Gambling in Ireland

About gambling industry in Ireland

Gambling has existed in Ireland for centuries. Historically, Ireland had significant horserace betting. There is also a state regulated national lottery. Nonetheless, Ireland has not traditionally had a casino industry. Under the Gaming and Lotteries Act 1956, commercial casinos are illegal in Ireland. However, the establishment of private clubs offering casino-like facilities is allowed. The legal gambling age in the country is 18.

The Irish gamble a lot, and gambling is a very powerful industry in Ireland. According to the latest Irish government report, nearly 65% of adults in the country gambled at least once a year (https://assets.gov.ie/). Ireland has the third highest per capita rate of gambling losses in the world. The study conducted by The Economist in 2017 showed that Ireland’s gambling losses totaled EUR 2.1 billion a year, or EUR 470 per adult (https://www.thejournal.ie/ireland-gambling-3233357-Feb2017/).

Laws and Regulators

The gambling industry in Ireland is regulated by a set of laws, including the Gaming and Lotteries Act 1956 (amended in 2013) and the Betting Act 1931 (amended in 2015). The Betting Act 2015 regulates online sports betting activities.

Under the current laws, the Government has no responsibilities in relation to licensing or regulating some forms of gambling (e.g. gaming machines). Under the Lotteries Act, it is left up to local authorities and district courts to decide whether to grant a gaming license or not.

The following governmental bodies are responsible for supervising gambling in Ireland: the Department of Justice and Equality (http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/WP15000254) and Revenue Commissioners (https://www.revenue.ie/en/Home.aspx).

In March 2019, the government approved a plan to establish a gambling regulatory authority within the Department of Justice to deal with the gambling issues (http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/WP15000254), but it could take up to 18 months.

Land Based Casinos

Casinos are officially illegal under the Irish law. However, private members-only clubs offering traditional casino gambling activities are legal. Currently, such members-only casino-clubs operate across Ireland, mainly in the country’s capital, Dublin. Membership is mandatory, though it is often free. Patrons must become club members. Membership is allowed to those who are at least 18 years old.

Irish casino-clubs are smaller and more exclusive than common European casino establishments. In fact, these clubs are mini-casinos that provide various casino games and slots. Poker is also available. Playing casino games for real money at these clubs does not violate the Gaming and Lotteries Act 1956. Dress code and opening hours vary in different locations.

Online Gambling

Irish gaming law does not directly address online gambling. The Betting Act 2015 addresses online betting and the provision of online betting services. Specific licensing requirements and procedures are established. The Act made it illegal for online betting businesses to offer their services to Irish citizens without first acquiring a remote bookmaker or betting intermediary license. The Irish authorities police online betting operators to ensure that they are authorized and pay the appropriate taxes.

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Fitzpatrick´s Casino Tallaght
Fitzpatrick´s Casino Tallaght
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The Plaza Complex, Belgard Square South, Tallaght, Belgard Square South
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The Eglinton Casino and Poker Club
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No
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Yes
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No
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No
Jackpot Slot Club
Jackpot Slot Club
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20 Montague Street
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No
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No
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No
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Gold Rush Casino Cork Mallow
Gold Rush Casino Cork Mallow
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Bridewell Ln, Castlelands, Mallow, Co. Cork, P51 EH1K
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No
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No
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No
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Dr Quirkeys Emporium Dublin 7 Slot Hall
Dr Quirkeys Emporium Dublin 7 Slot Hall
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59 Phibsborough Rd, Phibsborough, Dublin 7
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No
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No
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No
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No
Fitzpatrick´s Casino Dun Laoghaire
Fitzpatrick´s Casino Dun Laoghaire
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94 George's Street Lower, Dún Laoghaire
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No
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No
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No
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Victoria Sporting Club
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No
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No
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No
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No
Roma Casino
Roma Casino
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39 William Street
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No
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No
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No
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No
Gold Rush Casino Carlow Tullow St.
Gold Rush Casino Carlow Tullow St.
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26 Tullow St, Graigue, Carlow, R93 A897
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Expo Casino Santry Dublin 9
Expo Casino Santry Dublin 9
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Omni Park Shopping Centre, Whitehall, Dublin 9, D09 V2TD
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No
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No
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No
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No
Macau Casino Club Cork
Macau Casino Club Cork
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16 St. Patricks Quay, Cork City
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No
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No
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No
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No
Fitzpatrick´s Casino Dublin North
Fitzpatrick´s Casino Dublin North
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153-154, Parnell Street, Dublin 1
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