Mexico has officially banned land-based slot machines. This was reported by the Official Journal of the Federation, a special government notification body. The new notice changes the wording of the provisions of the Federal Gaming and Sweepstakes Act.
Thus, Mexico now classifies a slot machine as any mechanism that players use to place bets in anticipation of winning. This measure has become necessary in this country in order to more strictly regulate and control gambling and lotteries.
The main initiator of the ban was the country’s President Andres Manuel Lopez of Labrador. He lobbied for a ban for more than six months. He also publicly promised to put an end to the “one-armed bandits.”
But for now, Mexicans will continue to play slots. After all, casinos that still have a valid license have the right to offer slot machines until the end of the contract. You will not be able to renew your license.
According to critics of the bill, this ban could lead to the growth of the gray market in Mexico, as well as increase the popularity of online slots.