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SLOVENIA (PART II)


by the 7/39 game which arrived in 1985. Other games organised by the Slovenian Lottery including Super Lotto, Astro, Tombole, Detelijica, 3x3 plus 6


In 2009 the Loterija Slovenije saw revenues from lottery tickets sales of some €110m compared to €118m in 2008. Net profit was €6.1m compared to €3.8m the year previous. This was 45 per cent higher than expected by the lottery group.


The highest earner is the lottery which brought in €96m followed by the Druzina (Family) Lotto with €95m.


The company now operates its lottery via eloterija.si where players can access it online. The company predicted revenues of around €600,000 during its first year.


Meanwhile the Sports lottery was introduced when the new law on gambling was introduced in 1995 and was set up to help raise funds for sporting activities and disability programmes in the country. Sportna Loterija is a public limited liability company which is authorized to run sports gaming.


Despite the gambling culture in Slovenia the Gaming Act does allow on-line gaming, but only under specific conditions. It is permitted to operators that have obtained a concession from the Slovene Government for the operation of terrestrial classical games of chance or a concession for the operation of such games in casinos.


As there is a limitation on the number of land based casinos and only two organisers of lottery games the possibility of online gaming is legally very limited. At the moment both lottery organizers and one casino have extended their gaming to offer internet gaming and have permission to do so.


Slovene legislation however does not provide for an independent licensing for online gaming but more of an extension of the authorisation for terrestrial gaming.


The government at one time was actively against letting its citizens gamble on foreign websites and in 2006 sent orders to the major ISPs telling them to block some of the major internet gambling websites. Many ignored the order and the


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As there is a


limitation on the number of land


based casinos and only two organisers


of lottery games the possibility of online


gaming is legally very limited. At the


moment both lottery organizers and one casino have


extended their gaming to offer


internet gaming and have permission to do so.


online gaming ban never caught on.


Today, online gaming is a grey area. Slovenian players may enjoy offshore internet gaming sites without any problems however there are very few internet gambling sites which offer the service in Slovenian language.


There are around 152 sites which currently accept players from Slovenia although game play is offered in English and wages in Euro.


In February 2010 an amendment was added the Gaming Act in a bid to combat the illegal online gaming situation. This gave the State Office for Gaming Supervision the freedom to impose explicit provision on IP blockings to block websites which are offering illegal gaming.


A governmental strategy for the field of gaming in now under preparation, which is expected to serve as a basis for a completely new gaming legislation for the online gaming sector. According to the Normative Plan of the Government a new gaming act should be adopted next year.


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