Slovakia’s casino sector has recovered strongly from the economic crisis and recently added two further properties bringing the industry’s total to 11 in 2015.
The two new casinos brought with them more than 100 new jobs taking the total number of staff employed in the country’s land-based properties to 550.
Casino revenues grew by €7m in 2015 to €28m, the fifth consecutive year where gains were recorded and confirming an impressive increase of 33 percent since 2013.
Slovakia’s casinos, which are regulated by the Ministry of Finance, received 350,000 individual visits from players during 2015.
The principal casino operators in Slovakia are Casinos Slovakia, Olympic casino Slovakia, Banco Casino and CBG, for which Admiral is the Casino license holder.
In July 2016, the Slovakian government put forward plans, so far not implemented, to introduce website and payment blocking in a bid to keep unlicensed online gambling operators from the market. Additionally there will be a 10 percent increase in gaming tax, beginning in 2017.
Under the current framework, state-owned Tipos has a monopoly over online games.
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 licence.
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
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.
Terrestrial:Roulette, card games, dice games, slot machines.
Online:Roulette, blackjack, poker, 3 and 5 reel slots, multi games
Terrestrial:Ministry of Finance
Online:Ministry of Finance
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.
Currency : Euro
(Source:The World Bank)
GNI (2014, Local Currency, Millions): 71,695
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)
Last Updated: 1st September 2016