Israel Switches Off Gaming Terminals In New Lottery Deal

A deal in which Israel’s national lottery operator was granted a five-year licence extension but forced to switch off hundreds of video lottery terminals (VLTs) will have far reaching consequences, a leading gaming lawyer has warned.

Yehoshua Shohat Gurtler said the government's shutting down of 500 VLTs, along with 150 keno machines, would hit the income of lottery operator Mifal Hapayis and could lead to a surge of illegal gambling on underground gaming machines.

The New Year’s Eve crackdown by minister of finance Moshe Kahlon follows recommendations in a government report last year that the country’s gambling industry could be made more efficient while also reducing its negative social impact.

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