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Gambling in Macedonia

Macedonian Gambling Laws

Gambling in Macedonia is legal. The organization, arrangements and conditions for lottery and games of chance are regulated by the Amendment to the Law on Lottery and Games of Chance.

To gamble in Macedonian casinos, you must be at least 18 years of age.

Facts About Macedonia

The Republic of Macedonia (often referred to as simply Macedonia) is a landlocked country in southeastern Europe. It is bordered by Serbia, Albania, Greece and Bulgaria. Like most of the Balkan Peninsula, Macedonia was part of the Ottoman Turk Empire. When the provinces of Turkey-in-Europe gained their independence, the area that became Macedonia was disputed between the Serbian, Bulgarian and Greek states.

After World War I, the Serbs succeeded in forming Yugoslavia. Macedonia was one of Yugoslavia's provinces. The Macedonians peacefully seceded from Yugoslavia in 1991 and were admitted to the United Nations in 1993.

It is also a member of the Council of Europe, La Francophonia, the World Trade Organization and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Macedonia has also applied for membership to both NATO and the European Union.

Macedonia has an estimated population of over two-million and fifty-five thousand people. 58% percent of those citizens live in urban areas. The capital city is Skopje, which is estimated to have 500,000 inhabitants.

The official language of Macedonia is Macedonian. This is a type of Southern Slavic language, and it is somewhat similar to Bulgarian. Other languages commonly found in Macedonia include Albanian, Bulgarian, Romani, Turkish, Serbian, Vlach, Circassian and Greek.

Sports Betting in Macedonia

Bookmakers specializing in sporting events first appeared in Macedonia in 1999. In 2005, there were 79 bookmakers who were licensed by the Ministry of Finance, and this number has continued to grow.

According to studies, 37 percent of Macedonians (61% of males) wager on sporting events. Of this number, 71.5 percent do so because of economic reasons.

39.5% of citizens bet less than 1000 denars per month, 33.2% wager between 1001 and 5000 denars per month, and 3.2% wager more than 13,000 denars per month (which equals the average monthly salary). Almost half of the citizens under 25 place bets, while 49% of those between 26 and 40 like to bet. Young men especially like to bet, and it is estimated that 72% of Macedonian males under 25 participate in sports betting (in Macedonia, sports betting is usually just referred to as “betting”).

Casinos in Macedonia

There are currently seven casinos in operation within Macedonia. They are:

Le Grand Casino - Hotel Epinal (Marshal Tito bb, Bitola, Macedonia) Open 24 hours a day, this casino offers 15 gaming machines and 10 table games (Poker, Money Wheel, Let It Ride, Blackjack and American Roulette). There is also a 70-room hotel. Their website is www.hotelepinal.com. For more information, call +389 47 224 777.

Casino Dojran (Hotel Mlaz, Dojran, Macedonia) Open weekdays from 8pm until 3am and weekends from 3pm until 4am. The casino offers 4,070 square feet of gaming space, plus 11 slot machines and 14 table games (Roulette, Blackjack and Baccarat). There is also a 100-room hotel on the premises. For more information, call +389 34 225 203.

Apollonia Casino and Hotel (Partizanski Odredi 1, Gevgelija, Macedonia) Open 24 hours a day, this casino has 102 gaming machines and 32 table and poker games (Poker, Blackjack and American Roulette). There is also a 43-room hotel, plus one restaurant and a bar. This is currently the largest casino in Macedonia. Their website is www.apollonia.com.mk. For more information, call +389 34 213 222.

Hotel & Casino Metropolis (Hotel Metropol, Ohrid, Macedonia) Open daily from 9pm until 4am, this casino has 2,200 square feet of gaming space. There are six table games (Blackjack and Roulette), as well as a 175-room hotel. Their website is www.metropol-ohrid.com. For general info, call +389 46 277 660.

Casino 23 - Bristol Hotel (Marsal Tito BB, Skopje, Macedonia) Open 24 hours a day, this casino has two gaming machines and two poker tables. There is also a 33-room hotel. For more info, call +389 2 114 883.

Le Grand Casino - Holiday Inn Hotel (Vasil Agilarski 2, Skopje, Macedonia) Open 24 hours a day, this casino has 15 gaming machines and 14 table and poker games (5 Card Stud, American Roulette, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Dice, Let It Ride, Poker). A hotel is also located on the premises. Their website is www.holiday-inn.com.mk. For more information, call +389 2 311 4562.

Viva Casino Continental Hotel (Bul Aleksandar Makedonski BB, Skopje, Macedonia) Open 24 hours a day, this casino has 2,200 square feet of gaming space. There are also 20 gaming machines and 12 table games (American Roulette, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Poker). Two restaurants and a 176-room hotel are also located on the property. Their website is located at www.contimak.com. For more information, call +389 2 116 570.

Macedonians and the Lottery

The lottery in Macedonia is conducted by Lotarija NA Makedonija AD Skopje. Their website is located at www.lotarija.com.mk/.

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