In late July, the Revenue Commissioners – the Irish Government agency responsible for taxation – issued enforcement letters to a number of casinos across Dublin giving them 21 days to remove unlicensed gambling machines from their premises.
The operators had previously been warned to remove the machines but after failing to com- ply, the Revenue has now given them formal notice that the machines will be seized if they remain operation beyond the deadline.
Recent media reports suggest that a number of businesses in the Irish capital are operating casino games using Revenue-issued licences which are only applicable to amusement machines.
According to Revenue’s definitions, an amusement machine is a game that allows the player to win “no more than an opportunity to play again” or “the opportunity to obtain a non-monetary prize” which does not exceed E7 in value.
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