The local government has not only permitted gambling but also has written a unique federal program. It is something like a to-do list for Belarus gambling development. It was approved by Alexander Lukashenko, president of Belarus Republic.
The gambling legalization gives the local economy some new opportunities for a raise. In the same time, the government controls casinos in Belarus strictly. Such a policy guarantees the absence of the violations. Besides, it reduces the negative influence of the social environment. Today there are over 1000 game houses in the country.
The Belarus online gambling situation is not the same.
It is considered online casinos are nonlegal in the country. But it's not true. Only online casinos with video slots to play for money are forbidden. But free video slots machines are legal. But online casino site may be banned if there is even one video slot to play for money. Nevertheless, there are some sites with only free slots banned without any explanation.
Gambling laws in Belarus
There are 4 kinds of prohibited politics relating to gambling:
- the full ban, which means the stick ban all types of gambling;
- The partial prohibition. In such a case the totalizators may work, but video slots and table games are nonlegal;
- The indirect ban. All gambling types, which are not permitted officially, are forbidden. The last one rule acts in Belarus.
There is a presidential decree which lists gambling allowing in the country. Online gaming is absent in the document. So it seems to be banned. But if the company has a landed office it may let the online totalizators. The same rules relate to online bookmaker offices.
Popular online casino in Belarus
So tourists and natives in Belarus have full access to online gambling thank to foreign online casinos. There are some of them which are most popular in the country:
- Omni casino was opened in 1997, as a part of Peak Entertainment. This online casino is popular for it spotless reputation. Here you can play in Playtech video slots machines. Users can play both on site and on the desktop version. Newcomers are welcome with bonus deposit.
- Cherry Casino is one of the oldest game houses in the Europe. It was opened in 1996. There are not only cherry casino free slots but also, lotto, lottery & totalizator. Cherry Casino offers rules for responsible playing – the activation of deposit wage limit and the account auto blocking. Cherry casino slots are the most popular in Belarus.
- Casino.com was created by Mansion Ltd on Playtech game platform. Here you can play video slots machines, blackjack, poker, craps, keno, roulette, bingo, and baccarat. Gamblers from 189 countries visit this online casino. It supports more than 50 languages.
- Mr. Green Casino is a relatively young online casino. It was opened in 2008. Users can play video slots machines, table games, and stake in bookmaker office.
- Unibet –is an online project of Ubinet bookmaker office. It is famous for high-quality service and honesty. The online bookmaker office is based Microgaming platform. It works for more than 150 countries and supports main European languages. Here you can play video slots machines, craps, table games and roulette.
- Casino X is one of the most popular online casinos among Russian-speaking gamblers. The platform for Casino X was created by Darklace Limited. NetEnt video slots games are presented here widely. Also, you can play slots machines by Microgaming, Playson, and Quickspin, NextGen, Yggdrasil, Thunderkick. Newcomers are welcomed with free spins, enlarged cashback and so on. The online casino supports a lot of languages including Russian.
By the way, there are some online casinos which are related to Belarus landed casinos.
Belarus Casino was opened in 2005. Here you can play video slots machines, poker, blackjack. The casino software is presented by Microgaming. Belarus Casino works with credits cards and all types of electronics currencies.
Casino of Belarus offers more than 300 video slots, bonuses for newcomers, jackpots. The instant cashback is also offered.
Online casino Belarus is based on Microgaming software. More than 500 video games slots are presented here. The online casino usually offers different events and tournament. Casino works with credits cards and electronics currencies.
Grand Casino is popular online casino among Russian-speaking gamblers. It offers different video slots and classic table games, bonuses and the instant cashback.
Belatra company – Belarus video game software
Gambling age in Belarus is presented with not only games houses but also, soft development. Belatra is the first Belarus company who creates video slots machines and software platforms both for landed and for online casinos. First Belatra slots machines were produced 20 years ago. It was made only for landed casinos. But some years ago Belatra began to develop video slots for online casinos. Today Belatra products are used in all Russian-speaking online casinos and in some global online casino.
There are some advantages of Belarus video slots: a lot of bonus rounds, interesting plots, and animation high quality. The most popular video slots are Fairy Land 2, Lucky Drink, Chukcha, An Escape From Alcatraz, etc. Some of them offer multi-level bonus rounds. The others are connected with a progressive jackpot.
Belatra games can be played on PC and mobile gadgets. It is made both for IOS and for Android.
Today Belatra is a well known brand not only in Belarus and CIS but also, in Europe. Its video slots usually are presented on world-class gambling exhibitions in Las Vegas, Lima, Bogota, London. It gets appreciations and different awards.
Belatra from Belarus has taken part in:
- ICE Totally Gaming 2016 in February in London. It is one of the most important exhibitions in the gambling industry. More than 530 software developers took part in it.
- Russian Gaming Week in Moscow – the 10th international forum. Belatra presented its newest video slots.
- Sagce exhibition in Buenos Aires. IGT, Novomatic, Aristocrat were also there.
Every year Belatra takes part in different themed forums and conferences. In 2016 the company has presented 3 new video slots:
- Rio Grande slot machine was made for online casinos,
- The Ghost Walks video slot has 20 payline, free spins, and bonus rounds,
- Africa Gold offers 10 paylines and free spins bonus.
Besides Belatra video gaming department has shown a new game line – Multibillionaire. It unites all the most popular video games by Belatra. There are several lines for poker slots, themed video slots, etc.
The Multibillionaire setting menu is really clear. Here you can choose the type of video slots for some parameters (a number of reels, a level of population, a number of paylines and others). By the way, there are 2 local jackpots.
Law regulation of Belarus gambling
The Belarus gambling primary law provides 4 types of gambling organizations:
- slot machine hall,
- bookmaker office,
The legal games legal are:
- video slots,
- cards games,
Only tax resident can own the gambling business in Belarus. Besides one must get a gambling license to open a game house in Belarus. Only local Ministry of taxes issues it.
There are some strict conditions for getting a gambling license. It costs nearly $ 5000. The expiration date – 10 years.
The gambling license can be canceled when the casino owner is breaking main rules. For example, business disruption, providing wrong data ext.
Belarus gambling taxation
The taxation is the other important part of Belarus gambling. Taxes should be paid both by casinos and by players. For last one it is 4% for every win in casinos and 13% for a win in bookmaker offices and totalizators.
The incomes constant monitoring
Government implements new laws to increase profits and to improve the gambling market. One of such a project is a special cash system. All Belarus casinos, bookmaker offices, and totalizators should connect it.
A special support center controls the system working processes. So the government has got an opportunity to monitor casinos and its incomes.
Best casino in Belarus
Despite all active rules and laws today there are more than 1000 bookmaker offices, totalizators, and casino in Minsk Belarus.
Most of them are situated in the capital of the country. In Minsk there are 30 casinos, 6 game houses are in Brest, 5 – in Gomel, 3 – in Grodno and in Mogilev. Also, there are casinos in Vitebsk and other towns.
In Minsk there are the most popular game houses with a good reputation:
- Victoria – is one of the biggest game houses in Belarus. It is hotel complex with casino for tourists and for natives,
- Zhuravinka – is a Belarus casino of international company Princess Casinos International,
- Shangri-la – VIP casino is famous for it high-security level and service quality,
- Belaya vezha offers a lot of modern video slots machines and classic table games. Belaya vezha usually organizes poker tournaments,
- Global is situated in Minsk. It offers not only gambling but also show programs.
Besides, there are Admiral, Carat, Grand Bellagio and Xо casinos in Minsk. All of them offer video slots machines and rooms for classic table games. For VIPs, there are special tables with high rates.
Junket tours in Belarus
Junket tours in Belarus is a new service, which population is growing. Junket tour can be bought in some Belarus casinos. All necessary information is on the official casino's sites. Such a tour offers free:
- avia tickets,
- hotel booking,
During junket tour you should:
- spend 5 hours in casino,
- make bets and choice the deposit rate in accordance to junket tour contract. The deposit sum guarantees it. If the player win, he will get the winning money and the deposit.
If the client breaks these rules he must compensate all expenses for tickets, hotel and transfers.
By the way buying a junket tour is more cheaper than independent tour. You can buy it in all the biggest Minsk casinos: Admiral, Carat, Grand Bellagio, Xо, Victoria, Zhuravinka, Belaya vezha and others.
Belarus casino rules
There are some strictly rules for casino visitors in Belarus:
- Belarus gambling age is 18,
- the lack of debts.
Casinos are closed for persons with game addiction and persons from so called black list. If a person is registered in such a list, he can enter any casino in the country.
Belarus gambling perspectives
There was an idea to create special gambling zones like there are in Russia. But this idea wasn't supported. Now days gambling gets really big profit for federal budget. This trend seems to be continue.
The next step – the online gambling legalization. Firstly the common site will be created. The list of software developers will be made. All forecasts for future Belarus gambling are positive.