Proposal restricts electronic gaming licensing in Vietnam

According to the Vietnam Investment Review, the country’s Ministry of Planning and Investment has a proposal that will cut back on hotels that can provide electronic gaming services.

It states that only five-star hotels in Hanoi and southern Ho Chi Minh City and four-star hotels elsewhere can house the machines. Currently four-star and three-star hotels are able to do so.

The proposal is quoted by the Shanghai Daily as stating: “The restriction of licenses is in line with governmental control over gambling. It will help prevent rivalry among service providers in the same cities or provinces and prevent them from attracting Vietnamese people to gamble.”

The motion will need approval from Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to be finalized.