Simon’s Guide to Turkey Gambling & Online Betting Sites

The picture depicts a cityscape of Ankara, capital of Turkey, during nighttime. On the photo there is a former casino building that was converted to an office after the 1998 casino ban, and the Kocatepe mosque. Under the picture, on this page, you can read about the legal status of the various forms of Türkey games of chance: internet lottery, digital bingo, electronic poker, sports betting, crypto wagering. There is also info about the Turkish gambling licensing system, taxation regime, and you can find a list of licensed online gambling websites, which accept players from the Republic of Turkey.

Turkey Gambling Guide

Summary: Gambling is legal in Turkey since 1983 (officially the Republic of Turkey, unlike its neighbours it is a secular state, but its legislative system still bears the traits of Islamic influence in some areas, has a population of 84.3 million, one of the few predominantly Muslim countries with some widespread legal gambling).

Most forms of online gambling are illegal in Turkey since 2007. However, some offshore online gambling websites do accept players from Turkey (they operate outside of the jurisdiction of the country, Turkish gambling laws do not apply to them, contrary to popular belief these are legally operating companies, they just operate under the laws of a different country, detailed explanation below).

Additionally, the sports betting company Sports Toto Organization (a.k.a IDDAA) and its subsidiaries also operate multiple Turkish online betting platforms and the national lottery Millî Piyango İdaresi (operated by ERG-Ahlatçı Oratk Initiative Group) also operate an online lottery platform.

These are currently the only licensed, domestic, Turkish online gambling businesses right now (at the time of writing).

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

History of Gambling in Turkey - click to expand

Because of the country’s history with Islam (which is still the predominant religion today, and depending on political trends it still has a major influence on the day to day life  of Turkish citizens and governance) the country has a relatively short history with gambling:

1983 – Gambling was first legalized in the Republic of Turkey in 1983 (or 1973, sources differ). The first form of gambling that was legalized was horse racing betting.

/Comment: Not completely clear, according to various sources it’s either 1973 or 1983. And prior to the legalization some casinos already operated, since the 1960s, and they were tolerated.13

I’m going with 1983 as the date of the legalization in this guide./

1990 – Casinos were legalized in Turkey in 1990, the sector exploded almost overnight. It led to the construction of big casino hotels and casino resort complexes. It made Turkey the first Arab country with a thriving casino industry. Initially, casinos were seen as beneficial, casino projects developed the tourism and hospitality sector of the country and generated employment and much needed tax revenue for the government.

1996 – The casino sector underwent a rapid expansion, a veritable casino ‘gold rush’. By 1996 the sector had an estimated yearly turnover of $1bn. And approximately 20,000 people were employed by the newly built casino venues.

/UPDATE 2022: Adjusted to inflation, today that would be almost USD 2 billion, annually, according to 2022 values./

Sadly, it attracted all the seedier elements of contemporary Turkish society as well, namely, organized crime dynasties, corrupt officials, offshore bank accounts.

Because of the involvement of organized crime elements, there were constant issues with money laundering, corruption and tax evasion (through companies registered in offshore tax havens, this is still rampant in the gambling industry today, globally, in fact, it has become ubiquitous to all sectors of the economy). And there were many scandals associated with the fledgling casino sector, which sometimes included leading political figures.

It all culminated in the 1996 assassination of ‘casino king’ Ömer Lütfü Topal1. As a result, casino were banned entirely in 1996.

1998 – It took 2 years to eradicate all of the Turkish casinos.

Despite the ban, some illegally operating gambling establishments remained. They operated as secret private clubs, and because some of the members were wealthy and influential people they remained untouchable all the way up until 2016.

early 2000s – In the early 2000s online gambling was not yet regulated in the country (it was not legal, but it was also not made specifically illegal either, it was a gray area). The gambling legislation, at the time, did not address internet gambling in any capacity. Some companies took advantage of this, and an internet gambling ‘cottage industry’ sprang up.

Many of these online gambling businesses were financed by people who used to be active in the casino sector, and just like in the case of brick & mortar casinos, some of them had ties to organized crime groups as well, allegedly.

/Comment: Not much concrete proof remains of this era, articles about these Turkish online gambling sites are no longer accessible online. There are only a few mentions here and there, in Turkish only of course. There aren’t any good sources anymore, just mentions and rumors./

2007 – To prevent the proliferation of the illegal domestic online gambling sector, the government targeted and banned the unregulated Turkish digital platforms. Online gambling was officially made illegal, except for the state owned gambling companies, which are the only ones, who can engage in internet gambling.

/Comment: No concrete proof that these Turkish online gambling companies moved to Cyprus and are active as Cyprus licensed online gambling companies even to this day.

However, it’s an interesting “coincidence” that the online gambling ban in Turkey coincides with a marked increase in Cyprus licensed online gambling shell companies, which are owned by offshore companies… Makes you think…

Perhaps a journalist, or someone investigating corruption, organized crime in Turkey (and his/her employers allow him/her to investigate this deeply for months), should look into it. As a gambling blogger I have only so much time I can spend on one country, I maintain a database of 196 countries after all./

2016 – In 2016 concentrated attacks, coordinated raids targeted the remaining illegally operating private clubs, finally shutting them down. And since then, only small scale illegal gambling is present in Turkey.

Gambling is legal in Turkey since 1983.

However, only a few forms of strictly state controlled gambling are legal and tolerated since the 1996 casino ban (effective from 1998).

The main pieces of gambling legislation are the Article 228 of the Turkish Criminal Code2 and Law Regarding Roulette, Pinball and Gaming Machines3. According to these acts, games of chance (Şans Oyunları) and betting & wagering (Müşterek Bahis) are illegal by default, only exceptions are granted to the state owned gambling companies.

This strict stance on gambling is a direct result of the 1996 assassination of ‘casino king’ Ömer Lütfü Topal (see above, details are in the history of gambling section), which was a turning point for the gambling industry in Turkey.

Only a few forms of online gambling are legal in Turkey, since 2007, according to the 2006 Regulation on Online Gaming (effective from 2007)12.

This is a direct result of problems with unlicensed domestic online gambling sites in the early 2000s. Since the 2007 online gambling ban only the state owned gambling monopolies can conduct games of chance online.

UPDATE 2022: The state run sports betting company IDDAA takes advantage of this and operates multiple online platform (IDDAA, Nesine, Bilyoner). Additionaly, the national lottery Millî Piyango also sells lottery tickets online.

In 2013 Turkey introduced even stricter laws against the unlicensed offshore online gambling operators, which are becoming increasingly popular in the country, in leu of local alternatives.

Since 2013 many of the bigger offshore online gambling platforms are blocked (but only the biggest seem to be blocked, even to this day, at least in my experience), and financial institutions are instructed to block payments to and from these offshore gambling websites .

/Comment: Players easily circumvent this by using virtual wallets or crypto coins, takes 1 minute to register and create a virtual wallet, this does not really have the deterring effect the government hopes for.

Not to mention, these transactions are rarely blocked, gambling companies have many bank accounts, and they create new ones rapidly and regularly, this blocking is rarely a problem./

The gambling legislation after the 2007 amendment imposes harsher monetary fines and prison sentences on illegal operators.

Additionally, players, who place bets on these unlicensed gambling websites can also be fined. It’s not known how often player are actually fined (if you know, please leave a comment, thank you). I couldn’t find any information about this online, anywhere.

The fines theoretically imposed on illegal operators, those who assist sites in payment processing and media companies advertising or promoting online gambling in Turkey are 100k-500k Turkish lira (US $55k to $278k)4 per person involved in the illegal gambling operation, and 2-3 years of imprisonment for the owners, shareholders and top management.

/Comment: Except, of course, online gambling tied to the state-owned gambling betting and lottery monopoly IDDAA and Millî Piyango, that’s of course perfectly fine. But if private operators do it that’s evil gambling, that weakens the moral fabric of society and it is condemned by the Quran, as many imams and sometimes politicians like to point out…

But if the government does it, that’s okay…. #doublestandards.

It’s obvious the government does not do it to protect the citizens, they do it to protect their gambling monopoly, and their business interests. If I lived in Turkey they probably would have silenced me too, under the charges of “promoting illegal gambling”, btw., they don’t like people telling the truth./

There is no known instance of players, who were prosecuted for playing on unlicensed gambling websites, but that’s also illegal, and the 100k-500k Turkish lira fines theoretically apply as well. This is quite a lot, especially in a country with a median annual income of less than $6k.

/Comment: Which is the median income in the USA and Western Europe per month, for someone with a college degree btw., sad.

Maybe they should focus on this, instead of building and protecting their gambling monopoly? Just a thought… Silly me, thinking about the people, instead of protecting the business interests of my corrupt wealthy friends, I wouldn’t make a good Turkey politician…/

Turkey’s Telecommunications Authority (official name: The Information and Communication Technologies Authority – ICTA, Turkish: Bilgi Teknolojileri ve İletişim Kurumu – BTK)  is responsible for blocking illegal gambling websites, and the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency is trusted with the prevention of the use of banking services and transactions, including bank and credit cards, for illegal online gaming.

Currently, the only legal forms of gambling in the country are (domestic gambling companies):

Legal forms of gambling in Turkey:
Name of organization: Land-based gambling: Online gambling:
Jockey Club of Turkey (Türkiye Jokey Kulübü) yes, horse racing betting not yet
Sports Toto Organization Directorat (they privatized* it in 20195, for the second time) yes, bookmakers yes, various online sportsbooks
Millî Piyango İdaresi (privatized*, a 10 year licence was awarded to the private company called ERG-Ahlatçı Oratk Initiative Group, expires in 20256) yes, thousands of lottery retailers yes, online lottery platform

/*It’s not real privatisation, the private companies only get the license for 10 years, then it goes back to the state, no permanent ownership exchange whatsoever. So instead of privatization, as it is advertised (for political reasons probably), a better name for it would be ‘public concessions for temporary licenses’./

UPDATE 2022: The ISPs (internet service providers) in Turkey started to block access to unlicensed sports betting websites and bitcoin gambling websites in addition to online casinos as well7.

Despite the fact that all forms of online gambling not owned or controlled by the state are illegal, a few foreign operators accept players from Turkey (you can see them below, they should not be blocked). However, playing on these unlicensed gambling websites is illegal for Turkish citizens, we only include them for the sake of completion and documentation, for legal reasons, we can not recommend using these platforms (except for tourists in Turkey, it’s perfectly fine for them).

To the best of my knowledge no players have been fined so far for using offshore online gambling websites (none that we know of, if you know of anything, heard of someone who received a fine please drop a line in the comments section below).

Some players use VPN for extra safety and anonymity. The government is after the organizers and operators not the players. Nevertheless, when you play online it’s best to use a VPN (virtual private network, a permanent IP mask, plenty of free VPNS available online, 2 minutes registration) and use cryptocurrencies for anonymity, by investing into these extra safety measures there is no way they can track you.

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

 

Can tourists play online from Turkey? 

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

 

Betting on blood sports in Turkey

All forms of blood sports are considered animal cruelty8, and are illegal in Turkey. Betting on blood sports is also illegal.

/Comment: Camel wrestling (deve güreşi) is not a blood sport, although injuries are common, it’s also not an officially recognized sport9, but it can be considered a form of animal cruelty (it’s probably not complaint with the recently passed animal rights bill).

Turkish oil wrestling (yağlı güreş) is also not a blood sport, it’s a local version of wrestling, it is an officially recognized sport in Turkey (and a UNESCO recognized cultural heritage). Betting on these wrestling matches is not done officially, none of the domestic bookmakers offer bets on Turkish oil wrestling matches./

 

Despite not having any casino hotels anymore, Turkey still remains one of the most visited countries in the world (the 6th most visited) with 52 million tourists10 visiting per year (pre coronavirus numbers). And even though Türkey is no longer the casino destination of the Arab world (that’s Cyprus) it still has plenty to offer to tourists, you can geta glimpse by watching the video below:

 

Turkey gambling license

Turkey for a long time, up until 2017, did not have a single dedicated gambling licensing or regulatory body. The various main forms of gambling all had their own regulatory bodies.

UPDATE: However, since 2017, the Turkey Wealth Fund is now the single dedicated  gambling regulatory and licensing body.

You can find the types of licensee, fees, requirements, info about the process on their website.

Their website is available in English as well.

/Comment: The following is a list of who was responsible for what type of wagering activity prior to 2017:

  • The Ministry of Finance (lottery, games of chance in general, social gambling)
  • Ministry of Sports ( sports betting, betting in general, except horse racing betting)
  • Ministry of Agriculture (horse racing betting)

 

For posterity, in case you need it for research or documentation./ 

 

It’s not possible for private companies to acquire a license directly, only through public concessions (called “privatization process” usually, it’s a temporary license awarded to a private company to operate a certain gambling monopoly for set period of time). Only the following entities are allowed to organize any sort of gambling activity:

  • National Lottery Administration – lottery, lottery type games, keno, bingo, raffles, social gambling
  • Sports Toto Association – sports betting, and some other types of betting, but not horse racing betting
  • Turkish Jockey Club  – horse racing betting

 

UPDATE 2022: Eventually, the plan is that all types of games of chance will be managed, regulated, licensed by the Turkey Wealth Fund, but it’s a slow process.

Currently the licensing responsibilities of the National Lottery Administration (lottery, lottery type games, keno, bingo, raffles, social gambling) and the Turkish Jockey Club (horse and harness racing betting) were transferred to the Turkey Wealth Fund.

 

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Turkey gambling tax

The gambling tax rates are set by the Law Regarding Taxes, Funds and Public Charges Levied Upon Gaming11, and these are the following:

Turkey gambling tax rates
Activity: Tax rate: Tax base:
Sports betting (excluding harness racing betting) 5% gross gambling revenue
Horse racing betting 7% gross gambling revenue
Games of chance (everything else not included in the previous categories) 10% gross gambling revenue

This is on top of all the other, regular taxes (eg.: corporate tax, which is 25%, increased from 22%). Gambling is not VAT exempt, VAT applicable on gambling, betting, wagering activates is 18%.

There is no specific online gambling tax, same tax rates are applicable to online gambling activities as well.

 

For the players, taxation of gambling winnings:

The taxation of gambling winnings is dependent on the of exact kind of activity:

Taxation of gambling winnings in Turkey:
Tax exempt:  winnings from domestic licensed lottery, lottery like gambling (e.g: you bought a scratchcard in Istanbul, you won € 1000, you don’t have to pay any taxes)
winnings from online lottery (e.g.: you bought an online lottery ticket, won € 1000, not taxable)
Taxable: any kind of sports betting, including horse racing betting (e.g: anything that’s sports betting offline or online is taxable, applicable tax rates below)
winnings from any kind of foreign online gambling website (e.g.: you visit an online casino, which accept Turkish players, you win € 1000, that’s taxable, applicable tax rates below)
lottery winnings from foreign lotteries and online lotteries (e.g,: you went on a vacation in Mexico, you bought a lottery ticket, you won € 1000, that’s taxable, applicable tax rates below)

You have to pay the following taxes in case the winnings come from abroad, from foreign gambling websites or from domestic, licensed sports betting websites:

  • Personal income tax: the rate of personal income tax is between 15% to 35%, calculated based on income thresholds announced each year.

 

You have to pay the following taxes in case the winnings are non-cash (items, prizes, membership, property, a vacation, in kind etc…) and come from domestic, licensed gambling companies (IDDAA sports betting , or their subsidiaries):

  • VAT: applicable to non-cash prizes won, the rate of VAT in this case is 18%.
  • Special consumption tax on non-cash prizes won in games, bets, lotteries and raffles: it’s complicated, the rate of special consumption varies by the type of the non-cash prize, all types are taxed differently, an accountant will know how each type is taxed.
  • Inheritance tax:  non-cash prizes won are subject to a 20% inheritance tax.

 

As you can see it’s very complicated, it’s best if you contact a certified personal accountant (CPA) to help with your gambling taxation.

 

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Other:

Social gambling is considered gambling in Turkey (and probably social casinos too, there is a detailed explanation about the legal status of social casinos in the comments section, at the bottom of the page). In fact, it’s one of the few countries, where this is directly mentioned and regulated in the applicable parts of the gambling legislation.

Social casinos need to be approved by the Ministry of Finance.

Loot boxes and other gambling like activities with virtual goods and services (e.g.: skin gambling) are not yet regulated, but considering the propensity of the Turkey government to control all forms of gambling, it’s only a matter of time that they will be.

Fantasy sports betting is not yet regulated11.

 

Sources, main pieces of the Turkish gambling legislation:

1Wikipedia – Ömer Lütfü Topal

2Turkish Criminal Code (translated into English)

3Law Regarding Roulette, Pinball and Gaming Machines, Rulet, Tilt, Langırt ve Benzeri Oyun Alet ve Makinaları Hakkında Kanun (1072 Sayılı Kanun) (Turkish)

4Turkey Proposes Harsh Fines For Online Gamblers (Calvinayre.com)

5iGaming Business – Turkish government launches sports betting tender

6Turkey seen turning to second bidder in lottery tender (Reuters.co)

7iNTERGAME – Turkey bill to ban illegal online gambling websites

8Xinhuannet – Feature: Turkey passes new law to protect animals

9AllAboutTurkey – Camel Wrestling

10Statista – Number of inbound visitor arrivals in Turkey from 2008 to 2020

11Kılınç Law & Consulting – Legal Framework of Esports And Wagering

12Betsson AB 2006 Regulation on Online Gaming

13Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada – Turkey: The official closure of casinos in 1997-1998

 

List of online gambling sites, which accept players from Turkey

The following online gambling websites accept players from the Republic of Turkey. 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 Turkey, 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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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 to advertise.
Mr Bit Casino does not accept players from:

 

Summary:

 

Casino gambling in Turkey

Casinos in Turkey: illegal since 1998

Online casino gambling in Turkey: illegal since 2007

 

Casinos are illegal in Turkey since 1996 (effective from 1998).

Before the ban the casino industry thrived with an estimated yearly turnover of $1bn (adjusted to inflation that would be multiple billions of USD). And approximately 20,000 people were employed by the sector.

Needless to say, it was a huge and important sector of the economy, and it made Turkey the first (and so far only) Arab, majority Muslim country with a strong private casino sector.

/Context: Arab countries (e.g.: Egypt, Libya, Qatar, United Arab Emirates) barely have a few casinos (compared to their population size and wealth), and the few they have are only available to tourists, locals are not allowed to enter. That’s why Turkey’s casino experiment was so important.

And because it failed, it cemented the current stance towards casino gambling in the Arabian Peninsula, and made talks about liberalization in other Middle Eastern countries unfeasible./

Much of the casino gambling went underground after the ban. Even though the state put serious efforts into enforcing the laws in this area, various casino clubs manged to operate semi-secretly for a long time (because some of the members were wealthy and/or well-connected people).

This culminated in concentrated raids in 2016, which put an end to large scale illegal casino gambling in the country. Nowadays, the former Turkish casino operators and everyone who was active in the gambling sector moved their interests, involvements and investments (and corruption and organized crime involvement as well…) to Northern Cyprus (The Turkey controlled half of Cyprus), which is widely known as the casino playground of Turkey, and it is visited by many Turkish and Arab tourists looking to gamble.

The ban was so comprehensive that even the possession of gambling machines and tables are prohibited as well, according to Law on Roulette, Tilt, Pinball and Similar Game Tools and Machines (Law No. 1072)*. Sadly this includes pinball machines as well, that’s why you don’t see any pinball machines in pubs in Turkey, they are also illegal.

Online casino are illegal in Turkey as well, since 2007.

In the early 2000s online gambling was not yet regulated in the country. The gambling legislation, at the time, did not address internet gambling in any capacity. Some companies took advantage of this, and an internet gambling ‘cottage industry’ sprang up.

After the casino ban, many of newly rich Turkey entrepreneurs turned to the internet and many of these online gambling businesses were financed by people who used to be active in the casino sector, and just like in the case of brick & mortar casinos, some of them had ties to organized crime groups as well, allegedly.

/Comment: Not much concrete proof remains of this era, articles about these Turkish online gambling sites are no longer accessible online. There are only a few mentions here and there, in Turkish only of course. There aren’t any good sources anymore, just mentions and rumors./

To prevent the proliferation of the illegal domestic online gambling sector, the government targeted and banned the unregulated Turkish digital platforms. Online gambling was officially made illegal, except for the state owned gambling companies (privatized since then), which are the only ones, who can operate online gambling platforms, even to this day.

Operating online casinos in Turkey is a criminal offence and is punishable by four to six years of imprisonment, and huge fines. Many illegal organizers and even employees of gambling establishments have been prosecuted**.

Players, if caught and prosecuted, could theoretically expect huge fines ranging from US $55k to $278k, but this not really enforced (to the best of my knowledge, if you know of instance, when players were fined for playing in unlicensed online casinos, please let me know in the comments section, I couldn’t find any).

The biggest unlicensed offshore online casinos are blocked by internet service providers.

Many of the major global online casinos no longer offer their services to Turkish players because of the legal situation. Despite this, some offshore online casinos still accept players from Turkey.

/Comment: These gambling websites have offshore gambling licenses, and they are located outside of Turkey. According to the rules and laws of the countries in which they operate in what they are doing is actually legal.

Turkey’ s laws only apply within its borders (so called jurisdiction). They process the players and transaction on servers outside of Turkey, legally speaking, no gambling takes place in Turkey. That’s how they are able to accept players from the country, despite the ban./

You can see these websites below, but we can not officially recommend playing online from Turkey at this point, for the reasons mentioned above.

The online casinos below accept players from Turkey.

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

The following online casino websites accept players from the Republic of Turkey:

 

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:

Fair Go 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.

Fair Go 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 bonus can be active at a time. North American players are accepted at the casino. FairGo Casino does not accept players from: Moldova, Israel, UK. You can read the full review of Fair Go casino here.

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 to advertise.
Mr Bit Casino does not accept players from:

 

Click here for more info on casinos in the Republic of Turkey.

Sources:

*Law on Roulette, Tilt, Pinball and Similar Game Tools and Machines (Law No. 1072)

**Telegraph.co.uk – Sportingbet staff held in Turkey after internet gambling crackdown

 

Bingo in Turkey

Bingo halls in Turkey: illegal

Online Bingo in Turkey: illegal

 

Bingo is illegal in Turkey.

In many countries where lottery is a state monopoly, bingo is considered a lottery-like game and the lottery laws apply to it as well. This is not the case in Turkey, bingo is not considered a form of lottery.

Land based bingo is entirely outlawed by the Turkish authorities and places were illegal bingo games are held are regularly raided by the police*.

The Turkish authorities are serious about the bingo ban, and even tourists can get into trouble for playing bingo (e.g.: in 2008, 6 British tourists were actually arrested and fined for organising a game of charity bingo in the popular tourist city Altinkum**).

Non-profit bingo, organized for charitable purposes, where the proceeds go to various charities is usually an exemption to the bingo ban in countries with a harsh stance toward gambling. However, in Turkey there is no exemption granted to charity bingo or raffles, and it is illegal as well.

Online bingo is also illegal.

Many foreign bingo sites are blocked, and players can face fines (couldn’t find any example or press mention of this, if you know of any please let me know in the comments section, thanks). Most online bingo sites don’t allow players from Turkey. In fact, I couldn’t find any bingo site, which would currently allow Turkish players.

The following bingo websites accept players from Turkey.

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

The following online gambling websites have live bingo and accept players from Republic of Turkey:

I do not know any live online bingo platform, which would accept players from Turkey. If you know of any please put a link to it in the comments section. Thank you.

Sources:

*Milliyet – Bingo skandalı! (Turkish only, archived version from Archive.org)

**CalvinAyre.com – Gambling related raids in Turkey

 

Poker in Turkey

Poker halls in Turkey: illegal since 1998

Online Poker in Turkey: illegal since 2007

 

Poker is illegal in Turkey since 1998.

/Comment: In some countries poker is considered a game of skill, not a game of chance. And therefore the gambling legislation is not applicable to poker.

In truth, poker is in between a game of skill and gambling, it can be both depending if it’s banking poker (a form of gambling. e.g.: Texas Hold’me against the dealer in a casino) and non-banking poker (a game of mostly skill, e.g.: a poker tournament with professional poker players, no rake)./

Land-based poker was prohibited alongside all other casino games in 1996 (effective 1998), when casinos were outlawed by the authorities as potential venues for money laundering operations.

Online poker is illegal as well.

Poker was made illegal in 2007 when the gambling legislation was updated to ban online gambling, this includes online poker as well. Turkish residents cannot play poker online, officially.

/Comment: Despite this it’s pretty common to bump into Turkish players in most online poker networks./

None of the major online poker platforms allow players from Turkey to play. There are only a few smaller sites, which still accept poker players from Turkey (you can see these digital poker platforms below).

The online poker sites below accept players from Turkey.

Poker websites, which accept players from Turkey. - click to see

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

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:

 

Sports Betting in Turkey

Bookmakers, betting shops in Turkey: legal since 1983, monopoly of Turkish Sports Toto and Türkiye Jokey Kulübü

Online sports Betting in Turkey: legal, monopoly of Turkish Sports Toto and Türkiye Jokey Kulübü

 

Sports betting is legal in Turkey, and it is a state monopoly.

The only legal, domestic, licensed bookmakers are the Turkish Sports Toto (a.k.a. IDDAA sports betting) and Jockey Club of Turkey (Türkiye Jokey Kulübü, horse racing betting monopoly)

The first form of sports betting that was legalized in 1983 was horse racing betting on the state-run race tracks of the country.

Horse racing is still somewhat popular in Turkey and betting on races is still prevalent, even though the total takeout rate is a stunning 50% (highest in the world).

/Comment: The Jockey Club of Turkey, the organisation conducting all the races is taking a 22% cut from all wagers and the government takes another about 28%, in the form of taxes./

Despite all of this, Turks wagered the Turkish Lira equivalent of $1.49 billion on horse races in 2012*, but it’s a shrinking sector.

The fact that the government privatised Sports Toto for $10 billion, along with the Horse Racing Authority shows just how profitable these operations are (10 year licence to organize sports betting and horse racing betting by private companies, after that ownership reverts back to the state, similarly to the lottery, see below).

Online sports betting is also legal.

Only the licensed Turkish sportsbooks Sports Toto, the Horse Racing Authority, their private operators and their online platforms ate allowed to accept bets on sports over the internet legally.

Betting on unlicensed foreign platforms is illegal, and it is a huge problem for the government and their gambling monopolies (takes away business from them, outcompetes them). Many of the big foreign digital bookmakers are blocked, although most aren’t, and even the few which are blocked are easily accessible by using a VPN.

However, despite this, some offshore betting platforms still accept punters from the Republic of Turkey (you can see a list of these websites below).

/Comment: It’s actually legal for them to do so, they are outside of the jurisdiction of Turkey. The processing of players, payments, the data centers are located outside of the country.

It is explained in detail above how this works, in the casino gambling section, that applies here as well./

If they no longer accept registrations from Turkey, or if they are blocked in the country, please let me know in the comments section, so I can update this list.

The following online sportsbooks below accept bettors from Turkey.

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

The following internet sportsbooks accept bettors from Turkey:

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:

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 to advertise.
Mr Bit Casino does not accept players from:

*Source: Horse racing thrives in Turkey, but it’s a tough bet (DRF.com)

 

Lottery in Turkey

Lottery in Turkey: legal, monopoly of Millî Piyango İdaresi

Online lottery in Turkey: legal, monopoly of Millî Piyango İdaresi

 

Lottery is legal in Turkey.

The Turkish National Lottery is very successful and lottery is very popular (especially among the less educated, poorer men of Turkey, they are the biggest lottery players, according to various studies*).

The company ERG-Ahlatcı holds the lottery licence currently (expires in 2025).

In 2012, prior to the acquisition, the national lottery had a revenue of an estimated 2.2 billion liras (approx. $0,6 billion, increasing year by year ever since). This was the reason Net Sans-Hitay consortium offered $2.755 billion for the company on the privatisation tender in 2015. Although they backed out, the second bidder ERG-Ahlatcı has purchased the company for $2.75 billion.

/Comment: The lottery is operated by a private company, but only for the duration of the licence of the company. This public tender is called “privatization” but in reality there is no ownership change, it’s not real privatization. The state (through the Turkey Wealth Fund) retains control over the lottery./ 

Online lottery is also legal in Turkey.

Millî Piyango sells tickets online as well, and this online platform is also operated by the private company ERG-Ahlatcı.

Purchasing lottery tickets online form foreign digital lottery platforms is illegal. However, purchasing lottery tickets abroad, in person, is perfectly legal.

Additionally, Turkish players can purchase lottery tickets online, from so called “lottery purchasing services” (lottery purchasing services are businesses, which purchase physical lottery tickets for you in a foreign country, if you make a purchase on their website, you can see an example of such a website below).

The following websites allow people from Turkey to purchase lottery tickets online.

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

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

monopoly of Millî Piyango İdaresi

*Source: Academia.edu – Relationship between Misery Index and Lottery Games: The Case of Turkey

 

Bitcoin Gambling in Turkey

Cryptocurrency wagering in Turkey: de facto illegal, not specifically regualted

 

Bitcoin and other virtual currencies are legal in Turkey, since 2013, according to Law no. 6439 on Payment Securities Settlement Systems, Payment Services and Electronic Money Institutions*. However, their use strongly discourage in the banking and professional sector. Bitcoin income and revenue are taxable.

Cryptocurrency gambling is not specifically regulated.

However, all forms of online gambling not conducted by the state controlled companies are illegal, and none of them, including Milli Piyango, accept bitcoin or other cryptos online, or offline at land-based retailers, betting points. Therefore, bitcoin gambling is de facto illegal, but it is not specifically regulated technically.

Some of the foreign online casinos accept players from Turkey and crypto coins. That’s the only way Turkish players can place bets using alternative digital currencies currently.

The bitcoin casinos below accept players from Turkey.

Online casinos, which accept cryptocurrency and players from Turkey - click to see

The following online casino websites accept bitcoin, litecoin, ripple, ethereum, and they also accept players from the Republic of Turkey:

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:

Fair Go 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.

Fair Go 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 bonus can be active at a time. North American players are accepted at the casino. FairGo Casino does not accept players from: Moldova, Israel, UK. You can read the full review of Fair Go casino here.

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 to advertise.
Mr Bit Casino does not accept players from:

Source:

*GUDEN International Law Firm: Legal Status of Cryptocurrencies in Turkey

 

 

If you have questions or any feedback don’t hesitate to drop a comment below. Please let me know in the comments section if you think we might have gotten something wrong or if you have additional information, clarification about the legal status of online gambling in this country, especially if you are from Turkey or nearby.

 

FAQ – frequently asked questions about Turkey internet gambling platforms

FAQ section

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

Q&A

Is gambling legal in Turkey?

Yes, gambling is legal in Turkey since 1983 (the first form of gambling was horse racing betting, gambling is either legal from 1983 or 1973, sources differ, there is no consensus, and prior to the legalization, since the 1960s, some casinos were operating, and they were tolerated).

Is online gambling legal in Turkey?

Yes, certain forms of online gambling are legal in Turkey, but it's very restricted, you can read an extensively detailed analysis on this page.

Is online bingo legal in Turkey?

No, online bingo is illegal in Turkey since 2007.

Is online poker legal in Turkey?

No, online poker is illegal in Turkey since 2007.

Is online sports betting legal in Turkey?

Yes, online sports betting is legal in Turkey. It is a monopoly of Turkish Spor Toto IDDAA and its online bookmakers ans subsidiaries.

Is online lottery legal in Turkey?

Online lottery is legal in Turkey, it is a monopoly of Millî Piyango İdaresi.

Is bitcoin wagering legal in Turkey?

Cryptocurrency gambling is not specifically regulated in Turkey, but it is de facto illegal.

Can you play online from Turkey?

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

Can you play bingo over the internet in Turkey?

No, you can not play bingo over the internet from Turkey, it's illegal.

Can you play poker online from Turkey?

No, you can not play poker over the internet from Turkey, it's illegal.

Can you bet on sports online from Turkey?

Yes, you can place bets on sports from Turkey with the domestic, licensed digital bookmakers of Spor Toto IDDAA.

Can you purchase lottery tickets online in Turkey?

Yes, you can buy lottery tickets online in Turkey on the lottery platform of Millî Piyango İdaresi.

Can you use bitcoin wagering websites in Turkey?

No, none of the domestic, licensed Turkey online gambling websites accept cryptocurrencies currently.

Are there gambling websites, which accept players from Turkey?

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

Which internet gambling apps can I use from Turkey?

You can use any of the mobile gambling apps listed on this webpage.

Which online bingo sites accept players from Turkey?

Currently there aren't any online bingo sites, which would accept players from Turkey. If you know of any please leave a comment at the bottom of the page.

Which online poker websites accept players from Turkey?

The following digital poker networks accept players from Turkey, you can see them above this FAQ section, at the Turkey online poker section.

Which online sportsbooks accept bettors from Turkey?

The digital bookmakers and wagering websites listed above this questions and answers section accept punters from Turkey (the list can be found at the Turkey sports betting section).

Which online lotteries accept registrations from Turkey?

Lottery is a monopoly of Millî Piyango İdaresi.

Which internet gambling platforms have a Turkey license?

The digital platforms on this site all have Turkey gambling licences, and accept players from the country.

Which crypto gambling platforms accept players from Turkey?

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

 

This page is part of Simon’s Interactive Map of the Legal Status of Online Gambling in the World – a definitive guide to the legal status of all forms of online gambling activities in every country around the world.

 

Last updated: 2022-04-20

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In depth look at the legal status of of the various forms of online gambling:, bingo, poker, sports betting, lottery, crypto wagering in the Republic of Turkey. The guide also includes a list of Turkey licensed gambling websites, which accept players from the country.
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2 Responses to “Simon’s Guide to Turkey Gambling & Online Betting Sites

  • Léon ********
    1 year ago

    Hi very interesting article ever found! While just wondering, I see also many online gaming such as poker and card betting within which coins are used instead of cash, and the coins are only one way convertible, meaning that I can use cash to buy more coins, while the coins bought or earned through winning will always be coins for further playing, that cannnot be convertied into cash again. In this way, am I also gambling? Or, do I violate any law or regulation against the Turkish authority? I wanna make sure that suck kind of online gaming is legal and safe in Turkey, even if til now no plice knock at my door…….

    • I agree with you, it’s best to be safe, good choice.

      Back to your question: Yes, those are called “social casinos” in the gambling sector (from the legal term “social gambling”, which has nothing to do with social networks, it is small stakes gambling among friends that is usually legal and not punished, but not in Turkey, social gambling is also illegal in Turkey). I have seen them too online. You can buy coins with money, but coins are not exchangeable back into money, they are all over Facebook. It’s a legal loophole, and because they are a good source of advertisement revenue, they are tolerated on most websites, social networks. It all depends on how bets, coins, tokens are defined in the gambling legislation. However, in most countries where gambling is illegal, that is not specifically, or sufficiently defined. And to the best of my knowledge, it is not specifically defined by the Turkish legislation as well.

      This is a though question. In short: it’s probably technically illegal, operators, companies engaging in the activity in Turkey would get into trouble (all social casinos are foreign websites, not registered in Turkey), but players would not be prosecuted or fined.

      Details: In my opinion, according to the Criminal Code of Turkey:

      “(4) In the implementation of the Criminal Code, gambling shall be defined as a game
      undertaken with the aim of earning money, where the profit and loss depends upon
      chance.”

      And in my opinion, keep in mind, this is in no way the official stance of the Turkish government, only my interpretation of the law, this does not include social casinos, because there is no way to make a profit, tokens are not exchangeable back into money (but they make a profit from your purchases of the coins, see, not easy, which one, probably depends on the judge).

      HOWEVER! It also says:

      “(1) Any person who provides an environment or the means for gambling shall be sentenced
      to a penalty of imprisonment for a term of up to one year and a judicial fine.
      (2) The penalty to be imposed shall be increased by one fold where an environment or
      means is provided for children in order to gamble.”

      And the intent of social casinos are very clear, it’s obviously gambling, these companies attract a lot of investments because it’s obviously a legal loophole, allowing gambling (this is a similar situation to fantasy sports betting in the US btw.). Therefore, I would say operators In Turkey would probably be fined, prosecuted, and it’s technically illegal. Not to mention! They allow children, minors under 18, to register! Which is a big violation according to the Criminal Code.

      Notice how it is actually worded “Any person who provides an environment or the means for gambling” (not mentioned, but obviously includes companies too) so not the players. Therefore, I would say it’s technically illegal, operators are committing a crime, but players would not be fined or prosecuted, but it’s best to avoid it, because it’s most probably illegal.

      Also, Law on Roulette, Tilt, Pinball and Similar Game Tools and Machines (Law No. 1072) says that even machines which are not expressly banned, but include an element of chance are considered illegal gambling machines.

      So, an element of chance is all that is needed in case of machines, and social casinos definitely have an element of chance + combined with the fact that social gambling is illegal in Turkey, unless specifically approved by the Ministry of Finance, it’s clear to me that social casinos would be seen as a a form of gambling. However, this is only my interpretation, it’s not specifically regulated or addressed by the government to the best of my knowledge.

      Thank you for the fantastic question! I updated the guide with this information to make it even more useful.

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