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Gambling in Uruguay

Information About Uruguay

By Reno Rollins

Uruguay is located in the southeastern section of South America, and it is the second smallest country on the continent. Home to over 3.3 million people, it is bordered by Brazil, Argentina and the Atlantic Ocean. The capital of the country is Montevideo.

Uruguayan Gambling Laws

Casinos, horse racing, pari-mutual betting and the lottery are all legal in Uruguay. You must be at least 18 years of age to legally participate in any of these activities.

Sports Betting in Uruguay

Sporting events are very popular in the county, but sports books are not legal. This is a shame, since residents of Uruguay are extremely passionate fans. Football (soccer) is especially popular, and Uruguay is one of only five nations to win the FIFA World Cup on two or more occasions. They also hold the distinction of being the smallest country to win the World Cup.

Casinos in Uruguay

Casinos in Uruguay receive the bulk of their business from tourists. Games such as baccarat, blackjack, roulette, craps, poker and punto banco are all available, as well as various kinds of slot machines.

As with most South American countries, poker is particularly popular. Visitors to the casinos can try their hand at everything from Texas Hold’em to Caribbean Stud Poker.

There are 17 Uruguay casinos in all, and most of them are controlled by the state. They include:

Casino Atlántida (Atlantida, Canelones, Uruguay) Open daily from 3pm until 2am on weekdays and 3pm until 3am on the weekends. There are 170 slot machines and three table and poker games (roulette, punto banco) available. Two restaurants and a hotel are also on the premises. For more information, visit their website at www.atlantida.com.uy/casino.

Casino Carmelo (Carmelo, Colonia, Uruguay) Open Monday thru Thursday from 9pm until 3am and Friday thru Sunday from 9pm until 4am. This casino offers 48 slot machines and 8 table and poker games (blackjack, punto banco, roulette). A restaurant and hotel are also available.

Sala Chuy (Chuy, Rocha, Uruguay) Open daily from 2pm until 2am, this casino offers 82 gaming machines.

Radisson Hotel and Casino (Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay) This casino features 12 poker and table games, as well as 100 gaming machines.

Gran Fray Bentos Hotel & Casino (Fray Bentos, Rio Negro, Uruguay) Closed Monday thru Thursday, this casino is open on Friday thru Sunday. There are 30 slot machines available, as well as seven poker and table games (roulette, blackjack, punto banco). A bar and hotel are also located on the premises.

Cabo Santa Maria Hotel Casino & Casino La Paloma (La Paloma, Rocha, Uruguay) Open daily from 8pm until 4am, the casino features 69 gaming machines, a hotel and one restaurant.

Casino de Estado Victoria Plaza (Montevideo, Uruguay) Open Sunday thru Wednesday from 12pm until 5am and Thursday thru Saturday from 12pm until 8am. Slot machines are available daily from 9am until 5am. 500 slot machines are available, as well as 13 poker and table games (punto banco, blackjack, poker and roulette). For more information, visit their website at www.radisson.com/montevideouy.

Sala de Esparcimiento Paysandú (Paysandu, Paysandu, Uruguay) Open Monday thru Thursday from 10am until 2am and Friday thru Saturday from 10am until 3am. Besides a hotel, the facility also offers 114 slot machines.

Casino Piriapolis Argentino (Piriapolis, Maldonado, Uruguay) Open daily from 9pm until 4am ,this casino has 100 slot machines and 7 table and poker games (roulette and punto banco). There is also a 500-room hotel and two restaurants.

Casino Nogaro (Punta del Este, Maldonado, Uruguay) This casino is open Monday thru Thursday from 3pm until 3am and Friday thru Sunday from 3pm until 5am. 200 slot machines are available, as well as 13 table games (blackjack, roulette and punto banco).

Conrad Resort & Casino Punta del Este (Punta del Este, Maldonado, Uruguay) This is the largest casino in Uruguay. Open 24 hours a day from January thru March. From April to November, they are open from noon until 6am on Monday thru Thursday and 24 hours on Friday thru Sunday. The casino offers 36,584 square feet of gaming space and includes 640 gaming machines and 84 table and poker games (roulette, poker, mini-baccarat, let it ride, craps, blackjack, baccarat and 7 ½). There are also four restaurants, two bars and a 296-room hotel. For more information, visit their website at www.conrad.com.uy.

Mantra Resort Spa & Casino (Punta del Este, Maldonado, Uruguay) Open daily from 5pm until 4am, this casino has 185 slot machines and 32 poker and table games (baccarat, poker, roulette and blackjack).

Casino Lago Merin (Rio Branco, Cerro Largo, Uruguay) Open Monday thru Sunday from 7pm until 2am. This casino offers 100 slots and four table games.

Casino Hotel Rivera (Rivera, Uruguay) Open Sunday thru Thursday from 9pm until 3am and Friday thru Saturday from 9pm until 4am. The casino offers 74 gaming machines and eight table games (roulette). A bar and hotel are also available.

Sala Sarandi (Rivera, Uruguay) Open daily from 11:30am until 12pm, this casino offers 60 slot machines. For more information, visit their website at www.casinos.gub.uy.

Sala Rocha (Rocha, Uruguay) Open daily from 6pm until 4am, this casino offers 69 slot machines.

Sala De Esparcimientos (San Jose, Uruguay) Open daily from noon until 2am, this casino offers 89 slot machines.

Pari-Mutuel Betting in Uruguay

Thoroughbred racing is only legally offered at one facility in Uruguay. Located in Montevideo, that facility is the Hipodromo Nacional de Maronas. It is open on the weekends from noon until 6pm. A race book is also available, and you can visit their website at www.maronas.com.uy.

The Maronas Race Track opened in 1889 but had to close its doors in 1997 due to financial difficulties. It reopened in 2003, having been equipped with the latest technology and completely refurbished.

While horse racing is popular, it is eclipsed by motor sports. Numerous motor sports facilities can be found throughout the country.

Lottery in Uruguay

Known as the Loterias y Quinielas, the Uruguay lottery is administered by the government. While popular, it’s not quite the large-scale lottery which many have come to expect around the globe. The lottery can be played in a number of forms, including scratch tickets, online lottery terminals, raffles, instant lotteries and sports betting.

For more information, you can visit the lottery’s website at www.loteria.gub.uy/.