Online Casino Legislation at the Czech Republic
Gambing Law in the Czech Republic
On January 1, 2017, the Gambling Act entered into force in the Czech Republic, which regulated the entire gambling industry. If operators want to offer games to Czech players, they must first obtain a license from the local Treasury. Restrictions also apply to games that have a limited win per one jackpot set up to 500,000CZK (£17,000). Games must be individually assessed and must also be licensed, otherwise the operators can not include them in their portfolio.
The law is generally met with great criticism from non-Czech operators of online casinos, online poker and online betting. They point out, in particular, the enormous difficulty and lack of clarity in obtaining a license. Only local operators operate in the Czech Republic, except for a few exceptions such as online poker room Pokerstars.
Limitations for Czech players
Limitations do not apply to players themselves who can play any online games they have access to. The law imposes an obligation on unlicensed operators to forbid Czech players to register and play for money. Players often use online casinos that are not licensed in the European Union and are out of the reach of Czech jurisdiction. Players, however, risk not being able to withdraw their winnings and the safety of the games and the fairness of individual games and slot machines is not guaranteed.
Players are not satisfied with the situation, especially when it comes to online poker as there have been associations set up to ease on the restrictions. Players can sign a petition to make some of the laws, which apply both to poker and slot machines, rewritten so that poker is a skill gambling game instead of just a gambling game.
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