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The gaming industry in Panama is controlled by the Panama Gaming Control Board (Junta de Control de Juegos), established in 1947. Panama's gaming law demands that gaming establishments turn 80% of their profits over to the government. The country’s casinos were originally owned by the state but were privatized in 1997. Most of Panama’s casinos are the main attraction in large-scale casino resorts. Panama also licenses bingo halls and gaming machines outside casinos.

Casinos are allowed to open only in hotels with at least 300 rooms and a five-star rating. Slot halls do not need to meet these requirements, but are not allowed to offer table games.

Slot machines in Panama are divided into three classes: A, B and C. Class A machines allow players to use cash, don’t have a payout ceiling, and may only operate in casinos or slot halls. Type B machines can only read and pay out via player cards, and they have a max bet of USD 5 and max payout of USD 5,000. Type C machines also can only accept cards, but their max bet is limited to USD 3 and payout is capped at USD 200. Type B and C machines can be located outside casinos and slot halls.

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