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Slovakia’s new gambling act came into force on March 1, 2019. The new act opens up the market to foreign operators and ended the monopoly on online gambling games, previously held by state-owned lottery operator TIPOS.

The Office for the Regulation of Gambling was also formed as a new dedicated gambling regulator.

The main casino operators in Slovakia are Banco Casino, Casinos Slovakia, CBG (Admiral Casino) and Olympic Casino Slovakia.

Table games, including poker, can exclusively be operated in casinos; except for card games, which can also be operated outside casinos.

All types of gaming machines can only be operated in licensed gaming halls or casinos. However, gambling on gaming machines not located in casinos faces strict limits, such as a maximum wager of €0.10 and player’s winnings are capped at €5.

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