Czech legislators have voted to prohibit all electronic and mechanical gaming machines in the country’s capital, Prague. The decree awaits approval by the city council.
The decree’s approval will put an end to all legal slot machines and video lottery terminals in Prague once the current licensing period ends in 2024.
Existing licensed firms will still be capable of continuing until the end of the licensing period. The city’s councillor Hana Kordová Marvanová agreed that the fresh move would cause a loss of CZK400m (€15.1m) to the city’s annual tax revenue.
“The issue of regulating the operation of gambling is primarily a question of finding a balanced solution, responding to the development of legislation and modern gaming technologies,” said Marvanová.
“On one hand, this leaves the citizen free to decide and do business, and on the other hand reduces pathological phenomena associated with gambling.”