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New law to clean up gambling

A NEW act on gambling took effect in Slovakia May 1. The law means that firms which operate games of chance, betting shops and casinos will have to pay more tax to the state and to municipal authorities, the Pravda daily reported.

The new system is viewed as a victory for the state as well as municipal treasuries, as these will now have much more of their cash income secured by legislation.

On the other hand, the new legislation puts an end to the state monopoly on scratch cards and other gaming products.

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