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The Hungary Gambling Supervision Department is the main licensing body of the Central Bureau of the Tax and Financial Control Administration that controls the gambling market in Hungary. Find out more about the Gambling Supervision Department.
Online Casinos Licensed by Hungary Gambling Supervision Department
Before a law that regulated online gambling in Hungary was passed in 2013, there was only one company that had a monopoly on all forms of online gambling.
With the new law, there was suddenly room on the Hungarian gambling market for new companies and online casino operators. However, the steep licensing fees drove operators away from Hungary, and thus Hungarian players opt to play at international online casinos which often offer Hungarian language options as well as Hungarian currency.
About Hungary Gambling Supervision Department
In order for an online casino to obtain an operating license in Hungary, the operator needs to apply for one with the National Tax and Customs Administration.
Licenses are only granted in case the operator meets all the necessary conditions which would enable Hungarian players to enjoy safe and fair gambling at the casino. All issued licenses are valid for only five years, and so far there hasn’t been a single online casino that was licensed to operate from Hungary.
Hungary Gambling Supervision Department Licensed Online Casinos
We've already mentioned that currently there are no local online casinos operating in Hungary. However, operators are permitted to offer various remote services and products using the five-year license.
After the license runs out, the operator has to apply for a renewal. In order to receive a valid license, the operator has to be based either in Hungary or in the European Economic area. Due to the licensing fees, operators still keep a distance from Hungary, which drives Hungarians to search for foreign operators.
If you want to make sure you are gambling at a safe online casino, make sure that the establishment in question is government-backed and has a valid operating license.
Hungarian players are advised to play at online casinos that offer both Hungarian language options as well as deposits in Hungarian currency, to avoid both misunderstandings and conversion fees. Moreover, Hungarians are not prohibited from playing at foreign online casinos, but always make sure that the casinos are not blacklisted or operating without a proper license.
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FAQAre there any online casinos operating from Hungary?Currently there are no online casinos operating from Hungary, mostly due to the steep licensing fees and vast regulations. Hungarians can still play at international casinos that accept players from Hungary.How can I play at an online casino from Hungary?Hungarians can choose between safe international online casinos because Hungary does not offer any locally-based businesses.How can I make sure that I am playing at a safe casino?To make sure you are playing at a fair and safe online casino, check whether the casino is blacklisted and if it has a valid operating license from the likes of the MGA, the Government of Curacao, Alderney, etc.
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