Bolsonaro says he is against the release of gambling, but that the decree to regulate sports betting sites is ‘quite advanced’

English Edition I 14.10.22

Por: Magno José

Bolsonaro diz que é contra liberação de jogos de azar, mas que o decreto para regulamentar sites de aposta esportiva está ‘bastante avançado’
The president did not set a deadline for entry into force and did not give details about the rules he should impose, but he said, during a podcast, that he is in the process of editing a decree to regulate online betting

President and reelection candidate Jair Bolsonaro (PL) said today that the text of the decree that will regulate the operation of sports betting houses in Brazil is “mature” and “quite advanced”. The operation, which has grown rapidly, has been allowed in the country since 2018, but companies must be headquartered outside Brazil. Consequently, the government does not collect from the transactions.

Bolsonaro did not set a deadline for the regulation and did not give details about the rules he should impose. The main pending issue today, according to the president, is to define the destination of the funds raised. In an interview with the podcast “Paparazzo Rubro-Negro”, the betting model was called “.bet”, in reference to the domain of sites that operate the games.

“This ‘.bet’ is quite advanced a decree to regulate this there”, said Bolsonaro. “The guy keeps playing and the money goes out, so it’s mature with the whole society”.

Asked about the destination of the collection, the president added: I don’t want it for the Treasury, I have too much money. The arm wrestling right now is where this money goes. It goes to treat drug addicts, goes to security, goes to infrastructure. We’re getting it right there. A part goes to third, second, first division [of the football championship]. I think the first one might be left out.”

The president considers sports betting a separate case in the regulation of so-called gambling. Bolsonaro does not agree, for example, with the release of slot machines, and has already warned Congress that he will veto any project with this objective. Parliamentarians are also discussing the eventual release of bingos and casinos.
“The way it is being treated, I veto it,” said the president.

However, he finds it difficult to maintain his position. “By vetoing, the ball goes back to parliament. If parliament overrides the veto, it’s law. Parliament already knows of my position that I will veto this game proposal that is being processed there.”

The proposal was approved this year by the Chamber, led by the president of the House, Arthur Lira (PP-AL).
“In Brazil, if you allow the issue of games, there will be a problem. Slot machines, in my opinion, cannot. The guy goes to the bakery to buy bread and comes back empty-handed because he played the slot machine there. So, there are games and gambling. I believe that Brazil is not yet mature enough to discuss this. Congress is discussing a project. As it is, I veto it”, he concluded.

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