This is a challenging time for Irish gambling businesses. A casino club in Dublin has shut shop citing the country’s new Gaming and Lotteries (Amendment) Act, 2019 making it impossible for the business to operate.
Fitzwilliam Card Club sitting close to Merrion Square in central Dublin will no longer be welcoming guests. The owner has said that they are shut effectively from Monday. He also added that it has lead to a loss of 78 jobs of which 52 of them were full-time employees.
The club would offer roulette, blackjack, and other casino games to members. The players were duly verified to be above the age of 18.
New Lottery Act To Blame
The new Gaming and Lotteries (Amendment) Act, 2019 has been facing widespread criticism. The club owners have blamed the act. They said that the parts of the law passed by the lawmakers effectively bar it from operating.
With the new act in place, the club’s operators would have to have a gaming permit. The problem is that with the new law the gaming permit would be issued only to the businesses were the winning chances of both the players and the operators are equal which means that if one has to offer gaming it should be for free and with no hidden or explicit charges.
Speaking to Irish Times, a spokesman said that the Fitzwilliam ‘highlighted to Government and opposition TDs that the law threatened its business.”
“Sadly, our pleas fell on deaf ears and an amendment was not granted to safeguard the business and our 80 employees,” he added.
Challenge For Bingo Halls
The amendments to the country’s gambling act have been opposed by many. Recently, Dublin witnessed massive protests against the controversial gambling proposals. The protestors claimed that the new proposals which were enacted into law are a threat to the existence of Bingo businesses in the country.
The new laws put a cap on the prize money at Bigo to 50 percent of a bingo hall’s takings. There’s 25 percent allocated to charity and the remaining 25 to fund expenses on the lottery.