Law No. 155/2015 outlines which forms of gambling were in Albania, prior to the near total ban on gambling activities in the region.
Historically, the country enjoyed robust gambling activities, including casino, Bingo, horse races, and sports betting. The country held the minimum age for gambling at 21, requiring every player to provide documents for identity verification purposes.
At the time, the Gambling Supervisory Authority controlled licensing and gambling activity. However, due to restructuring the Authority is not issuing licenses now. Licensure gave operators the approval to open ‘up to 1000’ secondary addresses, which eventually led to the establishment of more than 4,000 gambling establishments in Albania.
Acts in Albania
After experiencing rampant crime and corruption related to gambling activity, the country made the decision to ban most forms of gambling and restricted gambling establishments from residential neighborhoods.
As the ban prevents gambling in residential regions, the government hopes that its gamble to set the country on the right course pays off. From a socio-economic perspective, eradicating gambling may positively impact families and youths.
Legislators plan for a positive rise in employment and familial relationships. In addition, Albanian citizens will have more time to enjoy other social outlets available around the country, such as hiking, visiting museums, and driving through the Albanian Rivera.