over the age of 18.

Miami Club 18+

  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $100 on your first 8x deposit (up to $800 total)
  • Exclusive bonus code: MIFREE20, $20.00 free, every month, not just for new players, for returning players as well
  • Free spins, use coupon HOTWINGS to get 150% up to $150 plus 30 spins on the Funky Chicken 5-reel, limited time only (by the time you are reading it probably expired, only valid for a few days)

USA players accepted, Canada, Netherlands, Israel, France, Australia and UK players are not accepted.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Check the gambling website for the most recent bouse promotions and playthrough requirement and wagering limitation information. The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Type of game: Count towards wagering requirement: 
Keno, Dazzling Dice, Poker Slots, Bingo Bucks - 100%
Table games 10%
Blackjack or video poke 10%
Slots 100%
Roulette, Craps or Baccarat 0% - Forbidden!
 
Wagering limitation:
  • UPDATE 2022: The wagering of any portion of a non-deposit bonus on Roulette, Craps or Baccarat games is strictly forbidden!
  • Currently, bonuses are not available to players registering accounts from the following countries: Russia, Ukraine.
  • Bonuses cannot be combined.
  • Miami Club casino requires that a deposit of at least $25 is made on all accounts before any cash withdrawal is processed to comply with anti money laundering laws + mandatory ID check required by law (law to fight financing of terrorism and payment processor require this as well). The deposited $25 can be withdrawn afterwards with the winnings.

Bet Online Casino, Bookmaker & Poker

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
  • 25% sports betting reload on every qualifying bet, code: LIFEBONUS 
  • +100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Ripple, Litecoin or DASH. No code required + 5% crypto boost afterwards on future deposits
  • 10% weekly rebate, cashback for returning players

You can read the review of BetOnline here. List of countries, from which they do not accept players can be found in the review and below. North American players accepted.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date).
Playthrough requirements of every bonus and promotion:
  • The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal, usually (sports betting and poker bonuses 10x)
  • Forfeiting the bonus will result in the bonus and any subsequent winnings associated with it to be removed from players accounts.
  • Only one bonus can be active at a time, playthrough requirements must be met before additional promotions can be received.
  • Players must use the related bonus code in order to receive a bonus (if it has a code, not every promotion requires one).
  • Bonus funds will only be available on the Betsoft games, the other providers are not eligible,, unless otherwise stated.
  • In cases where rollover or other criteria specified in the individual bonus terms and conditions are not met within 30 days, any remaining bonus funds and associated winnings will be forfeited automatically.
  • Wagering requirements must be fulfilled before any winnings can be withdrawn.

Playthrough requirement contributions: The following table show the contribution of the various types of games towards the fulfillment of the wagering requirement.
Game types: Contribution:
Slots (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%
This only applies to casino bonuses, sports betting or poker bonuses have different wagering limitations (can be found on the company's website). BetOnline does not accept players from:

FairGo Aussie Themed Casino

This is an animated gif banner ad featuring all the current 2022 promotions, bonuses of FairGo Australian ("Aussie") 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, and you can register a real player account if you are 18+. Terms and conditions and requirements can be seen below the banner.

FairGo Australian casino, 18+

Promotions:
  • 100% welcome bonus up to $200, on your first 5 deposits (total $500), coupon code: WELCOME
  • 100 free spins with code: DOD-GOW (limited time only, please let me know when the code expires)
  • 150% bonus and 50 spins on the new slot Lil Red ($20 minimum deposit requirement), coupon code: LILRED150, or on the slot Hyperwins, bonus code: GETHYPED
  • Special Neosurf bonus, deposit using Neosurf and get a 200% welcome bonus (only once per player), promo code: 200-NEO

Only one  onus can be active at a time. North American players accepted at the casino. FairGo Casino does not accept players from: Moldova, Israel, UK.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Disclaimer: The casinos is not actually an Australian online casino, the company is not registered in Australia, it's only "Aussie" themed.
All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date). Terms and conditions of every bonus and promotion:
  • Players from the following countries do not qualify for any bonuses: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Hungary, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan.
  • Only one bonus can be active at a time.
  • Only real money players, who completed the registration are eligible for a bonus.
  • No deposit bonuses hold a maximum cash out limit which is 5x the bonus amount unless otherwise specified.

Playthrough requirement:
  • The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 60 times before withdrawal, unless otherwise stated.

Wagering requirement contributions: The following table show the contribution of the various types of games towards the fulfillment of the wagering requirement.
Game types: Contribution:
Slots (a.k.a. Pokies) 100%
All types of Blackjack, Video Poker, Craps, American Roulette, Baccarat and other table games and non-pokies games 0%

 

Mr Bit Casino and Sportsbook

This is a banner displaying the various bonus offers of Mr Bit casino. On this page, right under the banner, you can read about these promotions, free spins and their terms and conditions, playthrough requirements, wagering limitations and their player protection, self exclusion and harm mitigation features. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to website of Mr. Bit, where you can register an account and play for real money. Full disclaimer: by registering an account I (the website owner) will receive a small percentage of the amount of money you deposited, self exclusion from the casino website is possible.

Mr. Bit casino & bookmaker, current 2022 bonus offers, welcome bonus and free spins + offers for returning players, 18+

  • 100% welcome bonus Up To €500 + 50 Free Spins
  • Free spins every day for returning players
  • 33% reload bonus for returning players

You can read the full review of Mr Bit casino here. USA and UK players are not accepted. Full list of banned countries can be found in the review and below.

Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date by the time you are reading this).
General bonus terms and conditions at Mr. Bit and its sister sites:
  • welcome bonuses are only available for 30 days after account creation
  • the minimum deposit to receive any bonus is €10
  • the bonus + deposit needs to be wagered within 7 days from date of activation
 
Playthrough requirement of the welcome bonus: 27x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 27 times before withdrawal. Playthrough requirement of the free spins: 30x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus:
  • Minimum deposit amount: €10
  • Maximum bonus amount: €500
  • Wagering requirements: x27 (deposit + bonus)
In case of the free spins:
  • Participating slots: Jungle Jim and the Lost Sphinx
  • Bet per spin: €0,10
  • Wagering requirements: x30 (bonus)
  • Limit on withdrawing from the free spins: x10
  • 7 days for wagering

Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days for wagering
  • 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.
  • Please note that the free spins will appear on the account, once the 150% bonus has been wagered. Your players will get 10 free spins per day over the course of 5 days (50 free spins in total).

UPDATE COVID-19: The online casino does not use the global pandemic situation for advertisement purposes, or to encourage the usage of its online gambling platform. In fact, it's forbidden to use the namesake, name, likeness and official logo or any depiction of the casino/company (and this casino gambling blog) in conjunction with any marketing campaign, which uses the novel coronavirus pandemic for promotion.
Mr Bit Casino does not accept players from:

 

Sports betting in Russia

Bookmakers, betting shops in Russia: legal since 1987, operators require a licence

Online betting in Russia: legal since 2016, operators require a licence

 

Sports betting is legal in Russia, and unlike in many European countries it is not a monopoly of the state. Licensed private bookmakers are present on the market.

Online sports betting is also legal and it is the only form of internet betting, which private companies can legally engage in (with a licence), for now.

There are over 31 companies, which have a Russian digital betting licence already, including some of the bigger bookmakers (you can see a list of them below).

Using unlicensed sportsbooks is illegal, and Russians who place bets online with such companies might get a smaller fin.

/Comment: Considered a small offence, but if you didn’t pay taxes on your winnings they will get you for that too. Winnings from unlicensed bookmakers are taxable income, these fines can quickly add up./

It’s best to avoid unlicensed sportsbooks if you are Russian.

The following online sportsbooks accept registrations from Russia.

Online bookmakers, which accept punters from Russia - click to see

The following online sportsbooks accept bettors from the Russian Federation:

 

Miami Club Digital Casino Destination

This is Miami Club gambling website's GIF animated banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently and their terms and conditions and required player protection information. The picture also acts as a link and by clicking on it you will be taken to the gambling website, where you can check out the most recent 2022 bonuses, promotions and you can register and play if your over the age of 18.

Miami Club 18+

  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $100 on your first 8x deposit (up to $800 total)
  • Exclusive bonus code: MIFREE20, $20.00 free, every month, not just for new players, for returning players as well
  • Free spins, use coupon HOTWINGS to get 150% up to $150 plus 30 spins on the Funky Chicken 5-reel, limited time only (by the time you are reading it probably expired, only valid for a few days)

USA players accepted, Canada, Netherlands, Israel, France, Australia and UK players are not accepted.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Check the gambling website for the most recent bouse promotions and playthrough requirement and wagering limitation information. The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Type of game: Count towards wagering requirement: 
Keno, Dazzling Dice, Poker Slots, Bingo Bucks - 100%
Table games 10%
Blackjack or video poke 10%
Slots 100%
Roulette, Craps or Baccarat 0% - Forbidden!
 
Wagering limitation:
  • UPDATE 2022: The wagering of any portion of a non-deposit bonus on Roulette, Craps or Baccarat games is strictly forbidden!
  • Currently, bonuses are not available to players registering accounts from the following countries: Russia, Ukraine.
  • Bonuses cannot be combined.
  • Miami Club casino requires that a deposit of at least $25 is made on all accounts before any cash withdrawal is processed to comply with anti money laundering laws + mandatory ID check required by law (law to fight financing of terrorism and payment processor require this as well). The deposited $25 can be withdrawn afterwards with the winnings.

Bet Online Casino, Bookmaker & Poker

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
  • 25% sports betting reload on every qualifying bet, code: LIFEBONUS 
  • +100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Ripple, Litecoin or DASH. No code required + 5% crypto boost afterwards on future deposits
  • 10% weekly rebate, cashback for returning players

You can read the review of BetOnline here. List of countries, from which they do not accept players can be found in the review and below. North American players accepted.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date).
Playthrough requirements of every bonus and promotion:
  • The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal, usually (sports betting and poker bonuses 10x)
  • Forfeiting the bonus will result in the bonus and any subsequent winnings associated with it to be removed from players accounts.
  • Only one bonus can be active at a time, playthrough requirements must be met before additional promotions can be received.
  • Players must use the related bonus code in order to receive a bonus (if it has a code, not every promotion requires one).
  • Bonus funds will only be available on the Betsoft games, the other providers are not eligible,, unless otherwise stated.
  • In cases where rollover or other criteria specified in the individual bonus terms and conditions are not met within 30 days, any remaining bonus funds and associated winnings will be forfeited automatically.
  • Wagering requirements must be fulfilled before any winnings can be withdrawn.

Playthrough requirement contributions: The following table show the contribution of the various types of games towards the fulfillment of the wagering requirement.
Game types: Contribution:
Slots (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%
This only applies to casino bonuses, sports betting or poker bonuses have different wagering limitations (can be found on the company's website). BetOnline does not accept players from:

FairGo Aussie Themed Casino

This is an animated gif banner ad featuring all the current 2022 promotions, bonuses of FairGo Australian ("Aussie") 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, and you can register a real player account if you are 18+. Terms and conditions and requirements can be seen below the banner.

FairGo Australian casino, 18+

Promotions:
  • 100% welcome bonus up to $200, on your first 5 deposits (total $500), coupon code: WELCOME
  • 100 free spins with code: DOD-GOW (limited time only, please let me know when the code expires)
  • 150% bonus and 50 spins on the new slot Lil Red ($20 minimum deposit requirement), coupon code: LILRED150, or on the slot Hyperwins, bonus code: GETHYPED
  • Special Neosurf bonus, deposit using Neosurf and get a 200% welcome bonus (only once per player), promo code: 200-NEO

Only one  onus can be active at a time. North American players accepted at the casino. FairGo Casino does not accept players from: Moldova, Israel, UK.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Disclaimer: The casinos is not actually an Australian online casino, the company is not registered in Australia, it's only "Aussie" themed.
All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date). Terms and conditions of every bonus and promotion:
  • Players from the following countries do not qualify for any bonuses: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Hungary, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan.
  • Only one bonus can be active at a time.
  • Only real money players, who completed the registration are eligible for a bonus.
  • No deposit bonuses hold a maximum cash out limit which is 5x the bonus amount unless otherwise specified.

Playthrough requirement:
  • The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 60 times before withdrawal, unless otherwise stated.

Wagering requirement contributions: The following table show the contribution of the various types of games towards the fulfillment of the wagering requirement.
Game types: Contribution:
Slots (a.k.a. Pokies) 100%
All types of Blackjack, Video Poker, Craps, American Roulette, Baccarat and other table games and non-pokies games 0%

 

Mr Bit Casino and Sportsbook

This is a banner displaying the various bonus offers of Mr Bit casino. On this page, right under the banner, you can read about these promotions, free spins and their terms and conditions, playthrough requirements, wagering limitations and their player protection, self exclusion and harm mitigation features. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to website of Mr. Bit, where you can register an account and play for real money. Full disclaimer: by registering an account I (the website owner) will receive a small percentage of the amount of money you deposited, self exclusion from the casino website is possible.

Mr. Bit casino & bookmaker, current 2022 bonus offers, welcome bonus and free spins + offers for returning players, 18+

  • 100% welcome bonus Up To €500 + 50 Free Spins
  • Free spins every day for returning players
  • 33% reload bonus for returning players

You can read the full review of Mr Bit casino here. USA and UK players are not accepted. Full list of banned countries can be found in the review and below.

Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date by the time you are reading this).
General bonus terms and conditions at Mr. Bit and its sister sites:
  • welcome bonuses are only available for 30 days after account creation
  • the minimum deposit to receive any bonus is €10
  • the bonus + deposit needs to be wagered within 7 days from date of activation
 
Playthrough requirement of the welcome bonus: 27x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 27 times before withdrawal. Playthrough requirement of the free spins: 30x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal.
Playthrough requirement: No playthrough requirement for the extra weekly money. In case of the welcome bonus:
  • Minimum deposit amount: €10
  • Maximum bonus amount: €500
  • Wagering requirements: x27 (deposit + bonus)
In case of the free spins:
  • Participating slots: Jungle Jim and the Lost Sphinx
  • Bet per spin: €0,10
  • Wagering requirements: x30 (bonus)
  • Limit on withdrawing from the free spins: x10
  • 7 days for wagering

Wagering limitation:
  • 7 days for wagering
  • 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.
  • Please note that the free spins will appear on the account, once the 150% bonus has been wagered. Your players will get 10 free spins per day over the course of 5 days (50 free spins in total).

UPDATE COVID-19: The online casino does not use the global pandemic situation for advertisement purposes, or to encourage the usage of its online gambling platform. In fact, it's forbidden to use the namesake, name, likeness and official logo or any depiction of the casino/company (and this casino gambling blog) in conjunction with any marketing campaign, which uses the novel coronavirus pandemic for promotion.
Mr Bit Casino does not accept players from:

 

Lottery in Russia

Lottery in Russia: legal, state monopoly

Online lottery in Russia: legal, state monopoly

 

Lottery is legal in Russia according to Federal Law no. 138*, which regulates lottery, bingo and lottery-like games (e.g.: scratchcards, keno, instant games).

Prior to 2014 many private lottery operations existed in Russia. However, from 2014 July 1 the government closed down all private lottery operations, apart form the state lottery conducted by the company Trade House Stoloto (and its subsidiaries, contractors).

Trade House Stoloto is actually a contractor for the state. The structure is the following:

  1. Lottery Organisers: AO State Sports Lotteries (Gosudarstvennye sportivnye loterei) and OOO Sportloto conduct lotteries
  2. Distributor: Trade House 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 supports professional sports
  • 47% is spent on sporting equipment accessible for the public, for free (in schools, open air gyms, football fields etc..)
  • 22% is spent on engaging Russian residents to do sports, advertise sports and sporting events

 

The distribution and the projects are manged by the Ministry of Sport.

It is illegal for Russian residents to purchase lottery tickets online from foreign lottery websites. But very of such sites are blocked by ISPs, blocking focuses on online casinos and digital bookmakers instead.

However, Russian players can also participate in foreign lottery draws, in person, 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).

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

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

The following internet lottery sites allow players from Russia to purchase lottery tickets online:

Online lottery

This is an animated 728x90 pixels GIF banner advertisement of the Lotter online lottery retailer. The animated banner displays the various ads and promotions the digital gambling platform offers in 2022. The Lottery is an official reseller of Oregon and Texas lottery tickets. You can find the list of restricted countries, from which the Lottery does not accept plyers below the banner, behind the dropdown menu, additional requirements, terms and conditions are displayed there as well. The banner acts as a link, by clicking on it you can see the offers on their website and you can purchase lottery tickets over the internet after registration.

The Lottery, official reseller of US lottery tickets online, licensed legally operating online lottery retailer

UPDATE: They have recently changed the list of restricted countries significantly. Please check the list below to see whether you are eligible to play.

List of restricted countries

They do not allow players to purchase lottery tickets from the following countries:   Also, you must be 18+, and you must use your real address, email address and phone number to participate in the digital lottery draws. Promotions change quite often, check the lottery platforms for the most recent "buy 2 and get 1 for free" promotions or free tickets.

Source: *Federal Law no. 138 On Lotteries

 

Bitcoin gambling in Russia

Cryptocurrency wagering in Russia: not specifically regulated

 

Russia is not a Bitcoin friendly country. However, Vladimir Putin signed the Russian Digital Financial Asset (a.k.a. the “Crypto Bill”) in 2020*. This made bitcoin legal and taxable.

UPDATE 2021: Things are changing in Russia again, regarding virtual currencies. Elvira Nabiullina, the Governor of the Central Bank of Russia said**:

“…our attitude towards cryptocurrencies is of, to put it mildly, skepticism. Related to this are the significant risks for retail investors and the substantial volatility for this type of asset.

In addition, cryptocurrencies are opaque in that they are frequently used for illegal operations or criminal nature.

We seek to prevent the Russian financial infrastructure from using crypto transactions”

 

Considering this, it’s not surprising that none of the Russian gambling establishments (or the national lottery) accept bitcoin or any other crypto. And the payment processor TSUPIS, which domestic gambling companies must use (mandatory) also does not allow crypto transactions.

However, a few of the foreign companies, which acquired Russian gambling licenses (you can see them below) do accept bitcoin, litecoin and ethereum (and one of them even accepts ripple as well).

The bitcoin casinos below accepts players from Russia.

Online casinos, which accept crypto and players from Russia - click to see

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

 

888 Casino, Poker, Bingo and Sportsbook

This is a banner displaying the various bonus offers of thee 888 gambling platforms (including casino, poker, sports betting platforms). On this page, right under the banner, you can read about these promotions, free spins and their terms and conditions, playthrough requirements, wagering limitations and their player protection, self exclusion and harm mitigation features. This is an advertisement, by clicking on the banner you will be taken to website of 888 casino, where you can register an account and play for real money. Full disclaimer: by registering an account I (the website owner) will receive a small percentage of the amount of money you deposited, self exclusion from the casino website is possible.

888 casino, poker, bingo & bookmaker, current 2022 promos, UK players accepted

  • €1500 welcome bonus package

USA players are not accepted, but UK players are accepted. Full list of banned countries can be found in the drop down menu below. UK licensed casino website, accept players from the United Kingdom and British territories. All in one gambling destination with poker, sports betting, live dealer games, bingo and over 1000 casino games (review coming soon).

Playthrough requirements, wagering limitations, terms and conditions and list of restricted countries

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date by the time you are reading this).
General bonus terms and conditions at the 888 gambling websites:
  • welcome bonuses are only available for new players
  • bonuses are available in US Dollars, GBP, Euros or Canadian Dollars
  • the minimum deposit to receive any bonus is €10
  • the bonus + deposit needs to be wagered within 7 days from date of activation
 
Playthrough requirement of the welcome bonus: 30x, the deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal. Playthrough requirement of the free spins: no free spins currently, free spins expire after 14 days
Wagering limitation:
Game type: Contribution:
Video slots & other types of slots, Scratch cards, Keno, Race, Arcade, Dice (and all other types of games not specifically mentioned below) 100%
Pai Gow, Caribbean Poker, Triple Card Poker and other kinds of table poker 20%
Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, Live casino games, Video poker 10%
Craps 5%
 
UPDATE COVID-19: The online casino does not use the global pandemic situation for advertisement purposes, or to encourage the usage of its online gambling platform. In fact, it's forbidden to use the namesake, name, likeness and official logo or any depiction of the casino/company (and this casino gambling blog) in conjunction with any marketing campaign, which uses the novel coronavirus pandemic for promotion.
888 Casino does not accept players from:
   

 

Miami Club Digital Casino Destination

This is Miami Club gambling website's GIF animated banner displaying the various bonuses and promotional offers offered currently and their terms and conditions and required player protection information. The picture also acts as a link and by clicking on it you will be taken to the gambling website, where you can check out the most recent 2022 bonuses, promotions and you can register and play if your over the age of 18.

Miami Club 18+

  • Welcome bonus, 100% up to $100 on your first 8x deposit (up to $800 total)
  • Exclusive bonus code: MIFREE20, $20.00 free, every month, not just for new players, for returning players as well
  • Free spins, use coupon HOTWINGS to get 150% up to $150 plus 30 spins on the Funky Chicken 5-reel, limited time only (by the time you are reading it probably expired, only valid for a few days)

USA players accepted, Canada, Netherlands, Israel, France, Australia and UK players are not accepted.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Check the gambling website for the most recent bouse promotions and playthrough requirement and wagering limitation information. The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 40x times before withdrawal, depending on the type.
Type of game: Count towards wagering requirement: 
Keno, Dazzling Dice, Poker Slots, Bingo Bucks - 100%
Table games 10%
Blackjack or video poke 10%
Slots 100%
Roulette, Craps or Baccarat 0% - Forbidden!
 
Wagering limitation:
  • UPDATE 2022: The wagering of any portion of a non-deposit bonus on Roulette, Craps or Baccarat games is strictly forbidden!
  • Currently, bonuses are not available to players registering accounts from the following countries: Russia, Ukraine.
  • Bonuses cannot be combined.
  • Miami Club casino requires that a deposit of at least $25 is made on all accounts before any cash withdrawal is processed to comply with anti money laundering laws + mandatory ID check required by law (law to fight financing of terrorism and payment processor require this as well). The deposited $25 can be withdrawn afterwards with the winnings.

Bet Online Casino, Bookmaker & Poker

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
  • 25% sports betting reload on every qualifying bet, code: LIFEBONUS 
  • +100% welcome match bonus up to 100% on your first deposit using Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Ripple, Litecoin or DASH. No code required + 5% crypto boost afterwards on future deposits
  • 10% weekly rebate, cashback for returning players

You can read the review of BetOnline here. List of countries, from which they do not accept players can be found in the review and below. North American players accepted.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date).
Playthrough requirements of every bonus and promotion:
  • The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 30 times before withdrawal, usually (sports betting and poker bonuses 10x)
  • Forfeiting the bonus will result in the bonus and any subsequent winnings associated with it to be removed from players accounts.
  • Only one bonus can be active at a time, playthrough requirements must be met before additional promotions can be received.
  • Players must use the related bonus code in order to receive a bonus (if it has a code, not every promotion requires one).
  • Bonus funds will only be available on the Betsoft games, the other providers are not eligible,, unless otherwise stated.
  • In cases where rollover or other criteria specified in the individual bonus terms and conditions are not met within 30 days, any remaining bonus funds and associated winnings will be forfeited automatically.
  • Wagering requirements must be fulfilled before any winnings can be withdrawn.

Playthrough requirement contributions: The following table show the contribution of the various types of games towards the fulfillment of the wagering requirement.
Game types: Contribution:
Slots (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%
This only applies to casino bonuses, sports betting or poker bonuses have different wagering limitations (can be found on the company's website). BetOnline does not accept players from:

FairGo Aussie Themed Casino

This is an animated gif banner ad featuring all the current 2022 promotions, bonuses of FairGo Australian ("Aussie") 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, and you can register a real player account if you are 18+. Terms and conditions and requirements can be seen below the banner.

FairGo Australian casino, 18+

Promotions:
  • 100% welcome bonus up to $200, on your first 5 deposits (total $500), coupon code: WELCOME
  • 100 free spins with code: DOD-GOW (limited time only, please let me know when the code expires)
  • 150% bonus and 50 spins on the new slot Lil Red ($20 minimum deposit requirement), coupon code: LILRED150, or on the slot Hyperwins, bonus code: GETHYPED
  • Special Neosurf bonus, deposit using Neosurf and get a 200% welcome bonus (only once per player), promo code: 200-NEO

Only one  onus can be active at a time. North American players accepted at the casino. FairGo Casino does not accept players from: Moldova, Israel, UK.

Playthrough requirements and wagering limitations

Disclaimer: The casinos is not actually an Australian online casino, the company is not registered in Australia, it's only "Aussie" themed.
All bonuses, free spins, and other promotional offer are subject to the following wagering limitations and playthrough requirements. Although, we strive to update this  section often, it's best if you check the company's website for the latest and up to date bonus terms and conditions (they change it quite often, with every new bonus, it's possible we have missed something, or it's no longer up to date). Terms and conditions of every bonus and promotion:
  • Players from the following countries do not qualify for any bonuses: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Hungary, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan.
  • Only one bonus can be active at a time.
  • Only real money players, who completed the registration are eligible for a bonus.
  • No deposit bonuses hold a maximum cash out limit which is 5x the bonus amount unless otherwise specified.

Playthrough requirement:
  • The deposit bonus amount must be wagered 60 times before withdrawal, unless otherwise stated.

Wagering requirement contributions: The following table show the contribution of the various types of games towards the fulfillment of the wagering requirement.
Game types: Contribution:
Slots (a.k.a. Pokies) 100%
All types of Blackjack, Video Poker, Craps, American Roulette, Baccarat and other table games and non-pokies games 0%

Sources:

*CIS-legislation – Federal law No. 259-FZ

**Cointelegraph – Bank of Russia governor: Banning crypto in Russia is ‘quite doable’

 

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 I 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.

 

FAQ – frequently asked questions about Russian internet gambling platforms

FAQ section

The following are some of the frequently asked questions about online gambling in Russia. Click on the dropdown menu below to see the questions and answers.

Q&A

Is gambling legal in Russia?

Yes, gambling is legal in Russia since 1987.

Is online gambling legal in Russia?

Yes, some forms of online gambling are legal in Russia since 2016.

Is online bingo legal in Russia?

Yes, online bingo is legal in Russia, but it is a monopoly of Stoloto.

Is online poker legal in Russia?

No, online poker is illegal in Russia.

Is online sports betting legal in Russia?

Yes, online sports betting is legal in Russia since 2016. It's form online gambling, which private companies can engage in (with a Russian gambling licence).

Is online lottery legal in Russia?

Online lottery is legal in Russia. It is a monopoly of Stoloto (Trade House Stoloto).

Is bitcoin wagering legal in Russia?

Cryptocurrency gambling is not specifically regulated in Russia. However, the government is considering making it illegal.

Can you play online from Russia?

Yes, you can play online from Russia on online gambling websites with a Russian online gambling licence, you can see a list of these platforms on this page.

Can you play bingo over the internet in Russia?

Yes, you can play bingo over the internet in Russia on the digital platform of Stoloto (look for Bino-75).

Can you play poker online from Russia?

No you can't officially play poker over the internet from Russia. It's illegal, there are no licensed Russian poker websites.

Can you bet on sports online from Russia?

Yes, you can place bets on sports from Russia with the digital bookmakers mentioned on this page.

Can you purchase lottery tickets online in Russia?

Yes, you can buy lottery tickets online from Russia on the lottery platforms listed on this page.

Can you use bitcoin wagering websites in Russia?

Yes, some of the licensed Russia online gambling websites listed accept cryptocurrencies through their various payment processors.

Are there gambling websites, which accept players from Russia?

Only licensed online gambling websites can accept players from Russia. You can a see a list of licensed internet wagering sites on this page.

Which internet gambling apps can I use from Russia?

You can use any of the mobile apps of the gaming platforms on this website.

Which online bingo sites accept players from Russia?

Currently there aren't any online bingo sites, which would accept players from Russia.

Which online poker website accepts players from Russia?

The digital poker networks on this page accept players from Russia, it is explained how they are able to accept players, despite the legal landscape, in the casino gambling section (that explanation applies to online poker as well).

Which online sportsbooks accept bettors from Russia?

The digital bookmakers and wagering websites on this page accept punters from Russia.

Which online lotteries accept registrations from Russia?

Lottery is a monopoly of Stoloto in Russia.

Which internet gambling platforms have a Russian licence?

The digital platforms on this site all have Russian gambling licences and accept players from the Russian Federation.

Which crypto gambling platforms accept players from Russia?

The gambling websites listed on this page (at the bitcoin gambling in Russia section) all accept various alternative digital currencies and players from Russia.

 

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: 2022-01-26

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