Uruguay is promoting a series of horse racing events in the capital and the provincial cities in order to bring live events to the public. One of the motivations is to attract more tourists to the race tracks.
The other is the generation of jobs for the most of the poor and unqualified laborers, many of whom will be given a chance to make some wages and gain work experience.
Betting on these races will be available throughout the country at 60 branches of casinos and affiliates. This builds on the century-old tradition of racing at Maronas Race Track, which has reopened few years ago.
While the Uruguayan gambling laws give permission for casino resorts to operate, most of these are hotel-based and cater largely to foreign clientele.
The online sportsbooks in Uruguay haven’t established their presence and sports betting is not fully authorized in the country, except for horse racing, which is very popular in this small South American country. (And, of course, so is the football.)
The poker is another popular game in this small 3 million country with online poker sites in Uruguay filled with players. The Latin American Poker Tour also occasionally visits the country adding to the appeal of the game.
With online gambling still not widely available in the country, as it happens with many other nations in the region, the Uruguayans seek to place their bets at online casinos where multiple games and betting types can be pursued. Some quality sites, such as Bet365, have Spanish language versions and offer both casino gambling and sports betting.
Moreover, frequent online poker and blackjack tournaments are offered to those looking to play online.