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  Coljuegos, this was the protest of the Casino operators, agreements were reached. 

Coljuegos, this was the protest of the Casino operators, agreements were reached.
Publicado: 2023-10-05

Once again, the façade of the regulator Coljuegos appears in the news, as happened on July 27, 2023, when the entity's workers protested what they called “political abuses” and announced the creation of the SINTRACOLJUEGOS union.


On this occasion, it was the localized gaming operators in Colombia who expressed their dissatisfaction and frustration at having to go to these bodies, given the ineffectiveness and lack of leadership that Coljuegos is currently experiencing.


Ineffectiveness and politicization of Coljuegos is leading to bankruptcy of casino operators in Colombia.


As they have reported, this lack of management has even led to micro-entrepreneurs having to close their businesses, which means harm to them and the dismissal of employees.



The sit-in due to the ineffectiveness of Coljuegos began around 10:30 in the morning when dozens of affected people gathered in front of the building where the entity operates and began the protest that was authorized by the government secretariat until late in the day. afternoon of October 2, 2023; As the minutes passed, around 200 protesters joined in, haranguing the right to work, respect and dignity, as well as the resolution of all procedures such as payment facilities, permits, and being responsible for the money that health care is losing due to casinos closed.



The secretary of Coljuegos was the one who initially attended to the protesters on behalf of their president, and they agreed to the express creation of a dialogue table to channel the demands of those located.



At which point the Coljuegos delegate proposes the creation of a commission to enter the building and express their concerns and have them addressed.



Thus, after a little more than 3 hours in which concerns and complaints were exchanged, it was possible, among others, to set a deadline of October 26, 2023 for ALL backlogged procedures to be evacuated, recognizing by the head of the legal office , that there are still 168 procedures that have not been resolved and that will be purged in this period of time.


The priority will be those contracts that have expired and have not been renewed, which has forced them to close; At this point the spokespersons questioned who will be responsible for the consequential damages caused by this situation; This question was not resolved and was left in the hands of the legal department.


Another of the points agreed upon was to streamline the portal so that when expansions are made, only the number of METs that are going to be expanded is processed and not all the inventory that makes up the contract must be processed.


Importantly, the spokespersons highlight that the entity understood the difficulty in obtaining or renewing (which is not the case) the use of land for each of the businesses that are an integral part of the contracts and therefore will accept those already existing; “Which in the eyes of the industry is not a perk, but it is important that Coljuegos has understood it” were some of the comments that were generated in this regard.


In addition to the above, it was agreed to monitor how the processes are going, for which they will meet again within a period of no more than 10 days, as a support so that the deadline of October 26, 2023 is respected. The administrative processes of sanctions, policies and new procedures were also agreed upon and will be part of this next meeting.


Coljuegos at the end of the afternoon sent Press Bulletin No. 27 where he gave a good account of some figures: Coljuegos raised five hundred and sixty-four billion pesos ($564,000,000,000) from January to August 2023; Transfers to health grew by 22.15% compared to the same period of the previous year; The increase in collection was 16.8% compared to the same period of the previous year, 519 procedures have been resolved since July 11.




It is with the help of the 348 localized games of chance and luck operators, 16 internet-operated games of luck and chance operators and two innovative games operators (Baloto and Super Astro) that we can move towards the modernity that the entity requires. …” the document ended.


During the meeting, the delay was justified by the unclear procedures encountered by the new administration and the “turtle plan” of the unionized officials, a fact that was categorically denied by a union member interviewed; They are nonsense to justify the politicization of the entity, if there are no guidelines we cannot work, he added.


It is expected that in the next meeting the contracts that are delayed or are about to expire will have been evacuated, the truth is that the operators gave a conclusive demonstration that gambling is not a matter of gambling.

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Chilean soccer clubs denounce the hidden link between the ANFP and genius sports. 

Coljuegos, this was the protest of the Casino operators, agreements were reached.

The authorities of three Chilean teams activated football alarms. Club Deportivo Palestino, Club Deportes Iquique and O'Higgins FC published a letter denouncing an unknown link between the National Professional Football Association (ANFP) and a private company linked to online betting.


The clubs accused the ANFP of having paid contracts with Genius Sports, an international company based in England that manages sports data for betting houses.



Deportes Iquique detailed a situation that occurred during one of their matches in their minor series: they discovered that the match was being broadcast on the platform of an online betting house. Upon investigation, Iquique learned that during the incident there was a person from Genius Sports who transmitted all the information through his cell phone.


Both Palestino and O'Higgins later discovered that there were also people from the same company attending their training teams' matches. After an investigation, they managed to determine that there are contracts with the ANFP that allow that company's personnel to enter the stadiums.


"This company pays ANFP to have access to the competition data and provide detailed information on each event that occurred in the matches, for use by the betting houses, which we consider unpresentable," the complainant teams stated in the letter. In the letter, the teams spoke directly to Pablo Milad, president of the organization, and denounced that these links promote fixing and fraud in matches: "You and all of us who have a relationship with football know how dangerous the relationship with football is. sports betting system. Especially in the case of youth football that takes place in an environment that is more difficult to control, with players with less capacity to resist pressures and offers, with parents with easy access to people with an interest in fixing results and even with technical bodies with little experience”.


Although there is still no legal framework that regulates this situation in Chile, the clubs assured that the FIFA (International Association of Football Federation) regulations do. Citing an article from the international entity's Code of Ethics, they stated that "all types of interest with entities, companies, organizations that promote, negotiate or direct bets related to football matches" are prohibited.

Argentina also attacks influencers who promote betting. 

Coljuegos, this was the protest of the Casino operators, agreements were reached.

The government headed by Jorge Macri sent document letters to influencers and celebrities who advertised illegal betting sites through their social networks. Argentina.



The City of Buenos Aires continues its campaign against illegal gambling to control that minors do not access virtual betting. In that sense, after the announcement of a series of educational, health and legislative measures, a new judicial approach was undertaken.



The government of Jorge Macri, through the Buenos Aires Lottery (LOTBA), sent letters and documents to influencers who promoted and advertised on their social networks platforms that illegally collect gambling bets.


These are people who participate or are directly related to the television program “Big Brother”: Romina Uhrig, Camila Lattanzio, Agostina Spinelli, Federico Farías, Juliana Scaglione, Emmanuel Vich and Williams López. In addition, document letters promoting illegal gambling were also sent to other personalities from the Argentine entertainment world such as Florencia Peña, Flavio Azzaro, Florencia Vigna and Morena Rial.


LOTBA ordered them to cease the promotion under warning of initiating legal actions for considering them participants in the alleged commission of the crime established in article 301 bis of the National Penal Code.


Said article indicates that “anyone who exploits, manages, operates or in any way organizes, by himself or through third parties, any form or system of capturing games of chance without having the relevant authorization will be punished with imprisonment of three to six years.” emanated from the jurisdictional authority…”

From yesterday, sports prediction sites must pay tax in Ecuador. 

Coljuegos, this was the protest of the Casino operators, agreements were reached.

The Internal Revenue Service (SRI) confirmed that starting July 1, a new tax will go into effect for sports prediction sites. The portal opened a form where registration must be completed so that the domain is not affected.


In one of the sections of the SRI website, sports prediction operators can find the procedure for requesting registration in the Single Taxpayer Registry (RUC), requirements and updating, as well as the respective legal basis. The tax as such taxes the income received by operators of sports predictions made through the Internet or any other means.


Your tax base is the result of subtracting prizes paid (with withholding at source) from income, including commissions; and the rate is 15%.


Standards that must be met

• - Deliver the information for tax purposes to the SRI as dictated by the regulations.

• - Register in the registry of the single registry of RUC taxpayers.

• - Designate a representative resident in Ecuador for all purposes derived from the administration of the Single Income Tax for Sports Forecast Operators.

• - Declare and pay the Single Income Tax for Sports Forecast Operators. The Sanction If what is specified is not met, a penalty of 30 basic salaries will be imposed. Additionally, the IP address of the website through which the company operates will be blocked.


Casinos in Colombia, their worst moment, they have only contributed usd $30millions for health. 

Coljuegos, this was the protest of the Casino operators, agreements were reached.

According to a Coljuegos report dated June 18, 2024, games located in the country contribute 39% of the total transfers for the health of Colombians. This year (2024), between January and April, bingo halls, casinos and electronic slot machines transferred a total of usd 30million to finance the subsidized regime and to promote scientific research.



For the same period, in the year 2022, of the total transfers to the health of Colombians by the Games of luck and chance sector was usd 20million , localized games (casinos and bingos) were the ones with the greatest contribution in collections reaching 10million pesos, with a growth of 33% more than the previous year (2021) thanks to the increase in electronic slot machines (MET's) which reach a total of 101,202 units, which represented a growth of 9 %, in 3,428 commercial establishments, which represents 14% growth compared to 2021.



For the first quarter of 2023 (January-February-March), in the Coljuegos report, localized games (casinos and bingos) made contributions to health of 86 billion pesos, games operated over the Internet, usd 20millions ; the Baloto Revancha,30 million ; SUPER astro usd 10 Millions and promotional games usd 100K. Which indicates that by the second quarter of the same year usd 50millions had been collected, this 2024 being usd 10millions below 2023, which was difficult in terms of the economy. In 2022, contributions were usd100million, with a growth of 33% more than the previous year (2021), a figure that will not be reached in 2024 since there are 6 months left for usd 70millions to be generated.


This June 18, 2024, the president of the entity, Marco Emilio Hincapié, indicated that the transfers were made by the 392 operators and 3,546 authorized gaming establishments located in the 32 departments of the country.


Thus, currently 105,451 electronic slot machines are in operation in Colombia, which represents an increase of more than 1,400 elements of this type compared to 2023. If the number of establishments is reviewed, there is an increase well below the average since the creation of Coljuegos, of only 118 between 2022 and 2024, which gives a clear example of the damage that this sector is suffering due inefficiency of the entity in the issuance of procedures.

The Copa America begins, and from the first whistle an increase in bets is expected in Colombia with a scandal of match fixing. 

Coljuegos, this was the protest of the Casino operators, agreements were reached.

According to estimates based on historical data and observed trends, online betting is expected to experience an increase between 30% and 40% during this important continental tournament, about $100millions.

The scandal

Colombian Professional Football, FPC, had a big shakeup on Saturday, June 22, because several referees were fired for allegedly participating in sports betting. This information has circulated through social networks and has already gained strength, taking into account that complaints about bad refereeing in Colombian football have been recurrent recently, so this would make the rumors even bigger.


The person in charge of disseminating this information was the arbitration analyst Jose Borda, who published through social networks that more than 10 judges were fired.


For the Colombian League 2024-II, the Referees Commission removed 15 judges from the panel, including centre-backs, assistants, VAR and AVAR'S. Machado ‘sold’ some of his protégés to save his position,”


The gambling and chance sector in Colombia has demonstrated its economic and social relevance. Until April 2024, online betting has generated a transfer of $30 million to the health sector, representing approximately 40% of the total resources allocated by the industry to health and scientific research. In 2023, this figure reached $200 million.


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