Overview of Croatia gambling legislation
In November 2015 the EU Commission finally approved the new gambling laws in Croatia. The process was not fast and has been delayed due to objections of the Malta and Austria.
The original text of the law was first proposed in 2010, and the final amendments to the laws were introduced in March 2015. Now the law contains provisions that allow operators to apply an opportunity for non-local gambling operators to play poker and other games.
The initial payment for the license is HRK3 million ($490k), plus an annual fee of the same amount. Companies must also provide a bank guarantee from the Croatian bank in the amount of HRK3 million as well. This is "for paying winnings to players" and satisfaction of any other obligations.
Each month, gaming taxes should be listed in the Ministry of Finance in the amount of 5% of the operator's gross income.
Taxes on lottery winnings are charged by the operator from the payments. Taxes on income which are subjects to charge are as follows: 10% on the win from HRK750 to HRK10,000, 15% up to HRK 30,000, from 20% up to 500 000 HRK, and 30% for any bigger winning.
It is important to note that the Croatian players don't have any restrictions on the games in dot-com markets, so the Croatian players can continue to play in the dot-com pool but only on those sites which have a license from the Ministry of Finance.
Bitcoin gambling in Croatia
Bitcoin gambling is not regulated in Croatia separately. In accordance with the law 2014 about gambling of online gambling operators, the license is required but there was nothing said about licensed Bitcoin gambling operators. Therefore, they are at least not prohibited. However, the locals are free to play on other operator's Bitcoin gambling sites.
Also, in 2013 the Croatian National Bank issued a statement that Bitcoin is legal in Croatia. There is a legal Bitcoin exchangers in Croatia.
The best poker rooms for Croatian players
The main network for Croatian players is MPN. Look at the schedule: if you remove the traditional seasonal downturn in MPN network, you would note good potential for growth. The latest news around the network confirm this fact: it develops, it is trusted, it grows and cause strong interest among poker players.
As it has been already mentioned, Croatian legislation doesn't forbid game in dot-com markets, but these poker rooms must be licensed in Croatia. Let's look at them!
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This room is for those who play at least NL20. Firstly, there is a game on the mid-stakes. Secondly, even at the lower threshold of the low-limits the rake become more tolerant and standard (about 5%).
This is one of the oldest poker rooms! It is focused at the Russian-speaking audience, the game at the lower limits being held almost 24/7. The peak of activity falls on the night. RedStars can be called a major room of MPN network that is why it is so active and popular among players. This room would appeal to both novices (due to heavy play at the microlimits), and regulars.
The main features of the room is the fast Blaze Poker and anonymous tables. Both attract recreational players. Room has a stable 5% rake at all limits, as well as a simple and profitable VIP-system. The result: room is reliable, large, it has a low rake and clear bonus system. There is game on micro, low and middle stakes.
This is another one European brand which occupies a special place in the MPN network. The company Betsson is broadcasted on the Stockholm Stock Exchange, and in the Scandinavian countries it is known first of all for its casinos and bookmakers. The game in the room is played in Euro.
There are a lot of casual players in Betsson Poker who get in poker from casino or bookmaker. In general, the room is similar to the other rooms of MPN network. The unconditional advantages include popular and reliable brand, as well as active play on anonymous tables where random players from casinos or betting are gathered.
This is another room of the network that is similar to the Betsson Poker. Betsafe is also a Scandinavian company. Since its establishment in 2006, poker client from Betsafe has managed to travel across different networks including Ongame, iPoker etc. Currently Betsafe Poker represents MPN network.
In general, Betsafe also can boasts with reliable reputation and guaranteed payouts. As for bonuses, their availability and conditions can be specified individually with our manager.
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Summarizing all the above we would highlight the following points:
- As all the rooms represent one network, we can distinguish several major and important features of the MPN network
- Rake is 5%
- Standard methods of the deposit/withdrawal: Skrill, Neteller, Visa, Master Card, Webmoney (in some poker rooms).
- Support HM/PT for our players.
- The presence of HU tables
Finally, we note that all of the rooms for Croatian players are licensed and fully legal on the territory of Croatia.