Gambling in Slovenia
Slovenia is a country in central Europe. Since 2004, the republic is a member of the European Union. Slovenia has almost no restriction on access to gambling. The majority of modern types of gambling are available to residents and guests of the country. Details of licensing and legislation are included on this page. You can play in land-based institutions which are more than 10 in Slovenia and in online casinos.
Gambling Games in Slovenia
The most popular slot machine according to Slovenian online casinos feedback is Book of Ra by the Austrian producer Novomatic on the Egyptian theme. Also, players from Slovenia enjoy the following slot machines: Lucky Lady’s Charm, Rex, Plenty on Twenty, Sizzling Hot Deluxe and Starburst. There is no information about famous Slovenian developers of gambling software available. Products of such producers are popular in the country: Novomatic, NetEnt and Playtech.
Gambling in Slovenia is governed by the Law on Gambling (Zakon o igrah na srečo) adopted in 2012. The objectives of this legislative act are: to create the possibility of gambling in a structured and controlled environment, to prevent money laundering, fraud and other unlawful acts and to protect minors and other vulnerable persons from the development of gambling addiction. The Slovenian legislation has several types of gambling entertainment: games where participants play against each other (poker, baccarat, etc.), card games where the player is opposed to the casino, dice games (craps, tai sai, etc.), table games, lotteries (including bingo, keno, etc.), slot machines and betting on sports and racing. All people who have reached the age of 18 years and who are not on "closed" lists are allowed to play. A casino has the right to refuse entrance to a player. This is possible if a person was noticed in violation of rules of behaviour and foul game. To work in a casino, an applicant must obtain a special permit. It is issued by a special commission. To obtain it, the applicant must confirm that he has the necessary qualification level and no criminal record. The State Tax Agency (Davčna uprava Republike Slovenije) and the Interior Ministry (Ministrstvo za notranje zadeve Republike Slovenije) are responsible for monitoring compliance with gambling legislation.
The issuance of licenses to organise gambling in Slovenia is handled by the Ministry of Finance (Ministrstvo za finance) and the Government of the Republic of Slovenia (Vlada Republike Slovenije). This activity is allowed for a limited liability company ready to conclude a concession agreement with the authorities. To obtain a license, it is necessary to file an application containing such information:
- Name and legal address of the company
- Statute and a police record
- Business plan for a period of at least 3 years
- Casino description
- Rules of each game
- Detailed information about the owners of the company
- Planned internal control rules
- Data about gambling equipment used
When making a decision, the following factors are taken into account: influence on the tourist attractiveness of the region, the current number of objects of the gambling industry and individual circumstances. Before issuing a permit, the authorities necessarily obtain the consent of neighbouring local communities. According to the law of Slovenia, the maximum number of simultaneously valid casino licenses is 15 and for gaming halls it is 45. The minimum amount of the authorised capital is 416,000 EUR and the bank guarantee — 50% of this amount.
Online casinos in Slovenia
Amendments concerning the activities of online casinos were introduced into Slovenian legislation in 2016. They are based on EU Directive 2015/1535 of September 9, 2015 which establishes the procedure for providing information in the field of technical regulations and rules of information society services. According to the adopted regulations, online casinos that have the appropriate license can operate in the territory of the Republic of Slovenia. Obtaining permission is possible under the same conditions as for land-based casinos. The operator must ensure that the following conditions are met: gambling must be conducted through controlled and secure telecommunication channels, mandatory warning of players about possible risks, establishing restrictions that prevent minors from taking part in gambling, responsible game and ensuring fair play. Slovenia has a mechanism for minimising financial damage to players. It lies in determining the maximum amount of funds that a player is willing to spend on a monthly basis. At the end of this limit, the user can't access the online casino. Similar mechanisms are used in Sweden and other EU countries. In addition, Slovenia allows you to independently restrict access to gambling. The player has the right to write an appropriate application after which land-based and online casinos can no longer provide services to him. Before the operator receives a license, he must provide a package of technical documentation that confirms compliance with existing requirements.
Development of the Gambling Market in Slovenia
Gambling business in Slovenia is stable and due to the fact that the country is a member of the European Union, there are no prerequisites for stricter legislation in the field of gambling management. Since the law on regulating the activity of online casinos was adopted relatively recently, there is a reason to expect further stability of this segment of the market. Slovenia is among the states where gambling is reasonably regulated. If a player has reason to believe that a passion for gambling can inflict financial damage on him, he can protect himself from such a risk. There are no unjustified prohibitive measures on the territory of the republic. Comfortable and safe working conditions have been created for operators.