Irish Internet Punters Mag
Covering everything in Irish betting
At IIPMM we aim to cover every aspect of betting in Ireland.
If Ireland loves one thing, it’s a good bet. There is a long and storied tradition of betting of pretty much all kinds in the nation. Today, per capita, Ireland is one of the most prolific betting nations in the world, ranking third for the amount of money per person that is spent on betting. How people bet in the country can garner a wide range of answers, so let’s look into it.
Betting has always been big in Ireland, but just like in many places in the world, one of the biggest reasons it has exploded so much in recent years has been the advent of online betting. Recent estimates suggest as much as €10,000 a minute is spent in the country on online gambling of one form or another. Whether it’s casino games or sportsbook betting, online bookies are clearly there to stay. Per capita, as I mentioned, Ireland is third in the world for betting, and this wouldn’t be the case were it not for online betting. Online betting now means that anyone, anywhere, can get access to a huge range of ways to play and bet. As long as the company obtains a local license, then they can legally operate in Ireland with no problem.
But the traditional ways to bet in Ireland are still just as popular as they ever were. There are 26 major active racecourses in the country, visited by around 1.3 million people. The biggest of these tend to be the Punchestown Festival, which is held in April, and the races at Galway in July. Given the restrictions on certain other kinds of betting in the country, the popularity of the races is hardly surprising. Virtually anywhere in the world, horse racing has historically been one of the most popular ways to bet or even just enjoy a spectator sport.
Where betting in Ireland gets a bit more complicated is when it comes to land-based casinos. Online casinos are permitted and active, of course, but there are very, very brick-and-mortar casinos in the country. What few there is are pretty much all in Dublin. The 1956 legislation regulating such establishments essentially meant they weren’t allowed. Those that do exist do so via a fairly simple loophole: being a members’ only club. In Northern Ireland, casinos are all but non-existent. The only ones that do exist are more like small arcades than casinos. However, those casinos that are present are just as world class as anywhere. They provide the wide range of games and ways to bet that even the largest Las Vegas casino would. So, though it is much easier to bet in some ways than in other ways on the Emerald Isle, one thing is clear: the people love a good bet. It’s one of the nations most well-loved past times. From online betting on just about anything to the traditional off-track bookies at the races, Ireland loves just about any kind of bet.