Galway City Crackdown

01/04/2011

Pubs and betting offices in Galway City have been accused of operating illegal gambling by featuring poker and slot machines without having a licence to do so, according to the Galway City Tribune.

Galway Gardaí have confirmed that three businesses in the city face prosecution this month for illegally having gaming machines on their properties.

It was alleged this week that several pubs and bookmakers in the city have poker machines on their premises and were breaking the law in the process.

It was also claimed that some of the machines are capable of taking €50 notes and that gambling addicts could lose this amount in a matter of minutes.

Gardaí say that they take his matter very seriously and will confiscate poker machines from premises once they are made aware of their presence.

“If a pub or any other premises has a machine that pays out money, then it is illegal and should be reported to the Gardaí. At the moment we have three prosecutions pending and they will be coming before the courts during April.

“The casinos in Salthill have a licence under the Gaming and Lotteries Act to have machines that pay out money, but they are illegal in pubs or betting offices,” the Garda spokesman added.


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