Gambling Laws in Argentina
There is no general law regulating gambling in Argentina. The regulation of land-based gambling in the country is performed by the governing bodies of the various provinces in Argentina following a Decree by the Supreme Court from 31 May 1999. In most of the land-based gambling is considered to be legal. In some provinces, the operation of land-based casinos is the exclusivity of the state while in others it is privatized. Online gambling has been legalized only in several provinces which have their own bodies for the regulation of the online gambling market as well as different operators. For instance, in the Provincia de Buenos Aires, the main operator is the Institute for Provincial Lottery and Casinos of the Province of Buenos Aires (Instituto Provincial de Lotería y Casinos Provincia Buenos Aires-IPLyC), in the Ciudad Autonoma de Buenos Aires it is the National Lottery (Loteria Nacional), while in Cordoba it is Gtech. Argentina’s national telecom ENACOM (Ente Nacional de Comunicaciones), which functions within the Ministry of Communication is overseeing the functioning of the online gambling sector in the country in accordance with the Argentinian gambling legislations. They regularly update a web page that contains an online gambling blacklist of illegal online operators in Argentina which has so far extended to over 200 operators. According to Argentinian gambling laws, minors, under 18 years of age are prohibited to participate in gambling activities.
Is Online Gambling Legal in Argentina?
Yes, various forms of online gambling are legal in various provinces in Argentina.
Online Casinos in Argentina
There are several land-based casinos in Argentina the most famous among them being Arena Maipu and Casino Central in Mar del Plata. On the other side, online casinos in Argentina amount to several licensed providers most of which offer other types of gambling games besides the classical casino games. Betway Argentina is a holder of the Argentinian online casino license. In the casino rooms they offer, one can choose to play a variety of games belonging to several categories: slot games, roulette, table games as well as video poker. Foreign internet casino sites are not available in the country.
Online Poker in Argentina
Poker in Argentina can be played in all land-based casinos. Concerning online poker, there are no specific Argentinian online poker laws, but the general regulations apply and online poker is also considered to be legal in the provinces in which online gambling is allowed. In the lack of specialized online poker sites in Argentina, several betting outlets offer opportunities for playing online poker, one of which is Betway Argentina.
Online Lottery in Argentina
Lotteries in Argentina are also authorized on a provincial level. Loteria de la Ciudad, authorized to offer lotto games in the province of Ciudad de Buenos Aires is one of the leaders on the Argentinian market. The lottery was formed in 2016 with the Ley 538 on the Games of Chance and started offering two widely played lotto games as of today: Quinela and Tombolina. However, Loteria de la Ciudad has not introduced so far an online lottery in Argentina. Foreign licensed sites providing online lotto games are prohibited from accessing the Argentinian market.
Online Bingo in Argentina
As it is the case with the whole gambling sector in the country land-based bingo is also regulated on a provincial level. However, there are no specific Argentinian online bingo laws. As of April 2019, there are also no specialized sites for online bingo in Argentina, licensed under the provincial level. Bingo rooms, licensed elsewhere, are prohibited to offer games in Argentina.
Online Sports Betting in Argentina
Online sports betting in Argentina is regulated also on a provincial level. The most popular online sportsbook sites in Argentina are currently Betway Argentina, offering some of the betting games of the highest quality on the Argentinian market. Although wagers can be put practically on all major sports on their online platform, football betting is the most popular betting game in the country. Foreign internet sportsbook sites are actively being blocked by the authorities.
Online Daily Fantasy Sports in Argentina
Online DFS sites in Argentina do not have a legally regulated status. There is an ongoing debate on the status of this type of game, but considering the legality of online sports betting in some regions of the country, it is very probable that internet Daily Fantasy Sports would soon receive a legal status in Argentina.