Bad news for operators
News has emerged of an imminent decree that could ruin many operators in the Mexico gambling industry. The Mexican government is on the brink of passing a decree that would ban slot machines across the country.
could lose Mexico-based slot operators a combined MXN15bn ($874m)
In his column for El Universal, journalist Mario Maldonado warned that the decree could lose Mexico-based slot operators a combined MXN15bn ($874m) per year in slot revenue. He named Caliente, Play City, and Codere as the main casino operators that would suffer as a result of the new rules.
Government moves fast
It was only on September 7 that Mexico’s Secretariat of the Interior drafted a decree seeking to reform the Federal Gaming and Sweepstakes Law. Last week, Maldonaldo said officials had already uploaded the decree to a government website and was “expected to be enacted shortly.”
Once signed off by Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the decree will prohibit “drawings of numbers or symbols through machines.” This means the amendment will affect lottery firms in addition to slot-using businesses.
Another body blow
The decree didn’t just hit operators in the slots, it also hit them in casino license permits. Once enacted, the decree will reduce casino license terms from 25 years to 15 years.
called on the President to show mercy on casino operators
Maldonado called on the President to show mercy on casino operators and maintain their current rights “until the expiration of their permit.”
Ultimately, this decree will change the landscape of Mexico’s entire gambling industry if passed.