Betting business has a stronghold


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Feb 20, 2019

In a nation where there’s a betting parlor every 850 meters, gambling has become deeply embedded in the Dominican Republic’s economic and social fabric, Carlos Arturo Guisarre writes for N Digital. A recent government survey, Encuesta Nacional de las Micro, Pequeñas y Medianas Empresas (MIPYMES) 2022-2023, by the Central Bank and the Ministry of Industry & Commerce (MICM) quantifies the sector.

The survey revealed a staggering 56,933 betting establishments operating across the country, constituting 12.1% of all registered businesses. This translates to one betting parlor per 850 meters and one for every 193 inhabitants, painting a vivid picture of the pervasiveness of gambling in the Dominican landscape.

The spread of betting establishments resulted from lax application of the laws under the Ministry of Hacienda government primarily under the past PLD administrations...

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