Now, with the implementation of Gambling Act in Estonia, all online casino sites located at servers outside the country will be blocked. According to the Act, online casinos are to be run from servers located in the country, pay a licensing fee and a 5% sales tax on gross revenue. The recent change in law is supposed to increase government revenues,
According to the Estonia Free Press, this condition will be lifted next year. If the market in the country does not open for foreign Internet gambling operators, Estonia may face an exodus of gaming business.
Implementation of the Gambling Act has made Estonia the latest member of EU to disregard treaty rules demanding all members to accept each other’s licensing and regulatory procedures.