It looks like slot machines might be getting too popular for their own good in Ireland. According to the Herald, there are nearly four times as many unlicensed slot machines in Ireland as there are legally-operating ones. While some might argue that this means higher demand and is good news for the Irish gambling scene, government leaders are planning a crackdown on the unlicensed machines, which operate primarily out of clubs, arcades, and pubs. And who do you think is supporting them? Why, the professional gambling operators themselves.
That’s right, the primary voice behind the upcoming clampdown is the Licensed Gaming Association of Ireland, which wants stricter regulations on all of their machines. According to leaders in the organization, it isn’t fair that licensed gambling establishments should be subject to inspections and heavy annual licensing fees while these illegal machines are free to rake in the money without regulation.
Most think that the upcoming Gambling Control Bill will go a long way toward fixing the problem, but there is some worry that the government might go too far and try to ban slot machines altogether. Fortunately, everyone agrees that there’s no policing the internet, so whatever happens on the ground, there will still be ample opportunity to keep playing the slots online.