Even though Turkey is a secular state, the laws that cover the gambling sector remain influenced by Islam, and it states that all forms of gambling should be prohibited as it leads to the moral corruption of individuals and it leads people away from living an honest life.
So, live casinos are banned in Turkey, and the only operator that can offer online betting services is the state-run IDDAA. Live casinos were allowed for a short period, but they were prohibited in 2007, so currently, there are no licensed operators in Turkey.
However, gambling is a very popular activity among Turkish punters so it comes as no surprise that they have found a way around the legislation. There are numerous international live casinos that accept players from the country, and Turks make complete use of it.
In 2013, the government took another step in trying to stop its citizens from gambling at such sites by enforcing laws that stated players would be prosecuted for using illegal live casinos. The penalties for the people caught in such activities vary between $55,000 to $278,000. However, to this day there are no recorded cases of citizens being prosecuted for gambling at foreign live casinos, so this is a bit of relief to the new players out there. Live casinos caught in providing these services face jail time.
Any player that is looking to gamble at these sites is risking being caught, but history suggests that no one should be worried, as the government does not seem overly interested in chasing individuals for gambling online. It would be good advice for punters to add a bit more security to their gambling though, as using a good VPN will provide you with some comfort while playing their favorite live games.