Gambling Laws in Serbia
Gambling in Serbia is legal under the Law on Games of Chance (Zakon o Igrama na Srecu) and its amendments. The Articles 9, 13, 14 and 15 of the law contain precise definitions of the forms of games of chance regulated in the country such as card games, table games, bingo, lotto, betting, etc. According to article 97, operators can also run online gambling sites in Serbia.
The body responsible for the regulation of the gambling activities in the country is the Games of Chance Administration (Uprava za igre na srecu) which is part of the Tax Administration (Poreska Uprava) within the Ministry of Finance. According to the Serbian gambling laws, licenses for providing any of the gambling games can be obtained by the Government. And minors under 18 years of age are prohibited to participate in gambling activities.
Is Online Gambling Legal in Serbia?
Yes, online gambling is legal in Serbia in all its variety, according to the Law on Games of Chance.
Online Casinos in Serbia
Casinos have been present in the country since the 1960s. However, locals could only start to have access to these gambling houses after the dissolution of Yugoslavia. Now, they can gamble in many land-based casinos, but also use domestic online casino sites in Serbia that are fully licensed. And offshore platforms are also available, despite the authorities efforts’ to block them.
Online Poker in Serbia
Poker in Serbia is legal and it can be played in most land-based casinos in the country. However, when it comes to its online version, there are still no specialized online poker sites in Serbia. Therefore, Serbians usually access international platforms where they can compete against the best players in the world and win higher prizes.
Online Lottery in Serbia
The regulations derived from the Law on Games of Chance serve as a basic legal framework within which the National Lottery of Serbia (Državna Lutrija Srbije), founded in 2004, offers its lotto products. In accordance with this law, the company also has a monopoly of online lotto sites in Serbia. For this reason, players access regularly offshore platforms that offer better jackpots and opportunities.
Online Bingo in Serbia
Although there are no specific Serbian bingo laws, the Law on Games of Chance includes it in the category of “Classic games of chance”. This means that the National Lottery of Serbia is the only provider of all sorts of bingo games, including online bingo sites in Serbia. But as this poses restrictions on players, they access offshore platforms without fearing prosecuted.
Online Sports Betting in Serbia
Sports betting in Serbia is also regulated with the Law on Games of Chance. Although the National Lottery of Serbia has almost exclusive right to provide online gambling games, the high popularity of betting in the country motivated the lawmakers to make one exception regarding sports betting. As a result, there a few licensed online sportsbook sites in Serbia. Nevertheless, bettors still try to access offshore platforms that offer them a wider variety of sports and higher odds.
Online DFS in Serbia
Online DFS sites in Serbia 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 receive become legal in Serbia.