Effective July 1, 2024, Georgia will implement stricter regulations on gambling.The Code of Administrative Offenses in Georgia has been amended to prohibit individuals under 25 years old from participating in land-based and online gambling, and foreigners under 18 years old as well.
Operators found allowing underage gambling will face fines of $3690 for the first offense, with repeat violations increasing the fine to $7380. Furthermore, Internet cafes will also face restrictions starting July 1, 2024. Those involved in organizing online gambling will be subject to fines of 15,000 GEL, increasing to 30,000 GEL for repeated offenses.
Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili announced plans to gradually ban online gambling in Georgia, including raising taxes for gambling businesses and restricting participation to individuals under 25 years old. The government has also created a register of individuals prohibited from gambling, including those who voluntarily self-exclude and those identified through court requests from family members.
Government and public sector officials, as well as socially disadvantaged individuals under 25 years old, are automatically added to the database. All gambling activities in Georgia are regulated by the Law on Organizing Lotteries, Games of Chance and Other Prize Games, which was enacted in 2005.