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Anti-Gaming Legislation in Argentina?


by Hillary LaClair, Senior Editor

               There have been more developments in the argument between Argentinean online casino Formoapuesta.com.ar and licensing authority Loteria Nacional, following the website’s forced closure. The news is not favorable, however, as evidence would suggest the site’s closure may be due to a potential anti-gaming legislation in the BA provincial assembly. What’s more, reports show that the province of Sante Fe is also considering a ban on internet casino gambling.

 

Under current provincial law, individual provinces have to legal jurisdiction to issue gambling licenses; however Federal legislation states that any internet gambling and sportsbetting is the responsibility of the National Lottery monopoly. Changes of legislation in Sante Fe and Buenos Aires could have an impact on other gaming establishments, including Vcapuestas.com.ar and ar.888.com, that cater to Argentinean users. Bwin left the market earlier this year.

While nothing is written in stone, Clr. Luis Alberto Mauri introduced a proposal to ban internet gambling in the Sante Fe province. Its enforcement would be in the hands of internet service providers, whose responsibility it would be to block Sante Fe citizens from accessing internet gambling websites, as defined by legislation. Many feel this proposal is in response to an attempt to ban internet gaming in Italy, which eventually resulted in more strict regulations.

Mauri commented, “We understand that gambling is a part of social behavior and [is] increasingly popular online, but the fact that citizens in our province have access to this method of gambling does not mean that the State should refrain from exercising control over it.”