Gambling in Malta

Malta, officially known as the Republic of Malta, is a country in Southern European island.  Malta is one of the smallest (316 km2) and densely populated countries in the world with around 4,50,000 population.  The capital of Malta is Valletta.  Malta has two official languages, which are Maltese and English.
Television is the most popular form of communication.  The mobile penetration rate in Malta exceeded 100% by the end of 2009.
Gambling is legal and regulated in Malta.  The Malta Gaming Authority regulates and governs all gambling activities and issues licenses in accordance with the government.  To operate a brick & mortar gambling business, the owner has to apply for a license from the MGA.
Online gambling is legal and regulated in Malta.  MGA regulates all online gambling activities and issues licenses.  Therefore, many domestic and offshore websites accept players from Malta.  Malta is one of the world's largest and most respected online gambling jurisdictions and was the first EU member state to regulate remote gambling.
National lottery in Malta was first established in 1934 as a state monopoly.  However, in 2004, the Maltese government assigned the exclusive rights to the lottery to Maltco Lotteries Limited.  In 2012, Maltco Lotteries Limited received 10-year license extension to remain the only company allowed to organize the lottery in the country.  The operations of Maltco Lotteries Limited are regulated by the MGA.  Currently, there are 3 different types of lottery tickets in circulation, Lotto, Super 5, and Grand Lottery.  Online lottery is legal and regulated in Malta.
 Sports betting is legal and regulated in Malta and it is one of the most common forms of gambling.  The most popular sport to bet on is horse racing.  The Malta Racing Club under the responsibility of executive police licenses on-track bookmakers.  Online sports betting is legal too, so players can enjoy betting on sports at many online bookmakers.
Casino is legal and regulated by MGA.  There are currently 3 casinos operating throughout the country offering the most popular games like roulette, blackjack, and poker.
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