The numbers of casinos, their employees, visitation and tips are not reported in official statistics in the Czech Republic, their number can only be estimated. According to issued licenses, there would be more than 1,000 casinos in the Czech Republic, but only about 200 casinos are in operation for the last years (estimated 225 in 2014, 171 in 2015 and 218 in 2016).
On the contrary, according to official data, the volume of funds left by players is increasing year-on-year with EUR 164m in 2014, EUR 183m in 2015 and EUR 225m in 2016 (in 2016 54% more in comparison to 2014).
The gambling market, particularly in the technical games sector and partly casinos, has been largely over-sized, confusing and therefore hard to control in the Czech Republic over the last decade. The applicable original law of 1990 was primarily intended to enable the start of this specific type of business activity in the Czech Republic and did not regulate more strictly and systematically the gambling market, which was never officially existing till that time.
The new legislative framework for gambling in the Czech Republic, in place since 2017 has led to the most fundamental change in the business environment for this sector since 1990. The aim of a new code is especially stricter state supervision, proper taxation of gambling, effectively sanctioning illegal operators and the elimination of pathological gambling. For the first time, it introduces complex regulation of all forms of online gambling.
The Gaming Act introduces systematic measures for responsible gaming:
These legal measures are synchronised with other legislative standards, such as the law on the limitation of cash payments and especially the advertising law:
Legal Gambling Age: 18 Years Old
Smoking Ban: No
Terrestrial: The period 2017-2019 is to be understood as a transitional period, before the principles of the new legal regulation actually take effect and the ten-year casino licenses issued under the previous law expire. During this period, the casinos can be operated either according to old or according to new codes at the same time.
Online: Online gambling is fully enabled and regulated by a new code in the Czech Republic as of January 2017. The operator from abroad has to be registered in the Czech Republic and to pay taxes there, while the website of illegal operators is blocked.
Terrestrial: Regulated gambling products in the Czech Republic are lottery, sports betting, totalisator betting, bingo, technical games, live games, tombola and small card tournaments. The code differentiates between two types of gaming premises: gaming room (only for technical games) and casino (with the live game as a main activity).
Online: All regulated forms of gambling can be offered online except for tombola and small card tournaments. Internet gaming shall be deemed operated on the territory of the Czech Republic if is even only partially focusing on individuals resident in the Czech Republic.
The following are the authorities executing national administration of the gambling operations under this Act:
Size of Illegal Gambling Market: Verifiable statistics or legal estimations of the illegal gambling market are not available in Czech Republic. Those studies, that are available, rely on very rough estimates.
Market Protection Measures / Tools to Tackle Illegal Gambling: The new legislative frame for gambling brought a substantial change in relation to illegal operators, when as a tax payer takes to consideration not only license holder pursuant to the Gambling Act, but also any person who operates a game of chance, the operation of which requires a licence. As far as unauthorised online games are concerned, internet service providers on the territory of the Czech Republic are obliged to prevent access to any of the websites included in the list of the webpages with unauthorised online games. At the same time, providers of payment services shall not execute payment transactions, whether credited or debited to the payment accounts included in the list of unauthorised online games.
Administrative offences and connected fines are in details solved in 8th part of the Gambling Code.
Currency : Czech koruna (CZK)
(Source:The World Bank)
GNI (2014, Local Currency, Millions): 37,82,037
Internet Penetration (Internet Users): 79.7%
(Source: The World Bank)
Mobile Penetration (Mobile Cellular Subscriptions): 130%
(Source: The World Bank)
Doing Business Ranking (June 2015):36
(Source: World Bank Group)
Last Updated: September 2017