Croatia is one of the most recent members of the European Union, has just joined on January 1st, 2013. It has Zagreb as capital and an area of 56 594. It’s one of the small countries of the EU, with a population of just 4 225 316, statistics of 2015. The local currency is not the Euro, but the Croatian Kuna (HRK), being Croatian the official language.
Croatia is also a fairly new country, independent just since 1991, and this is most likely the main reason why gambling laws are still being created. Even if it’s a recent industry, gambling is already one of the most favorite leisure activities for Croatians.
Tourist gambling is even an expression used to refer to the growth of the sector in Croatia, along with the attraction of the seaside location. As in other places in the world, this is the reason why casino associate themselves with hotels, it’s simply good business.
The access to the EU and NATO made Croatia a more open country, particularly in what concerns gambling. Formerly one of six Yugoslavia republics, independence brought more freedom to gambling laws that were still regulated by laws from the 1960s of the Eastern Block.
Today, both brick and mortar casinos as online ones are legal and regulated by the Croatian government, through the Hrvatska Lutrija (that means Croatian Lottery), the responsible organism for gambling. So, if we want to play poker and other table games we can do it legally, considering we are 18 years old or older and that we do it in casinos.
The 2010 law meanwhile created to regulate online gambling, was replaced by a new law approved in 2014 by the European Commission. This new scenario defined that online operators need a different gaming license, as well as a deposit of half a million dollars. Apart from this high demand, more half a million in taxes are due, along with the control if players are paying their own taxes. Talk about a barrier to entry in the business!
This is one of the stricter and expensive laws approved in Europe in what concerns online gambling, and there are many reservations that any operator will be willing to get a license under these terms.
As online casinos are not in big number in Croatia for those reasons, the Government has allowed that Croatians can play in international sites, and this means that players from the country have an impressive number of 177 online casinos to gamble. These are presented mostly in English, but some in Croatian, and usually accept the Euros, USD, and even the Croatian Kuna as currency.
Here we list a few top rated and trusted casinos.
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|Royal Panda||Royal Vegas||Mr Green|