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Slovakia’s casino sector has recovered strongly from the economic crisis and recently added one further property bringing the industry’s total to 12 in 2016.

The new casino brought  30 new jobs taking the total number of staff employed in the country’s land-based properties to 570.

Casino revenues grew by €1m in 2016 to €28m, the fourth consecutive year where gains were recorded and confirming an impressive increase of 47 percent since 2013

Slovakia’s casinos, which are regulated by the Ministry of Finance, received 380,000 individual visits from players during 2016.

There are four main casino operators in Slovakia: Casinos Slovakia, CBG (Admiral Casino); Banco Casino and Olympic Casino Slovakia.

The Slovakian parliament discussed in November and approved in December New Gambling law.  New law is valid since January 2017. The main changes include: 

  • Higher Gambling Tax for Tables (from 29% GGR to 30% GGR) 
  • Higher Gambling tax for VLTs (from EUR 5.000 to EUR 5.500 flat tax for 1 year)
  • Increased minimum amount of devices in one Slot hall (from 5 to 12) valid   since 1.1.2018
  • List of people excluded from Gaming (e.g. Students, people receiving social support etc.) = Since 1.1.2019 everybody entering Slot hall or Casino must be checked with ID on entrance if he is/is not part of the List
  • Restrictions of outside advertisement
  • Website and payments blocking  of unlicensed online gambling operators

The Ministry of Finance also indicated it wants to limit the number of slot machine venues in the country by closing down "twins operations" (most of these operations are pubs with 2 VLTs)

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. The city council decision is currently undergoing a legal challenge.

 

 

ECA MEMBERS

ECA MEMBERS :   Slovak Casino Association

NUMBER OF CASINOS

2016 12
2015 11
2014 11
2013 9

NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES

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.

Opening hours and self-exclusion measures are not currently legislated in Slovakia.

Gaming machines have maximum deposit amounts set at SKK 1,000 (€10) per position.

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)

2016 380
2015 350
2013 270

REVENUES (GGR & Tips EUR 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: August 2017