This week Slovakia's gaming regulator announced that it had seized 54 illegal gambling machines in locations throughout the country.
The vast majority of the machines seized were taken due to searches from the Office for the Regulation of Gambling (URHH), which was assisted by local law enforcement. The URHH has conducted two such raids over the course of the last four months.
Most of the machines seized were quiz machines or used to mine cryptocurrency, and none had certification by URHH. Those found to be offering illegal gambling machines could face fines of up to €250,000.
Regarding the seizures URHH General Director Dávid Lenčéš said, "As these gaming machines have not been issued or granted a valid licence, we consider them illegal. Our staff actively monitor these machines. Most of them have been seized due to their diligent work. Some have also been seized because of complaints from the players."
"Illegal operators sometimes try to make the seizure impossible by fixing machines firmly against the floor or the wall."