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LOTTERY Lottomatica


LOTTERY REVENUE €2.4bn


LOTTO REVENUE €3bn


SPORTS BETTING REVENUE €939m


RACING REVENUE €171m


NO. OF NEWSLOTS 407,323


NEWSLOTS REVENUE €7.4bn


NO. OF VLTS 54,266


NO. OF VLT SALONS 4,934


VLTS REVENUE €2.7bn


CASINOS 4


CASINOS REVENUES €331m


operated, so in January 2017 they were all unplugged.


Local administrative courts upheld the council’s decision although Bologna and Bolzano have both lost similar appeals at local administrative courts which would have seen a similar ban. Citizens on the island of Capri can still buy scratchcards, bet online and bet on sports games


Te new decree states that slots must be located in a ‘sensible location’ pertains to a certain distance from ‘sensitive areas’ such as schools, churches and so on. But under regional laws the region of Emilia Romagna introduced a law in June to move any existing gambling halls to outside a 500m radius from certain locations. Te Italian sector is scratching their head as to why when the new law already states this.


Emilia Romagna also introduced a ‘slot freeER’ campaign which basically rewards shop and bar owners who have no slots or VLTs on their premises. Te region sees gambling turnover of around €5.9m a year.


Tiziano added: “Te Italian madness doesn’t finish here, because also the majority of the different towns and villages can also make restrictions to their regional laws. Obviously the gambling addiction problems are only coming from the coin operated machines. All the other games such as Lotto, Super Enalotto, Scratch cards and online games are not involved.


“Meanwhile ticket redemption has fallen into the Black Hole as already five regions have banned ticket redemption to those under 18 years of age. Tis is a huge damage to our business and we are fighting to convince the regions that ticket redemption is not a slot machine.”


Te town of Anacapri on the Italian island of Capri


held a referendum asking citizens if they wanted to ban slots within 150m of ‘inappropriate’ areas. Nine


out of 10 citizens voted in favour and given the size of the island this meant no slots could be operated.


THE SLOTS MARKET Te slot market is huge in Italy. Turnover for the


total gambling market in 2016 was €95.6bn of which €76.9bn was given out in prizes resulting in €19.4bn in revenues. Taxes amounted to €10.4 leaving €8.9bn in revenues.


Tere were a total of 605 concessions in 2015 of which 278 licences were for sports and horse racing games, 104 licences for online gaming, one Totalisator and one Lottery licence, 208 bingo hall licences and currently 12 for amusement machines (6a and 6b).


Tere are some 100,000 locations offering gaming and some 350 websites offering online gaming plus 150,000 companies in Italy working in the gaming industry. Tere are 200,000 operators of which 20,000 work directly in the sector and the remaining in satellite activities.


Te overall revenue for the gaming sector in 2015 was €88.2bn whilst players net expenditure was €17.1bn (winnings were €71.1bn) and revenue to the treasury was €8bn. Revenues for 2016 are below.


Te biggest sector is the Newslot AWP machines with 29 per cent of the revenue followed by VLTs with 25 per cent, Card games with 14 per cent, lottery with 10 per cent, Lotto eight per cent and


sports games six per cent. Totalisator, virtual betting, horse betting and remote tournament games account for about one per cent each.


Non-prize games can offer up to €20 worth of prizes and can be played in bars, cafes, restaurants, beach clubs, hotels and amusement halls.


Bingo meanwhile began in Italy in 2001 and is hugely popular and now there are 206 bingo halls across the country.


Sports Betting is run via Totocalcio e 119, Totogol, fixed odds betting, virtual betting, Big Match and Big Race. Horse racing is via national horse racing and international events. Tax rate is 18 per cent on profits.


In 2002 the amusement machine law was regulated by the Law 289 aimed at reducing the illegal market. At the time there were some 600,000 illegal machines in the market and the state lost over €20bn every year.


It introduced two different categories of machines. Firstly those with no cash winnings (such as crane machines, video games) and two amusement machines with cash prizes called NewSlots and VLTs.


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