Gambling in Slovenia

About gambling industry in Slovenia

All forms of gambling were illegal on the territory of Slovenia until 1989. The Slovenian gambling industry started developing in 1995 when the country’s Gambling Act, which made casinos and slot halls legal, was adopted. Gambling operations in the country became attractive both to local players and foreign tourists, and gambling was refocused upon the tourism industry, offering casinos, which were especially set up to attract foreigners. Up to 2013, online gambling in Slovenia was neither legal nor illegal.

In accordance with the Slovenian Gambling Act, no one under the age of 18 years is permitted to enter a casino, play slot machines, or participate in online gambling. According to the Republic of Slovenia Statistical Office 2017, Slovenia’s revenue from gambling and betting is averagely EUR 341 million a year.

Laws and Regulators

The Gambling Act 1995, as amended, is focused on licensing and overall regulation of all gambling operations on the territory of Slovenia. The Amended Gambling Act legalized online gambling in 2013.

Gambling is overseen by the Financial Administration of the Republic of Slovenia (FURS), a special regulatory authority, which operates within the Special Financial Office. The FURS is responsible for the supervision of the gambling activities included in the Gambling Act and in other gambling related legislation.

Land Based Casinos

According to the 2018 Annual Report from the Ministry of Finance, Slovenia’s casino gaming revenue in 2018 was over EUR 150 million. Under the current law, all Slovenian casinos are mainly state-owned. Foreign ownership of casinos is not prohibited for entities from the EU. Concessions are granted up to 10 years. Casino concession taxes are distributed in the following way: 47,8% goes to the region, 47,8% – to the state, 2,2% – to charities, and 2,2% – to the development of sports.

Currently, 10 casinos operate in 9 Slovenian cities. Casinos are often located in large tourist and border areas and are tourist/foreign-oriented. They cater specifically to Italian and Austrian players. Two casino hotel properties, for example, are located in Nova Gorica, on the Italian border. The leading casino operator in Slovenia is the state-owned company HIT, d.d. The HIT group currently owns seven of the country’s ten casinos (https://www.hit.si/si/hoteli-in-igralnice?filter[]=casinos).

Smoking is prohibited unless a casino has an indoor smoking room. Entertainment and alcohol are permitted in the casino properties.

Online Gambling

Unlike the casino sector, the online gambling is domestically oriented. Online gambling providers are required to apply for a license to operate on the territory of Slovenia. Applications for online gambling licenses are limited to Slovenian registered companies already holding a land-based classic games license or a casino license. The current Gambling Act allows both classical gambling (lottery, bingo, and sports betting) and special gambling (table games) to be organized online.

Unauthorized websites are fined and banned in the country. The Ministry of Finance is permitted to require ISPs to block access to online gambling websites which are not licensed by the Slovenian Government. Payment blocking measures are also used.

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Aurora Casino & Cabaret
Aurora Casino & Cabaret
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Staro selo 60a 5222
Hotel
No
Restaurant
Yes
Poker Room
No
VIP Room
No
Igralni salon Casino Carnevale
Igralni salon Casino Carnevale
Igralni salon Casino Carnevale location 1000+ km
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259 6281 Škofije
Hotel
Yes
Restaurant
Yes
Poker Room
No
VIP Room
No
Casino Riviera  igralni salon
Hotel
Yes
Restaurant
No
Poker Room
No
VIP Room
No
Grand Casino Lipica
Hotel
No
Restaurant
Yes
Poker Room
No
VIP Room
No
Casino Bled
Casino Bled
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Cesta svobode 15, 4260
Hotel
No
Restaurant
No
Poker Room
Yes
VIP Room
No
Igralni Salon Casino Lev
Igralni Salon Casino Lev
Igralni Salon Casino Lev location 1000+ km
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Vošnjakova ulica 1, 1000
Hotel
Yes
Restaurant
Yes
Poker Room
No
VIP Room
No
Casino Bernardin
Casino Bernardin
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Obala 2, 6320
Hotel
Yes
Restaurant
No
Poker Room
No
VIP Room
No
Perla
Perla
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Kidričeva ulica 7, 5000 Nova Gorica
Hotel
Yes
Restaurant
Yes
Poker Room
No
VIP Room
No
Casino Larix
Casino Larix
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Borovška 99 4280
Hotel
Yes
Restaurant
Yes
Poker Room
No
VIP Room
No
Casino Gold Club Ajdovscina
Casino Gold Club Ajdovscina
Casino Gold Club Ajdovscina location 1000+ km
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Goriska cesta 25c, 5270
Hotel
Yes
Restaurant
Yes
Poker Room
No
VIP Room
No
Casino Fortuna Igralni salon
Casino Fortuna Igralni salon
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Vipavska cesta 2e 5000
Hotel
No
Restaurant
Yes
Poker Room
No
VIP Room
No
Park Casino & Hotel
Park Casino & Hotel
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Delpinova ulica 5 5000 Nova Gorica
Hotel
Yes
Restaurant
Yes
Poker Room
No
VIP Room
No
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