Brazil Proposes Internet Sports Betting Ban

A member of Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies has submitted a bill that would extend the definition of illegal gambling in the country to specifically include online sports betting. Taking the UIGEA as a model, the measure would also subject credit card companies and other payment processors to additional fines on top of potential criminal charges.

The bill, filed by Deputy Luiz Carlos Hauly in mid-November, would not redefine the legal status of online betting but instead clarify the status of the activity to bring it firmly under the scope of 1941 legislation establishing the general prohibition of gambling in Brazil.

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