Yes, all forms of gambling are legal in Estonia. Online and land-based casinos, bingo halls, poker rooms, and sports betting are all legal in Estonia, provided that the operator has a gambling license.
The country’s first gambling legislation came to pass in the 1990s via the Lottery Act and Gambling Act of 1995, which made some forms of gambling legal. In 2009, due to economic turmoil, the country acted fast in introducing the Gambling Act of 2009 and the Gambling Tax Act, the latter pertaining to how operators and individuals should be taxed for their gambling activities.
Estonia’s Gambling Act of 2009 nullified all previous gambling legislation and improved upon it in a massive way, consolidating all gambling acts with a unified and understandable structure. Under this act, land-based casinos, land-based poker rooms, bingo halls, online casinos, sports betting, poker, bingo, and lottery are all fully legal, as long as operators have acquired a proper license.
Both locals and tourists are free to explore all forms of gambling without the fear of getting into trouble with the authorities. It is worth noting that Estonian authorities not only lock their doors to unlicensed casinos, they are also keen to take action on players found playing at unlicensed casinos.
Whether a player prefers playing at a land-based casino or at the best online casino in Estonia, they have many options. Players can also try out their luck on state-run lotteries. Most importantly, any player must be at least 21 years of age to participate in any form of gambling in Estonia.
In 2011, foreign-based online casinos were allowed to apply for an Estonian gambling license, meaning the market opened up massively for Estonian gamers. The fair tax rate of 18% towards casino operators makes the Estonian market favorable for entry to foreign companies, which means the industry should flourish as time goes on. This is especially true when we consider that the license has a 20-year expiry period, and it gives operators entry to a country full of gambling enthusiasts.
The government’s official gambling regulatory body is the Estonian Tax and Customers Board (ETCB), which oversees all land-based and Internet casino operations, enforcing strict rules of operation to ensure maximum player protection and fair play. Illegal operators are banned by the ETCB, and there are over 800 blacklisted operators to date.