Turkey is a yellow-level online gambling jurisdiction since it's partially regulated, but non-sports betting is completely prohibited.
Turkey is located in south-east Europe. It borders Greece to the west, Bulgaria to the north-west, the Black Sea to the north, Georgia to the north-east, Armenia to the east, Iran to the east, Iraq to the south-east, Syria to the south and the Mediterranean Sea to the south-west.
The company that players need to know in Turkey is IDDAA. This is the only company allowed to run any type of online gambling operation in the country, and they only offer sports betting. Since 2007, all other online gambling has been explicitly prohibited.
This is a pretty atypical situation that you don't see in many other countries in the world, and the fact of the matter is that it puts players in a real bind. When you add to this monopoly the fact that the government has tough blacklists and other measures to keep players off of foreign sites, and when you consider that the fines for being caught gambling online can be worth over a quarter of a million US dollars, then it doesn't make sense to try to play anywhere else.
As mentioned above, only one site is allowed to offer any type of online gambling, and it's owned by the state. No other licenses are given, and a license isn't even really given to IDDAA in the traditional sense. Along these lines, there is virtually no chance that a more open licensing process will be created inside of the next decade, and players shouldn't bank on anything like that in the future.
Turkey is extremely effective in maintaining its monopoly on online gambling through the IDDAA. They do this by threatening players with major fines in the equivalent range of $50,000 to $275,000, some of the worst punishments that you can find for gambling on the Internet anywhere in the world. Combine that with ISP-level blacklists and a government with a reputation for making examples of people who break laws, and there are plenty of incentives to avoid playing anywhere else.
In spite of all of this, there seem to be no reports of the IDDAA being a shady operation, and it would seem that players can trust in them to be reliable with payouts, even if the odds are worse than average due to a lack of competition.
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