Turkey Online Casino

Turkey has one of the strictest gambling laws in the world. The state controls gambling entertainment, hosting companies, and players' organizers: responsibility for gambling policy violations provided in five acts. Online casino advertising is prohibited.

There is a state monopoly on allowed online gambling activities: lotteries and totalizators. State company Milli Piyango [1], subordinate to the Ministry of Finance of Turkey, offers residents lotteries.

The sweepstakes are carried out by the SporToto company, which operates under the Ministry of Sports' auspices. The control of the Jockey Club is the responsibility of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Turkey.

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The registered users over 18 years have the right to participate in lotteries and make bets at online casinos in Turkey. Popular lotteries include On Numara, Şans Topu, Süper Loto, Sayısal Loto, Hemen Kazan, and soccer bets.

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The operators in the country may be exclusively public commercial entities. The law does not prohibit gambling monopolists from cooperating with foreign software developers. From time to time, international tenders announced for the supply of software for online casinos.

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Legislation of online casinos in Turkey

Online Casino License
 

Digital games and lotteries are regulated by Milli Piyango İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (National Lottery General Directorate) under the Ministry of Finance of Turkey.

Bets on sports events and online games manage by the SporToto monopoly, subordinate to the Ministries of Sports and Agriculture.

Laws
  • № 3670 [2] The National Lottery Organization Act.
  • № 320 [3] The National Lottery Act.
  • ŞANS OYUNLARI LİSANSININ VERİLMESİ, LİSANSA KONU FAALİYETLERİN DÜZENLENMESİ VE DENETLENMESİ HAKKINDA YÖNETMELİK [4] (Gambling Licensing Regulations ).
  • № 7258 [5] FUTBOL VE DİĞER SPOR MÜSABAKALARINDA BAHİS VE ŞANS OYUNLARI DÜZENLENMESİ HAKKINDA KANUN (Law «On bets on football and other random or sporting events»).
  • SANAL ORTAMDA OYNATILAN TALİH OYUNLARI HAKKINDA YÖNETMELİK [6] (Regulation «On Gambling in Virtual Environment»)
Taxes

Gambling tax rates:

  • joint rates — 5%;
  • sports sweepstakes — 7%;
  • other types of permitted gambling  — 10%
Fines for players No
Responsibility for illegal gambling activities

Licensees pay fines ranging from 0.1 to 5% of the previous year's revenue.

Participation in illegal entertainment is punishable by fines established by the court.

Criminal liability for operators is from 1 to 10 years.

Languages Тurkish
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Turkish Online Casino: Regulatory 

In Turkey, lotteries, numbers, and games with instant winnings, sweepstakes are allowed at the legislative level in online and terrestrial institutions. Other types of gambling activities at online casinos in the country prohibited under the following laws SANAL ORTAMDA OYNATILAN TALİH OYUNLARI HAKKINDA YÖNETMELİK [6] (Regulation «On Gambling in Virtual Environment»), in force from 14.03.2006.

To register at an online casino, players must be at least 18 years old, provide personal information, and a bank account number with a Turkey financial institution. 

Withdrawals make to the bank account indicated by the player. International electronic payment systems PayPal, Neteller, Skrill online casinos in Turkey are prohibited. You can replenish game accounts through the services of banks, IBAN operator accounts, or individual terminals.

Milli Piyango İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (after this referred to as the General Directorate of the National Lottery, or Authority) is the regulatory authority:

  • preparation of raffles and printing of lottery tickets;
  • operators' control;
  • issuing permits for free lotteries or raffles;
  • regulation of work and issuing of franchises for distribution of lottery tickets and betting;
  • the imposition of penalties for violation of the legislation of the Republic of Turkey.

In Turkey, the license for gambling activity issued to state commercial organizations. Private enterprises may become dealers and distribute interactive entertainment services on behalf of the state.

The requirements of the Gambling Licensing Regulations of Turkey state that applicants for participation in the tender for cooperation with state companies may be:

  1. Adult natural persons who are residents of the Republic, without a criminal record or mental illness.
  2. Joint-stock companies or joint ventures registered in Turkey. 

With the Ministry of Finance's permission and after a tender process, individuals or enterprises may enter into contracts to distribute, deliver, and maintain online casino software. 

State operator SporToto provides gamblers with online gambling services based on a unique platform IDDAA [7]. The program allows registered users to bet on sports and random events. A cross-platform mobile application is available.
 
Since February 2019, the IDDAA brand owned by Şans Girişim, a joint venture that has signed a 10-year contract with the management of Spor Toto, about 6,000 dealers and и six electronic operators [8] (online casinos) operate in 81 provinces in Turkey under its aegis. Websites of legal online gaming providers work under *.com domains.

The activity of online casinos with international licenses is prohibited. The authorities block the web-pages of different online casinos, punishable by fines for participants in the game, hosting companies, and providers. 

Banking structures on the Turkish authorities' instructions block the receipt of players' accounts from different casinos. Residents of the country are required to report on the income received from gambling establishments. 

There is a problem with the shadow gambling business in Turkey: every year, the sites of illegal casinos receive hundreds of millions of dollars. The local population uses VPN extensions to participate in online casino games. 

Government raids, harsher penalties, and online gaming criminalization without a license do not solve the problem.

Gambling addiction in Turkey

The country's policy minimizes youth dependency on drugs, alcohol, and gambling. 

Training portals have created to enable vigilant parental control over children's actions on the Internet or social networks. Bilgi Teknolojileri ve İletişim Kurumu (Information Technology and Communication Department) is responsible for disseminating this information.

The resources of Güvenli WEB [9] Güvenli WEB and Güvenli İnternet [10] are available:

  • instructions for setting up browsers and mobile devices;
  • training materials for the correct protection of personal information;
  • information on the dangers of gambling and addict prevention methods. 

The GüvenliWeb Oyun [11] blog publishes game reviews and addiction research on online gambling.

Internet Yardim [12] — is a help center for addiction research and advice and offers the opportunity to review [13] or request a solution.

Addicts treatment provide in private clinics on a fee-paying basis. 

Technical support for online casino players in Turkey

Licensed online gambling service providers must post in Turkish:

  • information about the supplier;
  • detailed rules for each of the entertainments;
  • responsible gaming standards;
  • privacy policy regarding personal data of players;
  • instructions for betting and withdrawal;
  • technical support contacts.

Payments are making in the national currency — Turkish lira. If another currency used, the conversion made according to the standards set by Türkiye Cumhuriyet Merkez Bankası (Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey).

The regulatory bodies of the online casino are SporToto and the National Lottery General Directorate. The payment of the winnings made at the request of the visitor through his account.

Complaints about illegal actions of the operator can be sent to the address of the Department: Milli Piyango İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü, Bahisler ve Oyunlar Dairesi Başkanlığı Gazi Mustafa Kemal Bulvarı No :4 06440 KIZILAY/ANKARA. Governor's contact number: +9 0 (312) 418 34 27.

Ihbar Web [14] resource allows you to report violations of players' rights, organizing casinos without the operator's license or illegal actions. You can also contact the police.

SporToto— sports betting
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FAQ about Online Casinos in Turkey
Is it legal to operate an online casino in Turkey?

Legal casinos' activity in the country limited by the possibility of betting on sports events and selling tickets for national lotteries. All other gambling is prohibited.

Is it possible to visit casinos with cross-licensed gambling?

Turkish law forbids locals to place bets at different online casinos. Banks block the payment of winnings, and the player can found.

Is it legal to bet on horse racing in Turkey?

Yes. The totalizator of horse races is in the department of the state monopoly SporToto and the National Lottery General Directorate.