The director of the Puerto Rico Gambling Commission, Orlando Rivera, along with five other members, will be part of the advisory group that will publish reports every three months. Local officials estimate that legalised esports betting could bring in up to $87m in tax revenue within the first five years of operation

Orlando Rivera, director of the Gambling Commission of Puerto Rico, will be part of the advisory group along with other five members, who will be in charge of issuing reports every three months and sending them to Pierlusi, to the Secretary of the Department of Economic Development (DDEC) and the Commission.

Rivera, upon taking office, had commented that Puerto Rico hoped to launch its sports betting market before the start of the latest Major League Baseball (MLB) season in April.

The director also said that in case the leagues accept being included in sports betting offerings, they would have their own agreements in place with bookmakers and would receive money from them, although it’s still unclear if it would be a percentage of the bets made.

This is possible thanks to former Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced who signed into law the Senate Bill 1534 in her last day in office, paving the way for the activation of sports betting and esports in the country. Puerto Rico seeks “new industries and businesses to create jobs” and “new sources of revenue to sustain government programs and essential services”.

Furthermore, Rep. José Rivera Madera said: “The fact that our projections indicate that the profits from these activities represent an estimated revenue of $87m over the next five years for the Government, without a doubt is a paradigm for the economic situation that the island is facing.”