The new gambling bill in Ukraine has raised some eyebrows.
Journalist Yuri Nikolov and Agia Zagrebelskaya, the former state assignees of the AMCU, decided to comment on it.
“The bill provides that slot machines should go to hotels. It’s super. Yes, of course, there will be questions – what can be called a hotel? In any case, there are fewer hotels in Kyiv than slot machine halls today. Limiting gambling to hotels only is good in principle, but bookmakers are officially allowed to create 320 bet points in Kyiv. That is, bookmakers are allowed to get a minimum of 300 points. I try to just understand how we are going to remove gambling from the streets? And I don’t see,” Nikolov said.
“The danger is casinos and slot machines. Everything else: lottery and betting is absolutely normal gambling. But what we mean by bookmakers. Bookmaking is betting on sports. If we talk about betting on virtual events, in my opinion, this has little to do with bookmaking. What is the problem today? I’m saying this to everyone that if such a model is introduced by the state now, it will allow casino gambling masked as a betting activity,” Agia Zagrebelskaya said.