After The Global Financial Crisis of 2008-2009, Estonia saw e-gaming as a new source of income. The next year online gambling regulations were rolled out. Overall, the online gambling industry of the Northern Europepan country is fairly young.
Corporate tax: 20%
Gambling tax: 5%
Who manages E-Gambling in Estonia?
The Estonian Tax and Customs Board
Online gambling has been legalized in Estonia since 2010 for local operators, and since 2011 for foreign ones. Even before that, the state-run sportsbook, called Spordiennustus, offered the first online gambling facilities in Estonia in 2004.
Though when it comes to casino-style online gambling in Estonia, players must turn to sites hosted in other countries. There are a few international offshore internet gambling sites that offer services in Estonian. Most people looking for Estonian online gambling must turn to sites in English, German, or other major languages.
Olympic Entertainment Group was the first land-based operator issued an online gaming license. Olympic opted for Playtech as its partner and offered more than 150 casino games including online poker.
Minimum Share Capital for an iGaming Company:
- A state fee shall be paid for the review of an application for activity licence:
- EUR 47, 934 for the organisation of a game of chance;
- EUR 31,956 for the organisation of a game of skill;
- EUR 3,196. for the organisation of a totalizator.
Operation permits for remote gambling is valid for up to five years.
Software Testing Requirements:
The server where the software is stored must contain the data of registration, identification and verification of the players age.
Reporting Requirements to Regulators:
Must consider the connection of its recordkeeping to the system of the Tax and Custom Board.
Anti-Money Laundering Policy:
All operators must comply with AML legislation in force.
Players must be over 21 years of age to access casino’s. Although, the legal age for lottery players is 16 years of age.
Ministry of Finance of Estonia
Fax: +372 696 6810
General Information: +372 611 3558
Online casinos licensed in Estonia: