The most popular type of online gambling in Malta is sports betting. Betting accounts for more than 60% of all online gambling in the country. More than 80% of all the gambling companies registered in the country offer sports betting markets to take advantage of the popularity.
Malta has a long history of gambling. One of the most ancient gambling games played in the country was Cippitatu. The game involved a spinning top, on which punters would bet on how it would fall. Lotto was introduced in the country towards the end of the 17th century, which also became very popular. Several other forms of gambling came by gradually over several decades that followed.
Regulated gambling began in October 1922 following the enactment of the Lotto Act. Maltese players were already accustomed to lotto by then. The government used lottos as a yardstick to help them figure out how to regulate the gambling industry. Lotto Regulations were introduced in the same year. Several amendments were made to the Lotto Act over the years.
Online gambling took off in Malta in 2004. That was when the Maltese government introduced online gaming and betting regulations that gave betting providers a clear legal framework in which they could operate. The regulations were designed to set up Malta for success in the world of online gambling when many other countries had confusing and unclear rules.