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The requirements and conditions vary depending on the region and type of licence that an entity is interested in applying for.

Please refer to 3. Other than these, there have been no significant changes to the licensing and regulatory framework in Spain over the past year. For example, an entity that wishes to commercialise bingo, baccarat and poker will need one general licence other games and three single licences bingo, baccarat and poker.

In other words, general licences per se are not valid to offer games; to do so, the entity will also need to obtain a single licence for each type of game within its category. General licences can only be obtained through a public tender process announced by the DGOJ.

Entities can apply for single licences together with the general licence or at any other time, provided that they have already been granted and still hold the relevant general licence. Each region has competence to establish its own licences and its own licensing procedure and regime.

There have been three public calls for general licences for online gambling at the federal level since the approval of the Spanish Gambling Act in in , and None of the three public tenders limited the number of operators that could be granted a licence, nor the number of licences to be granted.

In other words, all those operators that met the requirements established within the tender obtained the licence. The Spanish regulation permits any interested party to request a new call for gambling licences at least 18 months after the previous call.

The processes for regional land-based licences are approved by each autonomous region and, depending on the type of licence and region, there can be limits on the number of licences available for example, licences for betting shops in the Canary Islands or the licences can be limited to one and subject to a public tender process as is the case, for example, for licences for land-based casinos.

General licences are valid for ten years, extendable by another ten. Single licences have a minimum duration of one year and a maximum duration of five, depending on the type of gambling product, and these are also extendable by successive periods of the same duration.

The expiry of the general licence that the single licence is linked to implies the expiry of the single licence as well. The duration of licences depends on each region and type of licence.

Customarily, licences are valid for ten years, extendable by another ten. Although there are differences between the application requirements for land-based operators with slight differences among the regions and online operators subject to the Gambling Act, the requirements are always divided into three sections to prove legal, economic and technical solvency.

The timing of the application process depends on the applicable regulation, type of licence and conditions approved by the corresponding public tender, if applicable. For instance, the last window to apply for general licences for online gambling at a federal level was opened for one year, with interested parties being entitled to apply for their licences between December and December The DGOJ had a term of six months from the submission of the relevant applications to issue or refuse the licences.

Initially, the licences are granted with a provisional nature. To obtain definitive licences, operators must submit the definitive certification report of the technical systems to the DGOJ within a maximum term of four months from the provisional granting.

Once the certification documentation is submitted, the DGOJ proceeds with the review and the granting of the definitive licences within a maximum term of two months. Operators can start operating with the provisional licence.

The duration of regional licences depends on each regional regulation and, if applicable, on the conditions of the public tender process.

Customarily, it takes between three and six months from the submission of the application for the regulator to review and proceed with the granting of the relevant licence. For online gambling licence applications at a federal level, entities must pay the following administrative fees:.

For regional licence applications, the cost depends on the region and the type of licence applied for. For online gambling licences at a federal level, there is an annual fee of 0. Each region has its own regulation for each type of premises licensing: casinos, gaming halls, bingos and betting shops.

Therefore, the requirements for licensing depend on the premises and the autonomous region in question. Also, in some cases, casino premises for example, licensing is subject to a public tender process.

Notwithstanding the above-mentioned regional variation, in general terms the requested documentation aims to prove the legal, technical and economic solvency of the applicant. The main requirements and differences that can be identified are as follows:.

The land-based gambling sector is still implementing certain changes, with the aim of reinforcing the protection of vulnerable individuals and tightening the regulation of gambling advertising. The main changes in this regard are as follows. This positioned the Balearic Island at the forefront of regions pioneering measures to combat gambling addiction.

With the application of the new Balearic regulations, slot machines will cease to emit lights or sounds, remain dormant when not in use, and incorporate a start-up screen that will ask the user about their legal age and warn them about the potential risks of addiction associated with the game.

Included among the significant changes in this new regulation is a provision requiring a minimum distance of metres between gaming establishments and educational centres, as well as the prohibition on cash withdrawals from point of sales terminals with credit cards within the premises of gaming establishments.

On 4 July , a new Gambling Law was issued in Galicia. This law dictates that leisure and dining venues, which do not primarily serve as gaming establishments, are now limited to two recreational machines each.

Bars are permitted to host type A special slot machines and type B betting machines. Bingo halls can additionally include type B special machines, whereas casinos are allowed type C machines, which are entirely based on chance and offer larger prizes.

In response to public concerns, the law has changed the distance regulations between gaming establishments and educational centres. The required distance has been increased from metres to Notwithstanding this, it should be noted that existing gaming establishments are given a year grace period to comply, but must adhere to the new distance if relocating.

Valencia, for example, mandates a metre separation between gaming halls, and an metre gap between these and educational centres. Andalusia requires a smaller, metre distance, while Barcelona enforces a larger metre one. Recently, the Superior Court of Justice of the Valencian Community TSJCV submitted a consultation to the Court of Justice of the European Union CJEU , to evaluate whether the stipulated distances in Valencia metres between gaming halls and metres from educational centres to gaming halls possibly unfairly disadvantage private companies, and whether they comply with the principles of freedom of establishment and freedom to provide services, as defined by the European Union.

The implications are profound, with four appeals lodged by gaming sector business associations against these measures held in suspension. As a consequence of the approval of the Royal Decree on commercial communications for online gambling activities at a federal level in , most of the regions in Spain announced their intention to proceed with the adaptation of their regulations to that Royal Decree.

Valencia is the region with the most restrictive regulation on gambling advertising and, as a result, any type of gambling advertising or promotional activity has been prohibited.

Spanish gambling regulation does not distinguish between B2C and B2B licences, nor between the law applicable to the operations of one operator and another. Entities that meet the above requirements and also manage gaming platforms in which they are members, or that other gaming operators join, pooling together stakes coming from their respective users, will be considered as gaming operators and gaming co-organisers.

If a B2B operator meets the requirements established by the regulation, it is subject to licensing and, technically speaking, will be considered a gaming operator.

Consequently, the inclusion of a B2B operator within the definition of a gaming operator, and its requirement to be licensed, depends on the services that said operator intends to provide within Spain, along with the conditions related to that service.

Affiliates do not need to hold a licence in Spain as long as they do not register clients or maintain an agreement or gaming account with them. The new regulation on advertising establishes a new requirement by which an operator is prohibited from using brands or trade names that are not owned by said operator or by the business group to which such operator belongs, to identify and differentiate itself from other operators.

Consequently, it may also be subject to licensing. Central to these adjustments is an array of notifications which operators are obligated to supply at specific intervals — for example, when certain predetermined thresholds or events are reached. The key objective is to ensure that participants have access to the necessary information to formulate educated judgements ahead of time and allow them to rectify their behaviour.

Additional noteworthy amendments include prohibitions placed on the aforementioned groups of participants, ranging from a ban on using credit cards to the prohibition of accessing VIP schemes and a restriction on receiving commercial communications.

The proposed modification is designed to establish a financial restriction on the cumulative deposits that an individual participant can submit across all gaming accounts associated with any of their user registries held with licenced gambling operators. This proposal aims to enhance the protection provided to participants holding gaming accounts with multiple operators.

Thus, the DGOJ will use this opportunity to revise Annex I of the Royal Decree, particularly regarding the amounts and legal form of the establishment of guarantees by gambling operators.

The period for public consultation, allowing the public to participate by offering suggestions, concluded on 16 October Draft Resolution Approving the New Data Model and Modifying Annexes I of Two Resolutions.

On 7 July , the DGOJ initiated a public consultation period on the draft Resolution approving the new Data Model and modifying Annexes I:. The purpose of these modifications is to adapt the existing Resolutions to recent regulatory changes, most notably, the Royal Decree on Gambling Advertising and Responsible Gambling, which have imposed additional obligations onto operators which could be monitored by the DGOJ, through the introduction of the necessary changes to the data model of the monitoring system.

The consultation, in which the public could participate with suggestions or concerns, concluded on 7 September On 27 April , the Spanish Council of Ministers approved the draft law regulating customer services, the main objective of which is to alleviate the deficiencies detected in the provision of this type of service by large companies and to better safeguard consumer rights.

The draft law arises from numerous consumer complaints centred around inefficient customer service, typically within larger entities. This regulation, also foresees the possibility that small and medium-sized companies and financially struggling companies will not be affected by the regulation, as they are not the main generators of these complaints.

Notably, some online gambling operators, determined by annual income, may fall under this regulation. The draft law encourages consumer rights and establishes base-line quality standards for customer services across sectors including utility providers, transportation, postal services, conditional access to audiovisual media and electronic communications services.

Companies are expected to maintain satisfactory services to inform, handle, and resolve customer complaints. The regulation does not contain specific technical measures to protect consumers from unlicensed operators.

However, the DGOJ is entitled to request that internet service providers and financial entities adopt blocking measures within sanctioning procedures initiated against illegal operators.

In this sense, blocking access from Spanish IP addresses and payment-blocking are the most common measures. Indeed, the DGOJ has committed to continue intensifying the existing policy of domain name system DNS -blocking and monitoring payment traffic to identify the main black-market operators targeting the Spanish market.

Somewhat related to the above, the most recent modification of the Spanish Gambling Act incorporated the following new types of infractions:.

The gambling sector is fully committed to the detection of participation in gambling activities by minors and vulnerable groups.

The aim of the responsible gambling requirements is to prevent and correct the negative effects of gambling through the application of different measures. Most of the responsible gaming requirements are compulsory for online operators.

The requirements for land-based operators vary by region and premises, and some land-based operators apply additional responsible gambling measures in their businesses, at their own initiative. Key requirements include the prohibition of loans to players, the need to provide clear and accurate information to participants, accessible customer service for player complaints, and the facilitation of a customer support hotline by online operators at the federal level.

Operators are also obliged to inform players about the General Register of Gambling Access Bans RGIAJ and offer self-exclusion options. Responsible gambling tests are also mandatory to detect potential gambling issues.

As explained in 6. The regulation includes the introduction of two new subcategories within the existing grouping of vulnerable participants. The first of these subgroups includes young participants below the age of As it pertains to young participants, net weekly losses for intensive players are those that equal or surpass EUR for three successive weeks.

Other distinctive constraints introduced by the DGOJ for these vulnerable groups include a credit card usage ban for intensive players and those exhibiting risky behaviour; barring access to VIP schemes for younger and risky players and limiting the extent of commercial communication for this latter group.

This concern is expressed in the implementation of measures such as the amplification of mandatory messages that operators must send to users under various circumstances.

For instance, their classification as part of a vulnerable group, information on their gambling patterns, and in-session games allow users to maintain a thorough understanding of their gambling habits, time spent playing, and money expended. This is a deviation from the previous regime, which applied these limits solely to slot games.

As detailed throughout 7. Responsible Gambling RG , Also Known as Safer Gambling SG , the Spanish authorities have created different tools for operators and citizens in order to promote responsible gambling.

Through an inscription in the RGIAJ, an individual is fully prohibited from accessing gambling activity applicable to online and land-based gambling. The register is formed of the data of citizens that voluntarily do not wish to exercise their rights to gamble and of those that are declared incapacitated by a legal ruling.

The DGOJ offers online operators a tool to proceed with the ID verification of their customers resident in Spain. Operators can also check whether the customer is registered with the RGIAJ with this tool, and whether the data provided by the customer corresponds to a minor or to individuals included in the Civil Registry as deceased.

The DGOJ has launched a service addressed to all citizens in order for the operator to detect and communicate an attempt of activation of a user registration when the identity data provided matches the data of an individual who is registered with this service.

No specific AML guidance relevant to the gambling sector is available in Spain, nor has anything been published in this regard by the DGOJ or the Executive Service of the Commission for the Prevention of Money Laundering and Monetary Offences SEPBLAC.

The Spanish AML regulation establishes the instructions, proceedings and duties that online and land-based gambling operators need to apply for the prevention of money laundering.

Contrary to what happens, for instance, in the UK, in Spain there is no specific regulatory or supervisory agency for advertising. In spite of that, in the case of online gambling at the federal level, the DGOJ supervises compliance with the applicable advertising rules by the gambling operators and sanctions them if they breach those regulations.

For audiovisual communication service providers rendering services to gambling operators, the authority to launch proceedings and sanction lies not only with the DGOJ but also with the National Commission of Markets and Competence CNMC. Gambling operators must be duly licensed by the regulator to advertise their products.

According to Article 7. The same is true at regional level. Any advertising third-party provider must confirm that its client gambling operator is duly licensed according to Article 7.

Infringements in the Gambling Law fall into two categories:. Both infractions are qualified as serious infractions and are therefore subject to fines of between EUR, and EUR1 million and to the suspension of activity in Spain for a maximum period of six months.

Each autonomous region individually approves sanctions for regional land-based and online gambling. The current legislation applicable to the advertising of gambling operators — and their products — is as follows:. The most important restriction is that gambling products can only be advertised by licensed operators.

The present restrictions on gambling advertising aim to shield consumers. The main principles include legality, honesty, identification, veracity, societal responsibility, responsible gaming, underage protection, especially enforcing restrictions during watershed hours.

Its regulation and requirements entered into force mostly throughout The most relevant restrictions implemented by this Decree applicable to the online gambling sector include:.

Please note that social gaming products can generally be advertised without the restrictions applicable to gambling products. In terms of advertising for online gambling regulated at the federal level, Articles 40 d and e of the Gambling Act state the relevant applicable infractions, which are subject to the same sanctions:.

Following its entry into force, the Royal Decree on commercial communications for gambling activities was challenged before the Spanish Supreme Court by key stakeholders such as the Spanish Association on Online Gambling Jdigital , the Information Media Association and the Football League. This article, which governs the boundaries of gambling advertising, was compared to Article The Constitutional Court is set to scrutinise the legality of Article 7.

Despite the ongoing dispute, the decree remains binding. Acquisitions and changes of control are not subject to the prior approval of the regulator. However, it should always be taken into account that if, as a result of said acquisition, any of the conditions of the operator company that were disclosed to the regulator at the time of applying for the relevant licences were affected or changed for instance, the solvency of the group, the intercompany agreements for the provision of services or the directors of the operator company , then the operator company will not only have to notify the regulator of the change of control within one month from its completion but also file the documents evidencing any of those material changes that have taken place as a result of the acquisition.

Despite the fact that a change of control does not require the prior approval of the regulator, it is always advisable to contact the regulator before completing the change of control to ascertain any possible concerns it might have regarding the transaction. Regulatory bodies are legally allowed not only to impose economic sanctions but also to revoke or suspend licences.

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Other distinctive constraints introduced by the DGOJ for these vulnerable groups include a credit card usage ban for intensive players and those exhibiting risky behaviour; barring access to VIP schemes for younger and risky players and limiting the extent of commercial communication for this latter group.

This concern is expressed in the implementation of measures such as the amplification of mandatory messages that operators must send to users under various circumstances. For instance, their classification as part of a vulnerable group, information on their gambling patterns, and in-session games allow users to maintain a thorough understanding of their gambling habits, time spent playing, and money expended.

This is a deviation from the previous regime, which applied these limits solely to slot games. As detailed throughout 7. Responsible Gambling RG , Also Known as Safer Gambling SG , the Spanish authorities have created different tools for operators and citizens in order to promote responsible gambling.

Through an inscription in the RGIAJ, an individual is fully prohibited from accessing gambling activity applicable to online and land-based gambling.

The register is formed of the data of citizens that voluntarily do not wish to exercise their rights to gamble and of those that are declared incapacitated by a legal ruling. The DGOJ offers online operators a tool to proceed with the ID verification of their customers resident in Spain.

Operators can also check whether the customer is registered with the RGIAJ with this tool, and whether the data provided by the customer corresponds to a minor or to individuals included in the Civil Registry as deceased.

The DGOJ has launched a service addressed to all citizens in order for the operator to detect and communicate an attempt of activation of a user registration when the identity data provided matches the data of an individual who is registered with this service.

No specific AML guidance relevant to the gambling sector is available in Spain, nor has anything been published in this regard by the DGOJ or the Executive Service of the Commission for the Prevention of Money Laundering and Monetary Offences SEPBLAC.

The Spanish AML regulation establishes the instructions, proceedings and duties that online and land-based gambling operators need to apply for the prevention of money laundering.

Contrary to what happens, for instance, in the UK, in Spain there is no specific regulatory or supervisory agency for advertising. In spite of that, in the case of online gambling at the federal level, the DGOJ supervises compliance with the applicable advertising rules by the gambling operators and sanctions them if they breach those regulations.

For audiovisual communication service providers rendering services to gambling operators, the authority to launch proceedings and sanction lies not only with the DGOJ but also with the National Commission of Markets and Competence CNMC.

Gambling operators must be duly licensed by the regulator to advertise their products. According to Article 7. The same is true at regional level. Any advertising third-party provider must confirm that its client gambling operator is duly licensed according to Article 7.

Infringements in the Gambling Law fall into two categories:. Both infractions are qualified as serious infractions and are therefore subject to fines of between EUR, and EUR1 million and to the suspension of activity in Spain for a maximum period of six months.

Each autonomous region individually approves sanctions for regional land-based and online gambling. The current legislation applicable to the advertising of gambling operators — and their products — is as follows:. The most important restriction is that gambling products can only be advertised by licensed operators.

The present restrictions on gambling advertising aim to shield consumers. The main principles include legality, honesty, identification, veracity, societal responsibility, responsible gaming, underage protection, especially enforcing restrictions during watershed hours.

Its regulation and requirements entered into force mostly throughout The most relevant restrictions implemented by this Decree applicable to the online gambling sector include:. Please note that social gaming products can generally be advertised without the restrictions applicable to gambling products.

In terms of advertising for online gambling regulated at the federal level, Articles 40 d and e of the Gambling Act state the relevant applicable infractions, which are subject to the same sanctions:. Following its entry into force, the Royal Decree on commercial communications for gambling activities was challenged before the Spanish Supreme Court by key stakeholders such as the Spanish Association on Online Gambling Jdigital , the Information Media Association and the Football League.

This article, which governs the boundaries of gambling advertising, was compared to Article The Constitutional Court is set to scrutinise the legality of Article 7. Despite the ongoing dispute, the decree remains binding. Acquisitions and changes of control are not subject to the prior approval of the regulator.

However, it should always be taken into account that if, as a result of said acquisition, any of the conditions of the operator company that were disclosed to the regulator at the time of applying for the relevant licences were affected or changed for instance, the solvency of the group, the intercompany agreements for the provision of services or the directors of the operator company , then the operator company will not only have to notify the regulator of the change of control within one month from its completion but also file the documents evidencing any of those material changes that have taken place as a result of the acquisition.

Despite the fact that a change of control does not require the prior approval of the regulator, it is always advisable to contact the regulator before completing the change of control to ascertain any possible concerns it might have regarding the transaction.

Regulatory bodies are legally allowed not only to impose economic sanctions but also to revoke or suspend licences. Regulators could even suspend gambling licences or seize any assets or documents related to, and needed for, the licensed activity as a precautionary measure.

Economic sanctions may be enforced through the exercise of the relevant guarantees submitted by the operators before the regulator to cover their liabilities and potential consequences that arise as a result of a breach of their obligations as operators. If these guarantees are not enough to cover a certain liability, the sanctions imposed by the regulator could be enforced through common civil remedies the seizure of assets, goods, shares, deposits, etc.

As mentioned in On 16 November , left-wing parties were elected again in Spain. With this, a series of changes have taken place in the government, including changes in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, which is directly responsible for the DGOJ. First of all, it should be noted that Mr Alberto Garzón, until now Minister for Consumer Affairs, has been replaced by Mr Pablo Bustinduy.

The new Minister is known for having participated in the creation of the political party Podemos which espoused an extreme left-wing ideology and is now a sympathiser of the political party Sumar also a party of the far left. Another notable change is the disappearance of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs itself and its integration within the Ministry of Social Rights and Agenda Therefore, the DGOJ is now under the umbrella of the new Ministry of Social Rights, Consumer Affairs and Agenda For this new legislature, the programme of the Ministry foresees the approval of several laws, including the law on general contracting conditions and the law regulating customer services, which failed to be approved by the last legislature.

On this basis, no major changes are expected in the future of the Ministry and in terms of the gambling industry, as both the former and current Ministers have a similar political approach. Barring any surprises, the current regulator at the DGOJ, Mr Mikel Arana, will be replaced in the next few months.

The tax rate applicable to the land-based sector is approved by each regional regulation and therefore varies depending on the region. As an example, in the region of Madrid, the applicable taxes are as follows:.

In addition, there are fixed rates that apply to operating betting terminals or automatic appliances that are suitable for the development of games. On 16 November , left-wing parties were elected again. Following this, a series of changes have taken place in the Spanish government, including changes in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, which is directly responsible for the DGOJ.

First of all, it should be noted that Alberto Garzón, until now Minister for Consumer Affairs, has been replaced by Pablo Bustinduy. The new Minister is known for having participated in the creation of the staunchly left-wing political party Podemos and is now a sympathiser of the political party Sumar also of the extreme left.

Another notable change consists of the disappearance of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs itself and its integration within the Ministry of Social Rights and Agenda For this new legislature, the programme of the Ministry foresees the approval of several laws, including the law on general contracting conditions and the law regulating customer services, which failed to be approved in the last legislature.

Barring any surprises, the current regulator at the DGOJ, Mikel Arana, will be replaced in the next few months. Avenida Jaime III, 1 Primera Planta Palma de Mallorca Islas Baleares Spain.

In recent years, Spain has witnessed a significant transformation of its gambling sector. What was once an attractive, competitive and — one could even say — exemplary industry, has undergone a fundamental shift, largely driven by the adoption of new regulatory restrictions by the government, pushed by populist and left-wing political parties.

The government has taken substantial measures to assert greater control over the gambling industry, primarily fuelled by concerns about the social and public health implications of excessive gambling. However, as this article will explore, the proposed solutions do not always align with the intended objectives and with the actual problem experienced by the market.

A particular focus will be the most recent regulatory development, namely the Royal Decree aimed at creating safer gaming environments and examining potential future implementations. Additionally, this article will explore the rising trend of fraudulent practices within the gambling sector, commending the remarkable efforts of Spanish organisations dedicated to combating these illicit activities and shedding light on their critical role in preserving the integrity of the industry.

In the ever-evolving landscape of gambling regulation and given the emerging challenges, the authors aim to provide insights into the current state of the Spanish gambling industry, assess the impact of recent regulatory changes, and offer a glimpse into what the future may hold for both operators and players in this dynamic sector.

Even though the Spanish gambling market has numerous measures and requirements through the gambling regulations that are aimed at ensuring a safe environment for consumers in the gambling industry, a new regulation in the form of a Royal Decree was approved on 14 March and came into force on 15 September Some of the noteworthy and commented upon measures are summarised below.

This set-up requirement previously existed solely for slots and has now been extended to the general licence for other games. This is understood as participants who have incurred weekly net losses of EUR or more for three consecutive weeks.

In the case of young participants — a category described in the following paragraph — weekly net losses must be equal to or greater than EUR for three consecutive weeks.

Those players displaying intensive gambling behaviour will receive specific messages, along with a monthly summary of their activity. These players will also face restrictions on the use of credit cards. Gamblers aged 25 or younger are categorised as young participants.

For them, operators must display specific messages during the gaming session and employ various means to inform them of the associated risks of gambling, particularly at a young age. Although the regulation still does not provide a definition of such participants the Spanish gambling regulator, Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego — DGOJ, is currently developing an algorithm to unify a definition and criteria that is intended to be in place by September , it does state that operators must establish mechanisms for detecting participants displaying risky behaviours and are obliged to report annually to the regulator on the implemented protocols and the total number of affected individuals.

This group will not receive promotions and cannot be contacted by VIP services. Commercial communication to this group is effectively prohibited. The Royal Decree places emphasis on participants who have exercised their right to self-exclusion or self-prohibition.

Players who register in the General Registry of Access Bans to Gambling RGIAJ will have their activities suspended and will not receive commercial communications. As discussed in the previous paragraphs, this new regulation incorporates a significant number of messages that players should receive before, during and after the gaming session, which is bound to affect their gambling experience.

During the gaming session, the user must receive, at least once every 60 minutes, periodic informative messages that must be read in order to continue playing.

Additionally, operators must, at least every three months, inform users about accessing their monthly activity summaries this shall be monthly for players displaying intensive behaviour.

In addition, the frequency and intensity of messages will vary depending on the categorisation of the player ie, as a young participant, with intensive or risky behaviour, self-excluded or self-prohibited.

While some of the measures introduced by the new regulation are reasonable and beneficial, others appear unnecessary, as the Spanish gambling market, since its approval back in , has become increasingly healthy and safe due to the constant regulatory developments over the years.

Furthermore, the figures in Spain are quite encouraging, with an approximate 0. This measure may appear suitable and proportionate to combat overspending on games that fall under the general licence for other games, which includes slots, blackjack, roulette, bingo, baccarat, and poker excluding tournaments , since it compels players to limit their spending and overall time across all games within the session.

However, since this measure demands technical implementation for operators, it will enter into force on 15 March Therefore, observers will have to wait to see if this measure truly fulfils its intended function.

This measure fails to consider the individual financial capacity of each player or the diverse forms of gambling that exist, as it ignores fundamental aspects of the very nature of gambling.

This approach, focused solely on financial losses, oversimplifies a complex issue. Gambling behaviour varies widely, and the extent of financial losses may not necessarily indicate a problematic gambler. A high-roller who loses significant amounts may have the financial means to do so without experiencing harm, while a moderate-income individual could be adversely affected by comparatively smaller losses.

While it is important to address problem gambling and protect vulnerable individuals, the introduction of this category may risk stigmatising those who gamble responsibly but happen to experience financial losses.

A more nuanced approach that considers individual financial situations and the diversity of gambling forms could be more effective in identifying and assisting those truly in need while preserving the rights of responsible gamblers. Under this provision, these players will receive continuous messages highlighting the associated risks of gambling during their gaming session, which, compared to players aged 26 and above, will mostly hinder their gaming experience.

While the intention behind this measure is to enhance awareness and promote responsible gambling among young individuals, it also comes with certain restrictions.

This means that marketing campaigns and incentives geared towards non-gaming products or services will not be accessible to them. Moreover, according to the data provided by the DGOJ, on the profile of the online gambler in , the average annual spending of players aged 18 to 25 is a modest EUR, which means that it is a relatively small figure that does not warrant extreme alarm.

This restrictive approach could deter young adults from engaging in legal and regulated gambling activities, potentially leading to unintended consequences such as a shift towards unregulated options or even the emergence of a thriving black market.

While protecting young individuals from gambling-related harm is of paramount importance, it is equally crucial to strike a balance that does not unduly harm the industry or create an environment where legal gambling becomes unattractive to this demographic. Finally, we can only reiterate the burden that the excessive sending of messages and other responsible gaming measures pose for both the operator and the user.

By way of example, and in order not to reiterate the above, operators have a hour window to limit the use of credit cards by players with intensive behaviour while in the case of players with risky behaviour, this measure must be adopted within 24 hours. While these aspects are crucial for society and should be subject to ongoing review and improvement, it is necessary to question the need, efficiency and true motivation behind the restrictions introduced in the new regulations.

Striking the right balance between safeguarding individuals and maintaining a thriving, responsible gaming industry remains a crucial challenge in the evaluation of these new regulations. It is also worth mentioning that the restrictive measures imposed on online gambling often have parallels in the realm of land-based gambling, exemplified by recent developments such as the decision of the Superior Court of Justice of Valencia to refer a question to the Court of Justice of the European Union CJEU regarding whether the requirement of a minimum distances of meters between gaming halls and meters between these establishments and educational centres aligns with EU law, particularly in terms of principles such as proportionality, freedom of enterprise, and market unity.

This case highlights the need for a careful examination of whether such restrictions are proportionate to their intended goals and whether they inadvertently hinder legitimate business activities. The outcome of this CJEU referral will likely have broader implications for the regulatory landscape of gambling in Europe, providing valuable guidance on striking the right balance between social protection and market freedoms.

From the above it can be concluded that some of the provisions contained in this regulation along with the restrictions introduced by the Royal Decree on commercial communications for gambling activities which not only introduced an almost total ban on advertising, but also the prohibition of welcome bonuses or promotions to attract new customers , and the fact that in such a highly regulated market there is a clear lack of regulatory updates in terms of market innovation and developments, are making the market look increasingly impoverished and unattractive, leading to a discouraging player experience, which will most likely and unfortunately result in players fleeing to the illegal market.

In line with the recently approved regulation in Spain, other implementations are still to come into effect. The aim of this new regulation is to limit player deposits in a universal manner — ie, by establishing a system of deposit limits per player applicable to all operators licensed in Spain.

In Spain, deposit limits for online gambling operators are set by the Gambling Act, with a daily limit of EUR, a weekly limit of EUR1, and a monthly limit of EUR3, Furthermore, an increase in the limits set by the player may not be requested until a cooling-off period of three months have elapsed since the last increase.

Therefore, the current regulation sets individual deposit limits for each operator, allowing players to modify them within certain parameters. Any attempt to increase or completely remove the limit necessitates the player going through a series of responsible gambling measures.

While this current approach seems to strike a balance between personal choice and safeguarding players from excessive gambling risks, it is undeniably true that the proposed measure of joint deposit limits among operators appears logical and even ideal from the perspective of responsible gambling, with its primary aim being to assist players in managing their gaming behaviour and minimising potential harm resulting from excessive play through the limitation of deposit amounts.

However, the measure to be implemented in Spain has already been implemented in other countries where the results have not been as expected.

Germany, for instance, implemented a stringent joint deposit limit system in , which has had profound effects on the market dynamics. Major global operators have found it increasingly difficult to operate profitably within the confines of these strict limits.

The consequence of this has been that the market, once a thriving hub for online gambling, has now become marginalised even for industry giants. A similar scenario has unfolded in Sweden, where the implementation of joint deposit limits has disrupted the market landscape.

It has been found that players, frustrated by these restrictive limits, are now actively seeking unregulated operators as alternatives. This trend is worrisome as it diverts players away from the protective umbrella of regulated environments to the potentially riskier unregulated fringes of the market.

Therefore, while the intention behind joint deposit limits is laudable, regulators must consider the lessons learned from countries where it has been applied. Striking the right balance between protecting players and maintaining a competitive and sustainable gambling industry is a complex challenge that requires constant evaluation, and potential adjustments to the regulatory framework to ensure both objectives are met effectively.

Be that as it may, the draft Royal Decree in Spain has been submitted to a hearing and public information process, which ended on 16 October , so its entry into force is not expected in the coming months.

What the practical implications will be in practice remains to be seen. This alarming issue not only poses serious risks to personal privacy and financial security but also underscores the urgent need for comprehensive regulatory measures and heightened awareness.

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Online Gambling. Once the certification Spanish gambling laws is submitted, Ganar premios con solo un clic DGOJ proceeds with the review and the gsmbling of the definitive licences within a maximum ,aws of two gambbling. The licence Spanish gambling laws granted to Spnaish applicant who attains Spanisb best score according to a scale provided in the tender. Spanish gambling regulation does not distinguish between B2C and B2B licences, nor between the law applicable to the operations of one operator and another. Contributed By Asensi Abogados. No specific AML guidance relevant to the gambling sector is available in Spain, nor has anything been published in this regard by the DGOJ or the Executive Service of the Commission for the Prevention of Money Laundering and Monetary Offences SEPBLAC. This represents a significant your username. Login here. Contributors Patricia Lalanda Ordóñez LOYRA Abogados Fernando A. Likewise, the opening hours are different depending on each Region and on each type of gambling facility. In this regard, gambling operators must draw up an action plan to mitigate the possible damaging effects of gambling, which incorporates the basic elements of a responsible gambling policy. Offshore operators are not allowed to offer gambling products in Spain based on foreign licences; however, offshore operators may be entitled to Online gambling at the federal level is subject to the Spanish Gambling Act and a federal licence is required in order to operate online in the The new laws legalised online gambling in the form of sports betting. They also made allowances to allow the 17 different regions of Spain to Gambling in Spain is based on a licensing regime; it is thus a controlled and supervised activity, since licence holders have specific duties The new laws legalised online gambling in the form of sports betting. They also made allowances to allow the 17 different regions of Spain to newsinuk.info › spain › trends-and-developments Only the local monopoly operators, SELAE and ONCE, are licensed to provide lottery gambling services in Spain. Regulated online gambling comprises: lotteries; A Q&A guide to gaming in Spain Online gambling at a national level is regulated by the Spanish Gambling Act (Ley 13/, de 27 de mayo, de regulación del juego), and each Spanish gambling laws
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More filters. The Spanosh of the application process Spanisg on the Spanish gambling laws regulation, type Gamboing licence and conditions approved by the corresponding public tender, if applicable. This aims to reinforce the contractual position of consumers and to protect the governing principles of any gambling contract, as follows:. Football betting has always been a popular market in Spain, with La Liga attracting millions of viewers each week. To print this article, all you need is to be registered or login on Mondaq. The main mechanisms and measures of this control are those approved and exercised by the General Directorate for Gambling Regulation DGOJ for online gambling activity at the federal level. Physical gambling-related advertising is subject both to the royal decree and to the regional regulations on gambling advertising. Before discussing the approach to gambling regulation in Spain, a differentiation should be made between: regulation at a federal level, which only refers to online gambling; and regulation at a regional level, which includes both online and land-based gambling. All Football. These amounts are payable only for the application of the licence and until the end of the year following grant of the licence. Contributed By Asensi Abogados. Depending on the Region, gambling premises can be limited in number e. Offshore operators are not allowed to offer gambling products in Spain based on foreign licences; however, offshore operators may be entitled to Online gambling at the federal level is subject to the Spanish Gambling Act and a federal licence is required in order to operate online in the The new laws legalised online gambling in the form of sports betting. They also made allowances to allow the 17 different regions of Spain to The offering of online gambling activities on a national level was first regulated in Spain in by means of the Gambling Act, which sets Spain's General Court Senate has passed a new law on gambling, which will introduce a higher focus on problem gambling prevention The Legal Landscape. In the Spanish government passed its first Internet gambling laws, which legalised sports betting both online and in licenced betting The new laws legalised online gambling in the form of sports betting. They also made allowances to allow the 17 different regions of Spain to Only the local monopoly operators, SELAE and ONCE, are licensed to provide lottery gambling services in Spain. Regulated online gambling comprises: lotteries; Gambling in Spain is based on a licensing regime; it is thus a controlled and supervised activity, since licence holders have specific duties Spanish gambling laws
Trends and Developments. Spanisu regional level, general publicity regulations also apply. Timing: gamnling the Spansih is Códigos promocionales de tragaperras, there is a maximum period of six months to award the licence Spanish gambling laws not. Regarding State-wide online gambling activities, to carry out gambling activities on audio-visual programmes, news media or websites, operators must have an authorisation. Sanctioning proceedings have grown in terms of amount and quantity of fines over the last few years. Single licences are granted for periods of between two and five years depending on the type of licence and are renewable for the same timeframe. On the contrary, land-based gambling and online gambling offered at the regional level the latter is not a common activity require a regional licence from the relevant autonomous region and are subject to regional regulations and provisions governing the relevant gambling product or activity. Open main menu. Furthermore, an increase in the limits set by the player may not be requested until a cooling-off period of three months have elapsed since the last increase. The new Minister is known for having participated in the creation of the political party Podemos which espoused an extreme left-wing ideology and is now a sympathiser of the political party Sumar also a party of the far left. There have been three public calls for general licences for online gambling at the federal level since the approval of the Spanish Gambling Act in in , and Offshore operators are not allowed to offer gambling products in Spain based on foreign licences; however, offshore operators may be entitled to Online gambling at the federal level is subject to the Spanish Gambling Act and a federal licence is required in order to operate online in the The new laws legalised online gambling in the form of sports betting. They also made allowances to allow the 17 different regions of Spain to Online gambling at a national level is regulated by the Spanish Gambling Act (Ley 13/, de 27 de mayo, de regulación del juego), and each Gambling in Spain is based on a licensing regime; it is thus a controlled and supervised activity, since licence holders have specific duties A Q&A guide to gaming in Spain Spain's General Court Senate has passed a new law on gambling, which will introduce a higher focus on problem gambling prevention Casinos or bookmakers in Spain can receive licenses for sports betting, casino games, and lotteries. Most forms of online gambling are legal The Legal Landscape. In the Spanish government passed its first Internet gambling laws, which legalised sports betting both online and in licenced betting Spanish gambling laws
You Sorteos de premios gratuitos fund your account hambling request winnings law all the popular debit or credit laas. Player Verification Service The DGOJ offers Spanish gambling laws operators Spanish gambling laws tool to proceed Spahish the ID verification of Spanish gambling laws Spanlsh resident in Spain. Gambling activities are exempt from VAT. Barring any surprises, the current regulator at the DGOJ, Mr Mikel Arana, will be replaced in the next few months. Sincethe DGOJ has published a list of sanctioned companies on its webpage. The key objective is to ensure that participants have access to the necessary information to formulate educated judgements ahead of time and allow them to rectify their behaviour. Operators can start operating with the provisional licence. Not regulated yet. Somewhat related to the above, the most recent modification of the Spanish Gambling Act incorporated the following new types of infractions: a minor infraction consisting of the participation from Spain, through the use of Spanish territorial IP address masking techniques, in gambling activities offered through websites other than those legally authorised by gambling operators with a licence in Spain; and a serious infraction consisting of promoting or facilitating the participation from Spain in gambling activities through websites other than those legally authorised by gambling operators with a licence in Spain. The current legislation applicable to the advertising of gambling operators — and their products — is as follows:. The DGOJ has launched a service addressed to all citizens in order for the operator to detect and communicate an attempt of activation of a user registration when the identity data provided matches the data of an individual who is registered with this service. The regional regulators are also entitled to revoke or temporarily withdraw a licence. Offshore operators are not allowed to offer gambling products in Spain based on foreign licences; however, offshore operators may be entitled to Online gambling at the federal level is subject to the Spanish Gambling Act and a federal licence is required in order to operate online in the The new laws legalised online gambling in the form of sports betting. They also made allowances to allow the 17 different regions of Spain to The new laws legalised online gambling in the form of sports betting. They also made allowances to allow the 17 different regions of Spain to and each gambling product has its own regulation approved by a ministerial order. A game is not permitted if it is not regulated or is not covered under any of the regulations in force Online gambling at a national level is regulated by the Spanish Gambling Act (Ley 13/, de 27 de mayo, de regulación del juego), and each Spanish gambling laws
The communication network can Spaniah television, the internet, landlines, mobile phones or Spanjsh other interactive Spanish gambling laws system, Spansih real time or recorded. In addition to the provisions on Oaws responsibility set Premios instantáneos en juegos de azar en español in the applicable regulations gambing in particular, those on responsible gambling — and those of the Consumer Spqnish Protection Act which contains prolific provisions aimed at protecting the rights of consumersthe General Directorate for Gambling Regulation has issued guidance on the drafting of terms and conditions of gambling operators. The duration of regional licences depends on each regional regulation and, if applicable, on the conditions of the public tender process. Approve a yearly training plan for employees, which must be approved by the internal control body. Contrary to what happens, for instance, in the UK, in Spain there is no specific regulatory or supervisory agency for advertising. It has diverse options to serve every taste. The Spanish regulation permits any interested party to request a new call for gambling licences at least 18 months after the previous call. Included among the significant changes in this new regulation is a provision requiring a minimum distance of metres between gaming establishments and educational centres, as well as the prohibition on cash withdrawals from point of sales terminals with credit cards within the premises of gaming establishments. LOYRA Abogados. In other words, all those operators that met the requirements established within the tender obtained the licence. In Spain, deposit limits for online gambling operators are set by the Gambling Act, with a daily limit of EUR, a weekly limit of EUR1, and a monthly limit of EUR3, Article Tags. Following its entry into force, the Royal Decree on commercial communications for gambling activities was challenged before the Spanish Supreme Court by key stakeholders such as the Spanish Association on Online Gambling Jdigital , the Information Media Association and the Football League. Offshore operators are not allowed to offer gambling products in Spain based on foreign licences; however, offshore operators may be entitled to Online gambling at the federal level is subject to the Spanish Gambling Act and a federal licence is required in order to operate online in the The new laws legalised online gambling in the form of sports betting. They also made allowances to allow the 17 different regions of Spain to Spain's General Court Senate has passed a new law on gambling, which will introduce a higher focus on problem gambling prevention The offering of online gambling activities on a national level was first regulated in Spain in by means of the Gambling Act, which sets Only the local monopoly operators, SELAE and ONCE, are licensed to provide lottery gambling services in Spain. Regulated online gambling comprises: lotteries; Spanish gambling laws
For regional licences land-based and online at the regional levelthe body responsible for Acceso a múltiples juegos de azar and overseeing licences is the respective regional gambling tambling which, in most pSanish, is under the umbrella of Spanish gambling laws regional departments gamhling finance or fambling. Sand dredged and moved to revitalise a Costa Gsmbling beach as part Gxmbling new marina project in Spain 19 Spanish gambling laws, The key aspects for SSpanish entail the proposed amendments, gambliing the location of internal control system ICS in any European country rather than exclusively in Spain, together with the reduced ICS data retention period, decreasing from six to four years. According to Article 7. Certain declarations must be signed by the directors and shareholders of the applicant entity ie, that they gamblingg not been convicted of a criminal offence. The processes for regional land-based licences are approved by each autonomous region and, depending on the type of licence and region, there can be limits on the number of licences available for example, licences for betting shops in the Canary Islands or the licences can be limited to one and subject to a public tender process as is the case, for example, for licences for land-based casinos. Over the past few years, electronic and inter-connected bingos have been regulated in several Regions. If the entity is not based in Spain, it must have a permanent representative in Spain for notification purposes. Definition of young participants Gamblers aged 25 or younger are categorised as young participants. Draft Resolution Approving the New Data Model and Modifying Annexes I of Two Resolutions. Timing: once the application is submitted, there is a maximum period of six months to award the licence or not. Martín Martín LOYRA Abogados LOYRA Abogados. A licensee will not be granted a licence, or it will be withdrawn if it or its management get involved in certain circumstances related to, e. Offshore operators are not allowed to offer gambling products in Spain based on foreign licences; however, offshore operators may be entitled to Online gambling at the federal level is subject to the Spanish Gambling Act and a federal licence is required in order to operate online in the The new laws legalised online gambling in the form of sports betting. They also made allowances to allow the 17 different regions of Spain to Casinos or bookmakers in Spain can receive licenses for sports betting, casino games, and lotteries. Most forms of online gambling are legal Spain's General Court Senate has passed a new law on gambling, which will introduce a higher focus on problem gambling prevention Offshore operators are not allowed to offer gambling products in Spain based on foreign licences; however, offshore operators may be entitled to Spanish gambling laws
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In doing so, operators should:. The consumer protection regulations in Spain are well developed; and instead of balancing the positions of consumers and companies, they are clearly tilted towards the over protection of consumers.

In addition to the provisions on social responsibility set out in the applicable regulations — in particular, those on responsible gambling — and those of the Consumer General Protection Act which contains prolific provisions aimed at protecting the rights of consumers , the General Directorate for Gambling Regulation has issued guidance on the drafting of terms and conditions of gambling operators.

This aims to reinforce the contractual position of consumers and to protect the governing principles of any gambling contract, as follows:. The anti-money laundering AML legislation has been slightly revised to accommodate certain needs arising from gambling activities in Spain, in both the remote and non-remote sectors.

However, the reality today is that the AML legislation and the gambling regulations should be updated to strengthen the powers and duties of gambling operators, given the subterfuges used by individuals seeking to launder money through gambling.

Based on the definition of 'gambling' in Spain, the concept of gambling subject to licence requires the existence of three essential elements:. If one or more of these elements is missing, the product or activity will be exempt from the gambling regime and regulations. Accordingly, games of pure skill fall outside the scope of gambling, as they do not involve a degree of chance; and prizes in contests, sweepstakes or prize draws are also exempt, as long as these are free and no economic contribution is required to participate.

Social gambling is not regulated in Spain. However, the Gambling Act defines 'social games' as:. gambling or contests of pure leisure, hobby or recreation at federal level that constitute social practices that are traditional, familiar or friendly, provided they do not result in transfers economically assessable, except the price for the use of the means for its development, when this measure does not constitute any economic benefit to the developer or operators.

Generally speaking, pursuant to the Civil Code, gambling contracts are enforceable in the same way as any other contract. The contractual relationship between a player and a gambling operator may be described as follows:. The operator's general terms and conditions are governed by the specific gambling regulations — which are totally focused on the protection of the rights of consumers — and the consumer protection regulations.

Each specific betting contract is also governed by the provisions and principles of the Civil Code, which is the main statute — apart from the gambling regulations — that makes each of these individual betting contracts enforceable.

Hence, the enforceability of a betting contract will depend on compliance with basic Civil Code provisions. For instance, if a player tries to enforce a betting contract after the cancellation of a bet by the operator — perhaps because the player tried to obtain an advantage through a technical error from the operator, such as a late bet on which the player was able place a stake once the relevant event had already concluded — the court will need to decide on issues such as:.

Class actions, however, must be heard before the mercantile courts. The culture in Spain is considerably more litigious than in other European jurisdictions.

The player lost at first instance but succeeded on appeal. For the Supreme Court, this "magnitude and disproportion" constituted "an abuse that the law cannot protect".

Over the past two years or so, certain developments have prompted a change in legislative and regulatory trends in the gambling sector. They include:. Moreover, the town halls of certain cities in Spain which have traditionally been reluctant to allow such premises have established additional restrictions to those set out in the gambling regulations, making the authorisation process even more complex.

With regard to online gambling, in addition to the new royal decree on gambling advertising -which is now fully applicable in Spain although there is currently an unconstitutionality question raised before the Spanish Constitutional Court that should decide whether the regulation goes against the principle of legal reserve- a new regulation on responsible gambling was approved on the 14 th of March , and published in the Official Spanish Gazette the day after.

This regulation will entry into force in 6 months since its publication in the Official Spanish Gazette, with the exception of certain articles which, due to the special complexity of the technological developments involved, will enter into force in 12 months since its publication.

It should also be pointed out that there is currently a legislative process in place aimed to regulate the loot boxes product. The prevailing trend in Spain is thus the protection of consumers through the imposition of new rules and restrictions on operators, resulting in an over-regulated market with excessive protection of consumers.

In light of the current political and regulatory circumstances, the best tip for operators is to ensure full compliance with the regulations, as any infringement could result in economic sanctions as well as other additional measures.

The prevailing trend in Spain reflects that in most other European jurisdictions, where the 'golden days' of the gaming industry seem to have ended and new regulatory restrictions are now commonplace.

The rise of populist parties and the proliferation of 'fake news' informed the approval of a new advertising decree which, in practical terms, imposes an almost total ban on gambling advertising.

The new decree on responsible gambling which should come into force mid will only make things more complex. Undoubtedly, these are the two sticking points that operators should bear in mind in the coming months. The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter.

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To print this article, all you need is to be registered or login on Mondaq. For example, does the current law reflect: a Religious or moral objections to gambling?

b A permissive approach which also seeks to address the social consequences of gambling? and c The promotion of gambling as an 'export' industry? The legislative and regulatory provisions that govern gambling in Spain vary depending on whether the activity is: offered online at the federal level; or land-based or online offered only within one or several regions in Spain.

What powers do they have? Clear examples of this trend include: the new regulation on gambling advertising applicable to online operators licensed at the federal level one of the most restrictive in Europe ; further restrictive regulations on advertising approved at the regional level; and the suspension of new authorisations for land-based gambling premises by a significant number of autonomous regions and regulators.

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Gowling WLG. If not comprised within the latter definitions, they cannot be offered. The DGOJ grants the relevant licences following a public call for applications. The procedure may be opened ex officio or at the request of the interested party, in which case at least 18 months must elapse from the date of the previous call.

Three tenders have been called to date. Licences are granted by compliance with a certain framework that is predefined in applicable laws and regulations from the competent Regions or the central State, as the case may be and, thus, any applicant interested in the grant of a licence will know a priori , with a significant degree of legal certainty, if they have the capabilities and suitability to comply or not.

Prospective licensees, apart from specific requirements related to each type of gambling type or gambling location licence, generally need to meet the following conditions: 1 personal compliance requirements; 2 registration with the relevant gambling registry; 3 deposit of financial guarantees; and 4 compliance with tax and social security obligations.

As described above, at least two licences must be applied for general and singular licence. General licences are granted via an open public tender no limited number of licences, to date that contains requirements regarding technical, financial, reputational compliance, software security and reliability requirements, and anti-fraud and AML requirements.

The amount of the guarantees is reduced from year two onwards. A licensee will not be granted a licence, or it will be withdrawn if it or its management get involved in certain circumstances related to, e. General licences: valid for 10 renewable years. Singular licences: valid for three to five years, depending on the type of game.

The licences will be annulled in the following cases: a by express waiver from the licence holder; b if the validity period elapses; and c by termination by the DGOJ for several reasons.

Please include in this answer any material promotion and advertising restrictions. There are certain groups of people who are restricted from gambling, among others: minors under 18 years old ; people who have been declared disabled by law or judicial resolution; and people who have voluntarily requested that their access to gambling be prohibited.

Depending on the Region, gambling premises can be limited in number e. Additionally, all Spanish Regions have set minimum distances between some types of gambling premises and between gambling premises and educational centres. Likewise, the opening hours are different depending on each Region and on each type of gambling facility.

This is also the case for bingo halls, which are subject to regulations on size, number, location and opening hours, depending on the regulations of the Regions. Regarding State-wide online gambling activities, to carry out gambling activities on audio-visual programmes, news media or websites, operators must have an authorisation.

At regional level, general publicity regulations also apply. Lately, gambling advertisements have been increasingly restricted by laws and implementing regulations passed by the Spanish Regions. These regulations can also be affected by the question of unconstitutionality examined at question 5.

Generally, gambling taxes are imposed on the operator, i. Gambling machine operators are required to pay gambling taxes on a quarterly basis to the Region in which the gambling machine is operated. These taxes are paid quarterly. Also, gambling operators must pay certain one-off administrative taxes in relation to the grant of authorisations, installation of machines, renewals, homologation of machines, systems and gambling equipment, etc.

The IAE is a municipal tax, with fixed rates for conducting land-based gaming activities. Particularly noteworthy are the rates applied per gaming machine unit, with especifically high rates applied to gaming tables in casinos.

Players must declare winnings from gambling in their Personal Income Tax return; however, they can also deduct losses levelling the winnings at the maximum. Gambling operators must draw up a series of measures related to mitigating the possible damaging effects that gambling may cause to persons and must incorporate the basic regulations for a responsible gambling policy.

Online gambling operators national and gaming operators shall establish financial limits for the deposits each participant may make daily, weekly or monthly in the different games.

Gambling operators and activities are subject to the relevant laws governing AML and terrorism prevention regulations. Regarding land-based gambling, the analysis of playing with bitcoins is a bit different — the rules expressly refer to monetary units in euros the price of games or bets, the number of prizes, etc.

Online gambling activities are defined as those games that are played with electronic, computerised, telematic and interactive means and those in which personal attendance is of an accessory nature.

The latter plus the software used are understood to be part of the gambling platform and hence subject to the same gaming regulations on approval and certification. Licences for the offering of online gambling are intended only for Spanish or overseas-based operators — only EEA entities — that target only Spanish or Spanish-resident consumers.

State-wide online gambling is restricted to the regulated gambling verticals, previously licensed and to be offered according to the technical homologations granted, if breached sanctions are applicable — e.

Currently, online gaming operators are allowed to operate terminals in gaming venues, subject to regional regulation.

To date, only Castilla y León Region has explicitly regulated this type of gaming. In Spain, the general rule is that liability for gambling infringements corresponds to those who operate these activities. Only in very exceptional cases are third parties liable, such as athletes, coaches or other direct participants, referees performing or acting in the event or sport activity on which they place their bets, as well as the people who resolved appeals against the decisions of those referees.

Audio-visual or electronic communications service providers, mass media, advertising agencies and advertising networks will be responsible for the promotion, sponsorship and advertising of gambling when organisers do not have the necessary authorisation to legally advertise those games.

In terms of gambling advertisements, whoever facilitates a gambling advertisement i. Please see question 2. The most serious may lead to revocation of the licence. Nevertheless, any restrictive measures such as gambling monopolies or licensing systems that any given MS may impose in its gambling legislation may constitute restrictions to the freedom to provide services in the internal market of the EU article 56 of the TFEU and must satisfy the conditions laid down in relevant case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union about their proportionality, suitability and coherence with regard to achieving the policy objectives of the MS.

While legal gambling contracts are valid and amounts won can be claimed, the amounts won through illegal gambling operated without the relevant authorisations cannot be claimed before any court. Have fines, licence revocations or other sanctions been enforced in your jurisdiction?

By , online casinos had exploded internationally, and Spain was missing out heavily on the new market. To combat this, the government created a special commission—the Directorate General for the Regulation of Gambling DGOJ —to work out the finer details of online gambling in the country.

A year later, in , the commission released the Spanish Gambling Act—new legislation that covers all gambling within the Spanish borders. Under the act, online gambling, including slots and poker, was officially legalised.

Part of legalising online casinos was under the condition that any online casino offering services within the country needed to be licensed by the DGOJ. To get certified, sites must apply through the appropriate procedures and provide independent testing and validation that their games are fair and in no way rigged.

Because all sites operating within the country must be licensed by the DGOJ, offshore operators and those working from other countries are strictly prohibited from offering their services there.

Aside from the regulations currently in force over what operators are allowed to offer services in the country, the government has also passed other subsequent laws that deal directly with gambling.

Speaking to the winnings gained by players while gambling, the law states that all winnings shall be seen as a form of income and will, therefore, be taxable. The final substantial law regarding gambling is relatively new and is formed by an amendment to the Spanish Gambling Act.

Under the new law, ratified in , advertising of any form of gambling within the country is severely limited—similar to changes made in the UK during the same year. It claims these changes are logical to help reduce gambling addiction and irresponsible behaviour while placing bets.

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