Paraguay Prohibits Slot Machines in Non-exclusive Gambling Venues

On April 20, Wednesday, Mario Abdo Benítez, President of the Republic of Paraguay, enacted Law-6903 ‘Ley de Tragamonedas’, which prohibits the installation and operation of slot machines in all non-exclusive gambling places, including bars, shops, and warehouses, among others.

The said law aims to restrict the access of children and adolescents and to protect them from gambling-related risks and damages to their physical and mental health. The new regulation will go into effect 90 days after its adoption and has to be implemented as a federal order throughout all the provinces in Paraguay. In case of violations of the new law, the business could be fined on a municipal level or even closed.

If a business wants to install a slot machine in its premises, it has to submit an application for a permit before the respective municipality and has to confirm that only people over 18 years of age would attend the place.

Contract between Conajzar and iCrop SA

In this way, a contract signed between the Paraguayan National Gambling Commission (Conajzar) and iCrop SA, a private company engaged in the provision of slot and games machine management and distribution, would be invalid.

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