Following the immediate closure of all gaming, lottery, and betting shops in Argentina, this week provincial regulators announced an unprecedented rise in illicit gambling activity.
Walter Martello, Deputy Ombudsman of Buenos Aires, told Radio 99.9 that “… illegal gambling is expanding in all provinces” and various authorities are considering a regulatory reform to regulate gambling in the country.
Currently, authorities in the province of Buenos Aires are seeking to find the operators behind the illegal bid, which involves online bingo with more than 100,000 participants. Martello claims, however, that this is a “very complex” issue, saying: “It’s hard to identify and track them because once we find them, they remove their sites.
“The country that has made the biggest progress in online gambling is Colombia, which has regulated the industry a few years ago, but in Latin America in general this is not happening.”
In addition, he warned of the importance of involving the state in the issue, as younger generations are attracted by online gambling.
The Deputy Ombudsman also reported that Argentina’s advanced technology regulatory authorities have already asked Facebook to strengthen their philtres so that illicit online gambling can be removed from the site. “In Buenos Aires, a specific site was set up so people can file complaints, but the problem is that they’re difficult to follow,” he added.
Racetracks in the province were given the green light to reopen this month, while the jurisdiction is waiting for the online gambling and sports betting regulation to be implemented.