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Slovakia’s casino sector recovered well from the economic crisis and has added four further properties over the past few years, bringing the total to 13 in 2017.

Since 2013 four new casinos have brought with them more than 100 new jobs, taking the total number of staff employed in the country’s land-based properties to 600.

Casino revenues were flat between 2015 and 2016 at €28m, but rose to €31m in 2017. This was a period that ended a five-year run of consecutive growth, though it still amounts to an increase of 48 percent since 2013.

Slovakia’s casinos, which are regulated by the Ministry of Finance, received 300,000 individual visits from players during 2017, down 80,000 from the previous year.

The most popular activities in the gambling market are lottery games and slot machines, with Slovakians showing an increasing appetite for remote gambling.

The main casino operators in Slovakia are Banco Casino, Casinos Slovakia, CBG (Admiral Casino) and Olympic Casino Slovakia. There are currently 126 active licensees.

In July 2016, the Slovakian government put forward plans to introduce website and payment blocking in a bid to keep unlicensed online gambling operators out of the market.

Under the current framework, state-owned Tipos has a monopoly over online games. Stricter payment and website blocking can now be deployed against offshore operators, since the introduction of updated gambling laws in early 2017.

The Ministry of Finance also indicated it wants to limit the number of slot machine venues in the country by raising the minimum number of machines required to qualify for a license.

In April 2017, Slovakia’s capital city Bratislava voted to prohibit all gambling in the city, which would require all of its 305 gambling venues to close after the expiration of their licenses. This was defeated by a local court in June 2018.

A new gambling bill, which was submitted to the European Commission for review on July 25, 2018 and is currently at the committee stage in parliament would eliminate Slovakia’s theoretical online sports betting monopoly and open the country to licence applications for companies in the EU and European Economic Area.

If passed in 2019 by parliament, the bill will allow international operators to compete with Tipos, as well legalising online slots and casino games, for the first time.

ECA MEMBERS

ECA MEMBERS :   Slovak Casino Association

NUMBER OF CASINOS

2017 13
2016 12
2015 11
2014 11
2013 9

NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES

2017 600
2016 570
2015 550
2013 450

TERRESTRIAL CONSUMER PROTECTION / SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY MEASURE

Slovakian gambling operators are required by law to take all necessary measures to prevent anyone under the age of 18 from taking part in gambling and, as such, can request proof of identification.

The latest amendment of the Slovakian Gaming Law (386/2016 Z.z., § 35a Register vylúčených osôb) includes the regulation of an Excluded persons register for people that are:

  • Taking social stipend during scholarship at university
  • Receiving social support from the Social Insurance Company
  • Have a diagnosis as “Pathological Gambler”

Gaming machines outside of Casino operations have maximum bet set at 10 EUR. Machines within Casinos have no limit for the maximum bet.

Amendments to the country’s gambling act that took force in 2013 allow municipalities to ban gambling activities taking place in their territory, provided a petition is signed by at least 30 percent of the municipality’s population over the age of 18.

Gambling establishments must display signs that players must be over the age of 18 in order to participate in gambling.

A new gambling act, which is intended to come into force in the first quarter of 2017, is set to address issues of wagers, self-exclusion systems, market protection measures and the legal gambling age, but the final provisions of the act are not yet defined.

In July 2016 the Ministry of Finance said it intends to introduce amendments that will ensure “stricter oversight, tougher requirements for the operation of games of chance and a higher level of consumer protection”.

Slovakia has a number of independent organisations that aim to help people with problem gambling issues.

The Slovak Association of Abstinence is an independent, non-governmental organisation which caters for people with a gambling problem, as well as various other addictions.

One of its partners is the Slovakian state lottery, Tipos.

CPLDZ Bratislava (Center for addiction treatment) - Centrum pre liečbu drogových závislostí

 

Legal Gambling Age: 18 Years Old

Smoking Ban: NO

THE REGULATED MARKET

NATURE OF THE CASINO MARKET

Terrestrial: Multiple licences (4).

Online: Monopoly, state-owned. But due to a loophole in the legislation, land-based sports-betting operators are able to offer their games on the internet without it being considered online gambling.

 

REGULATED CASINO GAMES

Terrestrial:Roulette, card games, dice games, slot machines.

Online:Roulette, blackjack, poker, 3 and 5 reel slots, multi games

 

RESPONSIBLE REGULATOR FOR TERRESTRIAL AND ONLINE CASINO GAMES

Terrestrial:Ministry of Finance

Online:Ministry of Finance

THE ILLEGAL MARKET

Size of Illegal Gambling Market:Estimated size is €28m annually. This includes online and land-based gambling.

Source: Media Monitoring

Market Protection Measures / Tools to Tackle Illegal Gambling:Slovakia currently does not have any website or payment blocking measures in place.

IN THE CASINO

NUMBER OF CASINO VISITS (in 000s)

2017 300
2016 380
2015 350
2013 270

REVENUES (GGR & Tips EUR Million)

2017 31 million
2016 28 million
2015 28 million
2014 24 million
2013 21 million

HIGH-LEVEL MARKET DATA

Currency : Euro

Population: 5,424,050
(Source:The World Bank)

GNI (2014, Local Currency, Millions): 71,695
(Source: Eurostat)

Internet Penetration (Internet Users): 80.0%
(Source: The World Bank)

Mobile Penetration (Mobile Cellular Subscriptions): 117%
(Source: The World Bank)

Doing Business Ranking (June 2015):29
(Source: World Bank Group)

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Last Updated: May 2019