Gambling Laws in Kyrgistan
Various forms of gambling in Kyrgyzstan are legal as of May 2018. Within the Kyrgyz gambling legislation, the laws which allow legalization of sports betting have a special importance as they meant opening of part of the online gambling market in the country. In 2017 the Kyrgyz President, Almazbek Atambayev, signed the “On Lotteries” act which allows for the formation of a state-lottery and outlaws all games which are not organized by a state lottery. The establishment of the national lottery was postponed for the second half of 2018.
The regulatory body of the land-based and online gambling activities in the country includes administrative units working under the President of the country. According to Kyrgyz gambling laws minors, under 18 years of age are prohibited to participate in any gambling activities.
Is Online Gambling Legal in Kyrgyzstan?
Most of the forms of online gambling are legal in Kyrgyzstan. These include lotto and bingo games as well as sports betting. Online poker and online casino games are not legal.
Online Casinos in Kyrgyzstan
As of May 2018, there are no specialized online casinos in Kyrgyzstan. Online casinos in the country are in general prohibited, and consequently there are no Kyrgyz internet casino sites either. Foreign licensed operators are actively blocked for accessing the Kyrgyz market.
Online Poker in Kyrgyzstan
There are no special Kyrgyz online poker laws. Hence the legal status of poker and online poker in Kyrgyzstan is unclear. However, as of May 2018, there are no specialized Kyrgyz internet poker sites. Foreign internet poker sites, licensed elsewhere, can easily be accessed from the country.
Online lottery in Kyrgyzstan
The main acts within the Kyrgyz online lottery laws, is the Order of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic from June 17, 2016 “On the creation of the State company state-owned Lottery Company" and the Presidential Decree “On lotteries” from 2017 which allow for the formation of a national lottery in the second half of 2018. However, as of May 2018, there are online lotto games in Kyrgyzstan which are offered by one of the licensed sportsbooks in the country, Олимп. On their site one can play various online lotto games in the rather limited choice of lotto rooms.
Online bingo in Kyrgyzstan
There are no specific Kyrgyz online bingo laws, therefore general regulations apply and bingo is considered to be legal in the country. The sportsbook Олимп, is also one of the main providers of online bingo in Kyrgyzstan. On their site one can easily access several bingo rooms which are one of the most visited in the country.
Online sports betting in Kyrgyzstan
Online sportsbook sites in Kyrgyzstan are legal and highly popular. Any supplier of online betting opportunities on the Kyrgyz market must obtain a proper license. Пари-Матч, Tenissi.kg, Марафон as well as Олимп, sportsbooks with various outlets in many post-Soviet countries, are considered to offer some of the most widely visited internet sportsbook sites in the country. The sites provides a wide variety of possibilities for betting such as fixed odd betting, live betting, totalizator games etc. Foreign internet sportsbook sites are actively being blocked by the authorities.
Online daily fantasy sports in Kyrgyzstan
Online DFS sites in Kyrgyzstan do not have a legally regulated status. However, considering the legality of online sports betting in the country it is very probable that internet Daily Fantasy Sports would soon receive a legal status in Kyrgyzstan . Beside this unregulated status, some licensed sports betting operators do offer DFS on their websites.