Argentina’s laws do not regulate betting nationally. Similar to U.S. state governance, the provinces license operators. Since the capital has legalized sports betting, provinces that have not yet done may follow in issuing licensing approval to local operators. Regulated betting ensures a safe, seamless gambling process for domestic gamblers.
Sports betting in Argentina dates to 140 years ago at the opening of the country’s Hipodromo, a horse racing track. Approximately a generation later, licensed and regulated casino and sports gambling operations cater to consumers throughout the region. However, the origins of sports betting go back even further.
About 2000 years ago, the Greeks launched the Olympics. Due to the country’s love of sports competitions, officials organized competitions with countries around the world. These competitions are noted as the first, which sports betting enterprises kept betting records noting the outcome of sports matches.
Romans took the cue from the Greeks and became the first country to offer legalized sports gambling. Subsequently, sports betting spread across the globe. Even though churches protested sports betting and took steps to prevent it legally, the pastime continues to endure.
Any efforts to stop sports betting has only served to create an underground market. Even fairs and carnivals offered opportunities for visitors to wager on the shin-kicking sport. In these matches, competitors kick one another’s shins, until one person quits from the pain.
Horse racing is the enduring sports betting phenomenon, which continues in countries across the globe. In fact, the elite participated in betting on horse race outcomes and the practice spread across Europe and North America.