Gambling Laws in Armenia
Gambling in Armenia is legal under the Law of the Republic of Armenia on Games of Chance and Casino from 2003 and its amendments, in all its variety. Article 2 of the law contains precise definitions of what are games of chance and which games of chances are regulated by the law, such as casino games, table games, lotto, betting, etc. Later amendments of this act include also all forms of online gambling in Armenia, as part of the regulated games by this act.
The body responsible for the regulation of the gambling activities in the country is the Ministry of Finance and the State Revenue Committee is in charge of supervising. According to the Armenian gambling laws, licenses for providing any of the gambling games regulated by the Law on Games of Chance and Casino can be obtained by the Ministry of Finance. Minors, under 21 years of age are prohibited to participate in gambling activities.
Is Online Gambling Legal in Armenia?
Yes, all forms of gambling are legal in Armenia, according to the Law of the Republic of Armenia on Games of Chance and Casino.
Online Casinos in Armenia
Casinos are legal in Armenia and there are a few specialized online casino sites in Armenia operating in the country. However, players are still actively accessing offshore platforms, as they are offered a wider variety of games and better opportunities. The Government is not blocking the access to these websites and there are also no reports of prosecutions.
Online Poker in Armenia
Poker in Armenia is highly popular. Since there are no specific Armenian poker laws, the general regulations apply and online poker is also considered to be legal in the country. However, and despite the fact that there are specialized online poker sites in Armenia, players still access international poker rooms that give them the opportunity to compete against the best players in the world.
Online Lottery in Armenia
Although there are no specific Armenian lottery laws, the regulations derived from the Law of the Republic of Armenia on Games of Chance and Casino from 2003 and its amendments serve as a basic legal framework within which the Armenian Lottery (Արմենիա Լոթերի), formed in 1999, offers its lotto products. However, online lotto sites in Armenia are still underdeveloped, with possibilities to play online lotto only on a very limited set of games, which is why players access offshore platforms.
Online Bingo in Armenia
There are no specific Armenian bingo laws, but the regulations derived from the Law on Games of Chance and Casino from 2003 and its amendments also regulate the game, making bingo legal in the country. However, as of August 2019, there are no specialized Armenian online bingo sites in Armenia. Therefore, the only possibility to play online bingo in Armenia is to access foreign platforms.
Online Sports Betting in Armenia
Online sportsbook sites in Armenia are legal and widely visited. Any supplier of online betting opportunities on the Armenian market must obtain a proper license from the Ministry of Finance and there already a few domestic platforms. Yet, bettors looking for higher odds and more opportunities, usually access offshore websites.
Online DFS in Armenia
Online DFS sites in Armenia are not legally regulated. There is an ongoing debate on the status of this type of game, but considering the legality of online gambling in the country it is very probable that Daily Fantasy Sports would soon become legal in Armenia.