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Irish Casino and Card Room Gaming

The 1956 Gaming and Lotteries Act provided the legislative framework for the gaming industry in Ireland until 2009. The act banned Las Vegas-style casinos from the country, but allowed a number of card clubs to operate.

Local authorities regulate card rooms and licensed gaming machines in bars, clubs and restaurants. An effort to regulate existing land-based gaming was launched in August 2006 with the establishment of the Casino Regulation Committee within the Ministry for Justice. The purpose of this initiative was to consider the possibility of legislative regulation of casino-style operations in Ireland.

In July 2008, the Justice Ministry proposed new legislation that would allow casinos to be licensed. Under the proposal, fixed-odds betting terminals would no longer be permitted to operate in bookmakers’ shops, and the current system of private gaming clubs would be altered. It also sought to establish an independent authority to oversee gaming activities.

In March 2009, the Irish government authorized the Ministry of Justice to create the Gambling Control Unit and issued a set of standards and ethical guidelines for the existing private casino clubs. Compliance from the casinos is on a voluntary basis at this point. The government made it known that operators who choose not to or cannot abide by the rules may not get a license once casinos are legal under the new gambling act. The Gambling Control Bill has not advanced through the legislature since its introduction, but it has been revised and additional provisions have been added. Supporters hope the bill will finally to pass in 2019.

Irish Casino and Card Room Gaming Properties

Adelaide Casino Sligo
Amusement City
Atari Expo - Omni Park Entertainment Center
Atari Expo - Square Town Entertainment Center
Atlantis Casino
Caesars Palace
Colossus Casino Club
D1 Club
Emerald Casino Clondalkin
Emerald Casino Dublin
Emerald Casino Dundalk
Fitzpatrick's Casino - Dublin
Fitzpatrick's Casino - Dún Laoghaire
Fitzpatrick's Casino - Limerick
Fitzpatrick's Casino - Tallaght
Gold Club Casino
Goldrush Casino - Academy
Goldrush Casino - Camden
Goldrush Casino - Carlow
Goldrush Casino - Cornmarket
Goldrush Casino - Leinster
Goldrush Casino - MacCurtain
Goldrush Casino - Mallow
Goldrush Casino - Naas
Goldrush Casino - Rathmines
Goldrush Casino - Waterford
Jokers Casino
Macau Sporting Club - Cork
Macau Sporting Club - Dublin
Mayfair Casino Club
Showboat Casino
Silks Club
The Bank Casino Card Club
The Blackthorn Casino
The Eglinton Casino & Card Club
The Fitzwilliam Card Club
The Jackpot
The Lighthouse Casino
The Loft Casino Club
The Sporting Emporium
Timeout Casino and Card Club
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