Today the Spanish authorities have finally published in the Spanish Official Gazette the decrees regulating online slots and exchange betting.
Those decrees are available (in Spanish) herein:
- Order HAP/1369/2014, of 25 July, approving the basic regulations of exchange betting and modifying several decrees regulating a number of games
- Order HAP/1370/2014, of 25 July, approving the basic regulations of slot machine gaming
Both decrees will not enter into force until a new tender re-opening the market has been officially called by the Spanish authorizes. This means that the possibility for applying for the singular licenses for slots by already licensed operators will not exist until the said tender is officially launched by the Spanish authorities.
It is important to notice that both decrees finally approved are aligned with the draft decrees published on March 2014 (which were analyzed in our previous entry).
Some of the modifications included in the final versions of the decrees were proposed by the operators during the process of public comments opened by the Spanish authorities. In addition, some other amendments have been introduced by the Spanish authorities in order to increase the protection of players and to improve responsible gambling measures.