Spain’s casino industry has prospered since 2013, with total revenues swelling to 368,43min 2015, an increase of some €41,52m in relation with year 2014 or 12,7 percent. In 2016 the total revenues are €409,30m.
In 2016 the number of operational casinos are 53. Nevertheless the sector has shed 1,000 employees from its payroll, with the total number of full-time staff declining to 5,000 in 2015. Players made 5.120.721m visits to Spain’s casinos in 2015 to play slots and table games, compared with 4.210.539m visits in 2013, a 21 percent increase within the two-year period. According to Spanish Government, in 2016 the player visits registered a 5,08 percent increase with regards to year 2015.
In June 2016, Group Melco, Grup Peralada and Hard Rock International were short-listed in the project tender put out by the Catalian Government in order to establish a new integrated casino resort near Barcelona, the “BCN World”. However, at the final phase of the project tender neither group Melco or Grup Peralada presented their corresponding proposal. Hard Rock Internacional assignation is still pending to be de definitively approved.
Plans for US firm Cordish Companies to construct a €2bn integrated resort near Madrid were rejected by that regional government in 2017.
Online gambling in Spain was licensed and formally taxed for the first time in 2012 and has since seen significant rises in proceeds. In 2015, online gambling and player number grew by about 30,44 percent due to insert more casino games to its online roster. In year 2016 the number of operators legally authorized to offer online casino games are 51. According to statistics provided by the Spanish gambling regulator, the Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego the number of monthly online players was 283.123 in year 2013; 346.277 in year 2014; 511.617 in year 2015 and 611.929 in year 2016.
Instead, each community designates its own gambling authority, but in the majority of cases, gambling authorities are associated with tax or administrative authorities.
Due to the country’s varying regulatory framework, self-exclusion programmes are organised at both national and regional levels.
At the national level, the Directorate General for the Regulation of Gambling (DGOJ) maintains a self-exclusion register which is linked to gambling authorities in the autonomous communities.
Figures provided by the DGOJ in December 2015 showed that over 35,000 players have self-excluded at the national level.
Regional level authorities establish wager limits for casinos but limits for online gambling services are set at the national level by the DGOJ.
The Responsible Gambling Advisory Council, which was established in 2013 and is made up of a variety of industry representatives, assists the government to develop strategies that aim to combat and minimise the effects of problem gambling in Spain.
Legal Gambling Age: 18 Years Old
Smoking Ban: YES
Terrestrial: Multiple licences, not capped. However, every region has a “master plan” on the number and locations of casinos. This plan is compulsory.
Online: Multiple licences, not capped but only available during controlled windows.
Terrestrial:Differs by autonomous community.
Online:Roulette, punto banco, blackjack, online slots, poker, soft games, bingo.
Terrestrial:Differs across regions.
Market Protection Measures / Tools to Tackle Illegal Gambling:
Website blocking is permitted in Spain and is carried out by the DGOJ, which can order internet service providers to block unlicensed operators’ websites. Advertising restrictions for unlicensed operators also apply.
Currency : Euro
(Source:The World Bank)
GNI (2014, Local Currency, Millions): 10,18,741
Internet Penetration (Internet Users):76.2%
(Source: The World Bank)
Mobile Penetration (Mobile Cellular Subscriptions): 108%
(Source: The World Bank)
Doing Business Ranking (June 2015):33
(Source: World Bank Group)
Last Updated: May 2019