Andalucia authorises online and retail sports betting

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.

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