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How a recent ban on gambling in Albania is impacting the country

John Laurenson Feb 18, 2019
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This picture taken on December 19, 2018, shows a man removing a sign from a betting establishment in downtown Tirana, Albania.
GENT SHKULLAKU/AFP/Getty Images

Betting shops – stores on shopping streets where you can go bet on a horse or sometimes a basketball game or whether the next royal baby’s going to be a boy or a girl – are a common feature in many European towns. But one small European country has banned all gambling: Albania. So what prompted the ban, and how is that playing out?

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