s stated by Juan B. Pérez Hidalgo, Colombians’ optimism was reflected in the number of bets placed during the World Cup, which reached 1.127.000.000.
The President of Coljuegos pointed out that the World Cup help to consolidate online sports betting as a leisure activity and technological referent that allowed them to increase the proceeds derived from licensing rights, which are destined to the country’s health system.
In Colombia, during the World Cup, which took place from June 14 to July 15, users made 13.386.781 bets through the 12 platforms authorized to operate online gambling, amounting to USD 61.703.600. Those operators award prizes in the amount of USD 52.448.100. "During the first half of 2018, over USD 4.935.500 were generated by online gambling licensing rights. Coljuegos transfers those proceeds to the country’s health system, which after a year in operation received USD 4.325.730," Pérez Hidalgo assured.
The 12 legal platforms currently operating in the Latin American country are wplay.co, betplay.com.co, colbet.co, zamba.co, codere.com.co, mijugada.co, masgol.co, luckia.co, sportium.com.co, rushbet.co, aquijuego.co y apuestalo.co. They guarantee players the payment of prizes and the adequate and safe management of their personal and financial information.
"Currently, we have a total of 977.000 players registered in the 12 authorized websites. From January to June, an average of 129.530 users bécame registered each month and during the World Cup, such figure increased by 51%, with 329.366 users," he concluded.