Online Poker in Austria
Poker is one of the most popular games in Austrian casinos and there are many poker rooms across the country. However, similarly to casinos, apart from small stakes games (Kleines Glücksspiel) (with a maximum of €0,50 per hand), it is only possible to play in the monopoly held by Casinos Austria, which organizes the Casinos Austria Poker Tour that usually attracts professional players from all over the world. The same applies to online poker sites in Austria.
|Is online poker legal in Austria?||Yes.|
|Are poker sites in Austria trustworthy?||Yes.|
|Can I deposit via PaySafeCard/EPS/Skrill?||Yes.|
|Do online poker sites accept EUR?||Yes.|
Online Poker Laws in Austria
According to Article 1 of the Austrian Gambling Act, poker falls in the definition of games of chance: “Games of chance within the meaning of this Federal Law are, in particular, roulette, observation roulette, poker, blackjack, two aces, bingo, keno, baccarat and baccarat-chemin-de-fer and variations thereof. The Federal Minister of Finance is empowered to define other games as games of chance within the meaning of subsection 1 by order for reasons of legal certainty”.
That means that online poker is subject to the monopoly and must only be offered by the partnership between Österreichische Lotterien GmbH and Casinos Austria. Nonetheless, it is possible for players to join poker rooms that are licensed in the European Union. In fact, some of those rooms target the country’s citizens, as the Austrian authorities don’t sanction those platforms. In this way, Austrians players have access to the biggest poker rooms in the world, being able to get some of the best online poker promotions and online poker bonuses.
Online Poker Payment Methods in Austria
There are many payment methods available for Austrian players and which are all transparent and legitimate. The credit and debit cards of VISA and MasterCard are commonly accepted, but there are other alternatives that are as efficient and safe. These include Skrill, Neteller, PaySafeCard or EPS.
Online Poker Sites Accepting EUR
Austrians are very fond of gambling in general and poker is no exception. For this reason, the Central European country becomes an important market for operators. Moreover, Austria belongs to the Eurozone and it is possible to find several online poker sites accepting EUR.