Gambling Laws in Slovakia
Gambling in Slovakia is legal in all of its variety. Within the Slovak gambling legislation, the Act No.30/19 On Gambling and On Amendments to Certain Laws is considered to be the main regulatory law of all gambling activities in the country. Thus, according to this legislative act, all forms of land-based and online gambling are legal in Slovakia.
The regulatory body of the land-based activities in the country is the Office for Regulation of Gambling (“Office”). The legal functioning of the online gambling sector is also supervised by the same authority. Besides its function as a supervisor, the Office is the official body that grants licenses to all Slovak casinos, sportsbooks, or other types of gambling providers, brick and mortar as well as online. According to Slovak gambling laws minors, under 18 years of age are prohibited to participate in gambling activities.
Is Online Gambling Legal in Slovakia?
Yes, all forms of online gambling are legal in Slovakia, according to the Act No.30/19 On Gambling and On Amendments to Certain Laws.
Online Casinos in Slovakia
Until June 2019, the state-owned company TIPOS had a monopoly over the online gambling market in Slovakia. However, the new act allows private operators to apply for a license and offer online casino games. Moreover, gamblers can freely access offshore online casino sites that usually offer better opportunities.
Online Poker in Slovakia
Poker in Slovakia is legal and highly popular. Although there are no specific Slovak poker laws, the general regulations apply and online poker is also considered to be legal in the country. However, the offer of online poker sites in Slovakia is still very limited, as of August 2019. For this reason, players use offshore platforms.
Online Lottery in Slovakia
Unlike other forms of gambling, the lottery remained a monopoly under the Act No.30/19 On Gambling and On Amendments to Certain Laws. TIPOS was established by the Memorandum of Association in 1992 as the organizer of the lotto market in the country. Currently, the company is also the sole provider of online lotto sites in Slovakia.
Online Bingo in Slovakia
Although there are no specific Slovak bingo laws, the general regulations regarding online gambling games in Slovakia apply, and online bingo is considered to be legal in the country. However, as of August 2019, the offer is very limited, because the state-owned company is still the only provider of bingo games in the country. As a result, players usually access foreign online bingo sites.
Online Sports Betting in Slovakia
Due to a loophole in the previous legislation, according to which land-based and online sports betting operators were able to offer their games without falling into the territory of the monopoly of the state lottery, there is a plurality of online sportsbook sites in Slovakia. But bettors can also access offshore platforms that usually offer higher odds and a wider variety of sports.
Online DFS in Slovakia
Online DFS sites in Slovakia are not legally regulated yet. Although there is a debate worldwide about the status of this type of game, due to the legality of online gambling in the country, it is possible to assume that Daily Fantasy Sports will soon become legal.