The process to award online casino licenses started in June 2019, but only came to pass under the new leadership of Carlos Bianco, who in December 2019 was newly appointed the Head of the Provincial Lottery, by provincial governor Axel Kicillof. It was announced on 31 December 2020 that seven licenses had been granted. Lotería de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires (LOTBA) is the body that regulates gambling in the city of Buenos Aires, so news of it finally permitting online gambling is a momentous step for the online gambling industry, not only in the independent city of Buenos Aires, but for Argentina as a whole. In the country of Argentina, provinces are put in complete control of their governance. What this means is, these provinces regulate the industry within their four walls, thus Lotería de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires licenses are specifically issued to be used within the city of Buenos Aires only. This means that the operators who have been successful will be able to open online casinos legally and in accordance with their regulations. The province of Buenos Aires is located on the West Coast of South America in the country of Argentina.