Bolivia’s gaming regulators, Autoridad de Fiscalización y Control Social del Juego (AJ), has confiscated and destroyed 1,412 illegal slot machines seized in Santa Cruz and La Paz, two of the major cities in Bolivia, since 2011.
AJ’s Executive Director, Mario Cazon Morales, said that the machines that have been destroyed have followed due administrative disciplinary processes. He added that more confiscated slots taken from the cities of Santa Cruz, La Paz and Cochabamba during the first part of 2015 would be destroyed in the first half of this year.
“During the days when the illegal machines were destroyed we followed the proper process to separate different components of the machines as a form of protection for the environment and mother earth, such as electronic components, wood, plastic, etc., so that harmful elements are stored in containers for them to then to go through a recycling process.”
The authority has been looking to crack down on illegal slots and help protect those venues it has approved for operation. Flamingo Casino, the first slot hall in Bolivia to be endorsed by the Authority of Social Control Game (AJ), was opened in Santa Cruz in February last year.