Volta dos cassinos no Brasil
Imagem: Agência Senado / Marcos Oliveria

The Senate‘s Constitution and Justice Committee (CCJ) has an important vote scheduled for this Wednesday (15). On the agenda, a bill that could change the gaming scenario in Brazil, allowing the installation of casinos in all states.

But, despite there being no consensus on the text, approval is expected. After all, since the release of online betting by Congress in December 2023, the return of physical casinos to the country seems increasingly closer.

After the CCJ, the project goes to the Senate plenary. However, it is worth mentioning that the proposal has already been approved in the Chamber of Deputies in 2022.

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However, not everyone sees this change favorably. Senator Eduardo Girão (Novo-CE), for example, is against the proposal.

According to him, the release of casinos could increase the debt of Brazilian families. “It’s for tycoons, for big conglomerates. I am very worried about this happening in light of this tragedy that the people of Rio Grande do Sul are suffering. It’s a terrifying thing. The Senate will prioritize something that will put Brazilians in debt.”

Thus, according to the PL, the installation of casinos in tourist centers or integrated leisure complexes is authorized. This includes high-end hotels with at least 100 rooms, restaurants, bars and venues for meetings and cultural events. If approved, it will allow the installation of casinos in all states and the Federal District.

The government supports the project, keeping an eye on the revenue potential. According to the rapporteur, senator Irajá (PSD), who is in favor of approval, the gambling market moved between R$8.6 billion and R$18.9 billion in 2014.

Based on the inflation correction calculated by the Broad Consumer Price Index (IPCA) in the period, the games would generate between R$14.34 billion and R$31.5 billion in 2023.

“Even as a misdemeanor, gaming already constitutes a relevant economic activity and, as such, must be subject to regulation by the State. Therefore, the proposal deserves to prosper”, says the senator.