The betting regulations in Spain have changed drastically in 2011 with the establishment of the Spanish Gambling Act to regulate its gigantic gambling market.
From the past 30 years, Spain has adopted all forms of gambling legally. However, before the 2011 regulation, the country had full control over 17 autonomous communities over the management of wagering.
Due to the Spanish government’s former relaxation on gambling, there were many decades in which illegal betting shops were common acts. Even after the prohibition, the Spanish government did nothing to shut them down. Furthermore, online betting was both open as well as unregulated, allowing many Spanish citizens to try their luck on betting sites to place online wagers.