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Argentina is a yellow-level jurisdiction because they are partially regulated on the provincial level with no federal oversight.

Argentina is the southern-most country in South America on the east coast. It's directly east of Chile and south of Bolivia and Paraguay. It borders Uruguay and the Atlantic Ocean to the east.

Overview of Argentina Online Gambling Regulations

In 2008, the government of Argentina make it illegal for online gambling licensed to be given on a federal level. However, they left it open to the 23 provinces (plus the city of Buenos Aires) to issue their own licenses. This has led to a chaotic and hectic group of agreements between provinces that are unclear at best. While a license to operate from a province generally only allows you to offer games to the residents of that province, some agreements exist between provinces to share player pools.

The Licensing Process in Argentina

Most provinces do not have an official set of requirements to be licensed, and this has led to an over-abundance of regulatory bodies. In Buenos Aries alone, there are more than 20 organizations that issue licenses for online gambling. The policies for these organizations range from being fairly strict to effectively being a rubber stamp in the case of some bodies that will give licenses to any company that pays the fee.

The Board of Association of Lotteries, Pools and Casinos (known as ALEA for short) has been campaigning for years to have the licensing process moved to the federal level to clean up the industry in Argentina. However, their efforts have been mostly futile. It's worth noting that corruption exists in a lot of the proceedings for licenses in the country, and that could have something to do with it, but there is no clear evidence available either way.

Player Protection

For the most part, there are no player protections in Argentina in any of the areas where operators can get licenses. This has created an ironic situation where it's actually safer for players to trust their money with foreign, unlicensed operators in a lot of cases. This system of incentives for the players has made it more difficult each year for licensed operators in Argentina to keep their market share, and it's one of the top reasons why the ALEA wants to regulate things on a federal level.

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