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Gambling in all is manifold forms - card games, slot machines, sport bets, roulette and alike - is legal in Austria, but strictly regulated.
This means that there are casinos that are run through a licensed company that is obliged to look after people who might be addicted to gambling.
They are also required to set certain steps against gambling addiction and not admit people to the casino that are obviously spending too much. In the past, several addicted gamblers have successfully sued Austrian casinos for not following these rules enough. The national casino company, "Casinos Austria", is one of the country′s most important tax payers.
It runs 12 casinos in Austria and holds shares of gambling companies worldwide.
If you want to go to a casino in Austria, keep in mind that there used to be a fairly strict dress-code.
Today, this has changed to some extent, but if you want to feel somewhat decent, I recommend to dress smartly - business suit or even black tie (and whatever is equivalent for women folk) are quite appropriate for an Austrian casino.
The "official" casinos of Austria can be found in Baden (in the old spa pavilion), Bregenz, Graz, Innsbruck, the exclusive ski resort of Kitzbühel, the Vorarlberg valley of Kleinwalsertal, which used to be a duty free haven before Austria joined the EU, Linz, Salzburg, Seefeld, the spa and lakeside town of Velden and Vienna.
The casino of Bad Gastein in Salzburg is open only during the summer and the winter season, but then it is one of the most exclusive casinos in Austria.
If you are interested in gambling, see my article on the "little gambling" regulations in Austria - and why there are so many more casinos than the decent dozen shown above.
Much like most monopoly corporations of Austria (and there are many, thanks, dear socialists!