The Argentinian political party Coalición Cívica ARI has submitted a request for access to public information so the province of Buenos Aires shares details about the process through which seven online gambling licenses were granted.
On December 31, through Resolution No. 795-2020, the Provincial Institute of Lottery and Casinos (IPLyC) of Buenos Aires named the seven companies that will be able to legally operate in the province of Buenos Aires.
In Coalición Cívica’s request, nine deputies and senators mentioned two local businessmen, Cristóbal López, who is being investigated for corruption, and Daniel Angelici, former Boca Juniors president. The legislators highlighted that there are different articles in the online gambling regulation that could ban them from participating in the regime.
For those reasons they urged the local regulator to “indicate how it was proven that each of these licensees complied with the established prohibitions,” and asked that the relevant documentation be attached.
In order to participate in the process, each international company had to partner with a local operator. In its public request, the Coalición Cívica mentioned that López is related to Binbaires SA, while Angelici to Atlántica de Juegos, associated with Intralot and Stars Interactive Limited, respectively.
The IPLyC had received 14 proposals, though seven were rejected by the Technical Evaluation Commission. The launch of Buenos Aires’ founding online gambling market will be composed of the following foreign and domestic partnerships: ArgenBingo BA and William Hill; Pasteko SA and Hillside Media Malta (bet365); Hotel Casino Tandil and Playtech Plc; Boldt SA and Cassava Enterprises Gibraltar (888 Holdings); Atlántica de Juegos y Stars Interactive Limited (Flutter Plc); Binbaires SA and Intralot SA; Casino de Victoria and Betsson Group.