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Chile – Winner of Chillan casino to be announced next month

By - 17 August 2015

The tender process for the casino license in Chillan has entered its final stage with the results to be announced on September 10.

Either Marina del Sol or Argentine Spanish company Boldt-Peralada will win the license.

The Chilean Gaming Control board (SJC) has sent the two proposals to its Resolution Council of the SCJ, which will have final say. According to the schedule as set out by the Resolution Council the technical aspects of each proposal will be taken into account which also includes the assessments by the municipality of Chillan, the regional government of Bio Bio, Chile’s National Tourism Service (SERNATUR) as well as the Interior Ministry. The SJC has now less than thirty days to make a decision.
After the winner is announced the winning bidder will have two years in which to build a casino.
For now only the points awarded by the Regional Government, the Municipality of Chillán, SERNATUR and the Interior Ministry have been made public. Of the total 700 points, Marina del Sol was awarded 700 points, while the Boldt-Peralada tender was awarded just 400, as it was not awarded the 300 points as assigned by the Regional Government.

The process has been an extremely turbulent one. In July 214 Dreams announced its decision to withdraw its application for a license to operate the Casino Chillán with company spokesman saying that that the process had been fraught with irregularities.

Later in the same month a court put the tender process on hold after Bold-Peralada appealed to a local court claiming that the Regional Government had gone beyond its remit when awarding it 0 points while awarding 300 points to Marina del Sol. Lawyers acting on behalf of the company claimed that the Regional Government had no right to award points on the basis of technicalities. As a result the Chilean Gaming control Board (SJC) requested a report on the voting process in the Regional Council.
The remaining 1,300 points allocated by the SJC will remain secret until the end of the licensing process. The SJC is responsible for taking into account the qualities of the project and its operational plan, which is sub divided into a number of categories. These include the total amount of the investment, the social economic effects on the area, its impact on tourism, the location, design and quality of the facilities, the relationship with the environment as well as its connection to services and public roads.

The Resolution Council of the Chilean Gaming Control Board announced that starting in January 2014 it would begin the licensing process for a new casino after Termas de Chillan withdrew from the market in 2013.The Chilean Gaming Board officially accepted Termas de Chillan’s withdrawal in November 2013 after the operator blamed bad market conditions as well as the location of the casino for its decision to close.

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