Ireland online casinos
Ireland, with a population of just under five million, is estimated to have an online gambling industry worth about €3 billion. It’s a fair assumption that much of this money is spent at online casinos.
Many online casinos cater specifically to Irish citizens, with easy deposit and withdrawal options, and support staff trained in the needs of people living in this country.
Many of the big corporate bookies such as Ireland’s Paddy Power and the United Kingdom-based William Hill and Bet365 also feature online casinos. Then there are the stand-alone casino sites which generally have more games and options for players.
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You can’t underestimate just how important it is to play at a casino catering to your currency. Ireland is part of the European Economic Union and uses the Euro as the primary currency, and there are many online casinos available to play at.
The World Gambling List strongly recommends playing at online casinos licensed and regulated in either the United Kingdom or its surrounding territories, or in Malta. These jurisdictions are highly respected in the industry and use third-party bodies such as eCOGRA to make sure players are getting a fair deal.
For instance, if you are struggling to cash out at an online casino, you can contact eCOGRA which will then deal with the casino and its licensing bodies on your behalf.
Top casinos for Ireland
Online casino games
As for most of the world, Irish online casino enthusiasts have a huge range of games available to play. These include the classics such as blackjack, roulette, baccarat, poker games and, of course, slots.
Much of what is available at each casino will depend on what software they use to power the operation. For instance, Paddy Power uses Playtech as its primary platform, including their outstanding live dealer services.
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Deposit & withdrawal options at Irish casinos
Irish players have plenty of options when it comes to depositing at an online casino. These include your standard deposit options such as credit and debit cards which will fund your account instantly.
Most EUR online casinos will also accept selected web wallets and facilitate transfers between your bank account and theirs. Each online casino accepting players from Ireland will have their own deposit options and limits, although most will have the following:
- Bank transfers
Withdrawal options are generally more limited at Irish online casinos, with Visa and bank transfers the two most common methods.
It is also possible at most online casinos to organize for them to send out a check with any casino credits you wish to withdraw from your playing account.
Withdrawals are generally processed with 24 hours of requesting them at most online casinos, with the cash likely to hit your bank between three and five business days later.
Mobile Irish online casinos
Online casinos all spend considerable time developing their mobile websites. Many even have apps available in the Apple and Google Plus stores.
These apps are free to download and mostly mirror the mobile website, although they will often load much more quickly than the website.
For the casinos that don’t have apps, you simply visit their normal URL or follow the links in the above table. You can then create a “web app” which will add a shortcut to the casino on the desktop of your smartphone or tablet.
Deposit options might be more limited on a mobile device, but the most popular options will be available.
Online casino & gambling laws
Online gambling in Ireland received a shake-up from July 1, 2015, with a bill passed to apply a 1% operating tax to websites offering betting or wagering services.
There has also been the threat of fines for gambling sites marketing to Irish citizens, without the appropriate licence. The licence costs an operator €10,000 and could prevent a website from receiving a fine as large as €300,000, though this law is yet to be tested.
The ambiguous nature of this type of law means it is incredibly hard to enforce, unless the government gets into the grey area of blocking websites, which seems to be a last resort for many countries.
It is also close to impossible for the Irish government, for example, to fine a casino based in Malta for accepting players from Ireland. The same can be said of sports betting where companies (who are taxed 15% of net revenue under the new laws) based offshore, such as 5Dimes, are popular in Ireland because of their generous odds, in comparison with sites such as Paddy Power.
For a long time gambling in Ireland operated solely under the Gaming and Lotteries Act, which came into effect in 1956. This made casino gambling illegal but allowed “private member gaming clubs”. As with much of the world these laws became outdated when it came to online casinos.
For the individual, any winnings you might make are not taxed by the government, but this has been a topic up for review in recent years.
WGL will keep a close eye on the situation in Ireland, to see if there is any wash-up from the new laws being applied to Irish citizens, but as of 2016 it is perfectly legal to play at online casinos.