Poker regulation in Ireland

This post is part of a series about European Poker Regulation

Poker is legal in Ireland, and betting in general is a deep part of the culture in Ireland. Sports betting reigns supreme in the country, like most other commonwealth countries, but poker has a big warm place in the Irish public heart and you’ll be able to find plenty of places to play anywhere in this small country. Ireland may have a population of only 5 million citizens but its long history with betting and its lenient taxing policies continue to create a lot of interest around the country. When the current regulation was drafted in 2015 the two biggest betting brands in Ireland, Boylesports and Paddypower, were very active advisors to the regulators creating the law.

Ireland poker law

Ireland officially made gaming legal in its many forms in a legislation passed on August 1st, 2015. Irish poker sites must apply for a license or face up to a €300,000 fine. The poker sites who receive a license must pay a fee of €10,000 for a license as well as an ongoing 1% tax on turnover for casino and 15% for sport bets. The current regulation is extremely friend to poker sites, on the first day of application 27 different brands applied for a license. If betting companies continue to show the love and maintain their operations in Ireland we expect the regulation to continue to be lenient but this is really just too good to be true and we expect the Irish government to wise up at some point and ask for higher returns from its gaming industry.

Play poker Ireland

Poker is everywhere in Ireland, if you’re visiting Dublin you’re certainly less than a kilometer from a card room no matter where you stand. Ireland hosted the EPT again this year on February of 2016 and the UKIPT is just around the corner (June 2016). There are many great Ireland online poker rooms to choose from and we’re here to help, try this rooms now!

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