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Poland – Poland to crack down on slots outside of casinos and slot halls

By - 3 April 2019

Poland has warned it will be cracking down on slot machines illegally operated outside of casinos and slot halls.
Poland’s Ministry of Finance said anyone found violating the regulation would be prosecuted and could have criminal charges brought against them.

It stated: “The use of gaming machines in for example gastronomic establishments, may expose entrepreneurs to legal consequences. Obtaining the opinion of the testing unit, authorised by the Minister of Finance, from the technical examination of the machine does not guarantee the legality of its operation outside the casino and the games room. Only the decision of the Minister of Finance on the non-gambling character of the game on a given device ensures that such activity is carried out in accordance with the law.”

“Such a unit, which acts under the authority of the Minister of Finance, carries out technical tests of machines, random devices and gaming devices provided in the regulations, and issues opinions from these tests. This opinion merely states that the tested machine or gaming device meets (or does not) technical conditions. Such opinions do not authorise the lawful operation of such machines, and their use may expose the owners of premises to legal liability.”

Caption: Slots at the Cristal Casino in Gdansk

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