Prague City Lawmakers have voted for a new decree that would implement a ban on all technical gambling games in the city. The bill would prohibit all mechanical, electromechanical and electronic games in Prague, including slot machines and video lottery terminals, but would allow live gambling to continue.
The final decision will be taken by the Prague City Council on Thursday. If the decree is approved, companies need to remove the slot machines after their permits have expired.
“The last decree on gambling regulation is from 2015. Unfortunately, it did not limit the number of casino gambling rooms. Slot machines are a bad sign for the city because they are the most addictive and are linked to all sorts of crime, so it is both a social and security risk,” councilor Hana Kordova Marvanová said.
The question though remains how to replace the money that the casinos pay the local budgets. Last year the City of Prague had revenue of CZK 690 million from gambling establishments. Over the past seven years, the number of casinos has dropped by three-quarters and the number of gaming machines by nearly half, to under 39,000 at last count.