Brazilian government reiterates support for gambling bill

Brazilian government reiterates support for gambling bill

Friday, May 20, 2016 Totally Gaming
Henrique Eduardo Alves supports the legalisation of gambling

Brazil’s tourism minister has said that plans to legalise gambling are at the top of his agenda.

Henrique Eduardo Alves, whose department would be responsible for casino resorts, said the dangers posed by a growing black market gambling sector in Brazil, and the possibility of raising funds for public spending were reasons to introduce legalised gaming. The future of Brazil's gambling market will be discussed in depth at Juegos Miami, which takes place at the end of this month.

Speaking at a tourism conference, Alves said: “We must have the courage to face in a serious, professional and republican way the legalisation of gambling. Currently, people play clandestinely, without generating any revenue for the country.”

In December 2015 the Special Committee on National Development approved Senate Bill 186/2014, which seeks to establish a regulatory framework for the legalisation of both land-based and online gaming. The bill, which is still to be passed by the House of Deputies, would allow for 35 casinos, with at least one per state. Brick-and-mortar casinos are to be allowed only in “integrated leisure complexes, built specifically for this purpose” and the casino floor must not exceed 10 per cent of the complex’s total footprint.

The Brazilian government estimates that some $4.2bn (€3.7bn) of tax revenue could be raised should the bill be passed. The president of the Brazilian Institute of Gaming has estimated that up to 200,000 Brazilians travel out of the country each month in order to gamble.

TotallyGaming.com says: “Alves’ remarks will be a boost for supporters of gambling who may have been concerned that the political turmoil in Brazil, following the departure of President Dilma Rousseff, could derail the progress of Senate Bill 186/2014.”

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