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Colombia – Coljuegos publishes regulations for live dealer games

By - 19 May 2020

Colombian regulator Coljuegos has published regulations regarding the launch of live dealer online casino games in the country, following its legalisation in April.

An impact assessment showed there was little crossover between land-based and online players, meaning the rollout would have little impact on brick-and-mortar casinos. While there has been opposition to the launch of live dealer from the land-based sector, the regulator argued that it would instead also drive visitation to physical properties.

Land-based casinos will be permitted to stream games such as roulette and blackjack live from their gaming floors in partnership with online operators, although in-venue customers will not be permitted to play alongside online gamblers. Venues that do not have any table games, such as gaming halls, will also be able to offer live dealer content via terminals.

Providers may broadcast games from foreign jurisdictions, provided their content meets technical specifications set by Coljuegos. Each title must be certified by a testing house, and ensure a return to player rate of 83 per cent each year.

The regulations, which modify the legislation that facilitated the launch of igaming in 2016, will come into force once they are published in the government’s Official Gazette.

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