As of 2021, pretty much all forms of gambling are legal in Uruguay, although some types have several restrictions. For example, horse racing betting and sports betting are limited. Horse racing betting is controlled and overseen on the two state-owned Thoroughbred tracks. The lottery is also a state monopoly.
Other than that, land-based casinos are legal to operate and can offer their services to the Uruguayan players. When it comes to online gambling, the Uruguayan law does not mention anything, hence this industry is not regulated. Players are free to access any site that they choose but at their own risk.
Since online gambling is not regulated in Uruguay, the government cannot block all unlicensed sites, which have the potential to be scam sites. That is why it is important for players to check whether the chosen online casino is licensed and regulated by international regulatory bodies such as the Malta Gaming Authority or the Alderney Gambling Control Commission.
Unlicensed sites are known to operate in the area and they are often perceived as scam sites. If the site does not own a license, then players should not engage with it. The license is usually displayed at the bottom of the home page.