WORLD NEWS Austria: illegal gambling on the rise in urban centres 3 years ago Szarlot Post Views: 529 Austria’s financial police say they are concerned about the rise as they reveal they have confiscated over 660 gaming machines since January. The Finanzpolizei, Austria’s financial police, has raised concerns over an increase in illegal gaming activity, particularly in urban areas in the capital Vienna and Linz. The force said it has confiscated over 660 gaming machines in 278 inspections carried out since January. More than half of the confiscated machines were found in Vienna. It says illegal gambling has been significantly reduced in rural areas, but has risen in large urban centers. It has issued more than €13million in fines in Vienna alone, but has also seen a spike in illegal gambling activity in Linz in the state of Upper Austria. Its latest raids confiscated 38 gaming machines in the region, including from a restaurant that the police inspected seven times in as many weeks, from which police have confiscated 20 machines since May. Austria’s Finance Minister, Gernot Blümel, highlighted the reduction of illegal gambling in rural areas. “I congratulate the colleagues from the financial police on these remarkable successes. Illegal gambling is now concentrated in the metropolitan areas and – thanks to the excellent work of the financial police – is no longer active across the country. The fight against organised illegal gambling will of course continue to protect players. The ‘gambling mafia’ benefits from people’s addiction and destroys their finances, so we must show absolutely no tolerance here.” Earlier in the year, Blümel said Austria should create an independent gambling regulator to take on responsibilities currently held by the treasury. Source: focusgn.com About Post Author Szarlot I am a fan of casino games especially roulette and blackjack. After that I analyze current events in the gambling industry. See author's posts SzarlotI am a fan of casino games especially roulette and blackjack. After that I analyze current events in the gambling industry. Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Print Tags: illegal gambling, Vienna Continue Reading Previous Italy to close betting shops with unpaid taxesNext EGT games join Casino Malta’s reopening More Stories ONLINE WORLD NEWS Pragmatic Play to exhibit as Premium sponsor in GAT Expo Cartagena 3 days ago Iwo Bulski ONLINE WORLD NEWS Slotegrator partners with Panga Games 4 days ago Iwo Bulski BETTING WORLD NEWS Parimatch suspends B2C operations in Ukraine 6 days ago Szarlot CASINO WORLD NEWS Celebrities who won huge money gambling 1 week ago Szarlot EXPERTS WORLD NEWS Belgium bans gambling advertising from July 1 1 week ago Szarlot GAMES WORLD NEWS Endorphina unveils latest slot title Riches of Caliph 2 weeks ago Szarlot CASINO WORLD NEWS David Orrick Receives European Casino Award 2 weeks ago Iwo Bulski ONLINE WORLD NEWS Pragmatic Play grows Brazil’s presence with SA Esportes agreement 2 weeks ago Iwo Bulski EXPERTS WORLD NEWS Czech Treasury demands higher tax take from gambling 3 weeks ago Iwo Bulski ONLINE WORLD NEWS How Digitalisation has transformed the gambling industry 3 weeks ago Szarlot ONLINE WORLD NEWS Gamingtec partners with Apollo Games 3 weeks ago Szarlot EXPERTS WORLD NEWS Italian gambling sector told to prepare for “industry reorganisation” 3 weeks ago Iwo Bulski Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment * Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.