Slovakia: Gambling again is prohibited in Bratislava

In the capital of Slovakia, Bratislava authorities again banned gambling. This measure does not mean that casino and other gambling establishments will immediately disappear from Bratislava, but their licenses will not be extended after the expiration of the term, that is, from 2023 to 2024.

As reported, in response to the petition against gambling last week, the power of Bratislava approved a full ban on gambling. From those present 40 deputies 39 voted for the ban, one abstained. The prohibition will come into force on January 1, 2021. This measure does not mean that casino and other gambling establishments will immediately disappear from the capital of Slovakia, but their licenses will not be extended after the expiration of the term, that is, between 2023 and 2024. New licenses will not be issued.

Bratislava Mayor Matus Vallo believes that the ban on gambling will only benefit Bratislava, but casino and other gambling establishments’ operators argue that it will simply drive gambling underground.

Casino operator Robert Exposed recalled during the discussion that the general bans on gambling in the Czech Republic and Slovakia have not resolved anything and that regulators are still unable to combat illegal gambling.

As a reminder, the first ban on gambling in Bratislava was initiated by the anti-gambling group Zastavme Hazard and was in effect from May 1, 2017 to December 28, 2018. This ban was lifted after the regional prosecutor’s office said the ban did not comply with the law.

Note that the income of Bratislava from gambling in 2019 amounted to 2.76 million euros. As of the end of 2019, the capital of Slovakia had 89 gambling establishments, two bingo establishments and six casinos.

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