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Balearics clamp down on gambling

Balearics clamp down on gambling

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On December 27th, the Government of Spain’s Balearic Islands approved amendments to its gambling legislation that will limit the number of new gambling and betting establishments and prohibit their advertising.

Following a meeting of Cabinet, Vice-President Juan Pedro Yllanes stated that “the public has told us that gambling advertising is very harmful and causes compulsive gambling.”

The proposed regulatory changes will affect the advertising of casinos, bingo halls, gambling venues and betting shops, and will include social media advertising.

The new law will establish a minimum distance in Palma of 500m between establishments and 250m in the rest of the Balearics.

The Balearic Islands has Spain’s third highest number of gambling establishments per one million people.