Is Online Gambling Legal in Ireland?
Online gambling in Ireland is multi-million dollar industry and Irish players can gamble on sports, casino games, poker, bingo, lotteries and more on licensed and legal gambling websites. The current gambling laws allow Irish residents to gamble on licensed offshore (not located in Ireland) websites as well as domestically licensed sites.
But, online gambling is only legal in Ireland as long as players gamble on websites that hold a valid gambling Irish gambling licence. Punters can also visit betting shops across the country with popular brands such as BoyleSports & Paddy Power boasting 100's of shops all over Ireland. To gamble in a betting shop or online, you must be at least 18 years old.
On March 2015, the Betting (Amendment) Act was signed into law which meant if any operator accepts bets from anyone in Ireland, they will be subject to Irish licensing and taxation. This act was designed to update the Betting Act 1931 which for obvious reasons, failed to account and address the explosion of online gambling. Now, Irish players are able to gamble online with regulated offshore betting sites and online casinos as well as domestically licenced online gambling websites.
The Betting Act of 2015 made it illegal to facilitate gambling to players in Ireland without one of three licenses. The penalty for operators can be a fine up to €150,000 for a first offence, and a fine up to €300,000 for following offences.
- A licence for retail bookmakers
- A licence for operators offering remote betting to customers based in Ireland
- A licence for operators who facilitate Irish customers making bets (such as a betting exchange)
On BettingGuide.com, you will only find legal operators with one of these Irish gambling licenses, and we reference the licence number in each of our operator reviews.
If you are looking to gamble online from Ireland, be sure to check that the online operator is legal and licensed in Ireland or holds offshore licenses from respected authorities in the industry such as the UK Gambling Commission, Malta Gaming Authority, or the Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association.