Gambling Laws in Brazil
Gambling in Brazil is considered to be illegal. Within the Brazilian gambling legislation, the Law of Misdemeanours, Decree-Law No. 3688/1941 (Decreto-Lei 3688 de 3 de Outubro de 1941) is considered to be the main regulatory act of all gambling activities in the country. According to this act, all forms of land-based gambling are illegal in Brazil with the intention to preserve social morality, in line with the accepted societal values of 1941. Online gambling is also considered to be illegal.
The only acceptable form of gambling in Brazil is the lotto games. The state-owned Federal Savings Bank (Caixa Econômica Federal) (CEF) is currently responsible for lotteries and granting permits for companies interested in selling lottery tickets.
According to Brazilian gambling laws minors, under 18 years of age are prohibited to participate in gambling activities.
Is Online Gambling Legal in Brazil?
All forms of gambling, with the exception of lotto and poker games, are illegal in Brazil.
Online Casinos in Brazil
There are no online casinos in Brazil. Gambling in the country is in general prohibited and the state does not offer licenses for any gambling game, as of July 2018. Foreign internet casino sites are also not available in the country.
Online Poker in Brazil
Poker in Brazil is not legal, as of July 2018. Although there are no specific Brazilian online poker laws, the general prohibition on poker in the country holds for its online version too. Foreign internet poker sites in Brazil are actively blocked for accessing the Brazilian market.
Online Lottery in Brazil
Although there are no specific Brazilian online lottery laws, the regulations derived from the Law of Misdemeanours and the Decree-Law No. 204/1967, serve as a basic legal framework within which state-owned Federal Savings Bank (Caixa Econômica Federal) offers its lotto products. In August 2017, the federal government approved the concession for the exploitation of the Exclusive Instant Lottery (LOTEX), which is a lottery business held by the State of Rio de Janeiro and that has been included in the National Privatisation Program. However, most of the instant games in Brazil can be played only through land-based shops, as no online lottery in Brazil, has been launched yet.
Online Bingo in Brazil
There are no specific Brazilian online bingo laws. Therefore, general regulations regarding online games of chance in Brazil apply and online bingo is considered to be illegal in the country. Consequently, as of July 2018, there are no specialized sites for online bingo in Brazil. Bingo rooms, licensed elsewhere, are blocked from accessing the Brazilian market.
Online Sports Betting in Brazil
Online sportsbook sites in Brazil are illegal. Due to the general prohibition of gambling games in the country, sports betting is also prohibited in any form, online as well as land-based. Foreign internet sportsbook sites are blocked from accessing the Brazilian market.
Online Daily Fantasy Sports in Brazil
Online DFS sites in Brazil do not have a legally regulated status. Considering, however, the illegality of online sports betting in the country it is very probable that internet Daily Fantasy Sports would not receive soon a legal status in Brazil.