Slovenia’s casinos are regulated by Slovenia’s Ministry of Finance and supervised by its Tax Administration.
Casinos were all closed in the country for large parts of 2020 and 2021 in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The HIT group owns seven of the country’s ten casinos and is a publicly-listed company, with government bodies, municipalities and public employee pension funds owning 60 percent of its shares.
Online gambling can only be offered by operators in possession of a classic games licence or a casino licence.
Under the existing Gaming Act, the Slovenian government can award a maximum of 15 concessions for casinos and 45 concessions for gaming halls with slot machines.
Casino concessions are awarded for a period of ten years but can be extended for five-year periods.
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 established 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 includes proposals to allow online casino games, to eliminate the requirement for online casino operators to have a land-based casino licence and would place additional restrictions on gambling advertising.
At the beginning of 2018, a group of deputies of the National Assembly submitted a proposal for amending and supplementing the existing Gaming Act, with the aim of liberalising and regulating the field of betting as a special type of gambling (including online betting).
However, to date, both bills have ultimately failed to complete their passage into law.
In December 2020, the European Commission was notified of proposed changes to the control information systems of gambling devices which dictate the information shared between the regulator and operators.
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: May 2019