Simon’s Guide to Gambling and Casinos in Chile

A picture of the slot machines at the Monticello Hotel & Casino in Chile.

Monticello Hotel & Casino – Chile


Casinos in Chile have been the most important form of gambling for quite a while. The first casinos in Chile were licensed as early as 1852. Gambling regulations have changed several times since then, but some things remain: the current building of the casino Vina del Mar opened on New Year’s Eve, 1930 and it is the oldest still operational casino in Chile.*

The gambling law currently in effect was passed in 2004. A Federal Gambling Commission was created in accordance with this act, and the maximum number of casinos in Chile was expanded to 24. Apart from casinos, several other forms of gambling are available in Chile: sports betting is extremely popular, the country has a national lottery, and poker players need not go without live games either.

The situation is not nearly as bright when it comes to online gambling. The current gambling regulation prohibits the operation of online gambling sites, stating that the gambling permit under no circumstances includes online games of chance.** A proposal for granting online gambling licences has been put forward by two senators, but as of yet there have been no results.

The ban on online gambling is not strictly enforced, and locals are free to access many international gambling sites, in English or in Spanish. In fact, online gambling in Chile is a thriving market – not surprising with their tradition of brick and mortar gambling -, which is exactly why the government seeks to regulate and, of course, tax online gambling.


*Source: Gambling in America: An Encyclopedia of History, Issues, and Society

**Source (Spanish): Establece las Bases Generales para la Autorizacion, Funcionamento y Fiscalizacion de Casinos de Juego


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Casino gambling in Chile


Online casino gambling in Chile: illegal, players not prosecuted


Land-based casinos in Chile are legal and require a license from the Federal Gambling Commission created in 2004 to operate. Currently the maximum allowed number of casinos in Chile is fixed at 24, with further regulation regarding the location of casinos. The largest casinos in Chile are the previously mentioned Vina del Mar and the Monticello Grand Casino, situated just south of the capital, Santiago. Games available include Slots, table games, bingo and poker.

There are no licensed online casinos in Chile, and it is, in fact, illegal to operate online gambling sites in the country. Locals, however, are free to play on foreign casino gambling sites, several of which are available in Spanish. The government has been considering the proposal to enable licensed online casinos, but no decision has been reached yet.




Bingo in Chile


Online bingo in Chile: illegal, players not prosecuted


Live bingo games are legal in Chile, and available at most of the licensed casinos of the country. The Chilean gambling law only allows for gambling in the state-licensed casinos, which means there are no dedicated bingo halls in the country ( none that are operated legally, that is).

Casino permits do not include a permission for operating online gambling sites, which means online bingo games are technically illegal, and there are no online bingo sites based in Chile. There are no restrictions, however, on what foreign bingo sites locals can play on.



Poker in Chile


Online poker in Chile: illegal, players not prosecuted


Poker is legal in Chile, and is one of the games licensed casinos are allowed to offer. As poker is quite popular in the country, live poker games are available in practically all casinos in Chile. One of the stops of the Latin American Poker Tour organised by PokerStars is held in Vina del Mar, Chile.

Gambling permits in Chile do not apply to organising online poker games. This means that operating online poker sites in Chile is technically illegal. However, the government is notoriously lax in enforcement of this law, and most international online poker sites are available to players from Chile. The Chilean government has been preparing the legislation for issuing online gambling permits, but with no results just yet.



Sports betting in Chile


Online sports betting in Chile: state monopoly, playing on foreign sites not prosecuted


Sports betting is legal in Chile, and is one of the most popular forms of gambling in the country. Locals have several options when it comes to wagering on various sports events. Chile has several race tracks where dog and horse races are held, with betting available.

Football is practically the national sport in Chile, so betting on national and international football events is a popular pastime in the country. The only licensed sportsbook in the country is Xperto, the sports betting offshoot of the lottery Polla Chilena. Apart from football, tennis and Formula 1 events are also available for betting.

Xperto also operates as an online sports betting sites, the only of its kind on the Chilean market. However, locals looking for more, and more competitive betting options have been turning towards international sports betting sites, which are freely available to them.



Lottery in Chile


Online lottery in Chile: state monopoly, playing on foreign sites not prosecuted


Lottery games are legal and well-liked in Chile. The Lotería de la Concepción, now known only as “Lottery” was created in 1921 with the aim of collecting funds for the university of Concepción. The most popular type of lottery in Chile is Kino, where players need to pick 14 numbers out of 25.

The Chilean lottery is also available for playing online. It is technically illegal for foreign, unlicensed operators to offer lottery games in Chile, but the laws are rarely enforced. Locals are free to participate in international lottery draws.



Bitcoin gambling in Chile


Bitcoin gambling in Chile: unregulated


Bitcoin usage in Chile is completely unregulated. The virtual currency has been enjoying growing popularity in the country, and Chile’s first Bitcoin exchange opened in 2015. Interestingly, the founding of the Bitcoin exchange was, in fact, funded by the Chilean government.*

As the Chilean government currently does not issue online gambling licences, operating a Bitcoin casino based in the country would likely be illegal. On the other hand, Chilean gamblers are free to play on international Bitcoin gambling sites.


*Source: Why Chile’s First Bitcoin Exchange Was Funded by the Government (Motherboard)


Online gambling websites accepting players from Chile


The following online casinos and bookmakers accept players from Chile.



BGO casino – accepting players from the Chile


BGO online bookmaker – accepting players from the Chile

chile online casino

Casino Euro – accepting players from the Chile


32 Red casino accepting players from the Chile


32 Red online bookmaker, sports betting website – accepting players from the Channel Islands


Black Lotus casino accepting players from the Channel Islands




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This page is part of Simon’s List – Legal Status of Online Gambling – a definitive guide to the legal status of all forms of online gambling activities in every country around the world.


Last updated: 2015. 10. 28.

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