Speaking of regulated sectors and industry, gambling is also one of the industries that are well-regulated in Portugal. According to the Portuguese Game Law, all gambling activities in Portugal are legal. Land-based gambling has been legal ever since 1989, while online gambling was made legal in 2015 when the Regime Jurídico dos Jogos e Apostas Decree-Law No. 66/2015 was officially signed.
Even before online gambling was legalized, all Portuguese players were able to access off-shore sites and enjoy the latest casino games. The government did not pursue them and they did not issue any penalties for participating in these activities. Ever since online gambling was made legal, the industry is well regulated and the unlicensed sites are blocked, but to some extent. Many unlicensed sites still find ways to go around that blockade and offer their services to the players.
One complicating thing when it comes to online gambling is that after operators obtain a license and are legal to offer their services to Portuguese players, they need to pay pretty high taxes. The taxes in Portugal vary between 15-30%. That is why Portugal ranks high among the countries when it comes to taxing the online and land-based gambling industry.
The high taxes are the reason why many reputable gambling operators decided to quit working on the Portuguese market and allowed unlicensed and suspicious sites to thrive in the country. Not only that, but many people are even willing to access unlicensed sites for a better gaming experience.