Land-based gambling in Uruguay is perfectly legal under the current Uruguayan gambling laws. The industry is relatively small, yet highly stable and profitable. Casinos and poker rooms prosper, but sports betting is outlawed, despite great interest from the country’s punters.
The situation with online casinos in Uruguay is quite the opposite, internet gambling is not regulated and now licenses are issued by the government, which makes citizens turn to foreign offshore websites, whenever they feel like spinning a virtual roulette wheel.
Poker tournaments are quite popular in the country, in fact many renowned international tournaments are held in the country including the highly prestigious Latin American Poker Tour organized by Poker Stars. The latest poker meet was Punta del Este, where Marcelo Ramos Da Fonseca took the honors and the $144,240 first prize.
Uruguay gambling news reports that Da Fonseca overcame Angel Guillen in a tough heads-up match following an interesting final table play. Once the final table was formed at the end of third day of play, Francisco Baruffi Neto lead the way, followed by Guido Ruffini and Ivan Luca.
The eventual winner was in the middle at that point surrounded by Osvaldo Silvio Resquin, Vladimir Dobrovoskiy, Pablo Melogno, Carlos Leoncio Mironiuk, and the Poker Stars pro, Angel Guillen, not enjoying the tallest of stacks at the time.
Guillen, Neto, and Da Fonseca were about to settle on $116,240 each and leaving another $38,000 for the winner, after beating all other contenders, but Guillen managed to eliminate Neto shortly thereafter. So the heads-up match was formed preceded by another deal negotiation, which ensured that additional $10,000 would go to the 2nd place, while the tournament winner would get an extra $28,000.
Once the heads-up resumed, Guillen had the chip lead, but Da Fonseca managed to turn the tide and take home the crown, leaving the pro with the 2nd place and $126,240 in cash.