The government of Uruguay announced this week that it has begun implementing a crackdown on internet gambling by blocking casino and poker sites while pushing legalized forms of betting.
The move comes after the country's Senate voted in favor of an Accountability Law by a 30-6 margin. That law includes new gambling taxes on legal gambling in the country. The tax rate will be 0.75% on gambling turnover made through approved casinos, racetracks, sportsbooks, and gaming halls. Online betting is only permitted through the National Directorate of Lotteries and Quinielas. All other cyber betting is illegal.
Regulators have begun blocking access to websites as well as cracking down on advertising and banking processes that involve the industry.
There's no telling if the crackdown will have a significant impact on the ability of punters in the country to place bets over the web, but we'll be updating readers as we find out more about the blockade.