passed a new law that will ban offshore online gaming websites from operating
in the country and also introduce new taxes on state-approved gambling
Last week, the
Senate voted 30-6 in favour of the new ‘Accountability Law’ and Uruguayan
President Tabaré Vázquez has this week signed the bill into law.
states that all forms of online poker and casino activities, as well as similar
products, are “absolutely prohibited” in Uruguay via remote channels.
Banca de Quinielas national lottery will now be the only operator approved to
operate online gambling in Uruguay, although this exception will only apply to
sports betting activities.
operator will face a new 0.75% tax on the gambling turnover made via approved
casinos, gaming halls, racetracks, sports betting shops and its other related
In addition, the
legislation will hand new powers to the state to “adopt various preventive and
sanctioning measures to prevent the proliferation” of online gambling.
The bill said
that this could include “blocking of access to websites, financial frauds, as
well as the prohibition of commercial communications, sponsorship and
advertising of unauthorised games”.