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Bolivia – Bolivian Gaming Authority revokes licence of future Santa Cruz casino

By - 19 January 2021

The Bolivian Gaming Authority has revoked the operating licence of a casino set to open in the city of Santa Cruz.

Jessica Saravia, Executive Director of the Gaming Control Authority, said that the Samtofraro company planning to operate in a place close to educational establishments, that its representatives had debts with the State and that it had not made its sources of financing transparent.
The casino was hoping to open just 98 meters from a nursery and 250 meters from a municipal educational centre.

Ms Saravia explained: “On October 16, the Samtafraro company was granted an operating license, which in addition to not complying with the requirements established by the norm, had as its proxy a person with processes for the operation of clandestine gambling houses and debts to the Status of more than 300,000 Housing Development Units. It is also noteworthy that the legal advisor of the Samtafraro company was later appointed as Head of the Legal Unit of the AJ in Santa Cruz.”

“We will enforce the rule, even more when it comes to protecting children and adolescents, the site was going to work in a place close to educational establishments, the representatives had debts with the State and did not make their sources of financing transparent, consequently we are carrying out the pertinent actions to determine the corresponding responsibilities,” she added.

Caption: Jessica Saravia

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