Legal regime

Legal regime


According to the Portuguese legal system, only the State has the right to operate games of chance. However, that right can be granted to casinos owned by public limited companies. It can also be granted to bingo halls outside casino areas that are owned by any private entity or collective institution. In both situations, the right to operate games of chance is granted through a concession and after a public tender.

Operation of games of chance can only take place in casinos located in gambling areas defined by the law.

10 gambling areas have been created so far – Azores, Algarve, Espinho, Estoril, Figueira da Foz, Funchal, Porto Santo, Póvoa de Varzim, Troia and Vidago-Pedras Salgadas. Only 8 of them contain casinos with active concessions.

The operation of bingo games can be carried out in casinos or specific venues. Currently, there are 15 bingo halls and one bingo room inside the Casino Espinho.



CASINOS


(Note: documents in Portuguese)

Administrative Rule No. 401/2015 of November 9, includes new subsection with poker in tournament mode rules;

Decree Law No. 422/89 of December 2, approves the Legal framework on the operation of games of chance in casinos;

Decree Law No. 275/2001 of October 17, authorizes the extension of deadlines for concession contracts in the gambling zones of Algarve, Espinho, Estoril, Figueira da Foz and Póvoa de Varzim;

Law No. 25/2008 of June 5, establishes measures of preventive and repressive nature in the fight against laundering of illicit provenance advantages and terrorism funding;

Law No. 8/2006 of March 15, establishes the conditions of application and access for professional dealers;

Administrative Rule No. 50/2012 of February 28, identifies the regulated professions in the scope of Turismo (professional dealers);

Administrative Rule No. 217/2007 of February 26, approves the execution rules of games of chance identified as American roulette, French roulette, French banque, craps, cussec, blackjack/21, caribbean stud poker, baccarat punto banca, baccarat punto banca Macau, baccarat chemin de fer, non-banking poker of the variants "Omaha", "Hold´em" and "Synthetic poker" and slot machines;

Administrative Rule No. 1159/90 of November 27, approves the rules of the payment of grants by users of gambling halls and slot machines;

Regulatory Decree No. 30/99 of December 20, authorizes the opening of a public tender for the concession of  the exploration of Vidago-Pedras Salgadas gambling area;

Administrative Rule No. 54/2000 of February 10, approves the Casino Program of Vidago-Pedras Salgadas gambling area;

Regulatory Decree No. 29/88 of August 3, authorizes the opening of a public tender for the concession of Póvoa de Varzim e Espinho gambling areas;

Regulatory Decree No.81/80 of December 17, authorizes the agreement to Sociedade Figueira Praia, S.A. for the concession of Figueira da Foz gambling area;

Decree Law No. 274/84 of August 9, establishes the agreement of a public tender for the concession of Estoril gambling area;

Regulatory Decree No. 56/84 of August 9, establishes the conditions for the opening of a public tender for the concession of Estoril gambling area;

Decree Law No. 15/2003 of January 30, authorizes the operation of games of chance in Casino do Estoril and Casino de Lisboa within Estoril gambling area;

Administrative Rule No. 1311/2004 of October 13, approves the Casino de Lisboa program;

Decree Law No. 229/2000 of September 23, authorizes the agreement for the concession of Tróia gambling area;

Administrative Rule No. 252/2001 of March 24, approves the Casino de Tróia program;

Decree Law No. 83/2005 of April 21, authorizes the disposal of social capital of the Troia gambling area concessionaire and changes the contractual agreement of the concession;

Regulatory Decree No. 1/95 of January 19, authorizes the opening of a public tender for the concession of the exploration in casinos of Algarve gambling area;

Administrative Rule No. 51/95 of January 20, approves the Casinos Program of Algarve gambling area;



BINGO


(Note: documents in Portuguese)

Decree Law No. 31/2011 of March 4, approves the legal regime of the exploration and operation in bingo halls outside casinos;

Administrative Rule No. 128/2011 of April 1, regulated the Decree Law No. 31/2011;

Decree Law No. 65/2015 of April 29, approves the legal regime that regulates the exercise of exploration activity and bingo game practice and the functioning of rooms where it is practiced;



OTHERS


(Note: documents in Portuguese)

Decree Law No. 310/2002 of December 18, approves the legal regime concerning the activity of exploration of slot machines;

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