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Q: Legality of online gambling in Argentina ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: Legality of online gambling in Argentina
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: sharpshooter22-ga
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Posted: 11 Aug 2005 20:49 PDT
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Question ID: 554762
Is it legal for residents of Argentina to play
online poker for U.S. dollars in Argentina? 
I.e., can a resident of Argentina legally go
online and play at  Clarification -- I do not want to
know if it is legal to operate an online poker website in Argentina.

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 12 Aug 2005 19:06 PDT

I have a question for you...Is it legal for residents of the US to
play poker online?

The question has no easy or clearcut answer, as far as I know.  People
in the US certainly DO play poker online.  And I'm not aware that
anyone has ever been charged with wrongdoing.  But that doesn't mean
that the practice is seems to occupy some very murky legal

It would be even more difficult to work out the legalities in other
countries.  It's probably fair to say that most legal systems have not
yet caught up with internet gambling.  If gambling is totally
prohibited in some country, then probably internet gambling is too. 
But if some forms of gambling are legal, then internet gaming probably
occupies the same murky legal territory as it does in the US.

You might want to consider rephrasing your numerous questions along
the lines -- how common is online poker playing in Argentina, etc.

I'm not sure that the question is readily answered in that form.  But
at least it has a shot of being answered.  I don't think the strictly
legal approach will get you very far.

Just my two cents worth of advice...


Clarification of Question by sharpshooter22-ga on 12 Aug 2005 22:45 PDT
I appreciate your comment.  You're right, in most states in the US it
is not completely clear whether online poker is legal (my
understanding is that online lotteries and bookmaking are a violation
of the federal Wire Act and are therefore illegal in all states). 
Unfortunately, the question of how prevalent online poker is in any of
the particular countries I have inquired about will not help me -- I
need to know whether it is actually legal. Murky is not good for my
purposes, so if that's the answer I need to know it.  I was hoping to
perhaps get answers from people who are from the countries I have
asked about (I don't know how diversified google researchers are).  I
am in the process of consulting attorneys in the various countries,
but thought this could be another avenue of information.  So I'll have
to stick to my strictly legal approach.  Thanks!

Request for Question Clarification by guillermo-ga on 15 Aug 2005 14:16 PDT
Hello Sharpshooter22,

I'm an Argentine Google Answers' researcher living in Argentina, and
would be happy to help you. Now, please consider the disclaimer at the
bottom of this page, stating that answers provided on this service are
not intended to substitute for legal or other professional advice.
That said, I can provide you with a local legal approach by talking to
an attorney and asking him for information regarding this issue. Today
is a holiday here, so I'll be able to contact him tomorrow, is this
fine for you? Please let me know. Thank you.


Clarification of Question by sharpshooter22-ga on 21 Aug 2005 09:17 PDT

Sorry for the delay in responding to you, I've been on vacation.  If
you are still interested, yes, please speak with a local attorney and
answer the question.

Thank you!

Request for Question Clarification by guillermo-ga on 21 Aug 2005 23:17 PDT
Hello Sharpshooter22-ga,

Thanks for your reply. I'll make contact with a lawyer I know and post
an answer soon.


Subject: Re: Legality of online gambling in Argentina
Answered By: guillermo-ga on 22 Aug 2005 07:47 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello Sharpshooter22-ga,

I've just talked with Dr. Antonio Coll Collada, a reputable attorney
in Buenos Aires, who clearly explained to me that since there's
absolutely no legislation regarding online gambling in Argentina, a
resident in this country is committing no legal offense whatsoever by
doing so. Argentine law allows any person of age (21 years old or
more) to gamble in a legal casino or similar established in Argentine
territory, so in case that a judge decided to apply a territorial law
to an internet case, age should be the only restriction to consider.

My source of information:

Estudio Coll Collada - Salomón
Avenida Córdoba 950, piso 12 A
C1054AAV - Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires
República Argentina

Phone # 54-11-4393-6602

The abovementioned business contact information is posted here with
the authorization of Dr. Coll Collada.

I hope this information helps.


sharpshooter22-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Just what I was looking for!  Thank you.

Subject: Re: Legality of online gambling in Argentina
From: myoarin-ga on 12 Aug 2005 19:53 PDT
Well spoken, Pafalafa-ga!
Subject: Re: Legality of online gambling in Argentina
From: guillermo-ga on 23 Aug 2005 06:42 PDT
Thank *you* for the rating and comment!


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