Uruguay Struggles To Control Online Sports Betting

Published Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - Online-Casinos.com
Uruguay Struggles To Control Online Sports Betting

The Autoridad de Ficalization y Control Social del Juego is the authority that handles the gambling industry in South America’s second smallest nation Uruguay. Bordering Argentina and Brazil Uruguay’s three and a half million citizens are considered well off for South American standards.

Gambling is legal in the country with 20 brick and mortar casinos and a few horse racing tracks with the national lottery a state monopoly. Online gambling has not been really addressed by the government there but it has been suggested that changes are coming with new legislation. Some sectors are already moving got online gambling platforms such as horse racing and lottery with a local casino also moving on with Bally Technologies.  It is obvious that even though there is no evidence of clear laws authorities are not actively prohibiting companies from setting up online betting opportunities.

The clandestine approach may be a thing of the past as online sports betting operator Sportingbet has been called on the mat after a politician objected to the team’s logo appearing on the kit of Club Nacional de Football during a recent Copa Libertadores game against a Brazilian team. The sport betting industry is considered a taboo subject in Uruguay with online betting considered a violation of the country’s gambling laws. The wagering market is relatively small in this nation and online gambling operators have shied away from the jurisdiction even though some have signed up sports teams for sponsorship.

National Party deputy Jorge Gandini reportedly was on a local radio show and ranted on about the appearance of the Sportingbet logo on Nacional’s jerseys and this violation of the current  gambling laws. Gandini said that access to sites such as Sportingbet “is prohibited … according to a principle of legality established since 1895,” in Uruguay.

The urging of the politicians to adjust the laws to curb the illegal offerings is undone by the fact that Uruguay has “no mechanisms that work to control illegal gaming.”




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