Deputy Calls for Stricter Gaming Controls SOUTH AMERICA

Emeterio Ochoa Bazua, has urged the municipalities of the region to issue stricter regulations in order to regulate the granting of gaming licences

A Sonora state representative has drawn attention to the fact that it now has the highest rate of casinos per population in the country


COLOMBIA – One of the largest operators in Colombia, Winner Group CIRSA, has opted for the P-24/24 Up slot cabinet of Euro Games Technology for four of its gaming establishments. The casinos, located in Bogota, Medellin, Cali and Buga, recently received 15 machines of the bestselling EGT model. The supplied Orange and Green multigames of the Collection series, the Premier Fruits mix and the four-level mystery progressive Lady’s Cards jackpot are also keeping operator’s floors fresh with new gaming offerings.

CIRSA and EGT have a long-standing partnership that has seen success in many countries across Europe and Latin America. The installation marks the beginning of their relationships in Colombia and during the initial install reported that players were excited to try the new machines. According to a CIRSA representative, the best feedback is received for EGT game themes and design and for the Lady’s Cards bonus game.

“We’re proud of the local reception of our products

and the high satisfaction of our customer,” shared Silviya Marinova, director of EGT – Colombia. “Apart from the impeccable reputation we have built around the world, I am positive that our company will soon establish itself as a key player in all future gaming installations in the country.” In fact Mrs. Marinova had already contracted 15 more deliveries in August and September to different casinos of other domestic operators.

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Following the new deal in the company’s business roadmap, CEO of the company Dariy Margaritov commented: “Enriching our portfolio to Latin America guarantees that our products and services are highly-demanded, their performance rate is increasing and satisfying both operators and players around the globe.”


Te representative for the Mexican state of Sonora and member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) Emeterio Ochoa Bazua, has urged the municipalities of the region to issue stricter regulations in order to regulate the granting of gaming licences. Te lawmaker said that in Sonora, which is located in the northwest of the country, and borders with the United States, that there are currently 31 gambling halls, meaning that it is the sixth Mexican state when it comes to the number of gaming halls per state. In proportion to its population, it now has the highest rate of casinos with around one gambling house per one hundred thousand inhabitants.

“It is a problem that we have in our society. . . If you pass by one of those establishments at 8:00 in the morning you can already see a row of people waiting to enter the place," said Ochoa Bazúa. “Te law we have in Sonora says that these establishments should run for no more than 12 hours," he added, "starting from 3:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., which obviously is something that is not being adhered to."


Jaime Rodríguez Calderón, the Governor of the northern state of Nuevo León, has ruled out the possibility that he could present an initiative that would prevent the opening of more casinos, because "society has the right to have a good time." Nearly six years after the fire at Casino Royale in the city of Monterrey, where 52 people were killed, he said that a similar incident could not be repeated: "Te past is the past, what we must not commit are the errors of yesterday," he said. Calderón was responding to questions regarding statements made recently by the President of the Mexican Gaming Association (AIEJA) Miguel Angel Ochoa who revealed that more casinos could be granted permission to operate in the state, reaching between 35 and 45 or even by as many as 60 by 2020. "Te region is a society that is making advances, an educated society, a society that needs to have fun . . . " Calderón said. "I am not against society having fun and doing it in a healthy way.”

He went onto say that due to the need to stop gambling addiction that the municipalities where these establishments are located should issue new regulations when it comes to licenses, permits and municipal authorisations for gaming halls and stressed that the State Congress had asked the municipal council to make new regulations based on gaming laws which were passed in 2013. One of the main points dictated by this initiative is to regulate opening times so that casinos may not operate for more than 11 hours.

His calls for reform come at a time when a number of other lawmakers are making major changes to local gaming laws at a state level.

In March the mayor of Monterrey Adrián de la Garza Santos told fellow lawmakers that no casino licences had been granted during his term of office. Te mayor said that casinos had been blocked from opening during his administration via a specific impediment that allows local authorities to intervene to ensure that they do not open.

Governor Vidal Aims to Launch Tender by End of Year


Governor of the province of Buenos Aires María Eugenia Vidal has decided to tender all of the casinos in the province before the end of the year. According to local sources the government has been working for several months on a set of new terms and conditions, which are now in the last stage of review.

Head of Lottery and Casinos, Matías Lanusse will be in charge of overseeing the tender process that affects casinos, slot machines and tables operating within the 11 provincial casinos which all expire in a few months time.

Te operation of slot machines in the casinos, which are located in the centre of the province and along the coast, is currently held by Boldt which operates 2,600 slot machines

in the province of Buenos Aires - home to 15.6m people. Te business is currently worth around $550m pesos a year. Boldt's licence expired in March and the new tender process is likely to begin a hard fought contest as operators seek to make further inroads into the market with Codere, Inverclub, and Boldt all rumoured to be interested in the new licences.

It it is estimated that the licences could cost as much as US$100m in all: US$70m for the licence to run the slot machines while as much as US$30m could be invested in building improvements. Tere have been several delays when it comes to the granting of the new licences. Te new plan was put forward when the mayor of Pinamar, Martín Yeza, made the Governor's plans public to a group of local hoteliers and businessmen. Te Minister of Tourism Gustavo Santos, as well as the President of the Buenos Aires Chamber of Deputies, Manuel Mosca was also present.

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