Spain's most populated autonomous community, Andalucia, has
adopted new sports betting regulations, ending its status as the only Spanish
community not to authorise the activity.
The new regulations apply to both land-based and online
sports betting, excluding horse and greyhound racing, and came into force last
week following publication in the Official Gazette.
The Andalucian regulations, which broadly mirror the
national regulations, authorise sports betting via the internet, as well as at
casinos, bingo halls, gaming arcades and dedicated betting shops.
They require betting providers to pre-verify a player's
identity and prohibit gambling by minors and adults that have self-excluded, as
well as individuals exhibiting signs of alcohol or drug intoxication or mental illness.
Athletes, coaches and other individuals involved in sporting
competitions will also be prohibited from betting on sports.
The regulations state that locally-licensed operators may
only accept online bets from players physically present within Andalucia,
although national license holders may continue to serve players in the
community. To counter the advantage of holding a national license, the
Andalucian regulations set a tax rate of 10 per cent of net revenue compared to
the 25 per cent national rate.
This is aimed at encouraging sports betting operators to
establish a presence in Andalucia and to create employment. The local
government estimates that it will generate tax revenue of €2.8m next year from
sports betting, rising to €5.0m in 2019.