Gambling in Peru
Most forms of gambling are legal in Peru, and the country has a very well-established gambling industry. While gambling in Peru has long been popular, it has only been during the last few years that the industry became organized and regulated.
For many years, most of Peruvian gambling establishments operated illegally, without proper licensing. Earlier this decade the government started to make changes, and today, Peru has the second highest concentration of casinos, sportsbooks, and bingo halls in all of South America.
Casino gambling in Peru is especially popular, and the country boasts nearly 50 casinos, many of which are open 24 hours a day, and offer hundreds of slots and dozens of table games to players.
Online Gambling in Peru
Online gambling in Peru is also legal. The industry is quite young, and the first online gambling website in the country only went live in February of 2008.
The country's first license went to Betsson, which chose Peru out of all potential South American countries as a good place to set up localized sites. Since then, only a few other licenses have been given out, but the internet gambling industry in Peru continues to grow.
Players sometimes have access to these locally-run sites, but can also venture out and become members of many of the hundreds of foreign online gambling sites. Many of these sites cater to an international audience, and will accept players from Peru, sometimes even offering Spanish-languages services.