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Chile – Television executives warned that online gambling is illegal

By - 20 February 2023

The Chilean Gaming Control Board (SCJ) has warned the executive directors of four television channels in Chile to stop the advertising of online gambling as it is illegal.  

According to the Diario Financiero , the letter was sent to the directors of Channel 13 , TVN , CHV and Mega , and alluded  to commercials from firms such as Betway , Betsson and  JackpotCity , which according to the entity was  “illegal. ”

The television executives received the letters in December but the news was only confirmed this month. The letters were signed by the Head of the Chilean Gaming control Board (SJC) Vivien Villagrán Acuña

According to the head of the SJC, only lottery games operated by   Polla Chilena de Beneficencia SA, the Lotería de Concepción SA, racetracks and casinos are permitted.  Within the regulatory framework, other companies were not permitted to offer online gambling in Chile, “since they do not have an express legal norm that enables them to do so.”

The letter went onto say that up until December 2022, the SJC had filed as many as 37 complaints with the Public Ministry related to a total of 33 online betting platforms. The letter ended by saying that  in May and September 2021 the SJC had already informed  the Council for Self-Regulation and Advertising Ethics (Conar) and the National Association of Professional Football (ANFP), to “inform them regarding the illegal nature of the exploitation of online gambling in our country”. Due to the above, Villagrán finished by saying that , “it would be logical to conclude that any promotional and publicity activity should not occur, even though there is no express prohibition.”

The executive branch of the government is expected to push forward with the regulation of online gambling in March.

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