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It will replace Bill 442/91

First version of Brazil’s Gaming Law is released, authorizes casinos, bingos and jogo do bicho

This Wednesday (24), it was published the draft prepared by the rapporteur of the WG of the Regulatory Framework for Gaming in Brazil, Deputy Felipe Carreras, which deals with the revision of Bill 442/91. The text is still vague in relation to the modalities to be approved and the form of operation of the games, but it authorizes the operation of casinos, bingos, jogo do bicho game, sports betting, horse racing betting and skill games. The draft also proposes the creation of Sinaj - National System of Gaming and Betting, as a federal regulatory body for all modalities.

To see the full draft, GMB makes the PDF file available here (in Portuguese)


The Working Group (WG) that revises Bill 442/91 to institute the activity of gambling in Brazil made available this Wednesday (24), the initial draft presented by the WG rapporteur, Deputy Felipe Carreras, for debate on the structure, organization, guidelines and main rules of the regulatory framework of gambling and betting.

The draft does not necessarily represent the definitive opinion of the rapporteur or the Working Group, it is subject to further amendment, and its objective is limited to providing an initial base text for discussion of the topic with other parliamentarians, with a view to preparing of the WG Final Report, to be presented to the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Arthur Lira.

The document lists, in art. 8th, the games and betting modalities authorized: casino, bingo, jogo do bicho, fixed-odds betting, horse racing betting and skill games.

The draft of the report does not define the casino models to be implemented in Brazil nor if they will only be allowed in integrated resorts, but according to the initial understanding, urban casino-type establishments would be allowed, since the sole paragraph of art. 8th defines that:

"The practice and exploration of gaming and bets may take place in physical or virtual establishments, subject to prior obtaining, by the interested party, of acts of consent from the Public Authority, under the terms of this law."

The tourism entities, through the draft, will be able to explore their own horse Racing bets and also casino and bingo games, with the proceeds from the collection being exclusively for the benefit of the entity's corporate purpose.

The document defines the creation of the National System of Gaming and Betting – Sinaj, comprising a federal regulatory body, gaming and betting operators, tourism entities and gaming and betting agents, in addition to auditing companies and market self-regulation entities.

In addition to Sinaj, the rapporteur proposes the creation of Renajogo – National Register of Players and Bettors, with a view to ensuring control of the activity from the player's point of view. According to the proposal, no player can participate in gambling or betting without registering in advance. The database will be used to control and record access to the game and to the bet and allow monitoring player's behavior in order to guarantee his protection and the prevention of ludopathy.

Consumer protection is also mentioned in the document and the institution of a National Policy for the Protection of Players and Bettors is foreseen. Rules for this policy are yet to be drafted.

The document also includes the creation of Cide-Jogos (Contributions for Intervention in the Economic Domain), previously announced by Carreras and published in GMB, a tax aimed at financing actions in the areas of tourism and sport and ombating ludopathy. The percentages are not yet indicated in the review by Felipe Carreras.

To operate in Brazil, the company must have its headquarters and administration in the country and will be subject to the rules to be defined by the federal regulatory body and supervisor, which will establish the criteria for granting the operating license.

The rules for each gaming modality have not yet been established and are, according to the draft, being prepared or revised, as well as licensing fees, taxes and division of resources between the Union, States and the Federal District have not been defined.

Source: GMB