Slovak Gambling Information
By Reno Rollins
Gambling is legal in Slovakia. This extends to casino gambling, the lottery, slot machines, pari-mutual wagering and sports books. Under Slovakia’s gaming sector, operators from OECD member states have the same establishment rights as EU operators.
Casinos in Slovakia
Slovakia currently has nine casinos in operation. They are:
- Casino Café Reduta (Medena 3, Bratislava, Bratislvsky, Slovakia) This casino is open daily from 1pm until 4am. It has 3,229 square feet of gaming space and offers 10 gaming machines and 14 table and poker games (including Mini-Baccarat, Poker, Draw Poker, Blackjack and American Roulette). One restaurant is also located on the property. For more information, call +421 2 5443 2021, or visit their website at www.casinos.sk/html/kasina.html.
- Regency Casino (Hodzovo namestue 2, Bratislava, Slovakia) Open daily from 1pm until 4am, this casino offers 19 table and poker games (including Punto Banco, Poker, Mini Punto Banco, Caribbean Stud Poker, Blackjack and American Roulette). There are also three restaurants and a 222-room hotel. For more information, call +421 2 5443 2377.
- Admiral Club Casino (Krala 6, Kezmarok, Presovsky, Slovakia) This casino is open daily from 2pm until 9am. For more information, call +421 52 4524 337.
- Casino Kosice (Hlavna 20, Kosice, Kosicky, Slovakia) Open daily from 3pm until 4am, this casino offers 4,585 square feet of gaming space. There are 20 gaming machines and eight table and poker games (including Oasis Poker, Mini-Baccarat, Electronic Roulette, Blackjack, Poker, Texas Hold’em, Baccarat and American Roulette). The property also has a 212-room hotel and one restaurant. For more information, call +421 55 6227 943.
- Casino Sport (Juzna Tr. 2/A, Kosice, Kosicky, Slovakia) Open daily from 6pm until 3am, this casino offers 20 gaming machines and seven table and poker games (including Blackjack and American Roulette). For more information, call +421 55 6788 205.
- Casino Nitra (Chrenovska 30, Nitra, Slovakia) Open daily from 9am until 3am, this casino has 2,691 square feet of gaming space. There are 25 gaming machines and seven table and poker games.
- Casino Piestany (Pribinova 1, Piestany, Bratislavsky, Slovakia) Open daily from 3pm until 6am, this casino has 1,938 square feet of gaming space. There are 22 gaming machines and 11 table and poker games. A restaurant and bar are also located on the premises. The facility also has a sports book. For more information, call +421 33 7628 808.
- Casino Admiral Zilina (Slovakia Hotel, Nam. Ludovita Stura, Zilina, Zilinsky) Open daily from 6pm until 3am, this casino offers 12 gaming machines (including Tropical Stud Poker) and eight table games (including 5 Card Stud, American Roulette, Baccarat, Billiards and Blackjack). A hotel is also located on the premises.
- Casino Zilina (Marianske Namestie 27, Zilina, Slovakia) Open daily from 10am until 4am, this casino offers 1,303 square foot of gaming space. There are 10 gaming machines and two table games. A hotel is also located on the premises. For hotel reservations, call +421 41 7647 772.
Horse Racing in Slovakia
Slovakia currently has one horse racing track in operation. Located in Bratislava, the facility is named Zavodisko Britslava Horsetrack. For more information, call +421 2 6224 6289, or visit their website at www.zavodisko.sk.
Slot Machines in Slovakia
Prior to 1989, there were no slot machines in Slovakia. Since 1990, however, the number has increased dramatically. Slots can now be found in pubs and coffeehouses all across the country.
Lottery in Slovakia
The National Lottery of Slovakia is administered by TIPOS. The lottery began operation on January 1st, 1993 (the same date that Slovakia achieved independence), and is headquartered in Bratislava. Proceeds from the lottery go to the Ministry of Finance. For more information, visit their website at www.tipos.sk. Games include:
- Stastna 7 Instant Lottery
In 2007, the National Lottery Company paid out prizes worth Sk5.1 billion. This was up from Sk3.31 billion in 2006.
Facts About Slovakia
The Slovak Republic is a landlocked republic in Central Europe which borders the Czech Republic, Austria, Poland, the Ukraine and Hungary. The capital is Bratislava. Slovakia is a member of the European Union, NATO, WTO and OECD. The population of the country is nearly five million.
Slovakia was originally settled by the Slavic people between the 5th and 6th century AD. In the 10th century, it was gradually annexed by the Kingdom of Hungary. In 1918, Slovakia, Bohemia and Moravia formed the state of Czechoslovakia.
After a coup in 1948, the nation came under the influence of the Soviet Union. The country gained its independence in 1993, following the fall of the Soviet Union and the division of Czechoslovakia as part of the Velvet Divorce.
Slovakia is divided into eight regions. They are:
- Bratislava Region (with the capital of Bratislava)
85.8% of Slovakian citizens are ethnically Slovak. The largest ethnic minority are Hungarians. Other ethnic groups include Ukrainians, Ruthenians and Roma.
The country’s official language is Slovak, but Hungarian is widely spoken in the south of the country. Czech is also spoken by many citizens.
The official currency of Slovakia is the Slovak koruna. One koruna is equal to 100 haliers.
Roman Catholicism is the country‘s dominant religion, with 68.9% of the population adhering to this faith. Other religions in Slovakia include: Lutheran, Greek Catholic, Calvinist, Jewish and Eastern Orthodox.
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