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Argentina – Lawmakers wants illegal online gambling sites blocked in Mendoza

By - 4 June 2024

Through a formal proposal, a lawmaker  from the Frente Renovador Mendoza Party, Gabriela Lizana, has requested that the provincial executive branch urgently intervene with responsible organizations and allocate the necessary resources to effectively control and proceed with the closure of unauthorized online gambling platforms. The proliferation and spread of online gambling within the province significantly affect the community as a whole, especially young people between the ages of 11 and 18 she said.

According to the project online games currently offered with extensions (.com and/or through WhatsApp and social networks) do not require bettors to register, as mandated by the current law 9267. The law clearly states that bettors must register on authorized sites beforehand, thereby preventing transactions from bettors without knowing the origin of the funds and/or their age for betting, without restricting any interested parties.

 “In economic terms, these so-called online games, which are often seen promoted on various social networks, falsely promise large payouts or prizes, attracting bettors to something that does not actually exist, causing not only economic harm but also widespread addiction,” Lizana said.

The author of the proposal highlighted that the revenue from these illegal betting sites exceeds $100 million per month.

“Mr. President, combined with the prevailing economic uncertainty and the general lack of employment we face, which leads the most vulnerable to believe in these unfounded and harmful promises, we request this Honourable body to immediately sanction this project and urgently establish a control commission to ensure its faithful compliance,” the legislator concluded.

The government of Mendoza awarded five online licenses to five groups, after receiving the endorsement of the State Prosecutor’s Office in 2023. The companies selected are recognized multinational brands, which have partnered up with operators already present in Mendoza

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