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Licensing Jurisdictions

Licensing Jurisdictions

Licensing Jurisdictions

Another important aspect to be aware of is the actual licensing jurisdiction of the casino you are playing at resides in.  Covered on this page are  all the main territories where online casinos currently operate from. Not just the jurisdictions where the casinos we recommend reside in.

Knowing the country of origin of the casino that you play on is important, especially if a problem arises and you require third party assistance.

Online Casino Reviewer is committed to only featuring those casinos which allow access to a third party such as the territory’s regulatory authority to make impartial decisions if and when required.

This means there is an assurance of safety for players in the unfortunate event of resolving any dispute between player and casino property that may arise.

With UK based players, since 2014 the UK Gambling Commission is responsible for issuing licenses to those online casinos that which to accept UK residents. That said there are still many casinos which readily accept UK players, even though they do not have a UKGC license. All of the online casinos which are listed as UK Facing on Online Casino Reviewer have the relevant UKGC license.

Alderney

Alderney

Alderney

Online Gambling Operations which are based on the Channel Island of Alderney are regulated by the Alderney Gambling  Control Commission, or AGCC for short. Alderney and the AGCC are arguably the most stringent offshore gambling licensing jurisdiction in the world, even more so than Gibraltar.

As a result, Alderney is only home to a select few gambling companies. Should any disputes arise between players of online casinos located in Alderney, the AGCC will act as a mediator, with their decision and rulings on any outcomes having to be adhered by the gambling company.

Alderney is also regarded as a white listed jurisdiction for advertising purposes by the UK Government. With all the casinos operating out of Alderney which are recommended on Online Casino Reviewer, also holding a UK Gambling Commission License.

Because of the above, Alderney is deemed as a very attractive territory for online gambling operations to locate to, this and the low tax regime the territory implements.

Alderney

Curacao eGaming

Curacao eGaming

Curacao eGaming

Curacao eGaming, well what can we say about Curacao? They are in essence an offshore jurisdiction for online gambling operators, but alas Curacao has proven to be a toothless jurisdictions. Certainly this appears to be the case, if their inaction of AffPower’s use of stolen casino software is anything to go by.

However, with the above all said and done, all hope is not lost for those operators which reside on Curacao that make it onto Online Casino Reviewer’s online casino reviews pages. With any and all online casinos being listed directly below for your reference.

As with all the other casino operators which have been reviewed and recommended throughout the site, all are good to go and are upstanding operators. Of which we have personally played at and in many cases still do so.

Curacao

Gibraltar

Gibraltar

Gibraltar

Gibraltar is home to many of the leading UK owned gambling companies, with the likes of 888Holdings, 32Red and Ladbrokes all operating their online casinos from the small British controlled offshore territory.

Gibraltar is regarded as one of the most stringent offshore remote gambling jurisdictions and is also  ‘White Listed’ by the UK. This means Gibraltar based gambling operations are allowed to advertise in the UK.

Hence the recent proliferation of advertisements on the UK Television channels from Gibraltar based gambling companies. Gambling licenses issued to operators wanting to host their services in Gibraltar are governed by the Gibraltar Licensing Authority.

For an operator to be able to obtain a license in Gibraltar, a series of stringent due diligence tests are performed by the Gibraltar Licensing Authority Furthermore, all those casinos which operate out of Gibraltar which we recommend on OCR, also have obtained licensed from the UK Gambling Commission.

Gibraltar

Kahnawake

Alderney

Kahnawake

The Kahnawake Gaming Commission is responsible for the licensing and regulation of those online casinos which operate out of and are based within the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawake.

Established in 1999, the Kahnawake Gaming Commission is the ultimate recourse for players who may have a grievance whilst playing at any of the casinos which are licensed there.

In the past Kahnawake had somewhat of a ‘not bothered’ outlook when it came to policing their licensees.

However, over the course of the past 5 years, the territory  has certainly changed it’s outlook and is now rightly regarded as one of the better offshore gaming jurisdictions. With the territory now responsible for overseeing and policing in excess of 50 operators.

Kahnawake

Malta

Malta - MGA

Malta – MGA

Malta is the home of the Malta Gaming Authority, formerly known as the Malta Lotteries and Gaming Authority, with the Mediterrean Island being home to a considerable number of online casino operators.

Malta was one of the very first European Territories to regulate online gambling, with the first Malta licensee to accept online bets occurring back in 2000.

In the past Malta has had somewhat of a flaccid reputation when it came to regulating and overseeing their licensees.  However, I am pleased to report that over the past couple of years, the MGA has upped their game considerably.

Responsible for the governance of all gaming activities and operations that occur on the Island, the MGA have over 50 companies which currently hold a license. These include software developers as well as Online Casino and Remote iGaming operators. With the Remote Gaming Sector falling under the provisions of the Remote Gaming Regulations.

Malta

UK Gambling Commission

UK Gambling Commission

UK Gambling Commission

The UK Gambling Commission is responsible for issuing licenses to online casino operators to allow them to accept players from Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Since 2014, any online casino that wishes to accept players from the UK has to have a license from the UKGC.

All UKGC Licensees have had to assess themselves against three categories of protection for customer funds: basic, medium and high.  Licensed operators, both remote and non-remote, are required to clearly convey their Level of Protection Rating to customers as part of their terms and conditions.

Any and all online casinos which have a UKGC License offer a further level of protection and regulation for players and a real recourse should a problem with a casino occur.

UK Gambling Commission

 

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