Latin American Casinos

When the Casino Veteran thinks about Latin America, he is instantly transported to a world of passion, great food and incredible people. It is a huge region, covering right from the Northern tip of Mexico to the bottom of South America and parts of the Caribbean.
As in other parts of the world, the 650 million inhabitants of Latin America like to have fun gambling online. Indeed, the latest figures for the region show an annual casino gambling revenue of $5.61bn in 2015. This has seen a rise from $2.58bn in 2006 which demonstrates the growing health of online casinos in the region. While this is great news for online players from Latin America, it must be said that the region as a whole is fairly strict when it comes to online gambling. While some countries like Mexico and Colombia have made recent moves to amend online gambling laws in their individual countries, many are still behind the rest of the world in that regard. But where can players for Latin America go to have some fun?

Which Online Casinos accept Latin American players?

The burning question to begin with for all Latin American players is which casinos they can actually play with. The good news is that many major online casino brands accept players from this part of the world. This includes:

  • Bet365 Casino

  • 888 Casino

  • Comeon! Casino

  • Jackpot City Casino

  • Mr Green Casino

  • Omni Slots

  • Royal Panda Casino

  • Spin Palace Casino

Of course, the above is just a list of the most eye-catching names that players from Latin America can gamble with. Players can conduct their own research into all the possible online casinos that are available in any specific country in the region.

What is interesting for players is that, while local casinos based in Latin American countries are rare or even banned, most Latin American countries have no problem with their residents playing at online casino sites based overseas.

What regulations do players need to know about in Latin America?

As noted above, the main thing for players in Latin America to know is that they may not find any casinos based in their country to play with but can gamble with overseas casinos. Many of these will have Spanish language versions of their casino of choice to make it easier. Although Latin America is a large region, the laws in various countries are all slightly different.

The Casino Veteran has rounded up what players need to know in the major countries found here:

  • mexican flag casino veteranMexico

    This Latin American country is one of the few shown here who have taken recent steps to modernise online gambling laws in their country. The hope is that they will lead the way for the whole region to become a major player in the international online gambling sector. Although the industry is still waiting for new laws to be agreed around online gambling, many expect positive developments for the local Mexican casino operators. For now, players can create an account with offshore casino sites and play there with no legal issues.

  • brazilian flag casino veteranBrazil 

    Online gambling is in a period of uncertainty in Brazil. The official legal stance at the moment for players is that online gambling in Brazil is not supported, but individuals are free to play at overseas based casino sites. As these casinos are based externally, the Brazilian government has no jurisdiction to ban players from using them. This is a country to keep an eye on, though, as no one is certain what is in store for online gambling in Brazil. The government may well ban it altogether or open it up to everyone!

  • Columbia 

    Along with Mexico, this is one of the more forward-thinking Latin American countries concerning online gambling. Recent laws passed in 2016 allowed for licensed online casino operators to serve Columbian players. This has allowed both Colombian based online casinos and overseas operators to remain eligible for Colombian players to use.

  • Argentina

    With 13 million internet users in Argentina who love to gamble online, this is a major Latin American country dedicated to playing online. There are issues surrounding the rather complicated licensing laws which give each province the right to grant or revoke casino operating licenses, however. This is under discussion at present and a new national framework may soon be in place. This does not stop gamers from playing at any of the overseas casinos that accept them or for the Argentinian casinos such as Casino Sur that do have a license to operate.

  • Chile

    At present, the Chilean government does not regulate online gambling or allow casino sites based in the country to operate. It does, however, allow players based in the country to use foreign casino websites. This means that players from Chile can still play online legally at any overseas casino that accepts them. The government may at some point license casinos based in Chile, but this has been an on-going discussion since around 2012!

  • Peru

    This is one of the most progressive Latin American countries in terms of regulation for online gambling. It has passed law that allows casino sites based in Peru to operate with the necessary license in place. This means players in Peru have the choice to gamble with local casino sites or play with overseas based operators. The biggest name-brand casino to receive a license to operate in Peru is Betsson, but more should follow soon.

  • Cuba 

    This is not a good country if you like to gamble online! Although once a favourite gambling hot-spot in the 1950s, the Castro government outlawed all forms of gambling when it came into power. These laws are still in place, so it is best not to gamble online at all here. Most casino sites will not accept players from here in any case.

Naturally, this list does not cover every country in Latin America but should give players a useful insight into the major nations.

Spice it up in Latin America

The online gambling industry is growing fast in this region which is great news for players. Many countries are taking steps to modernise their online gambling laws and allow licenses for casinos to operate when based there. For players in countries where this is not yet possible, most Latin American countries have no issue with them playing via an overseas casino site.

 

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