In Bulgaria, all gambling is legal, but all types of gambling are monitored and heavily taxed. Find out more about the role of Bulgaria’s State Commission on Gambling.
Online Casinos Licensed by State Commission on Gambling
Since 2008, online gambling has been legal in Bulgaria, but it only became fully regulated in 2012.
Unlicensed operators were immediately blacklisted, with the number of blacklisted operators growing constantly, while all other online casinos were subject to a 15% turnover tax.
The blacklisted sites are blocked by country’s ISPs. However, there are no laws prohibiting players from playing on international sites, blacklisted or not. Since then, the turnover tax has been set at 20% for gross profits, and all casinos need to pay a one-time €50,000 licensing fee.
About State Commission on Gambling
Bulgaria has started issuing licenses to online casinos as early as 2012, which ultimately paved the way for a number of international companies to enter the Bulgarian gambling market.
This includes many notable and reputable names in the industry. As soon as the taxes for licenses were lowered, the number of applications for licenses increased.
All unlicensed online casinos are blocked and blacklisted by the internet service providers in the country.