Slovakian gambling market analysis with Dr. Robert Skalina (WH Partners) and Stefan Švec (Playtech) at Prague Gaming Summit 3
Slovakia will follow new gambling rules after the parliament overrode the president’s veto and adopted the new law on gambling.
A total of 86 deputies voted for the change, supported by some opposition MPs also. This will increase the protection of gamblers, adding the rules for running gambling games on the Internet.
Slovakia’s parliament has passed the new gambling act prepared by the Ministry of Finance, which will open the Slovak market for foreign operators, including operators with a registered office outside of Slovakia.
The new act became effective on March 1, 2019, except for some provisions which will be effective as of 1 June 2019 and we have seen a lot of movements in the market.
One of the most important changes is private domestic companies, as well as companies from the European Union, will be able to apply for online gambling licenses.
The law also introduces more measures to protect gamblers. The minimum number of gambling machines in one gambling house will increase to 15 machines. In addition, gambling in these houses will be banned between 3:00 and 10:00. (You can read the European Gaming Briefing on Slovakia here.)
Partypoker announced their exit from the market last week. As of Thursday, February 28, the company has stopped accepting players from Slovakia and will implement geo-blocking to prevent the play from existing customers, reported Czech poker site Poker-Arena.
The third edition of Prague Gaming Summit (Gioco News is media partner) will include a special panel discussion which is titled “Focus on the Slovakian market regulation and decrypting Poland’s licensing procedures” and will be joined by industry experts of the region such as Michał Sałajczyk (Associate, Bird & Bird Poland), Stefan Švec (Sales Director, Playtech), and Dr. Robert Skalina (Senior Advisor, WH Partners).
The panel will be moderated by Andrius Gabnys (Managing partner/Attorney-at-Law, Gabnys Law).