The country has a vast population of Islamic faith, Jewish and Christian faith. The Turkic people have been keen on preserving their culture while also welcoming and adapting the Western influence. This has to be one reason for the banning of casinos and Turkey’s overall aversion to gambling per se.
There was a time when the Turkish people were open to gambling actively. Now, the country is trying to impose bans and do its best to regulate the casino industry.
The country banned casinos in 1998 and 2006 and has banned non-state online gambling as well. However, plenty of cases of illegal gambling were mushrooming all around.
In 2007, the country took measures to prohibit players from using foreign online gambling sites. This has, however, not stopped Turkish gamers from staying off online gambling sites.
It has propelled the government to develop another law that makes Turkey the first country in the world to prevent gambling and penalize the offenders in 2013.
The players found that accessing online gambling services will face a penalty of anything between $55 and $278 as a fine. The casino operators who are also running such a business will face a similar term.
There have been instances of the country cracking its whip and bringing illegal rackets to justice. This said it has been actively looking for boosting the state-run sports betting section. The Cybercrime Division Branch of the Istanbul Security Directorate has been conducting raids across 40 provinces.
As many as 394 people were arrested. The locals find some solace by going for sports betting at the state-run SporToto, and Milli Piyango lottery. The government in 2019 was looking for a tech partner to make their SportToto go online with its operations. The annual sales figures the government wants to raise is TRY17 billion.
Turks usually love betting in sporting events like football and basketball, tennis, and others. They also love slot and table games in equal measure. The only place where the Turks can bet without fear of penalty is the state-run betting company, IDDAA. The IDDAA has been around since 2003, and it was in 2009 when it began growing.
They are a bookmaker with a chain of stores to allow the Turks to buy tickets and bet from these physical stores. They specialize in offering betting options to Turks to bet on soccer, basketball, baseball, boxing, motorsports, Formula 1, field hockey, martial arts, cricket, and even on Olympic Games.
There are as many as 500 IDDAA betting stores across Turkey. These stores also have slot machines and a few table games like roulettes as well.