Casinos in Guatemala

Bill being prepared that would legalize gaming rooms in order to collect taxes and control money laundering.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


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Games of chance are currently prohibited in Guatemala, with the exception of authorized lotteries. However, though prohibited, they are still played and represent approximately $125,000 worth of annual money laundering, says Rosa María de Frade, member of the Guatemalan Economy Committee according to an article by Suseth Casasola in Sigloxxi.com.

The proposal is controversial. Government minister Carlos Menocal commented that, "this cannot be allowed to happen; I am not familiar with the project or who is proposing it but games of chance are dangerous and violent".

The project's leader is Mariano Rayo, president of congress's Economy Committee, who explained that the motives are to regulate and control the industry, which the US Treasury claims is related to money laundering for $1.5 billion.

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Nicaragua: Casino Law in December

November 2011

The new law creates a regulatory framework for casinos, game houses and slot machines and will come into force in December.

Law 766 was passed last May and published in the official gazette in July, and the Nicaraguan Tourism Institute (Intur) will be responsible for its implementation.

Nicaragua: New Law for Casinos

July 2011

New regulations have been published in the Official Gazette, and will come into effect in December.

The new law creates a regulatory framework for casinos, gaming/slot machines halls and establishes the creation of a governing body for the sector.

"The law states that the enforcement authority is the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism (Intur), through a department of casinos and games to be created when the legislation comes into effect and which will be governed by the Board of Intur."

Costa Rica: New regulation for Casinos

October 2009

The Law Project that regulates bets, casinos and other gambling games was presented at the Congress.

The activity will have a 2% tax over gross revenue, and will have to be declared and payed among the first 10 days every month.

Aditionally, "...each casino or gambling house will have to obtain an operations license, issued by the National Regulatory Comission of bets and gambling games", according to La Prensa Libre in its website.

Costa Rica to Apply New Taxes to Casinos

July 2009

A project sponsored by the government foresees a 2% raw income tax to casinos and electronic betting operations.

The proposal will oversee operation and control of casinos and electronic betting centers.

From Nacion.com: "Jorge Hidalgo, vice president of the Costa Rican Casinos Association, said that they support more regulation, but assured that the 2% raw income tax is way too high."

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