Armenia is risking the wrath of Iran with plans to open a series of gambling halls and casinos in the city of Meghri, on the Iranian border.
With Iranians banned from casinos under Sharia law, they may be able to sneak over the border and play at these new Armenian casinos. While the original plan may not have been to antagonize the Iranians, these changes to Armenian gambling laws may do just that.
The government have made a few concessions, however, with new casinos given very strict guidelines as to where they can be built. Indeed, each gambling center needs to be at least 300 meters away from educational centers, hospitals, local government buildings and buildings and objects of historic and cultural significance.
Still no online casinos for Armenia
Despite the changes to the gambling law allowing new casinos to be built in four Armenian cities, the government have still yet to authorize online gambling.
As such, anyone looking to play at online casinos in Armenia has to look towards foreign based websites, something that they have been doing for some time. With the government seemingly happy to let their players enjoy these foreign based operators, this situation is unlikely to change anytime soon.
This isn’t the first controversy since new Armenian gambling laws came into place on January 1st, however, as the owners of several casinos forced to shut down have criticized the changes. Gambling has been restricted to four zones in Tsaghkadzor, Jermuk, Sevan, and Meghri, excluding the capital Yerevan.