All Lithuanian Gaming Control Authority Licensed Casinos Listed
Gambling has been legal in Lithuania since 2001, and players can enjoy all types of casino games at several brick-and-mortar casinos in the country.
This also applies to betting operators and online casinos, provided that the company operating a parlour or a website has applied and been issued a casino license by Lithuania’s Gaming Control Authority. This regulatory body will also block all international and foreign online casinos that try to operate in the Lithuanian market without a valid license.
History of Gambling in Lithuania
Lithuania first investigated online gambling regulation in 2010 when the government suggested the industry should be based on the Estonian model. And while preparations were in order, the Vilnius regional court decided that ISA should order ISPs to block access to unlicensed offshore sites in Lithuania. ISPs challenged Vilnius’ decision because it was ineffective, and the decision was upheld.
Then the government approved changes to the Gambling Act in 2013. The regulations were expected to be set in place in 2014, although now we know it happened 2 years later. The government proposed at this time regulations that would include restrictions such as prevention requirements and daily playtime and betting limits.
While gambling became legal in Lithuania with the passing of the Gambling Regulation way back in 2001, online gambling only became legal in 2016. However, running an online casino or betting website is only allowed if the operator owns a valid casino license issued by Lithuania’s Gaming Control Authority. Additionally, if the operator has no physical office in Lithuania, they must partner with a land-based casino establishment.
Types of Licenses and Permits
There are two general types of licenses operators can apply for in Lithuania:
- Land-based gaming licenses
- Online gambling licenses
However, multiple sub-licenses can be issued, depending on the gambling service and games operators would like to offer Lithuanian players. Lithuania has legalized 6 types of gambling:
- Machine gaming (category A and B)
- Table games (roulette, dice or card games)
- Remote gaming
How to apply for a Lithuanian Casino License
Lithuania’s Gaming Control Authority has set a number of requirements for the applicants of its license. For example, the applicants for the license must:
- Present documented evidence of having at least 1,158 million euros worth of authorized capital
- Provide proof of having no criminal record
- Comply with Lithuania’s laws
- Provide documents certifying the conformity of the devices to the requirements set by the Control Authority