Gambling Laws in Greece
Gambling in Greece is legal under the Law 4002/2011, which refers to land-based as well as to online gambling. The body responsible for the regulation of gambling activities in the country is the Hellenic Gaming Commission which was established by the same law.
Part of the authorizations of the Hellenic Gaming Commission is the crediting of licenses for operators within the land-based or the online gaming sector as well as control of the whole market in the country. And according to Greek gambling laws, minors, as well as people between 18 and 21 years of age, are prohibited to participate in gambling activities.
Is Online Gambling Legal in Greece?
Yes. All forms of online gambling are legal in Greece, according to the Law 4002/2011.
Online Casinos in Greece
As of August 2019, there are no specialized online casino sites in Greece, even though the Law 4002/2011 provides possibilities for applying for a Greek casino license and operating on the online casino market. In this way, casino fans from Greece are rather advised to visit some of the foreign platforms, which are freely accessible from the country.
Online Poker in Greece
There are no specialized online poker sites in Greece, as of August 2019. However, there are several poker rooms worldwide which do offer pages in Greek and residents are, indeed, mainly advised to visit these websites. Although the authorities try to block them, players do not face prosecution.
Online Lottery in Greece
OPAP (ΟΠΑΠ), formed in 1958 as a state-owned company is responsible for organizing online lotto sites in Greece. In 2013 the company became completely privatized retaining the exclusive licenses for organizing all numerical lotteries, sports betting and horse racing in Greece. For this reason, players try to access other offshore platforms that offer higher jackpots and better opportunities.
Online Bingo in Greece
Online gambling is legal in Greece in all its variety, including bingo. However, and probably due to the lack of popularity, there are currently no specialized online bingo sites in Greece. Until this changes Greeks can, however, play bingo games through international platforms that licensed elsewhere.
Online Sports Betting in Greece
Online sports betting in the country is also regulated with the Law 4002/2011. This means that the only online sportsbook site in Greece is run by OPAP. As a result, residents often look for offshore platforms that offer them a wider variety of sports to bet on, along with higher odds. And despite the Hellenic Gaming Commission’s efforts to blacklist these unlicensed websites, there are still many that are available and bettors are not prosecuted.
Online DFS in Greece
Online DFS sites in Greece 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 Greece.