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)

Regulation No. 01/SIJ/2014, of March 21, Casinos CCTV system;

Administrative Rule No. 401/2015 of November 9, amends Administrative Rule No. 217/2007, of February 26, adding a new subsection with poker in tournament mode rules;

Decree-Law No. 422/89, of  December 2 (Legal regime for the operation of games of chance in casinos), rectified by the declaration of December 30, 1989, amended by Decree-Law No. 10/95, of January 19, by Law No. 28/2004, of July 16, by Decree-Law n.º 40/2005, of February 17, by Law No. 64-A/2008, of December 31, by Decree-Law No. 114/2011, of November 30, by Law No. 42/2016, of December 28, by Law No. 114/2017, of December 29, by Law No. 49/2018, of August 14, by Decree-Law No. 98/2018, of November 27 and by Decree-Law No. 9/2021, of January 29 (amendment from July 28, 2021); 

Decree Law No. 422/89, in the republished version by Decree Law No. 114/2011;

You can see the changes introduced in the Decree Law No. 422/89 by Decree Law No. 64/2015, by Law No. 42/2016, by  Law No. 114/2017, by Law No. 49/2018, of August 14, by Decree-Law No. 98/2018, of November 27 and by Decree-Law No. 9/2021, of January 29 (amendment from July 28, 2021).

Decree-Law No. 106-A/2020, of December 30. Extends the term of the concession contracts for the exclusive operation of games of chance in the permanent gambling areas of Estoril and Figueira da Foz, until December 31, 2021;

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

Law No. 83/2017, of August 18, establishes measures to combat money laudering and terrorist funding, amended by Decree-Law No. 144/2019, of September 23 and by Law No. 58/2020, of August 31;

Decree-Law No. 4/2015, of January 7, approves the new Administrative Procedure Code. Amended by Law No. 72/2020, of November 16;

Administrative Rule No. 310/2018, of December 4, regulates the provisions of article 45.º of the Law No. 83/2017, of August 18, defining the types of operations to be communicated, by the obligated entities, to the Central Department of Investigation  and Criminal Action of the Attorney General's Office (DCIAP) and to the Financial Information Unit of the Judicial Police (UIF), as well as the deadline, form and other terms;

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, amended by Administrative Rules No. 129/94, of March 1 and 355/2004, of April 5;

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 and Espinho gambling areas, amended by Decree-Law No. 275/2001, of October 17;

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, amended by Decree-Law No. 275/2001, of October 17;

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, amended by Regulatory Decree No. 35/87, of June 17;

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, amended by Decree-Law No. 83/2005, of April 21;

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, regulates 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;

Administrative Rule No. 136/2017, of April 12, establishes the requirements and conditions necessary for the installation, operation and supervision of eletronic bingo. Also approved are the rules regarding the allocation of national bingo prizes.   

Decree-Law No. 4/2015, of January 7, approves the new Administrative Procedure Code. Amended by Law No. 72/2020, of November 16.


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, amended by Decree-Law No. 204/2012, of August 29.

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