DECREE 204/2001, of 24 July, approving the Regulation on casinos.  

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Rank of document

Decree

CONSOLIDATED TEXT

Issuing body

Interior Department

 

No. of document

204/2001

 

Date of document

24/07/2001

 

Date of publication

01/08/2001

 

Official journal

DOGC

 

Number

3443

 

 

By virtue of the exclusive competence of the Generalitat of Catalonia on casinos, gambling and betting granted by  
article 9.32 of the Statute of Autonomy, the Parliament of Catalonia approved Law 15/1984, of 20 March, on gambling  
and, later, Law 1/1991, of 27 February, regulating the regime of sanctions relating to gambling.

Article 5.1 of Law 15/1984, of 20 March, grants the Department of Governance, now the Interior Department, according  
to Decree 297/1999, of 26 November, on the creation and restructuring of departments of the Administration of the  
Generalitat of Catalonia, the power to approve special regulations on gambling.

In pursuance of article 5.2 of Law 15/1984, of 20 March, mentioned above, the Regulation on casinos approved by this  
Decree regulates the regime and scope of application, the requirements to be met by the companies which may be  
authorised to install, open and operate casinos, the regime for the processing, modification, renewal and cancellation of  
authorisations, and other aspects relating to gambling rooms and their operation, the control mechanisms and  
complementary services, as well as the personnel of casinos. Finally, regarding the regime of sanctions, it refers to the  
said law in force 1/1991, of 27 February, and to Law 10/1990, of 15 June, on policy relating to shows, recreation  
activities and public establishments

.

Furthermore, once approved the Catalogue of games which can be played exclusively in casinos by Decree 386/2000,  
of 5 December, with the current approval of the Regulation of casinos, effect is given to Resolution 531/V, of 26 March,  
of the Parliament of Catalonia, which requires the Government to elaborate and approve the regulation on casinos,  
given that the national regulation approved before 1980 is still in force.

Therefore, given the provisions of final provision 3 of Law 15/1984, of 20 March, on gambling, and according to the  
ruling of the Legal Advisory Committee, at the proposal of the regional minister of the Interior and after the discussion of  
the Government, I Decree

:

Single article

The Regulation on casinos is approved with the wording set out in the annex.

Additional provision

After the entry into force of this Decree, the Regulation on casinos approved by Order of 9 January 1979 shall not be  
applicable to Catalonia.

Derogatory provision

Articles 71 to 75 of Decree 144/1994, of 14 June, regulating and adapting, according to Law 30/1992, the regulatory  
procedures affecting matters of local governance, gambling, shows, recreation activities, regional and local police and  
personnel of the Generalitat, are hereby derogated

.

Annex

Regulation on casinos

 

Preliminary title

General provisions and authorisations regime

Chapter 1

Subject-matter, scope and legal regime

Article

1

Subject-matter and scope

The authorisation, organisation and development of games in casinos are subjected to the provisions contained in Law  
15/1984, of 20 March, on gambling, in Law 1/1991, of 27 February, regulating the regime of sanctions relating to  
gambling, Law 10/1990, of 15 June, on policy of shows, recreation activities and public establishments, in this  
Regulation and in the rest of provisions of a general or complementary character developing same which may be  
applicable.

Article 2

Legal regime

2.1 The premises and establishments which, being in compliance with the requirements set by this Regulation, have the  
authorisations granted by the Directorate General for Gambling and Shows shall be considered casinos and, therefore,  
the games mentioned in articles 3 and 4 of this Regulation may be played in them.

2.2 It is forbidden to organise and play games which, with the same or a different name, are modalities of the games  
typical of casinos but are played outside these establishments or without having the authorisations, requirements and  
conditions provided for by this Regulation. Furthermore, establishments not authorised as casinos may not use such  
name.

Chapter 2

The games

Article 3

Casino games

3.1 The games included in Decree 386/2000, of 5 December, approving the Catalogue of games which may exclusively  
be played in casinos, and gambling machines of type C, shall be considered exclusive casino games and, therefore,  
can only be played in premises or establishments authorised as casinos, without prejudice to additional provision 1 of  
this Regulation

.

3.2 The games mentioned in the foregoing paragraph must be played according to the requirements, the elements and  
the rules provided for in Decree 386/2000, of 5 December, and in the Regulation of recreation and gambling machines,  
approved by Decree 28/1997, of 21 January.

Article 4

Other games

4.1 In casinos, it is forbidden to play any other game which, under the same or another name, is not one of those  
indicated in this chapter 2 or is played without observing the requirements and conditions set forth by this Regulation,  
even if they are modalities of same, except for traditional games without valuable bets if previously communicated to the  
Directorate General for Gambling and Shows.

4.2 Tournaments and championships of casino games may be held in casinos. In order to hold such events, they must  
be notified at least ten days in advance to the directorate general competent on gambling and betting.

Affected regulations

Title 1

Authorisation regime

Chapter 1

Authorised companies

Article

5

Requirements for authorised companies

5.1 Companies which own casinos, in order to obtain the corresponding authorisations, must meet the following  
requirements:

a) They must adopt any of the legal forms of companies.

b) The company must have the nationality of any European Union member state or signatories to the Agreement on the  
European Economic Area.

c) Their purpose must be the exploitation of casinos to which the application for authorisation relates and, if applicable,  
of other complementary or ancillary services related to their exploitation.

d) The minimum share capital must be as required in each case by the companies law in force, wholly subscribed and  
paid up.

 

e) Variations in share capital and transfers of shares or stock must be notified to the Directorate General for Gambling  
and Shows.

f) Participation of foreign capital in the companies to which this Regulation relates must be in accordance with the  
regulations in force on foreign investments.

g) None of the shareholders, whether it is a natural or legal person, may hold shares in the capital or management  
offices in more than three companies exploiting casinos within the Autonomous Community of Catalonia.

h) No company may hold more than three authorisations for the installation of casinos in Catalonia.

5.2 The companies holding authorisations for the installation of casinos must deposit a bond of 100 million pesetas or  
601,012.10 euros before applying for an authorisation of opening and operation as mentioned in chapter 3 of title 1 of  
this Regulation.

5.3 The bonds shall be deposited in the General Public Depository of the Generalitat of Catalonia at the disposal of the  
competent authority, according to the provisions of article 3 of Decree 221/1999, of 27 July, approving the Regulation on  
the general public depository of the Generalitat of Catalonia, and unifying the regime of the guarantees which may be  
deposited in same, and the bonds shall respond for the economic liabilities in which companies may incur under this  
Regulation, in accordance with the provisions of article 18 of Law 1/1991, of 27 February, regulating the regime of  
sanctions relating to gambling. The Administration has a preferential right on this amount over any other creditor.

5.4 Furthermore, according to the provisions of the said article 18 of Law 1/1991, of 27 February, the bond may be  
subject to the compulsory payment of the financial penalties imposed on the entity by administration bodies, and to the  
payment of the prizes arising from the exploitation of casinos.

5.5 The bonds must be kept in their entirety as long as the circumstances which justified their constitution are still  
effective. If there were a decrease in the amount, an extinction or a cancellation of the bond according to the specific  
regulation, the company must reinstate it or complete it within a maximum time limit of two months. Failure to comply  
with this obligation within the established time limit shall involve the suspension of the effects of the company's  
authorisation of opening and operating casinos and the initiation of a procedure to cancel the authorisations, which shall  
include a hearing with the interested party. The suspension shall be maintained until the bond has been reinstated or  
completed or until the cancellation procedure has been resolved, after hearing the interested party

.

5.6 The bonds can be cancelled when the reasons for their constitution disappear, provided that there are no pending  
liabilities or if the maximum time limit for expiration of such liabilities has been exceeded. In these cases, they must be  
returned, after the corresponding liquidation, if applicable.

5.7 In order to recover the bonds, at the request of the company having constituted them, information must be  
requested from the competent administrative bodies on the existence of pending liabilities, and the application for  
returning the bond must be published in the Official Journal of the Generalitat of Catalonia so that the possible  
interested parties may exercise their rights relating to the bond to be recovered within a time limit of two months. Upon  
expiration of this time limit, the bond shall be returned, after liquidating any pending liabilities, if applicable

.

5.8 The mentioned publication and expiration of the said time limit are not necessary in case of substitution of bonds,  
provided that there are no pending liabilities or, if there are, they are satisfied.

Chapter 2

Authorisation of installation

Article 6

Procedure to grant authorisations

6.1 Authorising a company to install and exploit a casino shall be made through a public tender.

6.2 The invitation to tender shall be made by resolution of the director general of Gambling and Shows.

6.3 The resolution of the invitation to tender shall be published in the Official Journal of the Generalitat of Catalonia and  
must include the terms and conditions governing same and the objective criteria for assessing the following  
circumstances:

a) The tourist interest of the project.

b) The personal and financial guarantees of the promoters.

c) The quality of the facilities and complementary services provided.

d) The programme of investments.

e) The location and direct or indirect influence which the opening of the new casino may have on those already existing.

f) The generation of jobs, the personnel training plan and the human resources available.

g) The economic viability of the project based on the studies performed.

h) The technology to be used for the organisation and management of the games.

Article 7

Applications

The companies which comply with the requirements specified in article 5 of this Regulation, or the persons acting on  
behalf of the corresponding projected company, interested in obtaining an authorisation for the installation and

 

exploitation of a casino, may take part in the tender organised for this purpose by submitting an application which shall  
contain:

a) The identification of the representative of the applying company and the capacity in which he acts on behalf of the  
interested company, or the identification of the person acting on behalf of the projected company.

b) The name, duration and registered office of the incorporated company or, if the company is not incorporated, its  
projected name, duration and registered office.

c) The trade name planned for the casino and the location of the building or plot of land where it is to be installed,  
specifying its size and general characteristics.

d) The identification of shareholders, specifying their respective share in the capital, and the members of the  
management bodies of the company and attorneys. If the company is not yet incorporated, the promoters or future  
founding partners and the planned management bodies must be identified.

e) The specification of the location and the justification of its influence on already existing casinos, in relation to the  
planning for gambling established in Catalonia.

f) The time limit planned for the opening of the casino, calculated from the date when the authorisation of installation is  
granted.

g) The games for which authorisation is sought, among those included in article 3 of this Regulation.

h) The periods of the year in which the casino shall operate.

Article 8

Documents attached to the application

Applications shall be accompanied with the following documents, in two counterparts:

a) Notarised copy of the public document of incorporation of the company and its articles of association, with  
certification of its registration in the Companies Register. If the company has not yet been incorporated, the project of  
document of incorporation and articles of association shall be submitted.

b) Notarised copy of the power of attorney of the applicant, if he is not the legal representative.

c) Certificate of the Property Register on the plots of land and, if applicable, on the building where the casino shall be  
installed, or the documents certifying the availability of these plots of land and buildings.

d) Estimate of the personnel which shall provide services in the casino, indicating the respective categories or job  
positions.

e) Report describing the organisation and operation of the casino, in accordance with the provisions of this Regulation,  
the complementary services which are to be offered to the public and the general kind of artistic or cultural events and  
shows, among other events, which are to be organised. This report shall contain a detailed description of the projected  
systems for admission and control of players, selection, training, management and control of personnel, quality criteria  
and regular inspection of the game materials, accounting and cash indicating the origin and the guarantees of the  
technology to be used in the organisation and operation of the casino.

f) Plans and projects of the casino specifying all the technical characteristics required by the urban plan. The project  
must indicate, if applicable, the necessary adaptations or complementary works.

g) Economic and financial study including, at least, a study of the projected or actual investment, detailing the current  
or future contributions to the share capital and other contributions, as well as the sources of financing and the  
exploitation and profitability forecasts.

h) List of the safety measures to be installed in the casino, among which there must necessarily be a fire protection  
installation, an autonomous unit for the production of electric power with automatic start, security service and strong  
boxes.

Applications may also be accompanied with the attached documents considered appropriate, especially those regarding  
personal and financial guarantees of shareholders and of the company itself.

Article 9

Processing

9.1 Upon expiration of the time limit for submission of applications and attached documents according to the provisions  
of the invitation to tender, the Directorate General for Gambling and Shows shall send a copy to the town council of the  
municipality where the casino is to be installed, so that it may issue a report declaring the compliance of the project with  
the uses indicated for its site by the corresponding urban planning.

9.2 During the processing of the dossier, the Directorate General for Gambling and Shows may request from the  
applicants the clarifications and complementary information it deems appropriate.

9.3 Furthermore, within a time limit of 30 days from the expiration of the time limit for submissions of applications, the  
Directorate General for Gambling and Shows must draw up a prior report relating to the application or applications  
submitted which may subject the acceptance of the application to the modification of certain aspects or to compliance  
with certain requirements, according to the provisions of this Regulation. This report must be sent to the applicant so  
that, within a time limit of 10 days from its reception, they express their agreement with the proposed modifications  
and/or with the compliance of the said requirements. If this acceptance or agreement were not notified within the  
established time limit, it shall be understood that the procedure of application for an authorisation has been abandoned

.

 

9.4 Upon expiration of the time limit for submission of the respective declarations of acceptance, the Directorate  
General for Gambling and Shows must issue, within a time limit of 20 days, a report on the application submitted which  
is most appropriate according to the documents provided, the criteria to be assessed according to the invitation to  
tender and the provisions of the following article for the cases of competition between applications. In case that the most  
appropriate applicant is a projected or not yet incorporated company, the Directorate General for Gambling and Shows  
shall require it to proceed within 30 days to the incorporation of the company and to prove it, also confirming the details  
indicated in paragraphs a), b) and d) of article 7 of this Regulation in relation to the incorporated company and providing  
a copy of the public document of incorporation and articles of association. This last time limit may be extended by the  
Directorate General for a duly justified reason.

Article 10

Competition of applications

When there are different competing applications, the preference criteria indicated in the invitation to tender shall be  
taken into account, among which priority shall be given to the sector and overall planning, the degree of saturation of  
the overall demand for gambling and the appropriateness of the requested location, according to paragraphs e) and f) of  
article 6.3 of this Regulation.

If the invitation to tender had planned to grant more than one authorisation according to the planning of gambling in  
Catalonia, the report to be issued by the Directorate General for Gambling and Shows according to paragraph 4 of the  
preceding article may consider more than one application to be appropriate, without exceeding under any circumstance  
the maximum number of authorisation which had been established.

Article 11

Resolution

11.1 The resolution authorising the installation of the casino shall be issued by the director general for Gambling and  
Shows, and must include:

a) Name, duration, registered office and share capital of the authorised company.

b) List of the shareholders, specifying their respective contributions or shares in the capital, and the members of the  
management and representative bodies of the company and the powers of attorney.

c) Trade name and location of the casino.

d) Approval or modifications of the proposed architectural project, the complementary services and the safety  
measures.

e) Gambling rooms planned for the different games authorised.

f) Maximum time limit to request the authorisation of opening and operation of the casino, stating the obligation to  
previously request and obtain the corresponding municipal permits according to the provisions of article 22 of Decree  
239/1999, of 31 August, approving the catalogue of shows, recreation activities and public establishments subjected to  
Law 10/1990, on policy relating to shows, recreation activities and public establishments.

11.2 The resolution of the tender, which may in any case declare it void, shall be published in the Official Journal of the  
Generalitat of Catalonia and shall be notified in due form to all tenderers and to the town council of the municipality  
where the casino is to be located.

11.3 The authorisation is not transferable.

Chapter 3

Authorisation of opening and operation

Article

12

Application for authorisation of opening and operation

12.1 The company holding an authorisation of installation and exploitation must apply to the Directorate General for  
Gambling and Shows for an authorisation of opening and operation within the time limit indicated in the authorisation of  
installation

.

12.2 If the complementary documents indicated in the following article cannot be provided with the application, the  
company must request the appropriate extension, duly and thoroughly justifying the reasons preventing it. The director  
general for Gambling and Shows, with the appropriate prior reports, shall resolve to grant or reject the extension. In  
case of rejection and upon expiration of the time limit without an extension having been requested, the authorisation of  
installation shall be declared expired.

Article 13

Complementary documents

The application for authorisation of opening and operation must be accompanied with the following documents:

a) Municipal works license and certification of the finished works and of the fact that the works and installations carried  
out correspond to the basic project for which the authorisation of installation was granted, expressly indicating the  
capacity of the different areas or rooms of the casino, and the other municipal license, in accordance with the provisions  
of article 22 of Decree 239/1999, of 31 August, approving the catalogue of shows, recreation activities and public  
establishments subjected to Law 10/1990, of 15 June, on policy relating to shows, recreation activities and public  
establishments.

 

b) Certificate proving the constitution of the bond indicated in article 5.2 of this Regulation.

c) Provisional list of the personnel which shall its service in the casino, specifying the job positions.

d) Detailed list of the games to be carried out, indicating the initial number of tables corresponding to each of them and  
the margins of fluctuation of the minimum and maximum limits, if applicable, of the bets in the different tables, rooms  
and games, as well as those of the recreation and gambling machines.

e) Proposal of maximum operating hours of the different rooms and services offered to visitors.

f) Indication of the entities which supply the game materials to be used, as well as the models, if applicable.

g) All documents proving compliance with the conditions provided for in the resolution of authorisation of installation, if  
any.

Article 14

Processing and resolution

14.1 Upon receipt of the application and the documents indicated in the previous paragraph, the Directorate General for  
Gambling and Shows shall order the corresponding inspections in order to verify compliance with the requirements of  
the installation and other legal obligations. The inspections are to be carried out in the presence of the representatives  
of the company and of the technicians designated by it, and they shall draw up the corresponding minutes and report.

14.2 If, as a result of the inspection or of the documents provided, defects are observed which may be corrected, an  
appropriate time limit for their correction shall be granted. Upon expiration of this time limit, the appropriate  
verifications must be performed again and, if the result is negative, a resolution rejecting the authorisation shall be  
issued, which shall as well involve the expiry of the authorisation of installation.

14.3 If the documents provided and the inspection result are satisfactory, the Directorate General for Gambling and  
Shows must grant the authorisation of opening and operation.

Article 15

Formal requirements of the resolution

The resolution of authorisation of opening and operation of the casino shall include:

a) Identification of the authorised company and trade name of the casino.

b) The dates of opening and closing of the seasons when the casino shall be operative, or its permanent character.

c) The maximum hours of operation of the different gambling rooms and services, as well as their respective capacity.

d) A list of the games authorised and the initial number of tables and machines, indicating the minimum and maximum  
bets or, if applicable, the corresponding margins of fluctuation.

e) The date of opening or start of the casino activity and the time limits for the opening of all the casino services, if not  
all of them are to start operating at the same time. If the authorisation of opening and operation relates to a provisional  
installation, a limit date for the opening of the definitive installation shall be indicated.

f) The full names of the gambling director, sub-directors and members of the management committee, if applicable.

g) The duration of the authorisation in accordance with the provisions of article 17 of this Regulation.

Article 16

Notification of the resolution

16.1 The resolution must be notified to the company holding the authorisation of installation and to the town council of  
the municipality where the casino is located.

16.2 If the authorisation introduces variations from what was applied for, the company holding the authorisation of  
installation must express its acceptance or objections within a time limit of ten days from the date of notification. In the  
second case, the Directorate General for Gambling and Shows must resolve on the objections and notify it to the holder  
so that it may express its acceptance within the established time limit, failing which the authorisations of opening and  
operation of the installation shall expire.

Article 17

Validity and renewal

17.1 The authorisation of opening and operation has a validity of fifteen years and may be renewed for subsequent  
period of fifteen years.

17.2 At least six months in advance of the date of expiration of the authorisation, the authorised company must request  
its renewal to the Directorate General for Gambling and Shows, which shall resolve to grant or reject the requested  
renewal. The rejection of the application, if applicable, shall be justified and may only be decided for any of the reasons  
which, according to the provisions of article 9 of Law 1/1991, of 27 February, regulating the regime of sanctions relating  
to gambling, give rise to revocation.

17.3 If the authorisation of opening and operation of the casino has been granted for a provisional installation, the  
authorisation shall be initially granted for one year, renewable for equal periods until the definitive installation starts  
operating, according to article 15.e) of this Regulation. The opening of this definitive installation must be authorised and  
processed in accordance with the provisions of articles 12 to 17 of this Regulation and it shall not be necessary to  
provide those documents which, having been submitted for the provisional installation, are already valid for the definitive

 

installation.

17.4 If the opening of the definitive installation does not take place within the time limit established in the authorisation  
of opening and operation, the authorisation of opening and operation of the provisional installation shall expire, also  
entailing the expiry of the authorisation of installation.

17.5 The Directorate General for Gambling and Shows, without prejudice to the performance of the inspections and  
controls deemed appropriate, must proceed at least every 5 years to a complete inspection of the casino facilities in  
order to verify its maintenance and its compliance with the legal and regulatory conditions and requirements necessary  
to grant the authorisation of opening and operation.

Article 18

Cancellation or extinction of authorisations

The authorisation of opening and operation of a casino can be cancelled and, therefore, the authorisation be  
extinguished, in the following cases:

a) Due to the resignation of the authorised company in a writing addressed to the General Directorate for Gambling  
and Shows.

b) Due to dissolution of the authorised company.

c) Due to the expiration of the validity period without the company having requested its renewal.

d) As a consequence of the imposition of a penalty by final resolution in relation to gambling, in accordance with the  
provisions of Law 1/1991, of 27 February, regulating the regime of sanctions relating to gambling, which involves the  
revocation of the authorisation.

e) By reasoned resolution adopted within the corresponding procedure, which shall in any case be in accordance with  
the provisions of Law 30/1992, of 26 November, on the legal regime of public administrations and the common  
administrative procedure, for any of the following reasons:

1. Due to loss of the legal or effective availability of the premises or establishment where the casino is located.

2. For any of the causes provided for in article 9 of Law 1/1991, of 27 February, regulating the regime of sanctions  
relating to gambling.

3. When the casino remains closed during for than thirty consecutive days without prior authorisation or justified reason.

Article 19

Modification of authorisations

19.1 The modifications of authorisations of installation and of opening and operation affecting any of the following  
aspects shall require prior authorisation by the Directorate General for Gambling and Shows:

a) The modification by amendment of the articles of association of the legal regime of contributions or shares in the  
company.

b) A change of location of the casino, both in its provisional and definitive installation. This modification shall involve the  
modification of the authorisation of installation and must be made in compliance with the provisions of article 9.1 of this  
Regulation. In this case, a new authorisation of opening and operation relating to the new location must be requested  
and granted.

c) Modifications in the structure of the building or premises of the casino. d) The substitution of the director of  
gambling, sub-directors or members of the management committee. e) Variations relating to the authorised games.

d) Modifications of the minimum and maximum limits and of the fluctuation margins of minimum and maximum limits of  
bets.

e) Variations in the opening and closing hours of rooms and services. h) Changes relating to the annual period of  
operation.

f) The constitution of encumbrances of any kind on the real estates on which the casino is located, except in case that  
the real estates are not the property of the company holder of the authorisation of installation of the casino.

g) The suspension of operation of the casino.

19.2 Any other modification not contained in the previous paragraphs and especially the change in the regulation of the  
company management, the composition of management bodies or the granting of powers of attorney or delegations,  
must be communicated to the Directorate General for Gambling and Shows.

Title 2

Gambling rooms, their operation and control mechanisms and the complementary services

Chapter

1

Gambling rooms

Article

20

Conditions of gambling rooms

20.1 The installation of gambling tables, recreation and gambling machines, as well as promotional and tournament

 

tables and machines is allowed in the main room or rooms of casinos with a prior authorisation.

20.2 The rooms to which the previous paragraph relates must be located within the same premises as the casino,  
unless the Directorate General for Gambling and Shows exceptionally authorises another location. The arrangement of  
the premises must be such that the rooms are separated from each other and the interior is not normally visible from the  
street or from premises freely accessible by the public.

20.3 Visitors to gambling room must enter and exit the establishment by the same doors as the other clients of the  
casino. However, the Directorate General for Gambling and Shows, at the proposal of the authorised company, may  
authorise at its discretion independent accesses or entrances to rooms which are separated from the main gambling  
rooms, which may have different admission requirements according to their respective regulation, as may also be the  
case for the complementary services of the casino or the private rooms which their nature makes it convenient

.

20.4 Inside gambling rooms, no complementary services are admitted except cafeteria, bar or restaurant and shows or  
party rooms, which must be clearly separated from the tables, although not necessarily by partitions or masonry walls.

20.5 The construction and decoration of the gambling room must comply with the conditions of active and passive  
safety required by the regulations on public shows, as well as sufficient emergency exits for the capacity of the premises  
and security measures to avoid uncontrolled access from outside.

20.6 The floors and walls of the rooms must be covered with non-combustible materials which favour soundproofing.

20.7 Regardless of the general lighting of the premises, the tables and machines must have their own lighting  
eliminating shadows without dazzling players or employees. All gambling rooms must have air conditioning.

20.8 The signs, general information elements of a fixed character and the documents on the offer of services must be in  
accordance with the requirements of Law 1/1998, of 7 January, on linguistic policy

.

20.9 The transfer and transport of gambling materials from casinos must be authorised by the director general of  
Gambling and Shows.

Affected regulations

Article 21

Admission

21.1 Entrance to the gambling rooms of casinos is forbidden to:

a) The persons indicated in article 9 of Law 15/1984, of 20 March, on gambling.

b) The persons having their access to gambling rooms limited by judicial resolution, provided that the said resolution  
has been made available to the casino.

c) The persons indicated in article 16.4 of Law 10/1990, of 15 June, on policy relating shows, recreation activities and  
public establishments.

d) Persons included in the database of persons being forbidden to enter bingos and casinos.

21.2 Control on the observance of the prohibitions mentioned in this article is exercised by the admission services of the  
casinos. If the director of gambling becomes aware of the presence in any room of a person included in the said  
prohibitions, he must request the person to leave immediately

.

21.3 Furthermore, access must be rejected to persons whose identity documents are determined to be false, given the  
obligation of identification provided for in article 24.1 of this Regulation, without prejudice to other responsibilities which  
may arise from such false documents.

21.4 Furthermore, according to the limitations of access to public establishment laid down in article 9 of Decree  
200/1999, of 27 July, regulating the right of admission to public establishments where shows and recreation activities  
take place, the director of gambling of the casino o person replacing him must prevent the access or expel from the  
casino those persons with violent attitudes or which may represent a danger or disturbance in accordance with the said  
provision. These expulsions must be communicated to the Directorate General for Gambling and Shows, without  
prejudice to the provisions of the said article 9.4 of Decree 200/1999.

Article 22

Other conditions for admission

Casinos may require, from whoever willing to enter, certain conditions relating to their clothes, etiquette or other special  
conditions, both permanently or restricted to certain periods, days or hours of operation of the gambling rooms,  
according to the provisions of Decree 200/1999, of 27 July, regulating the right of admission to public establishments  
where shows and recreation activities take place.

Article 23

Register of visitors

Casinos must have, by means of a digital support or system, a register of visitors recording the identification details of  
the visitors and the information relating to their successive visits, with the guarantees provided for by Organic Law  
15/1999, of 13 December, on personal data protection

.

Affected regulations

Article 24

 

Admission service

24.1 The admission service of the casino shall identify all visitors before granting them access and shall open, on their  
first visit, a file in the register of visitors recording at least the following details:

a) Full name.

b) Number of the national identity document, driving license, passport or equivalent document and, if applicable,  
register of authorised biometric parameters.

c) Date of birth.

d) Date of opening of the file.

24.2 In subsequent visits, it shall suffice to identify visitors.

24.3 Personal files are of a classified nature and may only be disclosed by the casino with the prior authorisation of the  
Directorate General for Gambling and Shows and in accordance with the provisions of Organic Law 15/1999, of 13  
December, on personal data protection

.

24.4 In order to access gambling rooms, visitors must obtain an entrance card from the admission services of the  
casino.

24.5 The entrance card is given after producing the national identity document, passport, driving license, or document  
sufficient to justify their stay in Spain in accordance with the regulations in force, provided that such document shows  
the full name, address, photograph and signature.

24.6 Entrance cards are always specific to each person. The persons in whose favour they are issued are obliged to  
show it at any moment at the request of the casino employees. If they refuse, they shall be invited to leave the gambling  
rooms.

24.7 Entrance cards shall be numbered consecutively and contain at least the following details: full name, number of the  
national identity document or equivalent document, number of the personal file of the client, date of issue, validity period  
and signature of the director of gambling or seal of the casino.

The Directorate General for Gambling and Shows may authorise an admission procedure with different identification  
requirements for groups or group visits.

24.8 Entrance cards are issued at a unit price fixed by the Directorate General for Gambling and Shows, at the proposal  
of the casino, and are valid for a single day.

However, the casino, with prior authorisation by the Directorate General for Gambling and Shows, may establish special  
cards for a price lower than the said unit price in the following cases:

a) Visitors or groups of invited persons.

b) Persons attending conventions and conferences.

c) Persons part of collective travels.

d) Groups of persons using the complementary services of the casino.

e) Cards with a validity longer than one day, which may be issued for a week, for a month or for the whole annual  
season, and whose price shall be fixed by the Directorate General for Gambling and Shows at the proposal of the  
casino.

24.9 The Directorate General for Gambling and Shows may also authorise the issuance of special cards for invited  
visitors.

24.10 The entrance card entitles to access the main gambling room or rooms in the casino and to take part in games in  
the form established by the regulations for each of them.

24.11 Independent access to certain rooms separated from the main gambling rooms and to private room shall only be  
obtained with the prior invitation of the casino, according to the authorisation provided for in article 20.3 of this  
Regulation

.

24.12 Access to, and enjoyment of, the other complementary services of the casino may be subjected to the issuance of  
independent entrance cards, subject to the special rules regulating each kind of activity.

24.13 The issuance of cards can be temporarily replaced, in case of work overload in the admission service of the  
casino, by the issuance of a provisional slip, upon production of the identification document and payment of the card  
price, which shall be delivered later to each holder, once it has been formalised.

24.14 In the admission service of the casino there must be free leaflets stating the general rules for the functioning of  
gambling rooms which the management deems interesting and, necessarily, those relating to opening hours, exchange  
of foreign currency, obligation to play with cash, maximum and minimum bets in each kind of game, conditions of  
admission, price of cards and the games that can be played at the casino

.

24.15 The admission service of the casino is obliged to exercise with appropriate diligence the control of the admission  
requirements of visitors.

Article 25

Exceptions to the issuance of an entrance card

25.1 The issuance of entrance cards to access gambling rooms and other areas of the casino shall not be required to

 

public officers who visit it in the exercise of their functions and in relation to the actions and activities developed in the  
casino.

25.2 The persons mentioned in the previous paragraph must provide proof of their identity at the admission service of  
the casino and shall have free access to all areas, according to their functions. However, they may not take part in  
games or enjoy the complementary services of casinos to the extent that it is not required for the discharge of their  
functions.

25.3 The Directorate General for Gambling and Shows shall determine the requirements of protocol and, if applicable,  
identification for the entrance or visit at the casinos of authorities, personalities and accompanying persons.

Chapter 2

Operation of gambling rooms

Article 26

Operation hours

26.1 Within the maximum limits of opening hours fixed by the authorisation of opening and operation, the management  
of the casino shall determine the operation hours of the different activities which take place at the casino. There may be  
different hours for each game, whether it is a table game, circle or tournament, and for working days, bank holidays and 
eves. There can also be specific hours for recreation and gambling machines, whatever is their location within the  
establishment.

26.2 The casino shall inform the Directorate General for Gambling and Shows of the effective hours of operation at the  
main gambling room. If it proposes to change them, whether it is to reduce them or to increase them within the  
maximum limits authorised, it must also communicate it and shall not take effect until the Directorate General for  
Gambling and Shows expresses its acceptance or after the expiration of three working days from the communication  
without there having been any opposition to the change.

26.3 The operation hours of the room or rooms of the casino must be graphically announced in the area dedicated to  
reception or control of visitors.

The opening to the public and the end of the games must take place precisely at the established hours, and they may  
not be altered, except in the form provided for in paragraph 2 of this article. The casino may not suspend the games  
before the established time, except in case of force majeure or if, when less than two hours away from the closing time,  
there is no visitor at the gambling room for thirty minutes

.

26.4 During the operation hours of the gambling rooms, the casino must temporarily suspend the admission of visitors  
for reasons of the authorised capacity, or when it is inadvisable to accept more of them due to passive safety reasons or  
serious inconvenience or disturbance to the normal practice of the games.

Affected regulations

Article 27

Exchange of foreign currency, ATMs and bank offices

27.1 Casinos may carry out exchanges of foreign currency in their cash desks and in the existing ATMs, or install offices  
exclusively undertaking this task, subject to the regulations in force on exchange of foreign currency. Under no  
circumstance may the exchange be performed at the gambling tables.

27.2 Casinos may also host, outside the gambling rooms, branches of banking entities in accordance with the  
regulations in force.

Article 28

Operation of the gambling tables

28.1 Visitors to gambling rooms are not obliged to take part in the games.

28.2 Once the first payment is made on a specific table, the casino is obliged to make it work when the minimum  
number of players determined by the rules of the corresponding game are present and to continue the game until the  
time fixed for its ending; furthermore, new sessions may be held on the same table at different time of the day,  
depending on the influx of players. Once the game has been initiated in each table in the way described, the game may  
not be interrupted before the ending time, except when players withdraw or in the case indicated in the following  
paragraph. The director of gambling may also put an end to the game when there are justified suspicions that the game  
is developing incorrectly or fraudulently. This fact must be communicated to the Directorate General for Gambling and  
Shows.

28.3 When there are different gambling tables operating and in some of them the game has lost momentum, the director  
of gambling may suspend the game but leave other tables of the same game operating in sufficient number, in his  
opinion, to allow the present players to continue the game. The same rule must be applied at the start of the session in  
gambling rooms when the number of players present render inadvisable to start all tables at the same time, in which  
case the tables may be opened progressively

.

28.4 In any case, inside the main gambling rooms of the casino, in the areas destined for poker tournaments and  
recreation and gambling machines, the hours specific for such activities are to be observed and, in the tables area, the  
hours authorised for tables. In circle games, there is only obligation to start operating the first table when there are at  
least four players

.

28.5 Games must compulsorily end at the time set as the limit for each gambling room. Moments before the closing  
time, the head of the table or inspector must announce out loud: "the last three balls", in tables of Ball, French roulette

 

and American roulette with a single zero; "the last three throws" in dice tables; "the last five hands" in tables of punto  
banco, poker and baccarat in any of its modalities; and "the last five hands" in the blackjack table. In tables of trente et  
quarante, the game must stop at the last cut which takes place during the last thirty minutes before closing time, and in  
machines the announcement must be "the last five minutes".

28.6 During the game session, once the table is operative, the casino may vary the limit of the bet by announcing the  
three last balls, throws or hands.

Affected regulations

Article 29

Nature of bets

29.1 Games must be played only with cash. Bets by promise are forbidden and completely devoid of value, as well as  
any kind of association of two or more players in order to exceed the limits established for each kind of bet in the  
different gambling tables.

29.2 The amounts of the bets are represented by notes and coins of legal tender, or by chips or tokens handed by the  
casino at its own risk in exchange for legal means of payment.

29.3 The management of the casino may establish that bets be made in integer multiples of the minimum authorised for  
each table.

29.4 The Directorate General for Gambling and Shows may authorise, from the moment it deems appropriate, the  
incorporation of computerised systems to the operation of the table games approved in the Catalogue of casino games.

Article 30

Betting against the house

30.1 In games where you bet against the house, such as Ball, Trente et quarante, French roulette, American roulette,  
Black Jack, Dice or Craps, Punto banco, Pokers against the house and the Wheel of fortune, bets may only be made by  
chips or counters.

30.2 The exchange of money for chips, for the games said above, may be made at the cash desk there should be in the  
gambling rooms or even at the same table.

30.3 The exchange of money and chips or counter in the gambling table is made by the croupier, who, after placing the  
bank note or notes at a visible place of the table for such purpose, must say the value out loud. Then he must line the  
chips and count them before him in an obvious manner and hand them to the client or make the bet requested by the  
client. Finally, and also in an obvious manner, he must place the exchanged chip or counter in a box on the table and  
the note must be introduced in a different box with safe lock.

30.4 The bank notes exchanged cannot be taken out of the box until the end of the game and in order to count them.  
However, if the accumulation of notes in the boxes were excessive, the boxes could be taken out and count the notes at  
the cash desk or in the place dedicated to such purpose. The amount of the notes so counted must be recorded in a  
brief certificate signed by the director of gambling or the person replacing him. A copy of such certificate shall be  
introduced in the box to be returned to the table or in the box which replaces it. In any case, this counting method can  
be changed for a previously authorised computerised system

.

These procedures are also applicable to the partial count of tips mentioned in article 53 of this Regulation in case that  
the corresponding box did not admit more chips.

Affected regulations

Article 31

Betting against other players

31.1 In games where you bet against other players, such as Baccarat, Baccarat à deux tableaux and table pokers, the  
amount of the bank must be exclusively made up of chips and counters.

31.2 Exchange operations must be carried out at the cash desks of the gambling rooms. In gambling tables, players  
may only exchange though an employee of the casino other than the croupier and who shall only undertake this task.  
This employee must extract the chips or counters exchanged from a special box containing an amount fixed by the  
director of gambling.

31.3 When the employee in charge of the exchange needs a higher number of chips or counters for his box, he must  
issue a document indicating the chips and counter he requests from the central cash desk and the counters or bank  
notes to exchange. This document, signed by the employee and by the person acting as head of the game, must be  
sent to the central cash desk by another employee, who must promptly return to the person in charge of the exchange  
the exact number of chips and counters requested. The document providing proof of such change must remain at the  
central cash desk.

The procedure provided for in this paragraph shall also be applicable when it is necessary to exchange chips or  
counters in the gambling tables to which the previous article relates.

Affected regulations

Article 32

Forgotten or lost amounts or bets

32.1 The amounts or bets which are found forgotten or lost on the floor or on the gambling tables, or abandoned during

 

games, whose owner is unknown, shall be immediately taken to the central cash desk of the casino and recorded in a  
special register. Their amount must be recorded under a special item of the casino accounts, whose balance must  
coincide, at the end of the season, with the amount of the register mentioned before.

32.2 In the case of amounts abandoned during games, the amount must be determined according to the total of the  
initial forgotten bet, without taking into account the profits which may have accumulated until the moment when it is  
verified, after looking for the owner, that the amounts or bets have been effectively abandoned

.

32.3 If the legitimate owner of the found amount or bet appears and proves his right beyond any doubt, the casino shall  
return the amount to him. The amount returned must be recorded under a special item of the accounts and in the  
register mentioned in paragraph 1, stating the date of the reimbursement, the name and address of the interested  
person, the evidence provided and a reference to the original note

.

32.4 The amounts collected by the casino on such grounds must be delivered annually to charities undertaking social  
work or charity.

Article 33

Decks or complete sets of cards

33.1 The decks or complete sets of cards for the use of the casino may be acquired by units or in groups of six called  
"half dozen". Each unit or each "half dozen" must bear an order number assigned by the card manufacturer, which shall  
be recorded, when the cards are received, in a special registry book approved by the directorate general competent on  
gambling and betting.

33.2 Casinos may acquire units or "half dozens" of authorised cards. These cards can only be provided to legally  
authorised casinos, and may bear the logo of the casino on their back.

33.3 In each casino, inside the gambling rooms, there is a cabinet in a visible place with a sign of "cards deposit", where  
new and used decks of cards must be kept, together with the registry book mentioned in paragraph 1 of this article.  
Outside the gambling room there may be a safety store for the deposit of reserves of cards inside closed and sealed  
boxes sent by the manufacturer.

The cabinet must be permanently locked. The key shall be kept by the director of gambling or the person replacing him,  
and the cabinet may only be opened to get the decks of cards or to deposit new or used decks, always in the presence  
of the director and of the employee who shall be in charge of cards. It may also be opened in order to inspect its  
contents

.

33.4 The casino must only use decks of cards in perfect condition. Any player may demand that the condition of cards is  
verified, which shall be done immediately, and the director of gambling shall decide whether they are fit for their use.

When they are withdrawn from use, cards can be used as gifts or merchandising articles, but they must first be made  
unusable.

33.5 The provisions of the foregoing paragraphs is applicable to dice games, which must be kept in closed and sealed  
containers which must be open before the public before they may be used. Their preservation or destruction shall be  
made in the form laid down for cards.

Affected regulations

Article 34

Verifying and shuffling cards

34.1 The "half dozens" must be drawn from the deposit of cards at the moment when they are going to be used. If they  
are new they shall be opened at the same gambling table and the public and players are to be invited to verify that the  
seals are intact.

34.2 Cards must be placed on the table facing up in order to verify that the manufacturer has not changed their order.  
The croupier shall count them and, then, deposit them again on the cloth and shuffle them facing down. Cards which  
have already been used in a previous game must be shuffled in the same way.

34.3 Shuffling must be done in a single pile, with fingers separated and cards grouped in small groups, so they do not  
rise over the tablecloth and the resulting order is not modified. No card may be separated or marked

.

34.4 During the game, is the cards are shuffled manually, after every cut and before shuffling, the croupier shall divide  
the cars in two heaps: that of cards facing up and that of cards facing down. If the cards are shuffled mechanically, the  
croupier shall introduce the cards in the automatic shuffler so they mix and distribute in a continuous process. Then the  
first heap must be placed on top of the second and they must be shuffled in the manner indicated in the two previous  
paragraphs

.

34.5 When the game is over, the cards shall be immediately placed again in the order established by the manufacturer  
and they must be examined to detect any marks they could have.

34.6 If at any moment it is verified that a card has disappeared from the decks examined, or that there are excessive  
cards, marked, or which seem alien to their deck, the corresponding "half dozen" shall be withdrawn from the table and  
a certificate must be issued giving all details on the form and circumstances in which the defect was found, which shall  
be communicated to the public officers or inspection and control of the police of the Generalitat, the Mossos  
d'Esquadra

.

Article 35

Changing chips and cards

 

35.1 The casino must exchange for visitors or players their chips and counters for the corresponding amount in legal  
tender, without any deduction.

The casino may deny the visitor or player exchanging their chips or counters when it has justified suspicions of its illicit  
origin or for the purpose of complying with the provisions of Law 19/1993, of 28 December, on certain measures for the  
prevention of money laundering. In this case, the director of gambling must send a report to the public inspection and  
control officers of the Generalitat police, the Mossos d'Esquadra, for the appropriate purposes.

35.2 Payment in cash may be replaced by a bank transfer or by drawing a cheque against the casino account. In this  
case, a receipt must be issued which shall be signed in two counterparts by the beneficiary and a teller or person  
replacing him, and each part shall keep a copy.

Payment by cheque is appropriate with the prior acceptance of the casino.

35.3 If the cheque is not paid, in whole or in part, the player may address a claim for the amount owed to the Directorate  
General for Gambling and Shows by attaching a copy of the receipt mentioned above. The Directorate General for  
Gambling and Shows shall hear the director of gambling and once the authenticity of the receipt and the non-payment  
of the debt are proven, a time limit of three working days shall be granted to him to deposit before the Directorate  
General for Gambling and Shows the amount owed, which shall be delivered to the player. If he does not, he shall issue  
a payment order to the player, which he may encash at the general public depository drawing it from the bond deposited  
by the casino, in accordance with the provisions of article 27 of Decree 221/1999, of 27 July, approving the Regulation  
on the general public depository of the Generalitat of Catalonia and unifying the regime of guarantees which may be  
deposited in same.

In any case, the resolution issued by the Directorate General for Gambling and Shows must expressly state the reserve  
of the civil or criminal actions which may correspond to the parties.

35.4 The casino is not obliged to issue certificates on the players' profits to them.

Affected regulations

Article 36

Minimum advance payments at tables

36.1 Tables dedicated to games where bets are done against the house receive from the central cash desk of the  
casino, at the moment of starting the game, an advance in chips and counters to respond for the profits of players. The  
central cash desk of the casino shall replace this amount as many times as is necessary during the game, without the  
amount of new advances having to be equal to the amount of the initial advance.

36.2 [Not in force]

Affected regulations

Article 37

Minimum deposit for the payment of prizes

[Not in force]

Affected regulations

Chapter 3

Control mechanisms

Article 38

Control of the results of each gambling table

38.1 The chips and counters of the advance payment can be left on the table in a box specific for this purpose with the  
necessary safety measures; or they may be transferred to the table in a box specific for this purpose, which may not  
contain an amount of chips and counters higher than that corresponding to the advance. In this latest case, the content  
has to be delivered to the head of the table.

38.2 Chips and counters shall be placed on the table and the croupier shall count them. The croupier has to say the  
resulting amount out loud and then record it in the registry book of advances and results provided for in article 41 of this  
Regulation, and which according to this article is to be kept by the head of the table. All this is to be done in the  
presence of the director of gambling or the person replacing him, who shall sign this register. The same procedure shall  
be followed then new advances have to be made during the game

.

38.3 At the end of the day, chips and counters at the table and the bank notes exchanged shall be counted, whether at  
the table itself or at the cash desk or area specifically destined for such counting, and the resulting amounts shall be  
recorded in the registry book of advances and results. The counting shall be made in the presence, in any case, of at  
least one gambling employee and the director of gambling or person replacing him, who shall certify, under their  
responsibility, the accuracy of the record made, and then sign it. In any case, during the opening and closing of tables,  
the director of gambling in the counting may be replaced by a sub-director, by some member of the management  
committee or by some of the employees of highest category

.

38.4 The operations mentioned in the two previous paragraphs have to be carried out slowly enough to allow all  
persons present to follow them in full detail. Any of the persons present at the act may request the registry book of  
advances and results in order to ensure that the amounts recorded correspond exactly to those expressed out loud

.

Affected regulations

 

Article 39

Minimum information and documents in the room

39.1 The casino premises must have, at the disposal of the public, a copy of Law 15/1984, of 20 March, on gambling,  
and of Law 1/1991, of 27 February, regulating the regime of sanctions relating to gambling, a copy of this Regulation, a  
copy of the Catalogue in force of games which may be played in casinos and a copy of the internal regulation of the  
establishment, if any.

39.2 On each gambling table or in a place close to same, and in a place visible to any of the players, there must be an  
announcement indicating the number of the table, the amount of the initial bet and the minimum and maximum bets  
authorised.

Article 40

Accounting documents

40.1 In addition to the general accounting of the company holder of the casino and that of a fiscal character established  
by the specific regulation of each tax, there must be a documentary control of the revenue from table games, as long as  
there is not a computerised system in place authorised by the Directorate General for Gambling and Shows, which shall  
be kept by means of the registry book of advances and results in games of bets against the house, the registry book of  
results in games of bets between player and the summary book of control of results, according to the officially approved  
forms

.

40.2 These specific books of control of games shall be bound and their pages numerated and must be processed by the  
Directorate General for Gambling and Shows. Furthermore, they must be kept with the care and regularity required for  
trade books, they must not show modifications or erasures, and the corrections which are to be done shall be done in  
red ink and certified with the signature of the director of gambling or person replacing him

.

Article 41

Registry books of advances and results in games of bets against the house

41.1 In each of the tables dedicated to games of bets against the house, such as Ball, French roulette, American  
roulette, Wheel of fortune, Trente et quarante, Black Jack, dice, punto banco and poker against the house, there must  
be a registry book of advances and results with the same number of the table to which it relates.

41.2 The registry books of advances and results shall record, in the form described in article 38 of this Regulation, the  
amount of the initial advance and, if applicable, of the complementary advances, as well as the final counting of  
counters, chips, bank notes and coins in the boxes of each gambling table at the end of the session and the final result  
of the table.

Article 42

Registry book of results in games of bets between players

42.1 In each of the tables dedicated to games of bets between players, such as Baccarat, Baccarat à deux tableaux and  
table pokers there must be a registry book of results to record the gross revenue of the casino from the operation of  
these games.

42.2 This register, which must adjust to the official model format, shall record:

a) The exact name of the game to which each table corresponds.

b) Order number of the register, which shall be the same as the table.

c) Start time for the game.

d) Time for the interruption and for the continuation of the game, if applicable.

e) Name of the croupiers and the exchanger.

f) Name of the banker or bankers in Baccarat à deux tableaux, whether the bank is open or limited.

42.3 At the end of the game, the croupier, in the presence of the director of gambling or person replacing him, shall  
open the jackpot, count the chips and counters contained and say the total amount out loud. This amount must be  
immediately recorded in the corresponding registry book of results, in which the director of gambling and an  
employee of the table shall certify, under their responsibility, the accuracy of the record, and then they shall sign it.

In the operations mentioned in this section, the director of gambling may be replaced by a sub-director or member of the  
management committee.

Affected regulations

Article 43

Summary book of control of results

43.1 The summary book of control of results shall record the total daily result of every table.

43.2 Records in the summary book of control of results shall be done at the end of the day and necessary before the  
start of the following day. The total shall be recorded in letters and figures and then its accuracy shall be certified by the  
director of gambling or a sub-director or member of the management committee.

Article 44

 

Annual information

44.1 The holder of the authorisation is obliged to send to the Directorate General for Gambling and Shows or, if  
applicable, to the corresponding Territorial Service of the Department competent on gambling and shows, the  
information which is expressly requested.

44.2 Within the month following the end of each quarter, the company holder of the casino shall send to the Directorate  
General for Gambling and Shows sufficient information on the number of visits, exchanged foreign currency, revenue  
from entrance, results of tables and income from machines.

Affected regulations

Chapter 4

Complementary services

Article 45

Complementary services of casinos

45.1 Casinos must have at least the following services:

a) Bar service.

b) Restaurant service.

45.2 Casinos may offer other complementary services, which may be exploited by their holder or by a third party. The  
holder of the casino shall notify the directorate general competent on gambling and betting, in accordance with the  
provisions of articles 36 and 38 of Law 26/2010, of 3 August, on the legal regime and procedure of public  
administrations in Catalonia, the start of the provision of these services located at the same building or complex where  
the casino is located, without prejudice to the observance of the requirements of the applicable sector regulation before  
the administration bodies competent on the corresponding requested activity.

45.3. Complementary services are those which may be related with the gambling activity or are instrumental to same.  
And for this purpose, these include banking, commercial, leisure and culture services, among other services.

Affected regulations

Title 3

The personnel of casinos

Chapter 1

General rules on the personnel

Article

46

Professional document

46.1 Only the personnel duly authorised by the directorate general competent on gambling and betting may provide  
their services in casinos. This authorisation shall take place through the issuance of the corresponding professional  
document, which all the staff in casinos must have, and which is the same for all professional categories.

46.2 The issuance of the professional document has a discretional character. Furthermore, the professional document  
may be revoked or suspended according to a judgement which disqualifies its holder for the exercise of this activity or  
by virtue of the legal authority to impose penalties.

46.3 The suspension and revocation of the professional document prevents its holder from discharging his duties in any  
of the casinos of Catalonia.

46.4 The whole personnel in the casino is obliged to provide the agents of the authority competent on gambling all the  
information they request from them in relation to their duties.

Affected regulations

Chapter 2

Management personnel

Article 47

Gambling management bodies

47.1 The management of gambling and the control of its development corresponds in the first place to the director of  
gambling or director of the casino, without prejudice to the general powers which correspond to the management bodies  
of the company holding the casino.

47.2 The director of gambling may be assisted in the discharge of his duties by a management committee or, in its  
absence, by one or several sub-directors. The existence of a management committee does not exclude the appointment  
of sub-directors, if considered necessary.

The members of the management committee and the sub-director or sub-directors must be appointed by the  
management body of the company.

47.3 The management committee, if any, shall be made up of a minimum of two members, one of which must  
necessarily be the director of gambling, who shall be of full age and in full use of their civil rights.

 

47.4 The sub-director or sub-directors must also be of full age and in full use of their civil rights.

47.5 The personnel to which this article relates who is in contact with the public must be in condition to attend them in  
any of the official languages in Catalonia.

Article 48

Appointment of management bodies

48.1 The appointment of the director of gambling or the director of the casino, of the other members of the management  
committee and of the sub-directors requires the approval of the Directorate General for Gambling and Shows, which  
shall be granted, if applicable, in the authorisation of opening and operation.

48.2 The approval mentioned in the previous paragraph may be revoked in accordance with the provisions of Law  
1/1991, of 27 February, regulating the regime of sanctions relating to gambling.

48.3 In case of death, incapacity, resignation or removal of the persons mentioned in paragraph 1 of this article, the  
company shall notify it within the five following days to the Directorate General for Gambling and Shows. In the case of  
the director of gambling, the company must immediately appoint one of the sub-directors, if any, or one of the members  
of the management committee to temporarily discharge his duties, and this shall also be notified to the Directorate  
General for Gambling and Shows within the same time limit

.

48.4 Within the thirty days following the death, incapacity, resignation or removal of the persons mentioned in paragraph  
1 of this article, the company shall propose to the Directorate General for Gambling and Shows the person who is to  
replace him, indicating his details according to article 13.c) and attaching, if applicable, the contract for the provision of  
his services.

Article 49

Powers of the management bodies

49.1 The director of gambling, the sub-directors and the other members of the management committee are responsible  
for the regulation and correct exploitation of the gambling before the Administration and the company, in the terms of  
the administrative authorisation and the rules of this Regulation, of the Catalogue of casino games and the other  
generally applicable provisions. Only they can give orders to the personnel related to gambling, according to the  
distribution of functions established by the management bodies of the company, and it is their power to resolve the  
complaints of players and visitors of the casino, without prejudice to the fact that, at any moment, players and visitors  
may use the corresponding complaint forms

.

49.2 The director of gambling may be replaces in its functions by the sub-directors and the members of the  
management bodies.

49.3 The director of gambling or person who replaces him, the sub-directors and the other members of the management  
committee are jointly and severally responsible, except a direct or specific responsibility may be determined, for the  
custody of the gambling material existing at the casino, of the rest of documents and of the right way to carry out the  
specific accounting of gambling. All elements indicated must be permanently at the disposal of inspection and control  
officers of the Generalitat police, the Mossos d'Esquadra.

Article 50

Restrictions on the management bodies

The director of gambling, the sub-directors and the members of the management committee cannot:

a) Take part in games developed in the casino, neither by themselves nor through a proxy.

b) Exercise functions corresponding to the employees of gambling rooms. However, the sub-directors and members of  
the management committee may temporarily replace the inspectors or head of table in the exercise of their functions,  
but under no circumstance the croupiers, and they may also replace, in case of emergency, the rest of the employees of  
gambling rooms in other of avoid the lack of a minimum service for visitors of the casino or for security reasons, safety  
of persons and custody of the elements of games, chips and money exposed in the gambling rooms.

c) Receive, on any grounds whatsoever, percentage shares in the gross income of the casino or profits from gambling,  
except the dividends which may correspond to them if they were shareholders of the company.

d) Take part in the distribution of the core of tips mentioned in article 53.4 of this Regulation.

Chapter 3

Gambling and service personnel

Article

51

Gambling and service personnel

51.1 All personnel of services and of gambling rooms must be hired in accordance with any of the modalities provided  
for by the labour regulations in force and must have the professional document indicated in article 46 of this Regulation.

51.2 All personnel of gambling rooms and those who are in contact with the public must be in conditions to attend them  
in any of the official languages in Catalonia.

Article 52

Restrictions to the personnel of the casino

 

52.1 The personnel rendering services in the casino, be they employees of the owner company or not, may not:

a) Enter or remain in gambling rooms outside their working hours for reasons other than their service, except with the  
authorisation of the management of the casino.

b) Receive percentage shares in the gross income of the casino or profits from gambling, without prejudice to the  
provisions of the following article.

c) Granting money, chips or credit to players or visitors.

d) Transport chips, counters or money during the service inside the casino in a manner other than that provided for by  
the regulation, or keep them in a way that their origin or use may not be justified.

52.2 The gambling personnel, including their assistants and the personnel in the reception, cash desk and security may  
not:

a) Take part directly or through a third person in games of change practiced in the casinos authorised in the territory of  
Catalonia.

b) Drink alcohol or take toxic drugs, narcotics or psychotropic substances during their service hours.

52.3 The personnel discharging the functions of croupier or exchanger at gambling tables and the personnel at the cash  
desk may not wear clothes with pockets.

Article 53

Tips

53.1 The company holding the casino may decide the non-admission of tips by the personnel, which, in this case, must  
be warned to players in a visible manner at the entrance to the casino or at the reception service. If tips are admitted,  
they shall always be discretional regarding their timing and amount.

53.2 The Directorate General for Gambling and Shows, after hearing the company holding the casino, may temporarily  
or definitively suspend the admission of tips if there had been abuses in the request or reception of same, determining  
the specific conditions required for the end of the suspension, if it is temporary.

53.3 It is forbidden for the director of gambling, the sub-directors, the members of the management committee and the  
gambling personnel to request tips from players or to accept them on an individual basis. At the gambling rooms, the  
tips which for any reasons were given by players shall be immediately deposited in the boxes located for this purpose  
on gambling tables and, if applicable, in the departments of reception and cash desk, and they may not be kept  
otherwise, in full or in part. In case of error or abuse, the director of gambling shall take the appropriate decision on its  
return

.

The amount of the tips is counted at the end of the gambling hours and daily recorded in a special account.

53.4 [Not in force]

Affected regulations

Title 4

Inspection and sanctions

Chapter 1

Inspection

Article 54

Inspection and supervision

The inspection and supervision of the provisions of this Regulation correspond, in accordance with article 20 of Law  
1/1991, of 27 February, regulating the regime of sanctions relating to gambling, to the gambling inspection service. All  
this shall be without prejudice to the functions entrusted to the competent bodies regarding financial and tax inspections.

Chapter 2

Infringements and sanctions

Article 55

Regime of sanctions

Failure to comply with the provisions of this Regulations shall be penalised in accordance with the provisions of Law  
1/1991, of 27 February, regulating the regime of sanctions relating to gambling, Law 10/1990, of 15 June, on policy  
relating to shows, recreation activities and public establishments, and Decree 278/1993, of 9 November, on the sanction  
procedure applicable within the scope of the competences of the Generalitat.

Title 5

Advertising and responsible gambling

Affected regulations

Single Chapter

General rules on advertising and responsible gambling

 

Affected regulations

Article 56

Promotional activities and responsible gambling

56.1 Companies holding casinos may carry out advertising and promotion of its own rooms and of the gambling and  
betting activities developed in these rooms, and they must observe, in any case, the applicable general rules on  
advertising, on services of the information society and electronic commerce, and on audiovisual communication, and the  
performance of these activities must be authorised by the directorate general competent on gambling and betting.  
Promotional activity must expressly state that gambling is forbidden for minors, and warn about the harmful effects  
entailed by non-responsible gambling.

The performance of advertising and promotional activities inside the rooms shall not alter the dynamics of the games  
developed at each moment.

56.2 Companies authorised to hold casinos must establish, in relation to these games, the guidelines on measures,  
procedures and technical systems which favour a responsible practice as laid down by the competent department, and  
must provide for aspects such as the communication and publicity of warnings on responsible gambling addressed  
to players, arranging spaces or functions with information of interest for the said persons. When these guidelines  
involve issues related to pathologic gambling and health care, they must be elaborated with the advice of the  
department competent on health matters.

56.3 The companies to which this article relates may approve self-regulation codes regarding advertising and  
responsible gambling within the framework of the applicable regulations and according to the criteria provided for in  
such regulations.

Affected regulations

Article 57

Regime of the authorisations

57.1 The application for an authorisation must be submitted before the directorate general competent on gambling and  
betting at least thirty days in advance of the performance of the promotional activity by means of a writing which meets  
the requirements set by article 70 of Law 30/1992, of 26 November, on the legal regime of public administrations and  
the common administrative procedure. This application must be accompanied with the following documents:

a) Report on the contents of the promotion, indicating the subject-matter of the advertising, the territorial scope and the  
duration of the campaign.

b) The project of the advertising or promotional activity, consisting in an appropriate reproduction, depending on the  
support in which it is to be disseminated, of the texts and graphics.

57.2 The maximum time limit to issue and notify the resolution is thirty days, calculated from the date of entrance of the  
application in the register of the department competent on gambling and betting. Upon expiration of this time limit  
without there having been an express Resolution issued and notified, the interested person may consider that his  
application has been accepted. Against such resolution an appeal for review may be lodged before the head of the  
department competent on the matter.

Affected regulations

Article 58

Regime of communication

The following promotional activities, provided that they do not make specific and direct reference to gambling activities,  
do not require prior authorisation and shall be subjected to the regime of communication provided for in articles 36 and  
38 of Law 26/2010, of 3 August, on the legal regime and procedure of the public administrations of Catalonia:

a) Mentioning the location of the casino, as well as its complementary services.

b) Reference to the casino and its facilities in announcements, articles on tourism or list of available services, whether  
with a global character or in relation to the municipality or area where it is located.

c) The use of the logo or name of the casino on the occasion of sponsoring public shows or recreation, sports or  
cultural activities of an occasional character, except for those specific to minor children.

d) The dissemination in magazines specialised in travels or the gambling sector.

e) The drawing up and issuance of leaflets on the casino, the events which take place in it and the complementary  
services. These leaflets may be left in hotels, travel agencies, traveller transport centres, premises or facilities of public  
shows and general tourist establishments in general.

f) The broadcast in the media of strictly informational reports.

g) The installation of signs on the façade of the building or in the access to the urban complex where the casino is  
located, or signs indicating accesses and the location of the casino, as well as the installation of fences and other  
supports with this aim.

h) The use of the work "casino" as part of the trade name of the hotel or complex if it is really within the area of the  
casino.

i) The elaboration and sale of objects with the trade name or logo of the casino, except those addressed to minor  
children.

 

j) Free delivery to users of the casino of objects of little value with the trade name and logo of the casino.

Affected regulations

Additional provisions

First

Practice of bingo

Casinos authorised according to this Regulation may host the games regulated in the Regulation of bingo approved by  
Decree 147/2000, of 11 April.

The effective authorisation for the practice of this game must be included in the resolution of authorisation of opening  
and operation of the casino.

Second

Installation of schools for croupiers and the other personnel of casinos

Schools for croupiers and the rest of the personnel of casinos may be established in the gambling rooms themselves at  
a moment of little activity and in limited and defined spaces, or in other rooms, in order to train them for future  
employment in the casinos, after having communicated it to the directorate general competent on gambling and betting,  
according to the provisions of articles 36 and 38 of Law 26/2010, of 3 August, on the legal regime and procedure of the  
public administrations of Catalonia.

Affected regulations

Third

Submission of applications

The applications for authorisations as well as the communications provided for in this Regulation may be submitted  
before the general registry of the department competent on gambling and betting, in the registries of the territorial  
services competent on gambling and betting, before the network of offices of business management and before the  
electronic corporate seat of the Generalitat of Catalonia (http://www.gencat.cat), without prejudice to the right of citizens  
to use other means provided for in the general regulations governing the administrative procedure

.

Affected regulations

Transitional provisions

First

Authorisations of installation of casinos in force

The validity of the authorisations of installation of casinos which at the moment of entry into force of this Regulation  
have been granted or renewed shall be understood to be extended for fifteen years starting on the date of the  
authorisation or renewal, in accordance with article 17.1 of this Regulation.

Second

Adaptation of bonds

The companies holding authorisations of casinos which at the moment of entry into force of this Regulation have some  
casino authorised in Catalonia shall have six months to complete the bond up to the amount set forth in article 5.2 of  
this Regulation.

 

Modified regulations  
Modified regulations (27)

Title 5 added by first art. Sixteen of DECREE 166/2013, of 21 May, amending the Regulation on casinos,  
approved by Decree 204/2001, of 24 July, and the Catalogue of games which may exclusively be played at  
casinos, approved by Decree 386/2000, of 5 December.

Single chapter added by first art. Sixteen of DECREE 166/2013, of 21 May, amending the Regulation on  
casinos, approved by Decree 204/2001, of 24 July, and the Catalogue of games which may exclusively be  
played at casinos, approved by Decree 386/2000, of 5 December.

Article 56 added by first art. Sixteen of DECREE 166/2013, of 21 May, amending the Regulation on casinos,  
approved by Decree 204/2001, of 24 July, and the Catalogue of games which may exclusively be played at  
casinos, approved by Decree 386/2000, of 5 December.

Article 57 added by first art. Sixteen of DECREE 166/2013, of 21 May, amending the Regulation on casinos,  
approved by Decree 204/2001, of 24 July, and the Catalogue of games which may exclusively be played at  
casinos, approved by Decree 386/2000, of 5 December.

Article 58 added by first art. Sixteen of DECREE 166/2013, of 21 May, amending the Regulation on casinos,  
approved by Decree 204/2001, of 24 July, and the Catalogue of games which may exclusively be played at  
casinos, approved by Decree 386/2000, of 5 December.

Third Additional Provision added by first art. Eighteen of DECREE 166/2013, of 21 May, amending the  
Regulation on casinos, approved by Decree 204/2001, of 24 July, and the Catalogue of games which may

 

exclusively be played at casinos, approved by Decree 386/2000, of 5 December.

Article 36 Paragraph 2 suppressed by first art. Nine of DECREE 166/2013, of 21 May, amending the  
Regulation on casinos, approved by Decree 204/2001, of 24 July, and the Catalogue of games which may  
exclusively be played at casinos, approved by Decree 386/2000, of 5 December.

Article 37 suppressed by first art. Ten of DECREE 166/2013, of 21 May, amending the Regulation on casinos,  
approved by Decree 204/2001, of 24 July, and the Catalogue of games which may exclusively be played at  
casinos, approved by Decree 386/2000, of 5 December.

Article 53 Paragraph 4 suppressed by first art. Fifteen of DECREE 166/2013, of 21 May, amending the  
Regulation on casinos, approved by Decree 204/2001, of 24 July, and the Catalogue of games which may  
exclusively be played at casinos, approved by Decree 386/2000, of 5 December.

Article 4 Paragraph 2 amended by first art. One of DECREE 166/2013, of 21 May, amending the Regulation on  
casinos, approved by Decree 204/2001, of 24 July, and the Catalogue of games which may exclusively be  
played at casinos, approved by Decree 386/2000, of 5 December.

Article 20 Paragraph 1 amended by first art. Two of DECREE 166/2013, of 21 May, amending the Regulation  
on casinos, approved by Decree 204/2001, of 24 July, and the Catalogue of games which may exclusively be  
played at casinos, approved by Decree 386/2000, of 5 December.

Article 26 Paragraph 1 amended by first art. Three of DECREE 166/2013, of 21 May, amending the Regulation  
on casinos, approved by Decree 204/2001, of 24 July, and the Catalogue of games which may exclusively be  
played at casinos, approved by Decree 386/2000, of 5 December.

Article 28 Paragraphs 4,5,6 amended by first art. Four of DECREE 166/2013, of 21 May, amending the  
Regulation on casinos, approved by Decree 204/2001, of 24 July, and the Catalogue of games which may  
exclusively be played at casinos, approved by Decree 386/2000, of 5 December.

Article 30 Paragraph 4 amended by first art. Five of DECREE 166/2013, of 21 May, amending the Regulation  
on casinos, approved by Decree 204/2001, of 24 July, and the Catalogue of games which may exclusively be  
played at casinos, approved by Decree 386/2000, of 5 December.

Article 31 Paragraphs 1,2 amended by first art. Six of DECREE 166/2013, of 21 May, amending the Regulation  
on casinos, approved by Decree 204/2001, of 24 July, and the Catalogue of games which may exclusively be  
played at casinos, approved by Decree 386/2000, of 5 December.

Article 33 Paragraphs 1,2,3,4 amended by first art. Seven of DECREE 166/2013, of 21 May, amending the  
Regulation on casinos, approved by Decree 204/2001, of 24 July, and the Catalogue of games which may  
exclusively be played at casinos, approved by Decree 386/2000, of 5 December.

Article 35 Paragraph 2 amended by first art. Eight of DECREE 166/2013, of 21 May, amending the Regulation  
on casinos, approved by Decree 204/2001, of 24 July, and the Catalogue of games which may exclusively be  
played at casinos, approved by Decree 386/2000, of 5 December.

Article 36 Paragraph 1 amended by first art. Nine of DECREE 166/2013, of 21 May, amending the Regulation  
on casinos, approved by Decree 204/2001, of 24 July, and the Catalogue of games which may exclusively be  
played at casinos, approved by Decree 386/2000, of 5 December.

Article 38 Paragraphs 1,2,3 amended by first art. Eleven of DECREE 166/2013, of 21 May, amending the  
Regulation on casinos, approved by Decree 204/2001, of 24 July, and the Catalogue of games which may  
exclusively be played at casinos, approved by Decree 386/2000, of 5 December.

Article 42 Paragraph 3 amended by first art. Twelve of DECREE166/2013, of 21 May, amending the  
Regulation on casinos, approved by Decree 204/2001, of 24 July, and the Catalogue of games which may  
exclusively be played at casinos, approved by Decree 386/2000, of 5 December.

Article 45 Paragraphs 1,2,3 amended by first art. Thirteen of DECREE 166/2013, of 21 May, amending the  
Regulation on casinos, approved by Decree 204/2001, of 24 July, and the Catalogue of games which may  
exclusively be played at casinos, approved by Decree 386/2000, of 5 December.

Article 46 Paragraph 1 amended by first art. Fourteen of DECREE 166/2013, of 21 May, amending the  
Regulation on casinos, approved by Decree 204/2001, of 24 July, and the Catalogue of games which may  
exclusively be played at casinos, approved by Decree 386/2000, of 5 December.

Second Additional Provision amended by first art. Seventeen of DECREE 166/2013, of 21 May, amending the  
Regulation on casinos, approved by Decree 204/2001, of 24 July, and the Catalogue of games which may  
exclusively be played at casinos, approved by Decree 386/2000, of 5 December.

Amended by DECREE 166/2013, of 21 May, amending the Regulation on casinos, approved by Decree  
204/2001, of 24 July, and the Catalogue of games which may exclusively be played at casinos, approved by  
Decree 386/2000, of 5 December.

References made in Decree 204/2001 to the Directorate General for Gambling and Shows must be understood  
referred to the directorate general competent on gambling and betting.

Article 23 amended by Third Additional Provision of DECREE 24/2005, of 22 February, regulating certain  
prohibitions of access to gambling establishments and the Register of persons with forbidden access to  
gambling rooms, casinos and bingo rooms.

Article 44 Paragraph 1 amended by Seventh Final Provision of DECREE 186/2007, of 28 August, on the  
structure of the Department of the Interior, Institutional Relations and Participation.

 

Article 44 Paragraph 1 amended by Seventh Final Provision of DECREE 243/2007, of 6 November, on the  
structure of the Department of the Interior, Institutional Relations and Participation.