In Austria, online casinos are governed by the 1989 Gambling Act known as Glücksspielgesetz which has been frequently amended, including in 2020. They have another level of regulation through the E-Commerce Gesetz. Online casinos are licensed at the national level, yet there is only one government-approved online casino in the country, leaving the way open to offshore sites offering online casino games similar to those found globally.

Austrian gambling authorities and the country’s Ministry of Finance have regularly discussed blacklisting and blocking access to foreign internet casinos no law has yet been passed to ensure this happens. This means that Austrians are entitled to play at offshore casinos and gamble on casino games without breaking the law.

Offshore casinos licensed by the Maltese and UK gaming authorities accept players from Austria, opening up hundreds of online operators to Austrian players with nearly all the popular table games offered in German with a German-speaking human dealer at live games.

In Austria, offshore casinos are often termed Austrian casinos because their services are focused at Austrians that they hardly feel foreign domains. Not only are the sites in German they also accept euro currency, along with cryptocurrencies and the ability to bankroll accounts via Austrian banking sources.  Sites also offer region-specific bonuses and promotions. Casino games are also increasingly on offer on legal sports betting sites in Austria, which is a growing market, introducing casino games to a far wider audience in the country.

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