Players made more than 1.77m visits to Slovenia’s ten casinos in 2016, a small increase on the 1.69m visits made in 2015. The number of casinos rose from 9 to 10 in 2016.
The country’s casinos, which are regulated by Slovenia’s Tax Administration and its Ministry of Finance, generated revenues of €159m throughout 2016, growing their earnings by approximately 9 percent compared with 2015. The actual nine casinos generated in 2016 a 6 percent increase in revenues compared to a year before.
The number of employees has remained in the last years unchanged, hovering around 1,800 full-time employees.
The HIT group owns seven of the country’s ten casinos. HIT is a publicly-listed company, with government bodies, municipalities and public employee pension funds owning 60 percent of its shares.
Under the existing Gaming Act, the Slovenian government can award a maximum of 15 concessions for casinos.
In 2015, the Ministry of Finance published a proposal for a Gaming Act amendment, eliminating the requirement that the concessionaire must have its registered seat in the Republic of Slovenia, and instead providing for a corporate entity having a registered seat within the European Economic Area to obtain a concession.
A requirement to obtain equity shares of the concessionaire was also removed with the broad intention of establishing a legislative framework compatible with European Union law, enabling socially responsible gambling activities and increasing the quality and modernity of the gaming offer.
The draft amending the Gaming Act is still in the process of harmonization.
Problem gambling prevention policies
In accordance with the Slovenian Gaming Act, no one under the age of 18 years is permitted to enter a casino, play slot machines or participate in online gambling.
The Act allows players to self-exclude themselves from casinos, gaming halls and online by submitting a written statement signed personally by the player.
This will prohibit them for a minimum of six months and a maximum of three years.
Self-exclusion applies throughout the territory of Slovenia, as well as in other countries if there are applicable international agreements in force.
The supervisory authority is responsible for maintaining a central register of self-excluded players.
Land-based casinos in Slovenia provide information highlighting the risks of gambling both on the entrance ticket and in the form of leaflets.
The leaflets also include relevant contact details of help centres and hotlines.
Slovenia is expecting an amendment to its Gaming Act this year due to the planned privatisation of land-based casinos and harmonisation of national gambling legislation with the guidelines of the European Union.
The new Act will set high requirements regarding the provision of socially responsible gambling activities, while placing additional restrictions on advertising.
It will also include the legal basis for the functioning of the Information System Supervisory Authority of self-excluded players.
Organization:Center za bolezni odvisnosti (Addiction Centre)
Address: Gradnikove brigade 1, 5000 Nova Gorica
Telephone: +386 5 338 32 65
Legal Gambling Age: 18 Years Old
Smoking Ban:Yes. However, there are exceptions such as indoor smoking rooms, which are subject to strict requirements.
Terrestrial:Multiple licences (5).
Online: regulated, limited to land-based casino concessionaires.
Terrestrial: American and French roulette, blackjack, bingo, keno, poker, slot machines
Online:Casino games, except those categorised as games of chance.
Terrestrial: Ministry of Finance
Online: Ministry of Finance
Data not available.
The Ministry of Finance is permitted by law to seek a court order to require ISPs to block access to online gambling websites which are not licensed by the Slovenian Government.
Payment blocking measures are also in place.
Currency : Euro
(Source:The World Bank)
GNI (2014, Local Currency, Millions): 36,446
Internet Penetration (Internet Users): 71.6%
(Source: The World Bank)
Mobile Penetration (Mobile Cellular Subscriptions): 112%
(Source: The World Bank)
Doing Business Ranking (June 2015):29
(Source: World Bank Group)
Last Updated: August 2017