BELARUS

Gambling business in Belarus hit by pandemic

The pandemic has hit the gambling business seriously. The number of slot machine halls has halved, the number of bookmakers and casinos has decreased as well. But in general, tax revenues from this industry did not decrease.

According to the Belarus Tax Ministry, as of July 1, 2020, the budget received 20.8 million rubles from the tax on the gambling business, and the income tax with winnings amounted to 19.8 million rubles.

As of July 1, 2020, 111 companies had a license, but in fact 92 companies were operating. A total of 307 gambling establishments are operating  (as of January 1, there were 338 of them).

  • bookmakers – 122 (as of 01/01/2020 – 158);
  • slot machine halls – 188 (as of 01/01/2020 – 191);
  • casinos – 18 (as of 01.01.2020 – 26).

One online gambling establishment has appeared in Belarus this year.

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