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Apartado 2059
Lisbon, Lisboa
Portugal 1102-803

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Lightning Box wins Portugal approval
The specialist slots developer has received approval to launch its games in Portugal on the SG Digital platform.

APCW Perspectives: 'Unfair obstacles' for UK players
This week, the U.K.'s Competition and Markets Authority is looking at several online gambling companies regarding unfair practices involving player accounts. J. Todd also has news from Australia and Portugal, as well as more fallout over potential changes to fixed odds betting terminals.

Pragmatic Play enters Spanish and Portuguese markets
The slots developer's games have been approved for distribution in the countries by gambling regulators.

Bet.pt launches with SBTech Casino Package
The Portuguese sports betting operator has introduced a range of casino slots and table games provided by iSoftBet.

iSoftBet to showcase ambitious plans at ICE 2017
After hitting a number of milestones in 2016, the company has announced its intention to enhance its content offering through the release of in-house and branded games.

APCW Perspectives: Something wicked this way comes
If you were wondering how the transition to the Trump administration is going to affect online gambling, then you may be looking at some bad news on the horizon. This week, J. Todd looks at what Trump's attorney general nominee, Jeff Sessions, has to say about the industry. He also covers news from Portugal and Australia.

PokerStars welcomes poker fans in Portgual
To celebrate the launch of PokerStars Portugal, brand ambassador Cristiano Ronaldo is starring in an exciting advertising campaign.

APCW Perspectives: Losing payment processors
Online gambling markets in 100 countries around the world have lost the services of payment processors NETELLER and Skrill. Plus, several stories are developing in Australia.

GVC expands regulated market offering with iSoftBet
Under a multi-year agreement, iSoftBet will supply over 40 HTML5 and Flash online slots to the company's online and mobile casinos.

iSoftBet adds NSoft titles to platform
The provider will offer virtual sports games through its Game Aggregation Platform following a deal with NSoft.

GAMING1 signs joint venture deal with Estoril Sol Group
EstorilSolCasinos.pt, the first licensed website to offer a legal online casino in Portugal, will launch GAMING1's content on its platform.

Bet.PT launches in Portugal with SBTech's sportsbook and iGaming platform
SBTech will be the first B2B sportsbetting supplier in the Portuguese online gaming industry and will provide bet.PT with its award-winning platform, Chameleon360.

Gaming Laboratories International accredited in Portugal
GLI has been working with regulators toward this accreditation since the development of iGaming regulations in Portugal.

Portuguese State Lottery record instant game sales up 18% in 2014
Portuguese State Lottery reports record instant game sales in 2014, a year-over-year increase of 18 percent.

Portugal on verge of regulating online poker
Portugal very likely to regulate online poker in July, bringing the country in line with other European counterparts who have regulated it.

PokerStars launches Portugal Poker Series
The three-event season begins in Vilamoura at the renowned Casino Vilamoura on April 14-17.

The Netherlands, South Africa take different approaches to iGaming
This week, two countries have announced that are taking vastly different approaches to online gambling. While the Netherlands has decided to license and regulate online poker — and online poker only — South Africa's courts have banned online gambling completely.

Bwin loses Portuguese monopoly challenge
International news brief: Bwin lost a challenge to Portugal's sports-betting monopoly after a EU court said gambling restrictions are legal if they target fraud and crime.

BetandWin.com's Sponsorship of Portugal Soccer League Probed
International News Brief: Portugal will probe online gaming company BetandWin.com Interactive Entertainment AG's sponsorship of the country's national soccer league.

Portugal

In February 2015, Portugal's Council of Ministers passed a bill to regulate the country's online gaming market. The government planned to license and tax a broad spectrum of online gaming products, including casino games, sports betting, poker and race wagering. The bill was signed by the President in April 2015.

The new regime taxes online casino and poker sites at 15% of gross gaming revenue if an operator's annual income is less than EUR 5 million. The rates increase by 3% for every additional EUR 1 million, capping at 30%. There is also a variable tax rate on sports betting turnover between 8% and 16%.

Portugal's online gambling market officially launched on 28 June 2015, but because of the tax rate increase, major operators such as William Hill, Amaya and PDR pulled out of the market once the new tax regime took effect.

Before this bill, Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa (SCML), Portugal's national lottery, was the only entity allowed to offer its lottery products, including sports betting, to the public via the internet under a 2003 decree. All other domestic and foreign operators were restricted from offering their services. The government had previously ordered Portuguese ISPs to block traffic from major foreign gambling sites. The ban was difficult to enforce, however, and many online gaming sites have offered their services in the Portuguese language.

Between 2005 and 2008, online betting operator bwin had a sponsorship deal with the Portuguese football league, and the first division was rebranded "bwin LIGA." Portuguese authorities fined bwin and the football league for infringing on the 2003 decree. The matter was taken to court in Portugal, and the issue was referred to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to determine if it conformed to European Commission law. The ECJ ruled that EU member states can restrict services from businesses from other member states with the aim of protecting consumers from fraud and crime.

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Portugal
Address
Santa Casa da Misericordia de Lisboa
Largo Trindade Coelho
Apartado 2059
Lisbon, Lisboa
Portugal 1102-803

Website

Email

Fax
+351 21 323 5060

General Information
+351 21 323 5000

View All Gaming Jurisdictions
 
Bonuses! New games! Gossip! And all the player news you can handle. Sign up NOW!

Portugal Jurisdiction News

Lightning Box wins Portugal approval
The specialist slots developer has received approval to launch its games in Portugal on the SG Digital platform.

APCW Perspectives: 'Unfair obstacles' for UK players
This week, the U.K.'s Competition and Markets Authority is looking at several online gambling companies regarding unfair practices involving player accounts. J. Todd also has news from Australia and Portugal, as well as more fallout over potential changes to fixed odds betting terminals.

Pragmatic Play enters Spanish and Portuguese markets
The slots developer's games have been approved for distribution in the countries by gambling regulators.

Bet.pt launches with SBTech Casino Package
The Portuguese sports betting operator has introduced a range of casino slots and table games provided by iSoftBet.

iSoftBet to showcase ambitious plans at ICE 2017
After hitting a number of milestones in 2016, the company has announced its intention to enhance its content offering through the release of in-house and branded games.

APCW Perspectives: Something wicked this way comes
If you were wondering how the transition to the Trump administration is going to affect online gambling, then you may be looking at some bad news on the horizon. This week, J. Todd looks at what Trump's attorney general nominee, Jeff Sessions, has to say about the industry. He also covers news from Portugal and Australia.

PokerStars welcomes poker fans in Portgual
To celebrate the launch of PokerStars Portugal, brand ambassador Cristiano Ronaldo is starring in an exciting advertising campaign.

APCW Perspectives: Losing payment processors
Online gambling markets in 100 countries around the world have lost the services of payment processors NETELLER and Skrill. Plus, several stories are developing in Australia.

GVC expands regulated market offering with iSoftBet
Under a multi-year agreement, iSoftBet will supply over 40 HTML5 and Flash online slots to the company's online and mobile casinos.

iSoftBet adds NSoft titles to platform
The provider will offer virtual sports games through its Game Aggregation Platform following a deal with NSoft.

GAMING1 signs joint venture deal with Estoril Sol Group
EstorilSolCasinos.pt, the first licensed website to offer a legal online casino in Portugal, will launch GAMING1's content on its platform.

Bet.PT launches in Portugal with SBTech's sportsbook and iGaming platform
SBTech will be the first B2B sportsbetting supplier in the Portuguese online gaming industry and will provide bet.PT with its award-winning platform, Chameleon360.

Gaming Laboratories International accredited in Portugal
GLI has been working with regulators toward this accreditation since the development of iGaming regulations in Portugal.

Portuguese State Lottery record instant game sales up 18% in 2014
Portuguese State Lottery reports record instant game sales in 2014, a year-over-year increase of 18 percent.

Portugal on verge of regulating online poker
Portugal very likely to regulate online poker in July, bringing the country in line with other European counterparts who have regulated it.

PokerStars launches Portugal Poker Series
The three-event season begins in Vilamoura at the renowned Casino Vilamoura on April 14-17.

The Netherlands, South Africa take different approaches to iGaming
This week, two countries have announced that are taking vastly different approaches to online gambling. While the Netherlands has decided to license and regulate online poker — and online poker only — South Africa's courts have banned online gambling completely.

Bwin loses Portuguese monopoly challenge
International news brief: Bwin lost a challenge to Portugal's sports-betting monopoly after a EU court said gambling restrictions are legal if they target fraud and crime.

BetandWin.com's Sponsorship of Portugal Soccer League Probed
International News Brief: Portugal will probe online gaming company BetandWin.com Interactive Entertainment AG's sponsorship of the country's national soccer league.

 
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