Cyprus Casino & Gambling Overview
Cyprus Casinos & Gambling
Although gambling is officially illegal in Cyprus, due to the fragmented nature of the political system there, casinos do operate. All forms of gambling by citizens have been prohibited since the birth of the Republic in 1960. The Betting Act 2012 specifically outlaws online betting. Following the legislation the government ordered internet service providers to block 270 unlicensed online gambling domains or face €300k fines. Many online casinos were formerly licensed in Cypress but article 79 of the law outlawed them. The only exceptions are fixed odds sports betting and lottery style gambling provided by the Greek state monopoly of OPAP, controlled by world lottery giant G-Tech.
Plans are in the works for a single legal casino to most likely be built in Nicosia. However the mayors of all five districts are fighting the proposal and insisting on at least one casino per district. There are reportedly over 20 illegal casinos operating in Cyprus, but the term “illegal” may depend on your political beliefs. Although international law regards the Republic of Cypress to be the legitimate government of the entire island, the northern part is de facto controlled by Turkey and refers to itself as the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. This is where the casinos are to be found.
Casinos and Gambling Facts
Cyprus is a country in Western Europe with legal gambling.
There are 12 cities with gambling facilities in Cyprus which have 20 legal gambling facilities available in total.
The types of gambling available in Cyprus are: casinos, horseracing tracks, sportsbetting parlours.
The largest gambling city in Cyprus is Girne with 6 gambling facilities, 109 tables games, 1,074 gaming, slot, and video poker machines.
The largest casino in the entire country of Cyprus is Cyprus Integrated Casino Resort which is located in Larnaca. Cyprus Integrated Casino Resort has 200 table games, 2,000 gaming and video poker machines.
Cyprus Casino Stats
Cyprus Casino List
Opens January 1st, 2019