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June 25, 2021

Country cracks down on slots and permit holders

Mexico bans slot machines

(Mexico).- The Associated Press reported last week that Mexico has taken a tough stance against gambling in the country. The state has issued a decree that outlaws slot machines. In addition it will be “limiting the ability of casino permit holders to rent out or cede their permits to other operators.”


lso under the rule change, a permit would be good for 25 years instead of upwards 40. The country has reportedly made the changes thanks to embarrassing scandals stemming from casino permit holders and some of their activities.

The widespread use of slot machines also reportedly had officials concerned. Slots are widely considered to be the most addictive form of gambling, though casinos throughout the world typically rely on them for a large chunk of revenue.

As the AP pointed out, slot machines are known in Mexico as “tragamonedas,” which is Spanish for “coin swallowers”. The ban on slot machines will not affect games that one would typically see at a fair.

The new rules reportedly went into effect last week.

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