Mexican Online Gambling Thriving Despite the Old Laws

Published Tuesday, October 04, 2016 -
Mexican Online Gambling Thriving Despite the Old Laws

The number of legal online casino destinations has grown immensely over the past few decades with the addition of large newly regulated jurisdictions being a contributing factor. In the past two decades, a number of top companies have emerged that have really dominated the landscape of the internet betting services industry. The interest in various different jurisdictions and the potential they have some of the dominant firms looking at the logistics of ventures into other parts of the world.

Mexico has been using terrestrial gambling in casinos as a tourist attraction for some time now with a certain amount of success. Online gambling has been offered to the Mexican punter in many forms and without real issues. Online poker has become popular in Mexico and it has even become the new home of some poker professional players who were handed a bad deal by the US Department of Justice after the poker world’s ‘black Friday’. A big factor that poker players need when playing online is internet speed and when it comes to the technology Mexico is not the ideal location for live streaming online poker at a competitive level.  Amaya Gaming, the largest online poker company is present on the Mexican market and the retail chain Oxxo lets Poker players directly deposit cash to their online poker accounts.

The Ministry of the Interior or the Secretaría de Gobernacion is responsible for gambling activities in Mexico. It is easy for a Mexican citizen to access online gambling sites with a choice of over 470 websites accepting Mexican players in Spanish. Traditional betting activities like lottery, bingo and video slot machines are popular although there are laws prohibiting the local population from taking part so these activities are for the tourists. With the gambling laws still suffering from a lack of attention there won’t be too much investment for fear the jurisdiction may impose high taxes and strict regulations.

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