The Chilean Gaming Board (SCJ) renewed the operating license of ten casinos during the Public Hearing for the opening of the economic bids on Friday. Operators had been invited to submit their bids as part of the licensing process for twelve licences that will be available as of July 2023.
All of the permits granted were for companies renewing their licenses. The ten permits were renewed for a second period of 15 years. The licenses for the following operations was renewed: Calama: Larin Gaming Calama S.A. Copiapó: Gran Casino de Copiapó S.A. Mostazal: San Francisco Investment S.A. Santa Cruz: Casino de Colchagua: S.A. Talcahuano: Marina del Sol S.A. Los Ángeles: Casino Gran Los Ángeles S.A. Temuco: Casino de Juegos Temuco S.A. Valdivia: Casino de Juegos Valdivia S.A. Osorno: Latin Gaming Osorno S.A. Punta Arenas: Casino de Juegos Punta Arenas S.A.
The current operator of the casino Operación El Escorial S.A in the Antofagasta region did not renew its licence meaning a new tender will be initiated.
Meanwhile the offer made by Marina del Sol Talca S.A. was rejected due to possible issues that might arise over the uninterrupted possession and use of the property during the 15-year duration of the operating permit. Marina del Sol has filed an appeal.
The public hearing was chaired by the Undersecretary of the Treasury, Claudia Sanhueza Riveros, in her capacity as president of the Deciding Council. According to the terms and conditions the companies must develop the project within the term established in the operation plan, which may not exceed two years from the time the license is issued. However before the expiration the company may request an extension, which can only be granted for good reason.