Simon’s Guide to Gambling in Slovakia

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This is the header image of my guide to gambling and online gambling in Slovakia. The picture depicts the main squire of the capital of Slovakia, The Old Town Hall in Bratislava.

Gambling and online gambling in Slovakia

 

Gambling and casinos in Slovakia are legal and licensed by the state, both online and land based. The current legal framework for controlling, overseeing and taxing the gambling industry is laid down in the piece of legislation, the Act No 171/2005 on Gambling Games*. The act also defines types of venues and operators that are eligible for a gambling licence under Slovakian law, as well as the conditions to which the licensing of such providers is tied. The regulatory body trusted with controlling, licensing and taxing of the gambling industry is the Ministry of Finance.

The main types of licenses that are issued by the Slovakian authorities are:

  • a license for the operation of lottery games,
  • a license for the operation of casino gambling games,
  • a license for the operation of bet games,
  • a license for the operation of gambling games by means of gambling machines,
  • a license for the operation of gambling games by means of the Internet,
  • a license for the operation of state lottery*.

Although the legislation lays down the legal framework for licensing operators, given they are registered in the country and their servers are located between its borders, no licenses appear to have been issued so far to any operator, except to the state backed company TIPOS. Private operators, are only eligible for an online sports betting licence.

The state of Slovakia is the sole shareholder of TIPOS and on top of nationwide lottery games and scratch card schemes, they also operate an online casino, an online poker room, an e-Bingo game, Keno.

The government attempted to enforce an ISP ban on foreign online gambling providers in 2011, but they didn’t go through with the plan due to fierce criticism from, among others, EU legislators and local ISPs*.

Currently, there are no laws in place restricting players form accessing foreign online platforms in any way, although unlicensed foreign operators are technically illegal in the country.

 

*Source: Swiss Institute of Comparative Law: A Legal Study of Gambling in Slovakia

**Source: The Gambling Act of 2005

***Source: ECA – European Casino Industry Report 2013

 

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Casino gambling in Slovakia

 

Online casino gambling in Slovakia: state monopoly

Land based casinos in Slovakia are legal and licensed. There are many of such venues around the country – I counted 12*, with the main ones located in Kosice and Bratislava.

An online casino in Slovakia is, theoretically also eligible for a licence, although only, if the company running it is registered in the country and the servers are also located locally. According to the Act No. 171/2005 on Gaming Games operating foreign gambling sites on the territory of Slovakia is prohibited. The only legal online casino in Slovakia is ran by TIPOS.

Foreign online casinos in Slovakia are technically illegal. However, the government does not block such sites and doesn’t prosecute players either.

The following online casinos accept players from Slovakia:

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BGO casino – accepting players from Slovakia

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32 Red casino – accepting players from Slovakia

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Betsson online casino – accepting players from Slovakia

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Betsafe online casino – accepting players from Slovakia

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Casino Euro – accepting players from Slovakia

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Black lotus casino – accepting players from Slovakia

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Lotus Asia casino – accepting players from Slovakia

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GT Bets accepts players from Slovakia- accepting Bitcoins as well

*Source: The website of Casino Slovakia Inc.

 

Bingo in Slovakia

 

Online bingo in Slovakia: state monopoly

Land based bingo is legal and regulated in Slovakia, and bingo games are permitted inside licensed brick and mortar casinos. The 2005 legislation differentiates two types of Bingo games:

  • regular bingo, and
  • special Bingo – “it is a bingo, in which the stakes are taken and winnings are paid out in the collection points. The drawing of lots and the entire course of a special bingo is realised centrally in one place, whereas its course and results are generally released by mass media means”*.

The latter is run by TIPOS on a national level.  TIPOS also offers the only legal online bingo platform in Slovakia, called e-Bingo.

Foreign online bingo sites are technically illegal, but for now, authorities don’t block them and players are not prosecuted either.

The following bingo websites accept players from Slovakia:

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BGO bingo – accepting players from Slovakia

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Betsson Bingo – accepting registrations from Slovakia

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*Source: Swiss Institute of Comparative Law: A Legal Study of Gambling in Slovakia

 

Poker in Slovakia

 

Online poker in Slovakia: state monopoly

 

Poker is legal and regulated in Slovakia inside licensed casinos, and since January 2010, through an amendment to the Gambling Act, also outside such premises*. As a result of this provision, poker clubs started to spread around the country and the popularity of the game also began to rise considerably.

The only legal poker website in the country is the one offered by TIPOS. Foreign online poker operators are deemed illegal by the 2005 legislation. However, players are allowed to bet on these platforms without any legal repercussion.

The following online poker sites accept players from Slovakia:

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Betsson online Poker – accepting players from Slovakia

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Betsafe online Poker – accepting players from Slovakia

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32 Red online Poker – accepting players from Slovakia

*Source: ECA’S European Casino Industry Report

 

Sports betting in Slovakia

 

Online sports betting in Slovakia: legal, licensed

 

Sports betting is legal and regulated in Slovakia. There are many licensed land based sports books, with the major ones being Niké, Fortuna SK and TIPOS.

Sports betting operators are also eligible for an online bookmaker licence in the country. Fortuna SK, Niké and TIPOS offer such platforms. Foreign online sports books are technically illegal, but players are not prosecuted and such sites are not blocked by the authorities in Slovakia.

The following online sportsbooks accept registrations from Slovakia:

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Betsson online sportsbook – accepting registrations from Slovakia

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Betsafe online bookmaker – accepting registrations from Slovakia

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32 Red sport online sportsbook – accepting players from Slovakia

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GT Bets online bookmaker – accepts registrations from Slovakia, also accepts Bitcoin

 

Lottery in Slovakia

 

Online lottery in Slovakia: state monopoly

 

Lottery is a state monopoly and is conducted by the state backed TIPOS, the only shareholder of which is the Finance Ministry of Slovakia. The company offers several lottery games, such as Loto, Eurojackpot, EuroMillions and Two separate Keno games. All of TIPOS’s games are offered on an online platform as well.

Foreign lottery operators are considered illegal. However, the government does not restrict access to such sites and players face no legal repercussions for taking part in foreign online lottery draws.

The following websites let people from Slovakia purchase lottery tickets online:
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Bitcoin gambling in Slovakia

 

Bitcoin gambling in Slovakia: not regulated

 

The National Bank of Slovakia (NBS), stated that bitcoin does not have the legal attributes of a currency, and therefore does not fall under national control. European legislation, including the Slovak law, does not define the activities associated with virtual currency.

Given the above statement and the fact, that gambling online is not criminalised on an individual level in Slovakia, we can be fairly certain, that players of foreign Bitcoin casinos are not prosecuted by Slovakian authorities.

The following Bitcoin casinos accept players from Slovakia:

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GT Bets accepts players from Slovakia, and also accepts Bitcoin

 

If you have questions or any feedback don’t hesitate to drop a comment below. Please let me know in the comments section if you think we might have gotten something wrong or if you have additional information, clarification about the legal status of online gambling in this country.

 

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This page is part of Simon’s List – Legal Status of Online Gambling – a definitive guide to the legal status of all forms of online gambling activities in every country around the world.

 

Last updated: 2016-06-19

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Simon's Guide to Gambling in Slovakia
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