Betting in Portugal
Sports betting has always flourished in Portugal.
In first place is the country's engagement in football betting, which is considered the No. 1 sport in the world.
Now the most popular and most visited betting sites in Portugal are those of major international online bookmakers, who do not have local licenses but gladly take Portuguese gamblers anyway.
- Football (Soccer)
- American Football
- Popular payment methods: Visa, Mastercard, Skrill, PayPal, Paysafecard
- Currency: € (Euro / EUR)
Top 10 Portuguese Betting Sites(Rank in Country | Percent of Portuguese Visitors)
2. ESC Online (Sports)
Rank in Country: 143
Percent of Visitors: 97.73%
Rank in Country: 328
Percent of Visitors: 97.36%
Rank in Country: 386
Percent of Visitors: 99.00%
Rank in Country: 1,261
Percent of Visitors: 98.34%
Rank in Country: 3,854
Percent of Visitors: 93.23%
In 2015, with the adoption of an applicable law, the doors to the world of online betting, in all its diversity, were opened to gamblers from this country.
Locals finally had the opportunity to place bets on international betting sites that had obtained licenses in Portugal.
However, the tax burden on foreign bookmaker companies that obtained local licenses has forced them to increase their margins, leading to a gradual outflow of customers.
Where are Portuguese gamblers going?
Quite naturally, they are finding more acceptable sites for low-margin betting, which are certainly not with Portuguese Bookmakers.
How many locals participate in Sports Betting?
Portugal by no means enjoys gambling more than any other country in the world and betting isn't a primary hobby for the locals, as it is in Ireland.
Nevertheless, about 2 million people have made sports bets at least once.
Which kinds of sports betting are popular in Portugal?
As mentioned earlier, football betting is the most popular and in-demand form of sports betting. American football, basketball and rugby also draw attention from Portuguese gamblers.