Gambling Laws in Latvia
Gambling in Latvia is legal in all its variety, under the Gambling and Lotteries Law from 2005 and its amendments. The general provisions of the law contain precise definitions of the forms of gambling regulated such as casino games, table games, bingo, lotto, and betting, including all forms of legal interactive or online gambling in Latvia as well. The Law on Lottery and Gambling Tax and Fee also serves as a legal document concerning all gambling activities.
The body responsible for the regulation of the gambling activities in the country is the Lotteries and Gambling Supervision Inspection of Latvia (Izložu un azartspēļu uzraudzības inspekcija). According to Latvian gambling laws, licenses for providing any of the gambling games regulated by the Gambling and Lotteries Law can be obtained by that authority. And minors under 18 years of age are prohibited to participate in gambling activities.
|Is Online Gambling Legal in Latvia?|
Yes. All forms of online gambling are legal in Latvia, according to the Gambling and Lotteries Law.
Online Casinos in Latvia
Online casinos in Latvia are legal and amount to several licensed providers most of which offer other types of gambling games besides the classical casino games. Yet, and despite the fact that the authorities actively block ISPs of gambling websites, there are still ways through which gamblers can access offshore platforms and that usually offer better opportunities.
Online Poker in Latvia
As there are no specific Latvian poker laws, the general regulations coming from the Gambling and Lotteries Law apply, and online poker is also considered to be legal in Latvia. But while poker is part of the regular offer of every casino in the country, that is not the case when it comes to the online version of the game. For this reason, it is not easy to find specialized online poker sites in Latvia, which is why players usually access international poker rooms.
Online Lottery in Latvia
During the communist regime, the lottery was provided by the Sojuzsportloto Republican Administration. But since 1992 that the state-owned Latvijas Loto has the state-monopoly, as well as the exclusive provider of online lotto sites in Latvia, according to the Latvian lotto laws. As a result, players often use offshore platforms that offer higher jackpot prizes.
Online Bingo in Latvia
Even though the game is not as popular as in other countries, bingo still has a considerable following in Latvia. And there are a few licensed operators running online bingo sites. However, players who are looking for a wider variety of bingo games, usually play in offshore platforms that also offer better opportunities.
Online Sports Betting in Latvia
Unlike most countries in Europe, sports betting is not as popular as casino games and slot machines in Latvia. Still, there are several online sportsbook sites in Latvia, though bettors can still access many offshore platforms that are still not blocked by the authorities, such as 22BET Sportsbook. These international operators provide them with many different sports and higher odds.
Online DFS in Latvia
Online DFS sites in Latvia are not legally regulated. However, considering the legality of online gambling in Latvia it is very probable that Daily Fantasy Sports will soon become legal in the country.