Bulgaria Bans Self-Excluded Gamblers from Working in Casinos

The Bulgarian National Revenue Agency (NRA), the government agency that regulates gambling, has ordered operators to ban self-excluded gamblers from entering a casino or gambling hall.

According to the agency’s latest information, companies that violate this agreement will be subject to fines of up to BGN 20,000 ($11,200), under the provisions of the Bulgarian Gambling Law.

The announcement comes after an investigation into whether employers can hire people that are listed in the self-exclusion register.

The NRA has clarified that operators must strictly comply with the Gambling Law even if the person is not playing at a gambling establishment, but merely being an employee there.

According to the Bulgarian Gambling Law, persons who are in a self-exclusion list  are prohibited from entering a gambling hall or casino. In addition, this law also prescribes a ban on people in uniform, people under the age of 18 and those who are armed.

In addition, persons without identity documents, as well as those who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, are not allowed into gambling establishments.

Register of persons who have refused to participate in gambling in Bulgaria.

After a two-year hiatus following the changes in legislation, in mid-December 2022 the self-exclusion register resumed its operation in Bulgaria.

People who wish to be included in this list have the opportunity to indicate a specific period during which their access to gambling will be temporarily suspended, but not less than two years.

It is also possible to apply for delisting before the expiration of this period, however, this action requires the consent of the executive director of the National Revenue Agency.

Access to the list is restricted to a limited number of NRA employees and gambling operators.

As of April 2023, 7,200 people had applied to be included in the list. 
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