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   Tuesday, April 16 2024 
A new bill on online poker to be approved soon - Mexico

Since Black Friday, Mexico as well as Canada have become the new home of professional e-poker players. In addressing the expansion of online gaming, Mexican authorities decided to renew Mexico’s aging gaming laws. Since 1947, the existing Mexican gaming laws have never undergone change nor have they been subject to any updates while both land-based casinos and online poker landscape in the country now experience a considerable growth in terms of attendance.

According to Fernando Zarate Salgado, the President of the Mexican Gaming Commission, a bill is under way and is slated to be submitted to the Mexican House of Representatives on September 9. As for the legislation, everyone expect it to be approved by September 20. Speaking of the new bill, it is a fruit of a thoughtful work undertaken by a special commission made up of poker and other gambling industry representatives, businesses and academics. Interestingly, anti-gambling entities are also part of the commission. For the moment, no details of the new bill have been disclosed. However, evidence is that the new law covers not specifically online poker, but gambling sector as a whole. And with the increasing popularity of online poker game in Mexico, the Mexican government with the help of the Gaming Commission are expected to work on a player-friendly bill that would enable operators enter legal gambling market. Note that the current state of Mexican gambling market sees a reasonable number of gambling providers straddle a status between legal and illegal because of the lack of proper regulations governing the sector.

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