Tanzania cracks down on illegal slot machines

The Gaming Board of Tanzania initiative will integrate monitoring technology with all machines

Tanzania's Gaming Board has announced its intention to stamp out the widespread practice of using illegal slots, saying that the illicit activity is depriving the state of much-needed tax revenues.

downloadWhile the board has initiated the series of initiatives in tandem with the Tanzania police authorities and with the Tanzania Revenue Authority, it has suggested that a longer-term strategy might require putting in place a more comprehensive Information Communication and Technology system.

In a report in Gaming for Africa, the monitoring technology had been investigated by the board and the final product would be connected to all machines so that they can be registered with their location. It is now in the final stages of development and it is hoped to introduce it in the latter part of next month.

With a population of over 50 million people, Tanzania has been making a name for itself in the gambling industry. Tanzania is one of the most progressive nations on the African continent when it comes to gambling related legislation, having legalised gambling back in 1992 and online gambling in 1999. The industry reported 20% growth for gambling transactions being registered in 2012 for both online and land-based gambling establishments.

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