Croatia’s first licensed online poker room – SuperSport – was launched at the beginning of 2017, according to initial information, has so far beaten traffic expectations. This had to happen somehow, despite online poker regulation being on the books for years in Croatia.
The website was expected to go live in mid-2016 but owners decided to delay launch for regulatory reasons. Under Croatia’s gambling laws, a license for the operation of online poker is valid from January 1 to December 31. An operator must also pay a licensing fee of around €600,000 in order to be given the nod to operate in the country.
In other words, SuperSport would have had to pay the same amount for a license that would have been valid for several months only, if it had insisted on launching sometime in mid-2016.
Croatia became the 28th member state of the European Union in July 2013. Shortly after, the country announced that it would amend its existing gambling laws in order to make them compliant with EU requirements. The proposed changes were approved by the European Commission in November 2014. However, not much has happened in the country since then.
Sports betting, casino, poker, bingo, and lottery are the products that are currently regulated by the local market. Apart from lottery services, which are provided by the state monopoly, literally any operator can apply for a license for the operation of any of the other gambling services.
The Croatian market will be discussed during the Balkans panel, which is titled as “The Balkan Gambling Opportunity” and scheduled to be held between 9:30 – 10:30 AM (Budapest Local Time) on the 19th of September (Day 1) during the second edition of the Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference Budapest. (you can view the full agenda here)
The second edition of the Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference (CEEGC) will be held at the Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest and as during first edition, it will bring together the cream of the online gambling industry for two days of fully packed unique networking opportunities.
We have set the dates of 19 and 20 September by carefully synchronizing with the top delegates that will be attending the event and we are looking forward to having you among our guests.
The motto of the 2017 event is “Unfinished Business: Dare to attend” and it will focus on the Latest Innovations, Hot Topics, Eastern and Central European market updates and a special focus on the Balkans.
We are aiming to bring yet another opportunity to harvest a wealth of information about the hot topics and trends which shape the industry in 2017 and will look towards the future awaited regulatory updates.
“Croatia as an attractive investment for gambling operators in the Balkans” is the title of Hrvoje Vincetic’s presentation and the topic is awaited by numerous operators that have shown their interest to attending the event.
Hrvoje Vincetic was born in Croatia in 1962. He studied Engineering in Agronomy and finished it at the University of Osijek. His casino career started in 1990 at the position of craps dealer at the American Palace Laguna Casino in Poreč, Croatia. Afterwards, he spent 5 years at HIT Casinos Group in Slovenia, over 5 years at Casino Mulino (Croatia) and over 3 years as the Managing Director of Royal Casino (Croatia). He had been managing the Croatian Lottery’s Casino in Vinkovci for about 3 years. Hrvoje was engaged with the Croatian Lottery for about 9 years alltogether on different casino, lottery and betting jobs. In June 2015 Hrvoje was offered the Managing Director position at the Adriatic Casino in Opatija (Croatia) which he gladly accepted.
How to secure your seat?
Early Bird Rate is set for 299 EUR an can be booked with the 50% discount until September the 3rd, 2017. Limited seating! (Online payment, Bitcoin or Bank Wire Available)
*25 operators can attend the event for free! Fill out the form below in order to secure your free seat at CEEGC 2017 Budapest!
*Please note: The 25 free seats can be booked until 01.08.2017 and are based on the first come first serve basis.