Slovakia’s casino sector has recovered well from the economic crisis and recently added three further properties over the past few years, bringing the total to 12 in 2016.
Since 2013 three 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 570.
Casino revenues were flat between 2015 and 2016 at €28m, ending a five year run of consecutive growth, but still amounting to an increase of 33 percent since 2013.
Slovakia’s casinos, which are regulated by the Ministry of Finance, received 380,000 individual visits from players during 2016, up 30,000 from the previous year.
In July 2016, the Slovakian government put forward plans to introduce website and payment blocking in a bid to keep unlicensed online gambling operators from 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. The city council decision is currently undergoing a legal challenge.
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: August 2017