Online gambling in Greece

A discussion of the regulatory framework with respect to online gambling in Greece, has to start with a consideration of overarching EU law which dictates that EU members should not engage in protectionist practices with regard to service provision. According to the European Commission (EC) and European Court of Justice (ECJ) rulings, the freedom to provide services provisions of EU law do apply to online gambling services, meaning that where a country offers a locally based online gambling product (state run lottery etc), it cannot ban access by residents to similar services provided by other EU members.

Despite the EC position, a number of EU members have sought to ban online gambling in some form or another and Greece is one of them. In February 2009 a Greek court told UK sports book Stanleybet, to shut its operations in Greece. Greece’s prohibitive stance toward online gambling has lead to the EC issuing them with a “reasoned opinion” arguing that they are in breach of European law. EC infringement proceedings against other countries, like France have lead to new licensing and regulation laws being developed to open up online gambling markets, and Greece and other countries in breach may follow suit.

Best live casino for Greek players

The following casinos offer live dealer platforms tailored to Greek players, all offering Euro banking/account/play options and some offering local language capabilities.

Live casinos for Greek players
Casinos
Players from your location accepted
Player access
Deposits accepted and/or can maintain account in local currency
Banking
Toll free numbers from your country
Toll free support
local language site/support capabilities
Local language
games regionally focused
Games

WilliamHill Casino

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No restrictions on Greek player sign-ups No deposit restrictions.
Maintain account in € EURO
Toll free phone support for Greek players Full Greek language website and support capability European based dealer room with Euro centric games

UNIBET

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No restrictions on Greek player sign-ups No deposit restrictions.
Maintain account in € EURO
No Greek website and support, and Greek live dealers European based dealer room with Euro centric games.

Bet365

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No restrictions on Greek player
sign-ups
No deposit restrictions.
Maintain account in € EURO
No No Asian based dealer studio including blackjack, baccarat, roulette and baccarat variations.