Offshore Licensing Jurisdictions
On the following pages you will find detailed information on the territories and jurisdictions where the online casinos which we feature and recommend on the site are operated and run from. Online gambling and playing at online casinos is one of the fastest growing adult past times.
However by it’s very nature of being operated on the internet it is ( Online Gambling ) largely unregulated. Therefore players need to know that the casino or casinos that they frequent are operating in a jurisdiction whereby there is very real recourse, should any problems arise.
Since Ladbrokes relocated their high roller call centre to Gibraltar back in the last part of the 1990’s, Gibraltar has become the number one location in the world for online gambling operations to relocate to.
Ladbrokes were quickly followed out to the ‘Rock’ by Victor Chandler, and in the past decade the majority of the large UK facing casinos, sportsbooks and poker rooms have all upped sticks and moved to Gibraltar.
Attracted by it’s highly skilled work force, low offshore tax regime and close proximity to the UK ( Less than 3 hours by air ), the Online Gambling Industry is now Gibraltar’s largest private sector employer.
Malta was the first European Union state to regulate Remote Gaming and as such it is the fastest growing gaming sector on the entire island. The first site that accepted online bets was established under the Public Lotto Ordinance back in 2000.
In the present day, Malta is now home to numerous online gambling operations, many of which relocated to the Island to take advantage of it’s ‘White Listed’ status by the UK Government. Which in short allows operators based on the Island to advertise to UK residents.
The Lotteries and Gaming Authority or LGA for short is the government body responsible for vetting and regulating all the online gaming companies that are located on Malta.
Established in May 2000, the Alderney Gambling Control Commission ( AGCC ) is arguably the most stringent remote gambling jurisdiction in the world, whereby all remote gaming companies that operate on the Island have the highest standards to uphold.
As such players that play at any online casino which operates from Alderney have the added peace of mind, that the jurisdiction they operate from, proactively ensures that fair gaming and excellent customer care is adhered to.
Obtaining a license to operate from Alderney therefore is an extremely rigorous process.
Kahnawake is an independent territory and Indian Reserve located on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River in Quebec, Canada, across from Montreal.
The Kahnawake Gaming Commission came into being in 1996 as a result of the Kahnawake Gaming Law which was passed by the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake.
The territory is no more than 48 square kilometres in size and numbers 8000 residents in total. Since the Kahnawake Gaming Law was passed, several online gambling operators have moved to Kahnwake as a result.
For a gaming company to be based in Kahnawake a Client Provider Authorization has to be purchased for the tune of $25,000.
Unlike, territories such as Alderney or Gibraltar, Costa Rica has no set criteria, licensing or regulation setup which operators have to adhere to, to be able to operate from the Central American Country.
In our view and this is also bourne out by many with experience of working in the online gambling industry, Costa Rica unfortunately is the chosen country where many blacklisted or rogue casinos operate from.
There are of course exceptions to this general rule and consensus, but players need to do proper and full research before deciding to play at a Costa Rica based online casino.
Our guide to Costa Rica as a home for online gambling operations, is a good starting point.
The Netherland Antilles ( Curacao ) is an autonomous part of Holland which is situated just off the coast of Venezuela to the South East of the Virgin Islands.
Occupying some 800 square kilometres, Netherland Antilles has been home to numerous online gambling operations since 2002.
Currently over 200 gaming companies operate from the territory and to be able to operate from the Netherland Antilles an interactive gaming license needs to be applied for. Online Gaming has become one of the largest industries on the island of Curacao as result.