Spain Jurisdiction

After the decriminalization of gambling within the country's boundaries in the late 1970s, relevant gaming laws in Spain were allowed to be created on a regional basis. In all, there were 17 different autonomous regions with 17 different approaches to the regulation of all forms of gambling within their communities.

All of that changed in 2011, when the Spanish government passed the Spanish Gambling Act. The new law brought uniformity across the nation and set standards for Internet gambling that had previously not yet been addressed. See the full review below. T&C's apply to all bonus offers on this site. Click for a list of all jurisdictions.

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Spanish Gaming Commission

The Comision Nacional del Juego (Spanish Gaming Commission)

When gambling was decriminalized, the Spanish Government set up the Spanish Gaming Commission. In the early years, the Commission's primary responsibilities revolved around the regulation of national lotteries, plus the monitoring of gambling activities in all 17 regions.

In 2010, the Commission was given the task of developing new guidelines that could be implemented on a nationwide basis. The primary focus of the proposed legislation was online gaming. In May of 2011, the Spanish Gambling act was finally passed by the Senate. In June of 2012, the very first batch on iGaming licenses were issued to just over 50 different operators.

The Application Process

The Spanish Gambling Act established that iGaming licenses would only be issued every 18 months. The initial license is granted for a period of up to 10 years with subsequent renewals available for up to 10 years at a time.

Each prospective operator is required to submit a separate application for each type of gaming (sports, horse racing, Bingo, casino, poker and lottery as well as local card games) to be offered.

Along with the submission of an application, each operator is required to:

1. Set up a legal Spanish entity to hold the license.

2. Submit an operational plan and agree to maintain the computer server on Spanish soil in order to allow for easy access that would need to be granted to regulators.

3. Set up a gaming domain that ends with the .es postscript.

4. Pay a license application fee for one of three types of licenses currently offered: general, single, permit.

5. Pay taxes on gross profits on an annual basis. Note: the annual applicable tax rates range between 10% and 25% based on special calculations and the types of gaming offered.

6. Pay a 1% administrative fee on all gambling turnover on an annual basis.

7. Catch up on any and all tax obligations that may be owed to the Spanish Government.

Gambling Regulations

While the Spanish Gaming Commission maintains responsibility for the licensing process, gambling regulation for each type of online gambling are to be established and enforced by the Economy and Treasury Ministry.

Furthermore, the Gambling Policy Council is responsible for acting as a liaison between the federal government and the appropriate authorities in each of the 17 designated regions.

Overall, Spanish Gaming Commission is considered to be of moderate level of security, which is rather good news for Spanish players.


In Spain, sports betting, horse racing, bingo, casino, poker and lottery are licensed by Spanish Gaming Commission or The Comision Nacional del Juego. That said, gambling regulation for each type of online gambling are to be established and enforced by the Economy and Treasury Ministry.

Click to visit Spanish Gaming Commission website.

Posted by CCJ Team