Gambling in Italy is illegal when it is organized in a public space, private club, or any place that is open to the public. To add to that, the gambling industry is controlled by the state, and the licensing body is the Autonomous Administration of the State Monopolies.
Upon receiving the license request, the AAMS has a three-month license review period, after which the operator must obtain additional authorization to offer certain games. This also applies to the online platform of the operator – it must also be certified. One general rule says that a license can be issued to an operator that has a place of operations in the European Economic Area.
As for online gambling - it is legal. Italy has had a turbulent past with many governments trying to suppress online casinos in the country, and also forbidding foreign operators from entering the market. This all changed in 2010 when, with intervention from the EU, Italy passed a new law that provided foreign online casino operators to enter the Italian market and to offer their services to the local players.
Regulation Laws and Authorities
The administrative body that issues licenses for operators in Italy is the Amministrazione Autonoma del dei Monopoli di Stado Stato. All operators, domestic or foreign must obtain a license from this body to begin operations in the country.
Before the intervention of the European Union in 2010 which forced Italy to open its doors to foreign operators, the market was only open for domestic companies. Offshore operators must meet various requirements to obtain the license from AAMS – financial, technical. Social and business requirements.
In addition to these requirements, operators must pay a one-off fee of $300,000. Operators must submit the application within a 30-day window each year and they have 90 days to fulfil the requirements. The regulatory body then will take three months to review the application and eventually issue a license.