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Premier’s former girlfriend embroiled in gaming licences scandal

ICR - Bolivia Gaming Licences scandal Evo Morales girlfriend
A saga of sex, lies and paternity claims has gripped Bolivia amid the ongoing trial of Gabriela Zapata, the former girlfriend of Bolivia’s president, Evo Morales, who has been accused of influence peddling in return for the granting of gaming licences.   Gabriela Zapata, the former girlfriend of Bolivia’s president, Evo Morales, has been accused of selling her influence in return...

BMM Testlabs receives accreditation in Chile

Juego Chile regulator accreditation
BMM Testlabs continues its game and systems certifications for land based and online gaming in South America with new Chilean accreditation.   The world's leading gaming testing laboratory, BMM Testlabs, received an accreditation to provide testing and certification services from the Superintendencia De Casinos De Juego for the country of Chile. Commenting on the new accreditation, Martin Storm, BMM's President & CEO...

Chilean casino licensing process stirs conflict between regulator and operators

Casino Review - Chilean gaming bill furore
In the coming days, the Chilean Supreme Court will define the way forward in the convoluted tender for the country’s seven municipal casino licences, a process that after more than a year of delay is causing conflict between operators and the authorities.   Delays over the tender for the seven municipal casino licences are provoking a furore amongst the major players...

Atlantic Ventures named as Konami Gaming’s LatAm distributor

Casino Review - Atlantic Ventures Konami
The leading casino gaming manufacturer, Konami Gaming, has formed a key partnership for Latin American market sales with Atlantic Ventures.   Konami Gaming, Inc. has announced Atlantic Ventures will become its exclusive distributor for Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay following a recent partnership deal. Atlantic Ventures is led by the renowned industry authority for the LatAm market, Norma da Silva, who brings roughly...

Momentum builds for Juegos Miami as Latin America tops the gaming agenda

Betting Business - Latin America Juegos Miami AstroPay
Latin and South America will be key topics for the second Juegos Miami taking place this May at The Biltmore hotel. Opportunities in Latin and South America are top of the agenda for many of the industry’s leading business figures, according to organisers of Juegos Miami, the specialist C-Level event taking place May 31st – June 2nd at The Biltmore,...

Ciudad del Este tender could launch by March

Casino Review - Ciudad del Este tender could launch by March
Media reports suggest that the tender for a casino resort in Paraguay’s second city could open during the first quarter of 2017 but the launch has been beset by setbacks and a fresh legal challenge.   Paraguay’s national gaming regulator has hammered out the final terms for bidders hoping to win the right to build and operate a new hotel and...

Quintana Roo imposes 10 percent gaming tax

Casino Review Quintana Roo
The popular tourist state of Quintana Roo in Mexico has introduced new taxes on gaming for 2017.   In the Mexican state of Quintana Roo - home to the popular tourist destinations of Cancun and Playa del Carmen - the regional congress has agreed to introduce a new 10 percent tax on sweepstakes and gaming. At present the casino sector is facing...

Brazilian senators on the verge of gambling history

Casino Review Brazil
As Brazil eyes up the fiscal fruits of sweeping regulation, senators are poised to embark on perhaps the greatest market launch in global gaming history.   Of all the countries in the G20, Brazil is the only non-muslim member not to have legalised and regulated gambling. That only Saudi Arabia and Indonesia share Brazil’s stance, and in their case for clear...

BMM Testlabs confirmed as official sponsors of the Brazilian Gaming Congress

Casino Review BMM Brazilian Gaming Congress
Leading test laboratory BMM Testlabs confirmed as sponsors of the Brazilian Gaming Congress in Sao Paulo this week.   BMM Testlabs has announced it will be an official sponsor of the Brazilian Gaming Congress (BGC) in Sao Paulo 20-22 November, 2016. This year’s BGC follows a recently approved gambling bill by the Senate’s Special Committee on National Development, which seeks to establish...

BgC to provide in depth analysis of commercial opportunities

Casino Review BgC Brazil vote
The Brazilian Gaming Congress outlines the focus of this year’s event with in depth sessions covering the commercial opportunities in the region.   The focus of the forthcoming Brazilian Gaming Congress (BgC) is to discuss the Brazilian market from the perspective of gaming regulation. Discussions will address the positive impact that the definition of a legal framework will provide, such as...

BMM Testlabs to highlight commitment to CONOSUR region at SAGSE

Casino Review BMM Testlabs
The longest established gaming test laboratory BMM Testlabs has announced it will be exhibiting at SAGSE this November.   BMM Testlabs has confirmed its commitment to Argentina and the CONOSUR region as it prepares to exhibit at SAGSE this month. The world’s leading gaming testing laboratory will be showcasing its services at the upcoming exhibition which takes place in Buenos Aires from...

Paraguay gets serious on slot regulation

Casino Review, Paraguay, slot, legislation
A new regulation from Paraguay’s gaming authority will attempt to put an end to underage gambling nationwide.   In an effort to clamp down on minors illicitly playing slot machines, Paraguay’s National Gaming Commission (Conajzar) has issued “an import resolution” which will restrict slot placement in bars, pharmacies, restaurants and other high-street retail environments. According to the resolution, as of September...

South America Round up

Baha Mar Paraguay regulator
In March, Paraguay’s gaming regulator, Comisión Nacional del Juegos de Azar (Conajzar), recorded the highest ever amount of gaming tax revenue in a single month. According to data from the regulator, tax revenues totalled PYG12.3bn (E1.9m) in March 2016, up 38 per cent on the PYG8.4bn (E1.3m) reported in March 2015 and topping the former record monthly earnings of...

Regulation on the horizon for Chile’s slot machines?

Juego Chile regulator accreditation
A persistent issue for Chile’s regulator, the Superintendencia de Casinos de Juego (SCJ), has been the steady growth of illegal gaming in ‘neighbourhood slots’. Despite the fact that slot machines outside of casinos are strictly prohibited, these establishments, often situated in small businesses and shops, have been able to proliferate due to loopholes in local government regulations which do not...

Ecuadorian advocacy group takes president to task over gaming ban

Ecuador Francisco Zambrano Campuzano
With Ecuador facing recession, Francisco Zambrano Campuzano, president of human rights lobby group CEDHUS, argues that it makes sound economic sense to re-legalise the country’s gaming industry. The president of long-standing human rights lobby group, the Ecuadorian Committee for Human and Syndical Rights (CEDHUS), has called upon the Ecuadorian government to repeal the legislation banning casinos and bingo halls, which...

Sun Dreams to invest $250m in Peru for major new casino

Newly-formed Latin American operator, Sun Dreams, is planning a major new casino in Peru.   Just weeks after the approval of the merger between Sun International and Dreams of Chile, South American casino operator Sun Dreams has announced plans to invest $250m (E180m) in a Las Vegas-style property in Lima, Peru. According to reports, the investment will see the development of the...

Guidelines out for Chile’s latest licence tender

Operators Chile's Licence Tender
Operators interested in gaining a foothold in Chile’s expanding casino industry should look to its regulator’s website, where new guidelines as to the application procedure for one of seven new licences have been published.   According to a press release from Chilean casino regulator the Superintendencia de Casinos de Juego, operators interested in vying for one of Chile’s seven upcoming casino...

South America News Round Up

Caracas, Venezuela,
A police-raid in Venezuela has seen an illicit gambling venue closed down. Officers of the Directorate for Intelligence and Strategy (DIS) seized 18 slot machines at a house in Guárico state last month. Meanwhile, equipment investment firm Bravo Multinational has announced that it will purchase 500 slot and video poker gaming machines from a casino operator in Nicaragua. Centro de...

Thunderbird Resorts restructure continues apace

Fiesta Lima Thunderbird
An annual report filed by Thunderbird Resorts has shown that the South American casino operator managed to increase its profit whilst simultaneously reducing its level of debt throughout 2015. An accompanying statement from Thunderbird president and chief executive Salomon Guggenheim claimed that the company had made progress “across all fronts” last year, with year-on-year EBITDA gain of 31 per cent....

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