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Luxembourger Gambling Laws
By Reno Rollins
Casino gambling is legal in Luxembourg. It appears that other forms of gambling are considered illegal outside of a casino, but poker continues to grow in popularity throughout the country.
In Luxembourg, a game of chance is defined as a game that offers an opportunity to play for prizes, where success depends on an unknown future event which cannot be influenced by the player.
The minimum age for casino gambling is 18.
Casinos in Luxembourg
The earliest request to build a casino in Luxembourg came in 1852. In the 1930s, a member of the Grand Ducal family of Luxembourg lost large areas of his land at a gaming table in Monte Carlo. After he returned home, he was banned from leaving the country, and gambling in Luxembourg was banned for the next 40 years.
Currently, there is one casino operating within Luxembourg.
– Casino 2000 (Rue Th. Flammang, Mondorf-les-Bains, Luxembourg) Slot machines are open from 10am until 3am on Monday thru Thursday and 10am to 4am on Friday thru Sunday. The casino is open from 7pm on Monday thru Saturday and from 4pm on Sunday. The casino offers 9,000 square feet of gaming space with 280 slot machines and seven table games (American Roulette, Blackjack, French Roulette). A 31-room hotel, two bars and three restaurants are also located on the premises.
Euros are used as currency in the casino, but all major forms of currency are accepted for play. The dress code requires men to wear a jacket with no sneakers. An entrance fee of 2.50 euros is charged, but customers can also buy tickets good for a month’s worth of visits (or a year’s worth). Free gaming lessons are given, and the staff is fluent in English, German and French.
For more information, call +352 23 611 1, or visit their website at www.casino2000.lu.
Lottery in Luxembourg
The National Lottery in Luxembourg is administered by the Loterie Nationale. Their website can be found at www.loterie.lu. All profits are used to aid various welfare, health, culture and sports organizations (such as the National Emergency Fund and Red Cross).
It was established in 1945, and has since raised more than 200,000,000 euros for charity. In 2003 alone, over 48 million was generated.
Available games include:
– Euro Millions
– Scratch Tickets
Luxembourg is a landlocked country in Europe bordered by France, Germany and Belgium. The country has a constitutional monarchy, with the ruler being the Grand Duke (the only remaining Grand Duchy in the world). Luxembourg is a member of the European Union, NATO, Benelux, the United Nations and the Western European Union. The capital and largest city in the country is Luxembourg.
The population is estimated to be 480,222, with most inhabitants descended from French and Germanic peoples. In recent years, many immigrants have arrived from Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is estimated that 10,000 immigrants arrive in Luxembourg each year.
The official languages of the country are French, German and Luxembourgish. The latter is also considered the national language of the country. German is the first language taught in schools, and it can commonly be found in the media and church. French is used for most official written business.
Around 87% of the population belongs to the Roman Catholic Church. Other religious beliefs in the country include Protestants, Jews, Muslims and Orthodox Christians.