Gambling Laws in Lithuania
Gambling in Lithuania is legal in all of its variety. Within the Lithuanian gambling legislation, the Gambling Law of the Republic of Lithuania (Lietuvos Respublikos azartinių lošimų įstatymas) from May 2001 and its amendments, the last one dating from 2017, are considered to be the main regulatory acts of all gambling activities in the country. Thus, according to Article 2 of this act, all forms of land-based and online gambling are legal in Lithuania. The Law on Lotteries also serves as a regulation for the operation of lotteries.
The regulatory body of the land-based activities in the country is the Gaming Control Authority under the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania, while the legal functioning of the online gambling sector is also supervised by the same body. Besides its function as a supervisor, the Gaming Control Authority is the official body that grants licenses to all Lithuanian casinos, sportsbooks, or other types of gambling providers, brick and mortar as well as online gambling sites.
And according to Lithuanian gambling laws, minors under 18 years of age, are prohibited to participate in gambling activities.
Is Online Gambling Legal in Lithuania?
Yes, all forms of online gambling are legal in Lithuania under the Gambling Law of the Republic of Lithuania.
Online Casinos in Lithuania
There are various licensed online casinos in Lithuania, as of August 2019, whose work is regulated by the Control Authority. However, and despite the authorities’ efforts to block illegal websites, some gamblers still try to access international platforms that offer a wider variety of games and better opportunities.
Online Poker in Lithuania
Poker in Lithuania is highly popular. Although there are no specific Lithuanian poker laws, the game falls under the category of card games and online poker is also considered to be legal in the country. And due to the limited offer of licensed operators, players willing to compete at a higher-level often access international online poker sites in Lithuania.
Online Lottery in Lithuania
According to the Law on Lotteries, the game in Lithuania is not a state-monopoly and every lotto operator, national or international, can apply for a license. Online lotto sites in Lithuania are also legal and Lithuanians have access to several international platforms. And unlike other forms of gambling, authorities are allowing the presence of unlicensed platforms.
Online Bingo in Lithuania
Bingo is not very popular in Lithuania, which is why it is hard for players to find bingo halls. Moreover, there are also no specialized sites for online bingo in Lithuania. In this way, Lithuanians try to access international platforms licensed elsewhere that offer them a vast selection of bingo games and great opportunities.
Online Sports Betting in Lithuania
Sports betting is very popular in Lithuania and there are several land-based betting shops across the country. However, the offer of online sportsbook sites in Lithuania is rather limited, when compared to the international market. Thus, bettors usually try to access offshore platforms that haven’t been blocked yet, as they provide Lithuanians with a wider selection of sports and higher odds.
Online DFS in Lithuania
Online DFS sites in Lithuania 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 Lithuania.