Slot machines get out of hand in Santo Domingo – WHY?

The rule was that slot machines could only be installed in hotel casinos on the Dominican Republic.

But somehow, someone in the Santo Domingan government looked the other way and 5,269 permits for slot machines to operate in colmados, bars, bingos, and betting shops have been issued by the Ministry of Hacienda.

The machines pay the Ministry RD$4,000 a month in Santo Domingo and Santiago, and RD$4,000 in other towns. But an estimated 15,000 slot machines operate without any kind of permit.

Community and church organizations have been pressuring the Ministry of Hacienda to take action. They explain that children have become addicted, and to support their vice are resorting to crime.

So now, Hacienda Minister Vicente Bengoa is considering sending a bill to Congress to regulate the situation. He took the case to the press, to rally for support.

Bengoa feels the slot machines should only operate inside casinos, as originally was stipulated. He told the press he does not know where all the slot machines came from, nor who imported them.

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