Report points to burgeoning Polish AWP market
By the end of the third quarter of 2006, Poland had 20,276 AWP machines in operation, according to official statistics.
The income from the machines totalled PLN472m (US$157m), double the volume of the previous year.
Despite the growing success of the sector, however, there are worries. The country’s department of home affairs - the Administration and Inner Ministry - is studying a police report which suggests that the machines, usually located in bars and bus and train depots, are used for money laundering.
This assertion is based upon the fact that operators do not have to present detailed records of the machines’ performance which makes it impossible to check the source of money played.
Top executives of two of the UK’s pub-owning chains have indicated that they are not unhappy with the enforced 8.7 per cent rises in AWP (Category C) machine rents by Sceptre Leisure, which has since been endorsed by other leading operators.
Having enjoyed a very strong showing at EAG International at the start of this year, Sega Amusements is anticipating next month’s edition of the London show to be equally as successful.
The well-known UK coin machine operating Kravis Family has lost one of its best-known personalities with the death last week of Mac Kravis, aged 93.
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