Crackdown on gambling in Rome

Rome mayor “declares war” on gambling.

Slot machines are to be prohibited in the centre of Rome according to new regulations proposed by the city's mayor Viriginia Raggi who has "declared war" on gambling.

The new rules would mean that gambling halls would not be permitted within 500 metres of "sensitive locations" such as schools, sports centres, churches, barracks and cash points, as well as ensuring that the halls are not frequented by minors.

The Raggi administration also plans to reduce the opening hours of the "mind-boggling number" of gambling venues in the capital: 294 halls and more than 50,000 slot machines.