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Tip Tax Plan Curbs Portugal Gambling

January 03, 1988|From Reuters

LISBON — Roulette wheels stopped spinning in most of Portugal's casinos Saturday as croupiers began a weekend strike to protest government plans to tax all tips.

Gambling was severely curtailed in the country's seven licensed gaming halls, including three on the Algarve tourist coast and the famous Estoril casino near Lisbon, union and company sources said.

The tax plan, to be applied to all service workers, would hit casino employees particularly hard as their tips are normally in gambling chips whose value must be registered when cashed.

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