Are Online Casinos Legal in Slovakia?
Located in Central Europe, Slovakia is a country popular for its very lenient laws. The country was formed in 1993 when it separated from Czechoslovakia. Slovakia has a decades-long history in gambling. This way, the gambling industry is among the most profitable industries in the country.
Between 1993 and 2005, gambling fell under the grey area of the law. Later on, the government noticed the massive economic advantages of the activity. This is why the legislators opted to legalise the same in 2005.
In the same year, the government formulated the Gambling Act No 171/2005. The law stipulated that online gambling was legal. However, the situation was not as simple at the time.
This is because there was a state of monopoly where TIPOS (state-owned operator) controlled online gambling. TIPOS was poor at attracting new players to gamble online.
As a result, most players in Slovakia opted to play at foreign unregulated casinos. The Slovak government instructed ISP (Internet Service Providers) in the country to block unlicensed foreign casinos. However, because of EU laws, this could not succeed. This prompted a much-needed change in the gambling laws.
In 2019, the legislators amended the country’s gambling laws. This birthed the gambling Act No. 30/2019 (effective since March 1, 2019), which allowed for private operators. In doing so, these operators were eligible for licences and have been offering their services ever since. Therefore, online casinos are very much legal in Slovakia.
Aside from that, the casinos are only legal to anyone above the age of 18 years. Any casino that offers its services to minors risks losing its licence forthwith.
In recent years, more and more Slovak people find mobile gambling a lot easier and more convenient. Therefore, most online casinos in the country are optimising their websites for mobile play.
With that said, it is illegal for Slovak people to play at unlicensed gambling sites. Only gambling platforms with the necessary licences can accept Slovak players.