Online Poker in Spain
Poker is very popular in Spain. In fact, the country even has its own variation of Texas Hold’em, called Spanish or Synthetic Poker (Chirivito in the country). Moreover, there are many tournaments in the country, both national and international. Every year, some Spanish cities host the European Poker Tour. And uponn the emergence of online poker sites at the beginning of the century, the poker scene flourished even more.
|Is online poker legal in Spain?||Yes.|
|Are poker sites in Spain trustworthy?||Yes.|
|Can I deposit via PaySafeCard/Sofort/Skrill?||Yes.|
|Do online poker sites accept EUR?||Yes.|
Online Poker Laws in Spain
The regulation of poker in land-based rooms is dependent on regional laws. But concerning online poker and according to the Spanish Gaming Act, this form is regulated by the Directorate General for the Regulation of Gambling. This way, having a federal license allows operators to offer the game all across the country.
Poker falls under the definition of “other games”, which “correspond to all games (...), such as, for example, poker or roulette, in which there is a component of randomness or luck and those in which sums of money or financially assessable items are risked”. In this way, operators have to apply for a general license, but also for a specific one to offer poker.
The tax rate for online poker operators is 20% of the gross gaming revenue. Moreover, gamblers also have to declare their winnings in their Personal Income Tax return.
This licensing system has enriched the poker scene, as many operators such as PokerStars or Party Poker are providing their services in the country. However, because licensed websites can only offer their services to Spanish citizens, players are still trying to access unlicensed platforms where they can play tournaments against people from all around the world.
Online Poker Payment Methods in Spain
In order to keep competing in the market, operators need to make sure that their platforms are running safely. This means that they only accept transparent and reliable payment methods. In this way, the credit and debit options offered by VISA and MasterCard are usually available. But there are also alternatives such as Skrill, Neteller, PaySafeCard or Sofort.
Online Poker Sites Accepting EUR
Spain belongs to the Eurozone and was one of the first countries to legalize online gambling. For these reasons, it is part of an important and very appealing market for international companies. This is why there are several online poker sites accepting EUR.