Austrian Gambling Legislation
Gambling in Austria is regulated at state and provincial level. At federal level, the online and land-based casinos are monitored by the Law on Games of Chance or Austrian Gambling Act (GspG).
The other pieces of legislation that regulate the gambling activities in Austia are the Austrian Civil Code that covers all types of gambling, the E-Commerce Act that covers online gambling, and the Law on Unfair Competition that monitors the promotional gambling materials published in Austrian media.
Online and Offline Gambling in Austria
It is 100% legal to engage in casino games and sports betting as long as the provider of these services is based in Austria. That explains why Novomatic-branded products are so common across the country.
Pyramid type games are prohibited i.e games where a player is rewarded for bringing their friends and making them open an account.
Bets in provincial salons are limited to €10 with max win limited to €10,000. However, these salons are not available in all Austrian provinces.
Austrian authorities issued only 15 gambling licenses and all of them belong to Casinos Austria AG. The licenses have a 15-year validity, which means that it is next to impossible for a foreign operator to enter the market.
The licensed operators are allowed to accept Austrian players only, which dramatically limits the market given the fact that the population is only 9 million. However, the current legislation does not prohibit Austrian residents from playing at offshore online casinos. What’s more, various statistics show that nearly 60% of the gambling revenue is generated from international operators Austria has no intention of licensing, but still requires them to ante up to 40% of their Austrian revenue in taxes.