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Austria Will Restrict Poker

Austria's Finance Ministry has announced that it plans to restrict poker to land casinos, electronic lotteries, and WINWIN machine operators.

The move is being made as part of the country's tax reforms, and will do away with poker halls and most pub poker operations, save for those that don't charge players more than €10 and have more than 100 players.

The country will be implementing the laws in 2017, but puts the country at odds with both the European Commission as well as the European Court of Justice in regards to its laws on gambling. The dispute has been long-running, and the European Court of Justice claimed the country is applying its laws inconsistently and is focused more on getting tax revenues rather than protecting their players.

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