Brazil postpones gambling-expansion vote as Senate is divided over online casino

Brazil postpones gambling-expansion vote as Senate is divided over online casino

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  • Ted Menmuir, SBC News
November 29, 2023 9:28 PM

The final vote needed to approve the launch of Brazil’s federal sports betting marketplace has been postponed.

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The plenary of the Federal Senate was scheduled to vote on Bill 3,626/23 [Wednesday]. However, last-minute deliberations see senators divided on the inclusion of online games (casino) incorporated in the bill’s text. Bargaining reportedly went down to the wire, but opposition to online casinos maintains that the Bill’s modalities provide no adequate framework to regulate online casino games.

Senators opposed to online casino modalities asked Senator Veneziano Vital do Rêgo, Vice President of the Senate, to postpone the vote.

The opposition insists that further inspection are necessary, as Bill 3,626/23 has undergone more than 100 changes since its submission from Congress to the Senate in September for federal review.