Simon’s Guide to Gambling and Casinos in Paraguay

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A picture of the Venezia casino in Paraguay, at night, photographed from the outside - this is the header image my guide on gambling and casinos in Paraguay.

Venezia – a casino in Paraguay – Simon’s Gambling and Casino Guide – Paraguay

The first casino in Paraguay was opened as early as 1943 and most other forms of land-based gambling were also legalised since then.

Paraguay is a landlocked country in central South America, bordered by Argentina to the south and southwest, Brazil to the east and northeast, and Bolivia to the northwest. It has a land area of 406,752 square kilometers and a population of a bit over 7 million. The official language of the country is Spanish.

Paraguay permits almost all forms of gambling including lotteries, casinos, bingo halls and betting on horse racing and cockfighting*. Paraguay is one of the few countries in the world, which allows betting on a bloodsport (betting on cockfighting).

The regulatory body overseeing and controlling the gambling industry in the country is the National Commission on Gaming (CONAJZAR). The commission is also responsible for issuing licenses and auditing, monitoring.

There are no specific laws on online gambling and online casinos in Paraguay. However, operating an online gambling business is perceived as money laundering by local authorities, and therefore, online gambling operators are prosecuted. Recently, Paraguayan authorities cracked down on an illegal online gambling ring and have taken 80 Taiwanese nationals into custody with charges of running an illegal online gambling business that probably targeted the Chinese market**.

That being said, Paraguayan residents are not prosecuted for gambling on foreign platforms and the government does not currently restrict access to any such sites. However, this might change in the near future as the Director of Paraguay’s Department of Charity and Social Welfare Fernando Mendoza Rojas announced in 2015 on the Second Iberoamerican Gaming Summit that Paraguay is on the way to regulating online gambling and a new law should be enacted in 2016***.

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

**Source: 80 Taiwanese online gambling workers detained in Paraguay

***Source: Paraguay regulator calls for greater cooperation for online gaming

 

 

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Casinos and online casinos in Paraguay

 

Online casino gambling in Paraguay: not regulated

 

Casinos are legal and regulated in Paraguay since 1943, when the first legal casino opened in a hotel downtown in Asuncion. According to various online sources, there are at least four land-based casinos in Paraguay, and the government is currently holding tenders for new casinos in various locations around the country.

Paraguay has no laws pertaining to online gambling specifically. That being said, as the government recently cracked down on an illegal online gambling operation and has taken 80 Taiwanese nationals into custody, we have sufficient reasons to believe that operating online gambling from the country is practically illegal. However, players from the country can wager at any foreign online casino from Paraguay without having to worry about the authorities.

The following online casinos accept players from Paraguay:

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BGO casino – accepting players from Paraguay

 

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32 Red casino – accepting players from Paraguay

 

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Betsson online casino – accepting players from Paraguay

 

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Betsafe online casino – accepting players from Paraguay

 

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Casino Euro – accepting players from Paraguay

 

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Black lotus casino – accepting players from Paraguay

 

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Lotus Asia casino – accepting players from Paraguay

 

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GT Bets accepts players from Paraguay – accepting Bitcoins as well

 

 

Bingo in Paraguay

 

Online bingo in Paraguay: not regulated

 

Bingo is legal and regulated in Paraguay. There are land-based bingo halls around the country, such as the Bingo Candilejas in the capital Asuncion, a gambling venue that offers slot machines, poker tables and a bingo hall to its players. There is also a popular televised bingo game in the country called Tele Bingo Triple.

Online bingo – as online gambling in general – is not directly regulated in Paraguay. There are no reported online bingo operations in the country. However, Paraguayan players are not prosecuted or penalised in any way by local authorities for playing foreign online bingo halls.

The following online bingo websites accept players from Paraguay:

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BGO bingo – accepting players from Paraguay

 

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Betsson Bingo – accepting registrations from Paraguay

 

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Poker – Paraguay

 

Online poker – Paraguay: not regulated

 

Land-based poker in Paraguay is legal and regulated inside licensed brick-and-mortar casinos. All such venues offer poker tables to their players.

Online gambling is unregulated in the country, therefore, there are no laws pertaining specifically to online poker in Paraguay. Authorities are reported to have prosecuted online gambling operators in the past. However, players face no legal ramifications for playing in foreign online poker from Paraguay.

The following online poker websites accept players from Paraguay:

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Betsson online Poker – accepting players from Paraguay

 

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Betsafe online Poker – accepting players from Paraguay

 

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32 Red online Poker – accepting players from Paraguay

 

 

Sports betting in Paraguay

 

Online sports betting in Paraguay: not regulated

 

There are legally operating, land-based sportsbooks in Paraguay. One of the companies operating brick-and-mortar betting shops in the country is SA Sportsbook, a South African bookmaker firm.

Some major international online sports betting operators such as Bet365 appear to offer betting pages expressly to Paraguayan players and I also found quite a few betting affiliate sites on .py domains. However, there are no Paraguay-based online sports books. Nevertheless, Paraguayan players face no legal consequences for placing bets with foreign online bookmakers. 

The following online sportsbooks accept players from Paraguay:

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Betsson online sportsbook – accepting registrations from Paraguay

 

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Betsafe online bookmaker – accepting registrations from Paraguay

 

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32 Red sport online sportsbook – accepting players from Paraguay

 

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GT Bets online bookmaker – accepts registrations from the Paraguay, also accepts Bitcoin

 

 

Lottery in Paraguay

 

Online lottery in Paraguay: legal, state monopoly, no online platform

 

Lottery is a state monopoly in Paraguay. Authorities only license one lottery operator, which is currently a company called Ganemax. It offers various lottery-type games to Paraguayan residents in a number of betting shops around the country. However, none of its games are available through an online platform. It is quite possible, that when the new online gambling legislation is enacted, it will create a legal framework for offering these games online.

On the other hand, there are no specific laws pertaining to foreign online lottery operators and players are not prosecuted for participating in international lottery draws online.

 

 

 

Bitcoin gambling in Paraguay

 

Bitcoin gambling in Paraguay: not regulated

 

There don’t appear to be any laws in force in Paraguay banning or restricting the use of Bitcoin or other digital currencies. There are also no specific laws pertaining to online gambling operators in Paraguay. Therefore, it is safe to assume that although the government does not issue licenses to Bitcoin gambling operators and probably would not let such an enterprise conduct business within the country’s borders. However, just as the case with online gambling in general, Paraguayan players are not prosecuted for using foreign Bitcoin gambling platforms.

The following bitcoin gambling websites accept players from Paraguay:

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GT Bets accepts players from Paraguay, and also accepts Bitcoin

 

If you have questions or any feedback don’t hesitate to drop a comment below. Please let me know in the comments section if you think we might have gotten something wrong or if you have additional information, clarification about the legal status of online gambling in this country.

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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: 2016.2.2.

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