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Kyrgyzstan parliament votes to legalise casinos and iGaming

Kyrgyzstan parliament votes to legalise casinos and iGaming

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The legislature of Kyrgyzstan has voted to re-legalise land-based gambling and also to launch online casinos for the first time, although all offerings will only be available to foreign visitors.

A new Bill, Gambling in the Kyrgyz Republic, was passed on its third reading and will legalise casinos, slot halls and retail bookmakers and online casino games. However, all gambling will only be available to foreign players.

Land-based casinos must be set up in restaurants or hotels, and each restaurant must have at least 100 seats, with a hotel having at least 20 rooms. And slot halls must be dedicated facilities, separate buildings or rooms from any other business activity, containing a minimum of 30 machines, all with a minimum RTP of 75%.

Casinos located in the Kyrgyzstan capital of Bishkek must have a minimum of 10 gaming tables, with those located outside the capital having at least five tables. Casinos and slot halls must also have a currency exchange bureau licensed by the National Bank of Kyrgyzstan, and the use of credit cards and loans to gamble will be prohibited, except for playing land-based slots.

The new Bill will now go before President Sadyr Japarov and if signed into law, will come into force six months after publication.