Hungary set to ban slot machines
Monday, 01 October 2012 18:18
Slot machineThe government wants to curb gambling habits among Hungarians

Hungary's government has announced a ban on slot machines in pubs and cafes in an effort to clamp down on gambling.

New laws put forward by the prime minister's office bans slot machines outside of regulated casinos.

The government believes Hungarians, particularly poor Hungarians, spend too much of their income on slot machines.

The move will cost 30bn forints ($135m; £84m) a year in tax revenues, the government said, but will be made back by taxing online gaming instead.

Speaking to reporters about the plans, the prime minister's chief of staff Janos Lazar also cited national security concerns behind the ban, but did not give further details.

He said the ban was set to be approved by parliament as early as Tuesday and would be in force within a matter of weeks, meaning that no new machines will be allowed to begin operating, and existing machines will be removed.

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