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Online Casino Licensing

Casino licenses are important as in most of Europe it’s legally required in order for an operator to offer their services to paying customers. A license ensures that a casino has met certain guidelines, been checked out, and has policies in place to verify and protect their players. They have to show they can be trusted with your data and your payments and be able to help should you have any questions.

 

WHAT IS A CASINO LICENSE?

Casino licenses are a kind of ‘seal of approval’ from the country it’s issued in, confirming that the casino has met their specific requirements. The requirements are likely to vary from country to country, but generally this can include things like the owners of the company being checked out, the company proving they are upstanding and above board, proving their system is safe and efficient, showing they have processes in place to protect customer data, verify customers and protect vulnerable people, fraud prevention measures, and much more.

The casino has to provide a lot of real and verified documentation on it’s owners, it’s business and it’s systems before a license will be approved. They must have a clear structure, process and methods, all of which must be shown and upheld, even after the license has been issued. Failure to comply will result in an application being denied or a license being revoked.

 

WHY DOES A CASINO NEED A LICENSE?

In essence, casino licenses are to protect the players and the countries where the operator is based and offering their service. If anyone could open a casino without licensing, there is no way to know if they can be trusted with player information, credit card details, and large amounts of money. The license ensures the company and the people in charge have been fully checked out and are deemed trustworthy with your money.

 

WHY SO MANY DIFFERENT LICENSES AND WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES?

There are a few different kinds of casino licenses and it’s possible for a company to have more than one. In the world there are some ‘regulated markets’. These are countries who offer their own gaming license and only companies approved by them can offer their services to players there. Markets such as Italy, Spain and more recently, the UK. These countries demand that casinos have a base in their country and a license in order to access players who reside there. This stricter legislation is a bid to make gaming safer, bring revenue into the country, and generally keep a closer eye on online gaming.

Not all countries are regulated markets. For example, although Malta issues licenses, operators don’t have to have a Malta license in order to accept players from here. They just have to have a recognised casino license, wherever it’s from.

In general, if you’re in Europe, you should play on casinos with a European license (Malta, Gibraltar) as these are deemed the safest, however non-EU Curacao is also considered a good license to have.

 

AS A PLAYER, DO I NEED TO BE INTERESTED IN THE CASINO LICENSE?

Yes, absolutely. When you sign up to an online casino you are providing them with your personal details. These can vary but almost always include name, date of birth, address, as well as payment information. To play on a casino you have to put money in- would you give just anyone your full card number and security code on the back? Would you give your PayPal or Skrill username and password to a stranger on the street? Of course not, you need to be sure that the person you’re sending this information to will only use it for the purpose you intend, and nothing else.

At the very least, when you sign up to a new casino you should double check they have a casino license from a trusted country. All casinos should display this clearly on their site, or provide this when asked. If they won’t then alarm bells should start to ring. A casino operating without a license is breaking the law, so who’s to say they’ll keep your data, passwords and money safe?

 

WHERE CAN I SEE ALL THE CASINO LICENSES AND WHICH CASINOS HAVE THEM?

That’s exactly what we’ve created for you in this section. See the list of the gaming commissions which are able to issue licenses in order to find out more about them, plus see a list of all the casinos holding that license.

 

The Complete list of the most popular online casino licensing locations:

Malta Gambling License UK Gambling License

Malta

Casino Licensing in Malta | Online Casinos with a License from Malta

United Kingdom

Casino Licensing in the UK | Online Casinos with a License from the UK

The Malta Gaming Authority or ‘MGA’ have been awarding licenses to deserving casinos since the Lotteries and Other Games Act 2001.

 

The UK Gambling commission was created for the Gambling Act 2005, to offer casino licenses to those offering their services in Great Britain.

 

Curacao Gambling License Gibraltar Gambling License

Curaçao

Casino Licensing in Curaçao | Online Casinos with a License from Curaçao

Gibraltar

Casino Licensing in Gibraltar | Online Casinos with a License from Gibraltar

The former island group, Curaçao, has been providing online gaming licenses since 1996, whilst still under rule of the Netherlands Antilles.

The Gibraltar Regulatory Authority (a.k.a GRA) was formed in October 2000 by the Gibraltar Regulatory Act.

Alderney Gambling License

Antigua and Barbuda Gambling License

Alderney

Casino Licensing in Alderney | Online Casinos with a License from Alderney

Antigua and Barbuda

Casino Licensing in Antigua and Barbuda | Online Casinos with a License from Antigua and Barbuda

 

The independent Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC) regulates online casino licensing in the States of Alderney.

In Antigua and Barbuda, the Financial Services Regulatory Commission (FSRC) has been regulating online gambling activities since 1994.

kahnawake Gambling License

Costa Rica Gambling License

Kahnawake

Casino Licensing in Kahnawake | Online Casinos with a License from Kahnawake

Costa Rica

Casino Licensing in Costa Rica | Online Casinos with a License from Costa Rica

The “Kahnawake Gaming Commission” was founded in 1996 and is since holding licenses to over 100 online gambling sites. The basic requirements for acquiring a license are:

  • that only suitable persons and entities are permitted to operate online gaming establishments.
  • that all games are fair and yield true and random results to players.
  • that all winners are paid their corresponding game play earnings and all monies are kept safe.

This jurisdiction is special in the sense that the the government does not consider online gambling to be taking place at the location of the gaming servers but instead at the place where the player is interacting with the gaming software. Thus it has had little use or incentive to introduce effective gambling legislations and as long as gambling companies do not offer their services to local residents, they’re virtually free from scrutiny. That may explain why Costa Rica has been a favourite destination and operations centre to hundreds of legal and illegal online gaming companies. Currently there are approximately over 160 such companies operating from this Central American country.

 

 

 

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