The role of the Commission
This section provides background to gaming regulation in the Republic of Cyprus and the role of the Cyprus Gaming Commission.
In 2012, the Republic legalised online and offline sports betting. Under the Betting Law 2012, the National Betting Authority (NBA) was established. The NBA is responsible for examining applications, and licensing, auditing and supervising prospective betting shops and online betting operators.
The Cyprus Casino Control Law 2015 provided for a licence to be granted to a single operator to develop an Integrated Casino Resort and four smaller ‘satellite’ casinos. The licence was awarded to Melco Resorts.
Ahead of the ICR opening the casino operator has permission to provide casino facilities at a temporary casino in Limassol. This opened on the 28 June 2018 and will close when ICR opens, which is expected to be in early 2021. These are the only lawful and regulated casino operations in Cyprus.
The Commission has a number of primary responsibilities.