Kyrgyzstan Votes to Legalize Casinos Again

Lawmakers in Kyrgyzstan have voted to legalize land casinos again, while also voting to legalize online casinos, although only for foreign players.

The bill is formally known as "On Gambling in the Kyrgyz Republic", and passed through its third reading this month. The move comes after casinos were banned in 2012, while slot halls and retail books were banned in 2015.

Casinos will be required to be placed in hotels or restaurants. Hotels housing casinos must have at least 20 rooms, while restaurants must have at least 100 seats. All games must have at least a 75% RTP, and use of credit cards or loans to gamble is prohibited, although this won't apply to land-based slot machines.

A new regulator will be established, and will enforce gambling regulations, and will also establish licensing fees.

The bill will now go to President Sadyr Japarov's desk for signage or veto. If signed, the law months after publication, with the regulator formation taking place one month after formation.

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Therese Williams // UK Correspondent
Therese Williams
Therese is a fervent fan of slot machines and pub fruities, often trying her luck at some of the top online casinos. She covers news for Casino Listings with a focus on the UK and Europe. Therese studied arts and creative writing at university and has written for newspapers in the UK.
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23 June 2022 - 5:29pm

I always find it weird when casinos and such are offered to visitors or foreign nationals, but never the people of the country where the gaming is taking place. Even weirder that they'd have online gambling for foreigners.

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