Gambling Laws in Luxembourg
Gambling in Luxembourg is considered to be in great part illegal. Within the Luxembourg gambling laws, the Gambling Law from 20 April 1977, figures as the main regulatory act of all gambling activities in the country. According to Article 1 of this act, all forms of games of chance are illegal in Luxembourg. Yet, various exceptions are allowed. Thus, the National Lottery Law from 2009 allows grants the National Lottery (Loterie Nationale) an exclusive right to provide lotto and sports betting games, including online games in Luxembourg. It must be stressed that the current legislation does not make an explicit distinction between online and land-based gambling and that the whole online gambling sector is practically monopolized by the National Lottery.
The regulatory body of the land-based and online activities in the country is the Ministry of Justice which also grants licenses for operators of gambling games in the country. And according to Luxembourg gambling laws, minors under 18 years of age are prohibited to participate in gambling activities.
Is Online Gambling Legal in Luxembourg?
Online gambling in Luxembourg does not have a clearly regulated status. But all online games provided by the national lottery are considered to be legal, according to the National Lottery Law from 2009.
Online Casinos in Luxembourg
As of August 2019, there is only one land-based casino in Luxembourg, the famous Casino 2000. Although there are no specific online casino laws, it is assumed that, as Casino 2000 is the only authorized company in the country, it can also offer online casino games. However, there is no online version yet. In this way, Luxembrougers often access international online casino sites.
Online Poker in Luxembourg
There are no specific poker laws, but the exceptions from the general prohibition on gambling allow for this game to be organized only within the facilities of the only casino in the county, the Casino 2000. As a result, it is also the only operator authorized in offering poker games online, though it still does not have a platform. Consequently, there are currently no online poker sites in Luxembourg, which is why players usually access offshore operators.
Online Lottery in Luxembourg
The National Lottery Law functions as the main online lottery law in Luxembourg. According to this law, the National Lottery of Luxembourg (Loterie Nationale) has the monopoly of organizing both land-based and online lotto. Lotto Rheinland-Pfalz and Saarland-Sporttoto, two German lotteries, are also allowed to provide these games under the authorization of the National Lottery. But players also have access to international online lotto sites in Luxembourg.
Online Bingo in Luxembourg
No specific online bingo laws have been ratified within the Luxembourg gambling legislation, but the status of bingo is defined in the same way as the status of the other lotto games offered by the National Lottery. Consequently, bingo can legally be played in Luxembourg. However, since the National Lottery does not offer this game within its online products, there is still no online bingo in Luxembourg. But players can freely access offshore platforms that offer a vast selection of bingo games.
Online Sports Betting in Luxembourg
Sports betting in the country is regulated with the National Lottery Law and is considered to be legal. Yet, due to the current monopoly on the online gambling and betting market in Luxembourg by the National Lottery, the options for Luxembourger bettors are very limited. Therefore, they access offshore online sportsbook sites that usually provide them with higher odds.
Online DFS in Luxembourg
Online DFS sites in Luxembourg are not legally regulated. There is an ongoing debate on the status of this type of game, but considering the legality of online sports betting in the country it might be the case that Daily Fantasy Sports will soon become legal in Luxembourg.