Brazil sports betting draft rules, released

The sports betting segment gets closer in Brazil.
The sports betting segment gets closer in Brazil.

The government detailed the rules that would apply to the sports betting market in Brazil once the segment goes live.

Brazil.- Brazilian media shared official information about the regulation of sports betting. The federal government published its first proposed set of rules that would apply to the segment. 

The federal government had launched a public consultation in August. Players, gaming sites and sports entities gave their opinion. After 30 days, 1,849 suggestions were submitted. Based on these results, the government set the guidelines for future regulation.

Meanwhile, during Brazil Futebol Expo 2019, Alexandre Manoel Angelo da Silva – secretary in the Ministry of Economy – spoke about the sports betting project. As indicated, after the presentation of this proposal, they will organize another public consultation to guide the official regulation.


“We are structuring the draft decree. We intend to finish it in the coming weeks and launch a new public consultation with the finished document. Now we have a proposal for the market, ” said da Silva.

“We want to follow best practices, trying not to repeat past mistakes. We believe that the authorisation regime is the most appropriate since it provides more flexibility for several companies to operate in the market,” he explained during the expo.

The proposal

To operate in Brazil, sports betting companies must pay a single authorisation fee of around €658k. This licence would be valid for nine years. After the deadline, the operator must pay again, with a readjustment. This model would be a mix between the models from the United States and Italy.

Monthly, bookmakers will also have to pay a fee, according to the chosen operating regime. For face-to-face betting rooms, the rate was set at around €4.5k. On the other hand, online operators will contribute about €6.3k per month. In addition, companies that operate both markets will pay more than €9k per month.

The tax regime chosen is 1% of income. And the market demanded to calculate taxation on gross gaming revenue (GGR).

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