Gambling in Czech Republic (Czechia)
In the previous gambling act, which was more than 25 years old, the Ministry of Finance was the only institution which issued online licenses only for sport betting and poker games operators. They still remain regulators of the terrestrial gambling although a new online regulator is expected to be formed concerning the new online gambling regime.
As of January 2017 country hosts over 100 casinos, along with innumerable gaming bars and arcades. Scattered slots and other machines can also be found in cafes and pubs. In fact, the country has an impressive ratio of one gaming machine for every 200 citizens.
Online Gambling in Czech Republic (Czechia)
All forms of online gambling, are also legal in the Czech Republic under the new law. However, before 2017 it was the sportsbook industry in the Czech Republic that lobbied for the legalization of Czech internet gambling.
The first online licenses were granted to five major domestic betting operators, SAZKA, Synot Tip, Chance, Tipsport and Fortuna in 2008 which used the situation to make advantage for their companies on the Czech gambling market which is present until today.