Budapest (MTI) – The number of visitors to Hungarian casinos rose sharply after a ban on slot machines in pubs was introduced in the autumn of 2012, data in a written response to a query by an MP show.
In the letter from state secretary Andras Tallai responding to the query by MP Istvan Ikotity of green party LMP, data show visitor numbers to Hungarian casinos rose from 205,000 in 2011 to 300,000 in 2012. Visitor numbers increased further to 639,000 in 2013 and 810,000 in 2014.
In the first half of 2015, visitor numbers reached 606,000, although Tallai noted that the number of casinos in the country had risen from three to eight, as the result of new concession contracts signed in the spring of 2014.
The amount visitors to the casinos spent on gambling rose from 33.1 billion forints in 2011 to 44 billion forints in 2012, 100.6 billion forints in 2013 and 128 billion forints in 2014. They spent 88.4 billion forints in the first half of 2015.