Mexico has forever shown an affinity for gambling. But yes, it was after President Cardenas came to power in 1935 that a few of the types of gambling were declared illegal. The Catholic Church, too, played a vital role in this, and it was in 1947 that all types of gambling were included as being illegal.
As of now, the country’s Gambling and Raffles Bureau permits different types of gambling, such as horse racing, greyhound racing, lottery and raffles, gaming fairs, cockfighting, and off-site house race betting and raffles. The raffles may involve commercial ticket sales or no ticket sales.
If you ask how strictly these laws and regulations were, we have to admit that they were anything but strict. The sports betting and lotteries were even then in place. It continued in this face until the laws relaxed in 2004.
The government decided to do away with the 80 years of restriction once and for all. However, we have to note that the biggest relaxation was for the land-based casinos more than the online casinos. In the land-based casinos, the locals were restricted. Another point is that locals were not allowed in the online casinos. But that said, there are hardly any casinos based out of or originally from Mexico only.
In short, there have been attempts to legalize online gambling in Mexico completely. But some people are not going whole-heartedly about it. Those in favor of legalizing gambling are from the hotel industry. They state that if the government makes online gambling legal, it can welcome more opportunities and boost tourism. This was met with opposition, too, and the naysayers felt that it would be only boosting the illegal activities and crime rates.
The Secretaria de Gobernacion or the Ministry of the Interior manages and allows for running certain number-based games. At present, there is no hard and fast rule governing the online gambling scene in Mexico. But on the other hand, we can see that since 2014, the government has been considering revamping the rules. They are witnessing a new rise in tax revenues and other benefits. They are seeing that as many as 105,000 people have been hired in this industry, thereby giving great revenue to the economy. This has been a great motivation to help the casinos to come up.
It means that soon the local Mexicans can look forward to playing at casinos originating from the country. They are as of now, betting at off-shore casinos or casinos welcoming Mexicans.
Once the legislation is in place, you can expect online casinos in Mexico to have bingo, lottery, sportsbetting, and more such avenues, including poker .