Online gambling in Italy

Italian authorities originally went down the prohibition path with regard to online gambling. The laws made the organising of games of chance or the collecting of bets from Italian residents in the absence of local police authorisation illegal and rogue operators faced criminal penalties. In March 2007 this law, as it applied to online gambling operators was deemed by the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) to be a breach of EU law, in case brought by sports betting giant Stanley Leisure plc.

The ECJ ruled that Italy cannot use criminal law to stop gaming companies licensed in another EU member nation from taking bets from Italians and that such restrictions are incompatible with European Community principles. Italy, like a number of other EU members whose protectionist laws have attracted ECJ or European Commission scrutiny, went back to the drawing board to change their approach to online gambling.

Italy now has a fully operational remote gambling regulation system managed by State Monopolies Authority (Amministrazione Autonoma Monopoli di Stato – “AAMS”), and a number of operators (60+ as at April 2011) have been awarded online gambling licenses.

Under the regulations, licensed operators are able to provide casino games of chance online, subject to having their gaming platform and gaming software duly certified by an AAMS-accredited testing house. Therefore, in the case of online casino operators offering live dealer games, in addition to holding a remote gaming license, their chosen platform (Evolution Gambling, Playtech, Microgaming, etc) must be AAMS tested and approved.

In May 2011, Evolution Gaming became the first live gaming platform to be officially certified by Italy’s AAMS. Their games can now be to be provided to Italians via locally licensed operators including 888.com and will include Venezia Roulette – single zero roulette with Italian speaking dealers and tailored to the local playing market.

Shortly afterward, a bunch of casino operators announced they’d been awarded AAMS licenses to operate in Italy:

  • July 2011,William Hill confirmed that it had been awarded a license from AAMS to operate an online casino from the domain williamhill.it. In April 2012 they launched Williamhill.it for Italian players (with live dealers);
  • Also in July 888 Holdings launched their AAMS licensed casino, including live dealer games at 888.it;
  • In November 2011, Bwin.Party’s Italian licensed casino giocodigitale.it added live dealer games powered by Evolution Gaming
  • In September 2011 Unibet announced they’d received a license and launched Unibet.it. In December 2011 Unibet.it added live dealers from Evolution Gaming.
  • In 10 July 2012 Betsson AB launched their Italian live dealer casino…StarCasino with Evolution Gaming’s Venezia roulette and Ventuno blackjack

Best live casino for players from Italy

All of the below live dealer casinos offer full EURO banking, as well as Italian language website and support capabilities.

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

888 Casino

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AAMS licensed.
No restrictions on sign -ups from Italy
No deposit restrictions.
Maintain account in € EURO
Yes Full Italian language website and support capability.
Italian speaking dealers on certain games
European based dealer room including Italian dealers

WilliamHill Casino

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AAMS licensed,
no restrictions on sign ups from Italy
No deposit restrictions.
Maintain account in € EURO
Yes Full Italian language website and support capability.
Italian speaking dealers on certain games
European based dealer room with Euro centric games including Venezia Roulette

UNIBET

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AAMS licensed.
No restrictions on sign -ups from Italy
No deposit restrictions.
Maintain account in € EURO
Yes Full Italian language website and support capability.
Italian speaking dealers on certain games
European based dealer room with Euro centric games including Venezia Roulette