Gambling in Italy
All forms of gambling are legal in Italy as of March 2017. The Amministrazione Autonoma dei Monopoli di Stato (AAMS) is the body responsible for supervision of most of the gambling activities with exclusion, however, of the terrestrial casino sector.
Casinos are under the control of the Ministry of Interior and are run by the local authorities in the provinces and municipalities in which they are located. In each of the four casinos in Italy, there is an internal commission responsible for all matters relating to player protection.
Today, gambling is a huge industry in Italy, generating approximately 80 billion Euros in annual revenues and contributing around 8 billion Euros to the national budget.
Online Gambling in Italy
Online gambling in Italy is also legal. The Amministrazione Autonoma dei Monopoli di Stato (AAMS) regulates the online gambling in Italy, as of March 2017. The Liberalization of the Italian online gambling market gradually started in 2006, after the complaint received in 2003 by the European Commission for restrictions of the free market. The Decree on Liberation, article 38, passed 1 January 2007 makes all gambling online legal in Italy. With the Italian Gambling Act 2010 foreign licensed operators became able to legally offer online real money games in the country such as casino and poker games, bingo as well as betting.