Chile Government has announced its plans on introducing a bill for the legalization and regulation of online gambling in the country.
The bill will propose regulating online sports betting, internet casino games, and other forms of betting online.
According to the Ministry, regulating online gambling activities would establish a competitive market, as well as help protect both the health and safety of players.
The Ministry added that regulation would also allow Chile to generate additional tax income from legal online gambling operations and allow authorities to better monitor the activities of licensed operators.
Meanwhile, the Ministry has also announced details of a second bill designed to modernize the country’s land-based casino market.
Though the Ministry did not disclose full details of this bill, it said content would include updating the industry’s technical requirements in line with the current market, as well promoting responsible gambling practices among operators.
Should the bill pass, all operators that hold a land-based casino license in Chile would see their permits extended by one year, with the agreement that they pay additional taxes.
“Casinos are relevant for the economic development of the country both in their contribution to the financing of the municipalities and regional governments through the payment of taxes and in the development of tourism in the regions,” the Ministry said.
“However, both the pandemic and new global trends in the industry require new standards that ensure further development of the sector and higher tax collection through competitive tenders.”
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