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Slovakia’s Finance Ministry Unveils Gambling Bill

Slovakia’s Ministry of Finance has published a draft gambling bill that would completely overhaul its existing licensing system, ending the state monopoly on online casinos and opening the market to foreign operators.

Under the terms of the bill, licences will be made available to private operators for all online games except for lotteries, raffles and bingo, which will remain exclusively with state-owned operator Tipos.

The bill proposes a tax rate for online games of 23 percent of gross gaming revenue (GGR), while land-based games will be taxed on turnover, GGR or annual taxes depending on their type.

Operators will also be required to offer their websites in Slovakian and implement a raft of new player protection measures.

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