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Hungary’s casino industry has boomed following amendments to the country’s gambling legislation made in 2014, which allowed for the opening of a maximum of 11 casinos nationwide.

There are now eight casinos in operation compared with just three properties open in 2013, and as a result, the number of individual visits by players has almost doubled, jumping from 640,000 to 1.2m in 2016.

The casino sector is also still feeling the positive effects of a ban on street slot machines enacted in 2012, and their gross gaming revenues have soared from €51m in 2013 to €93m, a 82 percent increase across thethree-year period.

The Hungarian casino firm Las Vegas is one of the four operators allowed to offer online casinos, following amendments that entered into force in late 2015 which gave land-based casinos the exclusive right to online casino gaming in Hungary. The Las Vegas online casino launched successfully in May 2017.

The prospects of the four licensees were bolstered by harsher payment blocking and enforcement measures for illegal online gambling websites, which were ratified by the Hungarian Parliament in late 2016.

ECA MEMBERS

ECA MEMBERS :   Hungarian Casino Association

NUMBER OF CASINOS

2016 9
2015 8
2014 5
2013 3

NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES

2016 3000
2014 600
2013 400

TERRESTRIAL CONSUMER PROTECTION / SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY MEASURE

National legislation requires customers to be at least 18 years of age and registration is required on their first visit.

Players can self-exclude upon their own request for up to two years.  They can choose if the ban is 3 months, 6 months, 1 year or 2 years. Casino has to implement the ban within 24 hours. A self-exclusion of 1 year or longer can only be revoked after 7 months.

Players can self-exclude upon their request or can be excluded by court order in the National Tax and Customs Administration office for 1 year, 3 years or for a 5 year period.

It is required that a player protection toll free number should be displayed in the casino and on gaming equipment.

A prevalence study published by Ipsos Zrt. in 2010 indicated that around 1.2 percent of the Hungarian population over the age of 18 is heavily addicted to gambling. With Hungary’s population of around 9.9m, this translates to around 100,000 people.

Problem Gambling Helplines: Emberbarát Alapítvány & NAV Központi Ügyfélszolgálat (NTAC Central  Office)

Legal Gambling Age: 18 Years Old

Smoking Ban: YES

THE REGULATED MARKET

NATURE OF THE CASINO MARKET

Terrestrial: Multiple licences (8)

Online: Regulated (Licences are limited to land-based casino concessionaires)

 

REGULATED CASINO GAMES

Terrestrial:Table games: American Roulette with single zero, Black Jack, Ultimate Texas Hold’em, Caribbean Stud Poker, Casino War, Three card Poker, Punto Banco, Texas Hold’em Poker, Electronic Roulettes: Alfastreet, EGT, Amatic, Slot machines

Online:Casino games (House banked games eg. Roulette, Blackjack), Slot machines, Card games (Raked games eg. Poker)

 

RESPONSIBLE REGULATOR FOR TERRESTRIAL AND ONLINE CASINO GAMES

Terrestrial and Online:The Gambling Supervision and the Ministry for National Economy

THE ILLEGAL MARKET

Size of Illegal Gambling Market:Estimated at €100m annually.

Market Protection Measures / Tools to Tackle Illegal Gambling:ISP, payment blocking and advertising restrictions are all available as tools to deter illegal gambling offers.

IN THE CASINO

NUMBER OF CASINO VISITS (in 000s)

2016 1200
2015 1200
2013 640

REVENUES (GGR & Tips EUR Million)

2016 93 million
2015 72 million
2014 63 million
2013 51 million

HIGH-LEVEL MARKET DATA

Currency : Hungarian forint (HUF)

Population:9,844,690 
(Source:The World Bank)

GNI (2014, Local Currency, Millions): 3,01,60,137
(Source: Eurostat)

Internet Penetration (Internet Users):76.1%
(Source: The World Bank)

Mobile Penetration (Mobile Cellular Subscriptions): 118%
(Source: The World Bank)

Doing Business Ranking (June 2015):42
(Source: World Bank Group)

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Last Updated: 1st September 2016