Simon’s Guide to Gambling in Latvia

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Latvia Online Gambling Guide

 

Latvia, officially the Republic of Latvia, is one of the 3 Baltic states in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. Latvia’s population is approximately 2 million citizens. The country’s capital and largest city is Riga with a population of around 650,000 residents. The main ethnic groups in the country are Latvians (~61%) and Russians (26%). Latvia’s predominant religion is historically Protestant Lutheran.

Latvia is a developed European country with an advanced high-income economy and a high standard of living. Latvia is a member of numerous organisations like NATO, the European Union, and the Council of Europe to name a few. Latvia adopted the Euro as its currency in 2014, effectively becoming a member of the Eurozone.

Gambling in Latvia is completely legal and regulated by the government since 1998. The first casino in Latvia opened in 1991 but there weren’t any legal framework for gambling at the time. The Lotteries and Gambling Supervision Inspection of 1998 was the first act in Latvia which established rules and regulations regulating gambling. The government body which controls and regulates gambling activities is called the Control Department. However, the licencing procedure falls under the jurisdiction of the Legal Department (consist of the Licensing Division and the Financial Analysis Division).* Currently the 2005 Gambling and Lotteries Law regulates gambling in Latvia**.

Online gambling is legal too if the operator is licensed in Latvia. The government banned unlicensed online gambling websites and ISPs block the websites on the government’s blacklist.***

 

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Sources:

*Establishment, structure and functions of the Lotteries and Gambling Supervision Inspection

**Swiss Institute of International Comparative Law – Latvia

***CalvinAyre – Latvia and Bulgaria expand Online Blacklists

 

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Casino gambling in Latvia

 

Online casino gambling in Latvia: legal, licence required

 

Land-based casino gambling is legal in Latvia since 1998, when the government issued the Lotteries and Gambling Supervision Inspection. According to this act, all gambling providers have to acquire the proper licences to operate in the country. There are 5 brick-and-mortar casinos operating in the country, the most are located in the capital city Riga. Online casino gambling is legal too, and licensed. Unlicensed offshore online casinos and ISPs block them.

The following online casinos accept players from Latvia:

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BGO casino – accepting players from Latvia

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32 Red casino – accepting players from Latvia

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Betsson online casino – accepting players from Latvia

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Betsafe online casino – accepting players from Latvia

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Black lotus casino – accepting players from Latvia

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Lotus Asia casino – accepting players from Latvia

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GT Bets accepts players from Latvia- accepting Bitcoins as well

 

Bingo in Latvia

 

Online bingo in Latvia: legal, licence required

 

There are only 2 land-based bingo halls operating in the country, both owned and operated by DLV. Online gambling is legal in the country, so long the operator is licensed. The government bans unlicensed offshore online bingo sites.

The following bingo websites accept players from Latvia:

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BGO bingo – accepting players from Latvia

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Betsson Bingo – accepting registrations from Latvia

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32 Red Bingo – accepting registrations from Latvia

 

Poker in Latvia

 

Online poker in Latvia: legal, licence required

 

Poker is legal in Latvia since 1998, so players can enjoy poker in numerous land-based casinos throughout the country. Online poker is legal too since 2003. The government bans unlicensed foreign poker websites.

The following online poker sites accept players from Latvia:

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Betsson online Poker – accepting players from Latvia

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Betsafe online Poker – accepting players from Latvia

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32 Red online Poker – accepting players from Latvia

 

Sports betting in Latvia

 

Online sports betting in Latvia: legal, licence required

 

The most popular sport to bet on in the Latvia is ice hockey. Sports betting is legal in Latvia. Sportsbooks need to apply for a license too. There are numerous land-based bookmakers in the country and sports betting websites, where players can bet on their favorite sports. The government blocks unlicensed online bookmakers.

The following online sportsbooks accept registrations from Latvia:

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Betsson online sportsbook – accepting registrations from Latvia

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Betsafe online bookmaker – accepting registrations from Latvia

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32 Red sport online sportsbook – accepting players from Latvia

This the banner ad of Gt Bets online sportsbook. The sportsbook accept players from Latvia.

GT Bets online bookmaker – accepts registrations from the Latvia, also accepts Bitcoin

 

Lottery in Latvia

 

Online lottery in Latvia: state monopoly

 

Arguably, the lottery is the most common form in the world. The lottery in Latvia is a state monopoly, operated by the public company Latvijas Loto. The company offers many kinds of lottery type games like Keno, SuperBingo, and Viking Lotto amongst others. Latvian players can purchase lottery tickets online too. Interestingly, foreign lottery websites are not blocked and many foreign lotteries are open to Latvian players.

The following websites let people from Latvia purchase lottery tickets online:

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Bitcoin gambling in Latvia

 

Bitcoin gambling in Latvia: legal, licence required

 

Some countries see Bitcoin as an asset rather than a currency (like Norway or Lithuania for example). As of now, there aren’t any specific laws in Latvia regarding Bitcoin gambling. However, gambling providers and online providers have to get a licence to operate, regardless of which types of currencies they accept.

The following Bitcoin casinos accept players from Latvia:

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GT Bets accepts players from Latvia, and also accepts Bitcoin

 

 

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.

 

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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: 2016-04-28

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An overview of the legal status of gambling, online gambling, casinos, poker, bingo,sports betting, lottery, Bitcoin in Latvia.
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