Argentina’s Buenos Aires province continues to move towards a more liberal attitude towards gambling activities and the 2019 budget includes a plan to permit online gambling.

It is seen as a source of tax income by Governor Maria Eugenia Vidal for the Social Development and Integration Fund that has been set up. The proposals would see a two per cent tax on players’ winnings on casino, bingo or arcade games and a regulatory framework would be set up to support online gambling, including sports betting and horse racing.

Local politicians are already lining up to support the plan that Governor Vidal sees as the only means of raising the extra funds to cope at a time of national economic crisis. It marks a significant U-turn in the policies by Vidal’s Argentina PRO political party because in 2015, when Vidal was appointed governor, she and her colleagues were very much in opposition to arcades and casinos.