December 01, 2015

Prague to close down gambling arcades

The Prague City Assembly has voted to close all the 212 gambling sites that are overtaking the cities streets say lawmakers. The new legislation does not affect the 101 casinos within the city but the cafe or slot arcade style gaming centres.

The new law will take effect in January 2016 with a gradual closure of the gambling sites which some say could take a year or even more to happen.

“The operation of gambling is connected with a number of sociological and pathological phenomena,” Mayor Adriana Krnacova said.

Proposals were put forward back in 2008 to draw back the number of slot machines in the city from 8,358 to 2,724 however this did not happen and the new legislation hopes to address this.

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