Gambling Laws in Romania
Gambling in Romania is considered to be legal in all of its variety. The Romanian gambling legislation is composed of several acts which include, as main, the following: the Government Emergency Ordinance no. 92/2014, effective from 12th of June 2015 and known as Law no.124, the “Government Emergency Ordinance 77/2009 on the organization and operation of games of chance” also known as Games of Chance Law, and the New Methodological Norms for the implementation of Games of Chance Law known as Secondary Games of Chance Law.
Article 3, paragraph (1) of the Games of Chance Law defines online gambling and makes all of its variety legal in the country. The regulatory body of the land-based, as well as the online gambling activities in the country, is the National Gambling Office whose foundation and functioning were defined with the Government Emergency Ordinances 20/2013 and 298/2013 referring on the establishment, organization, and functioning of the National Gambling Office. The National Gambling Office is also responsible for granting licenses to potential gambling providers, online as well as land-based. According to Romanian gambling laws minors, below 18 years of age are prohibited to participate in gambling activities.
Is Online Gambling Legal in Romania?
Yes. All forms of online gambling are legal in Romania, according to the Games of Chance Law.
Online Casinos in Romania
Online casino sites in Romania amount to plenty of providers licensed by the National Gambling Office, most of which offer other types of gambling games, besides the classical casino ones. There are two types of licenses available and, as of June 2019, many international operators are legal in the country, offering a wide variety of games to Romanian gamblers.
Online Poker in Romania
Although there are no specific Romanian online poker laws, poker is legally defined as a casino game, and consequently, all the regulation referring to casino games refers to poker too. The Romanian poker scene has been growing in recent years, mainly due to the presence of various specialized online poker sites in Romania, such as PokerStars or Unibet Poker
Online Lottery in Romania
Loteria Română is the state licensed provider for all sorts of land-based lotto games in the country as well as for the online lottery in Romania. The origin of Loteria Română dates back to 1906 and it was significantly reformed several times, most drastically after the fall of the regime in 1989. Currently, it doesn’t offer online lotto games, but Romanian players have access to foreign operators.
Online Bingo in Romania
Although there are no specific Romanian online bingo laws, the regulations derived from the main Romanian gambling legislative serve as a basic legal framework within which bingo products can be offered. Bingo in Romania is legal in any of its three legally prescribed forms: as a game played in special bingo halls, as a game organized through a TV network and as online bingo. And most of the casinos and sportsbooks in the country offer online bingo in Romania.
Online Sports Betting in Romania
Online sportsbook sites in Romania are highly popular. Sports betting is not explicitly and separately defined within the Romanian gambling legislation and is generally considered to fall under the category of fixed-odds betting, which is legal in the country in its land-based as well as an online form. The regulation of the betting sector in Romania is also supervised by the National Gambling Office and any supplier of online betting opportunities on the Romanian market must obtain a proper license from the authority.
Online DFS in Romania
Online DFS sites in Romania 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 is very probable that Daily Fantasy Sports would soon become legal in Romania.