What are the rules to follow to play safely?


Gambling is an enormously widespread entertainment both in Italy, both in the various member states of the European Union, and in every corner of the planet. The laws that regulate its functioning in order to protect and safeguard citizens are multifaceted and, currently, there is still no single specific community legislation governing gambling in the European Union.

Most of the laws we have heard about up to now mainly concern the game of Lotto and its followers, such as the Superenalotto, or the slot rooms and slot machines in bars. However, for some time now, gambling has no longer been strictly linked to physical places: black jack, poker, roulette, seven and a half, and so on and so forth, are now the real ones. protagonists of Online Casino Switzerland and, in general, of all virtual arcades.

What does the Italian law on gambling provide and how are gambling halls and casinos, both physical and virtual, regulated? Let’s find out together with this article!

What is the purpose of gambling legislation in Italy?

As we have observed, the European Community does not provide for specific legislation on gambling. However, in 2013 the European Parliament sanctioned the possibility for individual member states to approve the rules necessary to protect players and, in the following year, required them to monitor the phenomenon of online casinos more carefully.

The Italian legislation on gambling is mainly structured on three levels: national, regional and the measures taken by individual municipalities. The main objective of these rules is to prevent the harmful effects of gambling on the physical, mental and economic health of the entire community.

Furthermore, it is essential to try to prevent fraud, a widespread phenomenon in the digital communities of the web, and to protect people under the age of eighteen. In fact, the so-called minors are prevented from accessing both real and virtual casinos by creating a personal profile.

This first categorization highlights the main role of gambling laws, namely the need to protect both the individual and the community as much as possible.

Prohibited games and permitted games

The Italian law differentiates in the first place what games of chance are allowed from those that are prohibited. The only real responsible body in this context is the state monopoly. Basically, in Italy it is forbidden to offer or facilitate gambling unless this is directly authorized by the State.

This means that, theoretically, it could also be illegal to play cards in bars if you are gambling or gambling. The motivation behind what might seem like a drastic decision is the need to reduce the spread of the phenomenon known as gambling addiction, which often has tragic consequences on the people affected, as well as the protection of public order.

By gambling we basically mean those playful activities for profit which win or lose is exclusively (or almost exclusively) remitted to factors of uncertainty and unpredictability. In practice, when the outcome depends mainly on luck and not on the skill of the player himself. In Italy there is a table that lists in detail which recreational activities are not allowed in public places in the absence of an explicit permission from the State.

This table must be displayed in all establishments, such as billiards and game rooms, together with the specific requirements and prohibitions that the commissioner deems necessary. Among the prohibited activities are most of the card games, such as poker, straight forty, seven and a half and bridge, but also gambling with dice, or lotteries, roulette and bingo.

Physical or virtual casinos: which rules must be respected?

Once the necessary concessions have been obtained, gambling is allowed in Italy as long as the specific requirements are respected. For example, the only regularly authorized physical casinos in our country are in Venice, Campione, Sanremo and Vallée in Saint-Vincent. The rules to which they must comply mainly concern the opening and closing times and the identification of the players by means of a document. Obviously, once inside the gambling halls, patrons must in every way avoid any type of fraudulent or illegal attitude.

As for online casinos, however, the rules are still being defined, as it is an ever-expanding phenomenon. As of 2011, AAMS (Autonomous Administration of State Monopolies) has drafted guidelines that virtual gambling halls must comply with in order to be considered legal, as well as a list of online casinos that comply with these requirements. These include the type of software used, a clear definition and publication of the risks associated with gambling, the protection of minors, the surveillance and supervision of fraud, scams and money laundering.

How to play without taking risks

These guidelines are essential for anyone who enjoys gambling or betting in any form. For all those who love online casinos, we recommend that you only consider AAMS certified websites – this certification must be clearly displayed, to allow players to easily recognize it. Furthermore, it is important to carefully evaluate the clauses relating to the creation of the gaming account and the protection of privacy.

Online gambling is a fun pastime, and in recent years it has been literally depopulated in the internet world. Knowing the rules and preventing their risks is essential to be able to fully enjoy the entertainment for which they are designed.


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