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   Thursday, July 18 2024 
Controversy over the amendment of the law on gambling - Morocco

Morocco is the haven of live poker events in Africa. In recent years, the country has been the most-favoured destination of poker fans from France and from other European countries who want to indulge themselves in casino while enjoying a dream holiday. However, playing poker under the sun on the other side of the Mediterranean might not be as interesting as years earlier since the Justice & Development Party (PJD) has led the coalition government. Actually, the PJD has been looking for several months to modify the current law, the objective of which is to ban advertisement related to gambling. As a result, certainty is that it would drop down attendance rate in casinos. The fact is that foreigners (tourists) make up the largest part of casino-goers list in Morocco.

Ironical as it seems, a leader of the PJD has challenged the idea after his son reached the Top 3 of a national poker tournament. Indeed, the son of Mohamed Yatim, “Salaheddin Yatim”, finished third place in the 2014 World Poker Tour Marrakech. Salaheddin Yatim cashed € 50,000 for his third-place finish behind fellow Alid Touil (2nd, € 70,500) and Mostafa Boukri (1st, € 115,000). Mohamed Yatim has made a controversy decision to defend his son by highlighting that “despite the fact that some people view it as "haram" (unlawful), poker competitions are legal in regard of the law whilst a discussion on banning them is now underway under the Islamic law”, related article published on Akhbar al-Yaoum website suggested. Note that this proposed amendment will be presented to Moroccan Parliament this Wednesday, October 22.

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