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Gambling in Brazil


If you want to gamble in Brazil, then it won’t be easy. Until 1946, most forms of gambling activities were permitted in Brazil, but then the new president Dutra banned all traditional casinos and their games, and sportsbooks as well. Only lotteries and horse betting were allowed. Since then things have not changed much, so, the ban remains. Such situation became a fruitful ground for illegal gambling and organized crime.

In the 1960s the government made a successful attempt to close all illegal casinos. Fortunately, video gambling machines are allowed since 1990s, and today there are more than 100,000 of them in some 1,000 bingo houses. Bingo is also legal in Brazil, though in 2004 it was temporary banned for 9 months due to a bribe scandal involving government.

Online Gambling in Brazil

Though the 1946 act, of course, says nothing about online gambling, online sportbooks betting, as well as online bingo and casinos are banned in Brazil. That doesn't stop Brazilian players to gamble in international internet casinos: the online gambling market in Brazil currently stands over $265 million per year, and there are no signs of slowing down.