Illegal gambling is gambling which goes against the law.
In Spain, a certified authorisation is required to offer state-wide online gambling services.
In Spain, Law 13/2011 requires a certified authorisation to offer certain gambling services:
It must be noted that licences must be obtained in Spain; those issued by other states will not be valid in Spain.
Traditional on-site gambling (bingos, betting shops, casinos) activities fall outside the scope of the Directorate General for Gambling Regulation (DGOJ); they are regulated by each region.
Although Article 3.a of the Gambling Act, Law 13/2011 provides a detailed definition of the term 'gambling', these are, in broad terms, the conditions that must be met to consider an activity gambling-related:
Citizens who enter an illegal gambling site may compromise their funds, their personal data, suffer fraud or be swindled, become the victims of dishonest practices, and even unknowingly collaborate with criminal organizations.
Safe gambling and gaming
The most important thing is to identify the operator behind the gambling offer; once you have done this, check whether the operator has a licence.
In general, you can follow these good practices before taking part in gambling activities:
Any organisation offering gambling services in Spain without a licence is committing a very serious offence that may result in:
Other precautionary measures may be taken to prosecute illegal gambling such as blocking access to illegal sites and payment methods.
Advertising, sponsoring or promoting illegal gambling in any form is forbidden. It may constitute a serious offence with a penalty of up to €1 million. [Link to the section on advertising]
On of the powers assigned to the Directorate General for Gambling Regulation is the prosecution of illegal gambling services offered in Spain.
The Directorate General for Gambling Regulation monitors and supervises gambling activities in Spain to prevent illegal gambling. Once the illegal nature of the gambling service has been confirmed, a penalty will be imposed and its marketing will be interrupted using the means provided by law.
The Directorate General for Gambling Regulation is responsible within the scope of its competences for prosecuting unauthorised gambling. It is assisted in this task by:
The Directorate General for Gambling Regulation offers the following procedure for reporting an illegal gambling site or helping detect it. Para más detalles accede a la sección de Denuncias y Reclamaciones.