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Gambling: Mexico Bans Slot Machines

Country Also Gets Tough On Permit Holders


The Associated Press reported Thursday that the country of Mexico has cracked down heavily on the gambling industry operating within it.

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.”

Also under the rule change, a permit would be good for 25 years instead of upwards of 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,” giving credence to their nature.

The ban on slot machines won’t affect games that one would typically see at a fair.

The new rules reportedly went into effect this week.

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7 years ago

fact is that corruption and crime is so prevelant that they cant find a way to regulate dependably such activities, so being that they cant effectively control and regulate they simply make it illegal....NOBODY in Mexico is trustworthy.