Legal online casinos in Spain

In Spain online gambling is legal and regulated by Law 13/2011 as of May 27, 2011 (Spanish Gambling Act [1]). The regulatory authority is the Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego [2] (General Division for Gaming Regulation), established under the Ministry of Finance. Gambling websites operate under public domains .es.

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In TOP — online casinos, subordinate to the state regulatory authority, and 17 divisions created by autonomous districts (Comunidades Autónomas).

The regulator Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (Directorate General for the Regulation of Gambling of Spain, General Directorate for Gambling Regulation, DGOJ) protects the rights of players.

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Game Software
1
Codere
2328points
3.6
0
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2
Paston
2188points
3.1
0
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Paston review
3
777 Casino ES
2398points
3.0
0
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777 Casino ES review
4
Bet 365 ES
3180points
3.7
0
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Bet 365 ES review
5
Botemania
3029points
3.6
0
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Botemania review
6
Star Vegas ES
2744points
3.7
0
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Star Vegas ES review
7
888 Casino ES
2625points
3.6
0
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888 Casino ES review
8
888sport.es
2537points
3.6
0
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9
Leo Vegas ES
2355points
3.6
0
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Leo Vegas ES review
10
Versus
2334points
2.8
0
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Versus review
Top Casino Software in Spain
All casino software (252)

Local game software developers are CODERE Group, MGA, Optima. The international operators Greentube, NetEnt, IGT, are popular.

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Egt
166 games
Greentube
Greentube
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Legal regulations online casinos in Spain

Online casino license General and singular
The basic Law Spanish Gambling Act (Law 13/2011) 
Tax for online operators General tax 20%
Winning tax for players No tax for wins up to 40,000 euros
Penalties for operators Revocation of a license for violation of laws (central and regional)
Languages Spanish, English
Payment methods Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, Neteller, Skrill, Bank Wire Transfer, PaySafeCard

Regulation and Licensing

The Minister of Finance and regional authorities managed online casinos in Spain. Law 13/2011 «About the gambling business» applies to online casinos operating in Spain (including foreign).

Operators registered legal casinos on the public domain .es. Others are considered illegal. A white and blacklist of gambling establishments can found on this site [3].

Law 13/2011 based on:

  • royal decree 1613/2011 on Technical Requirements;
  • royal decree 1614/2011 governing licenses, permits, and registries of gambling and resolutions;
  • religious orders (for each type of game).

Online casinos in Spain operate under general and singular licenses. The first three types are for bets, contests, and games:

  • Bingo
  • BlackJack
  • Roulette
  • Baccarat
  • Slots
  • Poker
  • Fixed odds bets
  • Sports betting with fixed odds
  • Sports betting
  • Betting on horse races with fixed odds
  • Exchange rates.

The concept of «other online games» is in the legislation of Spain. It not revealed. If gambling is not in the list above, it is prohibited.

The applicant must apply for a standard and single license to the General Directorate for Gambling Regulation in Spanish. The total issued after an open tender. It is valid for ten years and can extend.

The validity of a single permit is 3-5 years.

The company will receive a license if it proves the solvency, reliability of the software, and an encryption protocol that protects players from fraud.

The company must be a public limited company with registration and head office in Spain or a member state of the EU, EEA.

Licensees pay fees to the treasury (euro):

  • 38,000 for the report on the technical condition of the equipment;
  • 2,500 for each license registration;
  • 10,000 for each permission for gaming software.

Insurance is (in euros):

  • 2,000,000 for a general license.
  • 500,000 for a single.

In the licensees' software implemented a program that conducts internal monitoring. It records operations and financial transactions of the site.

Regulators control the honesty and legitimacy of payments by licensees.

The minimum age for access to the online casino in Spain is 18 years. You can deposit and withdraw money through bank cards in any currency, PayPal, Skrill, Neteller.

Contact tech support and addiction treatment centers

For answers to questions and advocacy, you can contact the technical support of online casinos.

The list of gambling addiction treatment centers can found on the website [4]. You can search by region and hospital. When a clinic is selected, its location, phone, and contact details opened. Clinics work on government grants or charity funds. The treatment is free.

In commercial ambushes, gambling addiction treated in psychiatric wards. A player may enter himself into the Self-Exclusion Register [5] for six months or longer.

Directorate General for the Regulation of Gambling of Spain
Directorate General for the Regulation of Gambling of Spain
Spain
1 Rehabilitation gambling associations by regions
Rehabilitation gambling associations by regions
C/ Rioja 9. Local. - 50017 Zaragoza
2 FEJAR (Spanish Federation of Rehabilitated Gambling Players)
FEJAR (Spanish Federation of Rehabilitated Gambling Players)
Calle Pasteur, Nº 30 Planta baja (15008) A Coruña
3 Jugar Bien - State Association for Gambling Awareness and Addiction Prevention
Jugar Bien - State Association for Gambling Awareness and Addiction Prevention
Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego C/ Atocha, 3 28012-Madrid
1 General Directorate for Gambling Regulation in Spain
General Directorate for Gambling Regulation in Spain
Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego C/ Atocha, 3 MADRID 28012
FAQ about Online Casinos in Spain
How to determine the jurisdiction of online casinos in Spain?

The regulator can be national (throughout the state) or regional (in one autonomous region). The territorial scope determined by the place of registration of the IP address.

Who can't visit gambling establishments in Spain?

It is forbidden to play in a casino for minors (under 18 years of age), incapacitated persons, and banned access to resources. Children can participate in social lotteries — without winning (at fairs, market squares). 

Does the player need to pay win taxes?

Players must contribute to the annual tax return. But bets on games are subtracted from the amount (the coefficient reduces to 0).