Casinos Austria has been providing responsible gaming since 1968. The 12 Austrian casinos enthrall over 2.6 million guests every year. 237 gaming tables, 2,361 slot machines, 12 restaurants and top-quality event facilities make our casinos popular leisure destinations. Located in different regions across Austria, each casino has its own individual style and character.
In 2018, Casinos Austria introduced a number of new attractions to its gaming mix. The new “Banker 5” bonus option in Easy Hold’em gives players the chance to bet on whether the banker will draw certain combinations of cards. The odds of winning lie at up to 100 times the stake. The new “Eschnihat Alsakri” (“Wing of the Falcon”) project allows players to place a five-chip split bet on nine adjacent numbers at the Party Roulette tables. A new table layout was also introduced that allows new betting options with the number 00 (double zero). A further highlight in 2018 was the introduction of “Party Zones” with happy hours, photo booths and cash showers especially for casual visitors and the young at heart.
Casinos Austria complements the gaming experience with excellent cuisine at its Cuisino restaurants. Their high-quality cuisine with its strong focus on regional specialties was recognized by Gault& Millau in 2018 with a total of ten toques: two each for the Cuisino restaurants in Velden, Graz and Bregenz and one apiece for their counterparts in Kitzbühel, Salzburg and Vienna.
In Austria, the state holds a monopoly on games of chance – the Austrian Gaming Act (Glücksspielgesetz) is the basis upon which the Casinos Austria and Austrian Lotteries Group offers its games of chance in Austria.
The right to operate games of chance in Austria is reserved for the Federal Government (monopoly on games of chance). This right can be transferred by the Federal Ministry of Finance to third parties through the award of corresponding licenses. The conditions for the award of such licenses are regulated in the Gaming Act.
The legislator stipulates in the Gaming Act that a license may only be granted to an applicant when
“[…] it is expected that the applicant will exercise the license best, in particular, because of its experience, infrastructure, development activities and resources as well as its systems and facilities for preventing addictive gaming, for player protection, for preventing money laundering and crime, for operational security, for quality assurance, for internal supervision and for other provisions of this Federal Law which apply to it.”
The Federal Ministry of Finance has awarded the following twelve casino licenses to Casinos Austria AG:
• “City Package” comprising the casinos in Bregenz, Graz, Innsbruck, Linz, Salzburg, Vienna (valid until 31 December 2027).
• “Regional Package” comprising the casinos in Baden, Kitzbühel, Kleinwalsertal, Seefeld, Velden, Zell am See (valid until 31 December 2030).
Three further casino licenses provided for in the Gaming Act have currently not been awarded.