The Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic conducted an assessment of the effectiveness of the new gambling regulations adopted in 2016.
The analysis highlights several positive effects of the law, both in the number of slot machines, which fell by 62% from 53,554 to 20,269, and in the fact that players are now less likely to fall. in addiction.
There have also been positive effects on the character of the towns, as bars with slot machines have been replaced by modern cafes, hairdressers and places for children.
âBy setting clear rules, we have succeeded not only in taming endemic gambling, but above all in better protecting our fellow citizens and their families from the destructive consequences of gambling addiction. There are currently more than 200,000 people on our list. people who are not allowed to participate in gambling, âsaid Finance Minister Alena SchillerovÃ¡.
Among the regulations introduced were enhanced supervisory powers and compulsory registration, limits on gambling advertising, and a ban on the consumption of alcohol and cigarettes during gambling. The Gambling Act also raised awareness of the negative effects of gambling and introduced a new, more efficient tax system.
However, the new challenge is internet gaming: since the gaming law came into effect in 2017, there has been an increase in internet gaming from 10% of the total to 45% in 2020.
âInternet gaming is becoming more and more risky, mainly due to the speed of the game, the anonymity of the players and the availability around the clock,â said SchillerovÃ¡.
Certain rules intended to discourage gambling on the Internet already exist, in particular the compulsory registration of players, self-limiting measures (setting a maximum daily gambling amount), reporting obligations for the operator and a regulation of advertising.
However, they are not enough to stem the phenomenon, and therefore new containment measures will be adopted to face the new challenges linked to online gambling.