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EL GOBIERNO ARGENTINO PODRÍA DAR PRONTO LUZ verde a las apuestas deportivas online sobre los partidos de fútbol locales. Conforme a las normas actuales, solo se per- mite a un número muy reducido de sitios de apuestas inter- activos locales ofrecer sus servicios y, además, solamente en la provincia en la que operan. Es más, las únicas apuestas autorizadas de manera oficial en Argentina se realizan a través de un juego de apuestas deportivas llamado Prode, que registra unos ingresos inferiores a los 100 000 dólares al año.


UN NUEVO CASINO UBICADO EN EL POPULAR centro turístico costero de Mar del Plata ha reabierto sus puer- tas tras una pausa de 18 años. El casino, que forma parte del Hotel Sasso, ofrecerá juegos de ruleta y cartas, y en el futuro también albergará importantes campeonatos de póquer. Aunque el casino ya había sido equipado y estaba listo para funcionar hace tres años, ha permanecido cerrado hasta ahora debido a las disputas políticas mantenidas entre el Gobierno nacional y el Gobierno de la provincia de Buenos Aires.


EL DIRECTOR GENERAL DE CASINOS DEL ESTADO DEL Uruguay, Javier Chá, ha anunciado que el casino del Mantra Resort Spa & Casino, situado en Punta del Este, ha cerrado el 28 de febrero y no reabrirá sus puertas hasta el 1 de diciem- bre. Desde ese momento, el casino solo abrirá en la tempora- da estival en lugar de hacerlo durante todo el año.


EL INSTITUTO PROVINCIAL DE LOTERÍA Y CASINOS (IPLYC) de Misiones (Argentina) está revisando los contratos de casinos ubicados en la ciudad de Puerto Iguazú y en la provincia, donde se reclama que los operadores han evitado el cumplimiento del pago de los nuevos impuestos.


AINSWORTH GAME TECHNOLOGY HA FIRMADO UN contrato con Quixant, que proveerá al fabricante de tragaper- ras una serie de plataformas informáticas para sus productos de máquinas de juego hasta 2019.


ASPERS HA CONFIRMADO SU INTERÉS EN EL proyecto de 330 millones de libras para construir un «gran» casino en el Royal Pier de Southampton. El operador, que posee las dos únicas licencias de casinos «grandes» abiertas en la actualidad en el Reino Unido, prepara el proyecto para su desarrollo.


DE ACUERDO CON LA DECISIÓN TOMADA POR EL Tribunal Administrativo Federal alemán en el mes de enero, el póquer ya no se considera una forma de juego. El 22 de enero, el Tribunal decretó que el pago de una cuota de entrada en un torneo de póquer no se considera una «apuesta para obtener una oportunidad de ganar», que es una característica clave de cualquier juego de azar conforme a las normativas alemanas sobre el juego.


EL PRESIDENTE RUSO VLADIMIR PUTIN AFIRMÓ QUE Sochi, sede de los Juegos Olímpicos de Invierno, no se conver- tiría en un centro de casinos tras las Olimpiadas, pues en ese caso la ciudad litoral del Mar Negro vería comprometida la visita de sus turistas tradicionales, las familias de clase media con hijos.


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PLANS TO PERMIT ONLINE FOOTBALL


Sports-betting is expected to go live in Argentina as the government allows games beyond the limited ‘Prode’


Argentina - Government


The Argentinian government could soon green light online sports betting on local football match- es. Under current rules, only a very small number of local interactive betting sites are permitted to offer their services and, then, only in the province where they operate. Furthermore, the only official sanctioned sports-betting in Argentina is via a sports-betting game called Prode, which records revenues of less than US$100,000 per year.


Prode, which has a very limited number of outlets and is run by the National Lottery, allows Argentines to bet on the outcomes of 13 games played during the weekend in the first division. The game has consistently failed to attract local players despite being launched a total of three times (with prizes handed out to those who cor- rectly predict the outcomes of all 13 games cor- rectly).


According to plans now being considered by the government, online football betting would be per- mitted as part of a much wider package as the government seeks to relaunch and improve its highly controversial “Futbal para todos” (Football for Everyone) programme. The programme, which allows free-to-air screening of local football matches, according to local Daily La Nacion, cost the government an estimated 4bn pesos from


2009 until 2012. Government broadcasting of local football matches has seen falling viewing figures ever since its inception due to poor coverage, low production values and intrusive government propaganda.


A reboot would come in the form of a new channel devoted entirely to sports that would be funded by the state, but would be run by private interests close to the government. Coverage of local football would be headed by local celebrity and television host, Marcelo Tinelli.


Once the launch is complete it is believed that online sports-betting would be permitted soon afterwards. Although the exact details of how online football betting would work are unknown, it is believed that under current plans now on the table sports-betting would be permitted on local football matches online and live in-play betting would also be permitted.


In addition it is likely that the online offer would be run by a local operator. The this new Argentinian sports-betting programme is the brainchild of Cristóbal López who has close ties with the present administration of Cristina Kirchner and whose company, Casino Club, has the right to run slot machines in the racino in downtown Buenos Aires.


Mr. Lopez also has a significant share of the float- ing casinos moored permanently in the city har- bour and as reported below, also recently acquired 50 per cent shares of the Trilenium casi- no located in Buenos Aires Province.


under the control of Argentine casino company The Boldt Group, which also runs gaming proper- ties in Santa Fe, Mar del Plata and Miramar.


Argentina’s Casino Club buys 50 per cent of Trilenium casino


ARGENTINA Cristóbal López, whose company Casino Club has the right to run slot machines in the racino in downtown Buenos Aires, and has a significant share of the floating casinos moored permanently to the city harbour, has now acquired 50 per cent shares of the Trilenium casino located in Buenos Aires Province.


Located in Tigre, a popular local weekend getaway and tourist


destination, the casino is one of the largest in the region. As well as offering live entertainment, the casino has 800 slot machines and 74 gaming tables located over three floors. The deal was made after Mr López bought a 50 per- cent stake in the company in return for US$108m, which was previously held by the Comercial Society of La Plata (Sociedad Comercial del Plata) belonging to the Soldati Group. The other half of the shares of Trilenium remain


This latest financial acquistion means that Cristóbal López, who has close ties with the present Cristina Kirchner administration and the mayor of the province of Buenos Aires, Daniel Scioli, has further consolidated his position as leader in the local gambling market. Crucially, according to the terms of the casino’s licence, no other competing casino or gaming operation can be built within 150 kilometres of the Tigre casino.


There are currently 46 bingo halls which operate in the province. Bingo halls in Argentina all house slot machines and in many cases can be large scale. Casino Club could, as a result, now build new bingo halls in the most affluent parts of the province of Buenos Aires. Furthermore, local new sources also state that Scioli has guaranteed that the Trilenium licence will be extended for sev- eral years.


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