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July 28, 2021

Alfonso Pérez Lizaur, President of the Association of Games and Draws Licensees (APJS)

“The big problem in Mexico is the lack of a proper legislation for the gaming industry”

(Mexico, exclusive Yogonet.com).- Alfonso Pérez Lizaur, president of the Association of Games and Draws Licensees (APJS), was consulted by Yogonet.com on the current situation and the future of the casino industry in Mexico, a market that recently granted permission to some operators to incorporate their live-gaming offer, as roulette and dices.

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ow has been the performance this year for casinos and gambling venues in Mexico? And specifically, how has been the performance with regards of the number of visitors and the level of gaming in 2010?
2010 has been a year of recovery in which some customers have returned to our venues, which in 2009 had stopped assisting due to the economic crisis.

Have new gaming complexes been already inaugurated or tendered?
Yes, new gambling venus have been opened. With regards to new licenses, the Minister of the Interior (SEGOB) is not granting more licenses than the existing ones.

How is the slot collection of the main casino chains configured? Which is the market share of the most important international manufacturers?
The company with more market share is IGT. It is followed by Bally and Aristocrat, which is entering the market with great success.

In which way will the possibility that casinos now have to add table games to their offer impact in the industry?
“Virtual” table games are allowed and attract many gamblers dedicated to card games. With regards to “live” table games, just the roulette and the dices are operating legally and incrementing their incomes.

Which are the main problems that businessmen who decide to bet in the gaming industry have to face in Mexico? And which are the benefits and opportunities?
The big problem is the lack of a proper gaming legislation. The Mexican gaming industry is recent and is expanding, although more games of chance are being allowed in the gambling venues.

How are Mexican casinos positioned compared to other regional gaming areas?
Mexican casinos have been positioning as “entertainment venues”. Big players still travel to Las Vegas.

What are the perspectives for 2011?
A growth of approximately 15% in the number of betting terminals.

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