The President of the Mexican Gaming Commission has revealed that the new online gaming bill for Mexico will be presented to the House of Representatives on September 9th.
Is it legal to play online poker in Mexico?
What about a brick and mortar casino?
Simple questions, that don’t necessarily lead to simple answers, but all of that is set to change after Pokerfuse scribe, Jocelyn Wood, revealed that the Mexicans are due to pres new legislation to the House of Representatives on Sep 9th.
It’s a long time coming.
Not much as changed in Mexico, in terms of iGaming regulation, since the Law on Games of Chance was brought into fruition back in 1947. As you well know, there has been quite a few changes in the way people do business since the roaring forties.
So what will the bill look like, and what does it mean to people who now call Mexico their ‘gambling home?’
Unfortunately, there are more questions than answers, with both former, and current, Mexican Team PokerStars Pros Angel Guillen and Christian de Leon both telling PokerNews that Mexicans will have to be happy to play the waiting game.
What isn’t a secret is the potential for growth.
“As soon as we get the ability to operate a big tournament in Mexico I believe poker is going to go insane.” Guillen told PokerNews reporter Remko Rinkema during EPT Barcelona.
And he aint kidding.
According to research carried out by our very own Rebecca Liggero, eMarketer.com have suggested that the number of online consumers in Mexico will increase by 114% in 2018 to 18 million.
“It could become the new Brazil.” Said Guillen.
Anyone following the snail like pace of the journey through Parliament of the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014, in the UK, must be concerned over the speed at which legislation will motor through the Mexican halls of law.
Fernando Zarate Salgado, President of the Mexican Gaming Commission, expects the new law to be approved by 20th Sep.
Watching on eagerly will be the traveling band of US online poker pirates, who sailed to Mexico post Black Friday, and have been continuing to live a quite happy existence next to the sea, sand and seven card stud.
Will they be able to continue logging into their Stars accounts come October?
Watch this space.