Servers used to organize gambling activities provide centralized identification and registration of participants. Lithuanian regulator has access to online casino server databases.
Online casino in Lithuania
Online gambling in Lithuania legalized since 2016. The regulatory authority — Gaming Control Authority under the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania — protects participants who play on legitimate websites with the domain name identifier «lt». State supervision of gambling exercised through the current Law «On Gambling» (with amendments on the regulation of remote gambling activity on the Internet). The Register of persons voluntarily limiting their participation in gambling has been created.
Legislative Online Casinos in Lithuania
|Online Casino License||To organize gambling on the Internet, an organization needs a license. The Gaming Control Authority issues it under the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania.|
|The Law||The Law «On Gambling» (after this — the Law) may 17, 2001. The period of the updated current version of the law: 01.07.2020 - 31.10.2021.|
|Taxes||The tax rate on the organization of remote gambling activity — 13%|
|Fines for players||No|
|Penalties for illegal gambling activities||Fines imposed on the company depending on: |
|Languages||English, Lithuanian, Russian|
|Payment System||Visa, Skrill, Neteller, MasterCard, Maestro|
Responsibilities of the regulatory authority in Lithuania
The regulator is the Gaming Control Authority under the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania (after this referred to the Control Service).
The responsibilities of the regulator include:
- issuance of online casino licenses and cancellation of permits;
- development of legal acts that regulate the activities of online casinos;
- monitoring of the operators' compliance with the current law;
- development of legal acts that regulate online casinos;
- issuance, amendment, revocation of the permit to organize online gambling activities.
Types of remote online games:
- casino games;
- sports betting, horse racing;
- slot machines;
Measures to protect players in Lithuania
Playing online casinos is not allowed for persons under 18 years.
Persons who wish to limit their participation in online casinos can submit a request to the Control Service or the website's organizer in two ways:
- Through the Electronic Government Gateway portal. You will need to log in and complete the application form. Instructions for completing the application are here.
- When visiting the Control Service at Ukmergės g. 222, Vilnius 07157.
The set time limit may not be less than six months. If the term is not specified, the limit on participation in online casinos automatically set for two years.
There is a general ban on advertising gambling services in Lithuania — forbidden to publish motivational phrases about online casinos on web sites. It is allowed to specify the official name of the casino, brand, and type of activity. Additional written, audio, or visual information is prohibited.
Advertising may not place on sites where 80% of the content targeted at minors.
Technical support contacts for players and addicts in Lithuania
The list of illegal internet providers can found on the Control Service website.
No. If an online casino wants to serve customers from Lithuania legally, the operator must enter into a partnership with an existing brand of a land-based casino and apply for a Gaming Control Authority license.
No, they are not. But players playing on unlicensed sites are not protected by the Lithuanian Control Service. In case of violations committed by the operator, the player will not have the opportunity to complain.