Dirección General de Juegos y Sorteos

Mexico online gambling legislation has been confusing for many years. Overseeing gambling in the country is the Dirección General de Juegos y Sorteos.

The Dirección General de Juegos y Sorteos, or Directorate General of Games and Regulation, is the body tasked with overseeing the supervision and monitoring of federal gambling law in Mexico. Ultimately, the body ensures that gambling in Mexico is legal, controlled, and responsible.

Historically, the roots of Mexican gambling can be traced back to the early 1500s, when the Spaniards brought games over with them. Later, the first lottery would be hosted in August 1770, with approval coming from the Spanish ruler at the time, King Carlos III.

Moving forward in time to the 20th century, it was in 1947 that the Federal Law of Gaming was implemented by then-president Miguel Alemán Valdés. However, it was not until 1955 when the first permit was actually approved, and it went to a sports betting operator.

The directorate’s official website provides requirements for casinos, games, and sweepstakes. However, all of the legal requirements are displayed only for land-based operators seeking a permit. Confusingly, the site reference remote gambling halls, but these do not refer to online gambling.

Change in 2015

From 2015 onwards, however, it appears that there will be major change ahead for online gambling in Mexico. During the final months of 2014, the Mexican government was working on the final aspects of a framework agreement to govern online gambling in the country.

Foreign operators will welcome the opportunity to potentially enter a new market, but they will likely have to partner with domestic operators who then extend their existing license to provide online services. Mexico has been a confusing jurisdiction in recent years.

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