Gambling in Chile
Gambling in Chile is completely legal and is very popular nowadays. It had its lows from 1973 to 1990 during the military dictatorship of General Pinochet. Chilean citizens were not allowed to participate in any gambling activities. But things have changed since then, and today Chileans can enjoy casinos, sports betting, state lotteries, horse racing, and more. The sports betting industry in Chile is quite strong, and horse racing (the only form of gambling that was legal during the ban) is very popular. There are two lotteries that are authorized to operate in Chile: The Loteria de Conception and the Polla Chilena de Beneficencia S.A.
Online Gambling in Chile
According to Chile’s gambling laws, online gambling is illegal in Chile. But the government does not prevent players to access and play at foreign gambling websites. Such sites offer everything from casino games to poker, bingo, sports betting, and more. Most of the sites available in Chile are in English, but there are Spanish internet gambling websites as well. In June 2012 the legislation about granting a limited number of online licenses to the already operated casinos in Chile was submitted. It is still under consideration, and might become valid sometime in 2013. It is estimated that Chileans gamble around $10 million per year on online casinos.