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Online Gambling Jurisdictions

Online Gambling Jurisdictions

If you want to join an online casino, it’s always good to first check under which jurisdiction it operates, since it can show you how reputable the operators of the casino are, how disputes are settled with the casino, and how transparent the casino’s operations are.


Please note that not all jurisdictions uphold equally high standards of licensee vetting and player protection.


There are a few first class jurisdictions that enforce strict controls on player safety and the integrity of the gambling operator. If the casino is licensed in one of these jurisdictions, you can be sure that you and your money will be safe, and that the results of games will be fair truly random. The best jurisdictions include:

• Malta

• Alderney

• Gibraltar

• Isle of Man

• United Kingdom


However, be careful, because some casinos may only pretend to have a licence issued by one of these jurisdictions. So if a casino looks dubious and fishy, it’s better to check with the licensing authority whether the casino was in fact granted a licence before you deposit your money there.


Another group of jurisdictions does not apply as high standards as the above mentioned jurisdictions, although most of the casinos licensed and regulated in these jurisdictions are honest and have good reputation. Nevertheless, it’s better to read the reviews of the casino and conduct a research to make sure that the casino protects players and guarantees safe transactions. This group includes the following jurisdictions:

• Antigua

• Curaçao (Netherlands Antilles)

• Kahnawake


Finally, there are jurisdictions, which do nothing more than offer a license to run any kind of business and a low tax rate. These gambling jurisdictions offer players no protection whatsoever, so we advise you to be cautious with the casinos licensed in the following countries:

• Costa Rica

• Panama

If you want to learn more about individual jurisdictions, click on the links for a description of the process required to gain a license and evaluation of the level of player safety afforded by the jurisdiction, as well as a list of casinos operating from a given jurisdiction.

About Malta Jurisdiction Malta, a small European country situated south of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea, was the first EU member state to regulate Remote Gaming. Established in 2001, the Lotteries and Gaming Authority is a single regulatory body that is responsible for the governance of all gaming activities in Malta including Amusement Machines, Broadcasting Media games, Casinos, Commercial Bingo Halls, Commercial Communication games, the National lottery, Non-Profit games and Remote Gaming. Since being created, the LGA established the following mission statement: „To regulate competently the various sectors of the lotteries and gaming industry that fall under the Authority by…
About Alderney Jurisdiction Alderney, the third largest of the British Channel Islands, is approximately 8 miles from France and 60 miles from mainland Britain. Alderney is self governing dependency of the Crown, but it is not part of the United Kingdom, nor is it part of the European Union. Alderney has its own government, legislature and company laws and operates with modern banking, insurance and investment laws. The Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC) was established in May 2000. The Commission is independent and non political, and its mission is to ensure and maintain the integrity of the electronic gambling industry…
About Gibraltar Jurisdiction Gibraltar is a peninsula covering a land area of about six square kilometres. It is situated at the southern tip of Spain, overlooking the strait to Africa. Gibraltar is an overseas British territory, but is mainly ruled by their own internal government. Gibraltar has strict regulations in place that ensure gaming companies must be totally legitimate before attaining licensing there. All gambling operations in Gibraltar require licensing under the Gambling Act 2005. Remote Gambling licences are issued by the Licensing Authority. The Gambling Commissioner, who appointed under the provisions of the Act, is granted powers to ensure…
About the Isle of Man jurisdiction The Isle of Man is an island located in the Irish Sea between Britain and Ireland. It is a British Crown Dependency, but it has their own government and is not considered part of the United Kingdom. The Isle of Man Government actively encourages the development of gambling and e-gaming business on the island. After the crash in the e-gaming market in the early 2000’s, when the Isle of Man was left with no gambling companies, the government has done everything possible to bring gambling operators back to the country. In 2001, the Isle…
About the United Kingdom Jurisdiction The United Kingdom is one of the world’s major political powers as well as a highly developed country from an economic standpoint. However, in recent years more and more casino operators in the United Kingdom are moving their operations to other countries, which offer lower taxes. The Gambling Commission, which was set up under the Gambling Act 2005 to regulate commercial gambling in Great Britain, is an independent non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The Gambling Commission is already one of the strongest gaming organisations in the world. It…
About the Antigua Jurisdiction Antigua is an island located east of Puerto Rico in the West Indies. Together with the island of Barbuda, which is right beside Antigua, it is considered a part of British constitutional monarchy. Antigua was one of the first places in the world to license and regulate online gaming. In the past this popular tourist destination did not impose strict restrictions on gambling companies and it was risky to deposit money in casinos licensed in Antigua, however, recently Antigua finally started promoting fair gaming and player protection. Antigua is governed by an appointed Governor General, who…
About the Curaçao Jurisdiction Curaçao is an island forming part of the Netherlands Antilles, situated north of Venezuela in the Caribbean Sea. Curaçao is a territory of the Netherlands, however, because of Curaçao's distance from other European countries, they are able to operate their own government. Curaçao has been issuing e-licenses since 1996, that is longer than most other jurisdictions. Nowadays, Curaçao is known as one of the most commonly used online gambling licensers, since they offer good conditions to Internet gaming companies, for example, a low company tax rate of only 2% on net profits. The Curaçao Internet Gaming…
About the Kahnawake Jurisdiction The Kahnawake Mohawk Territory is an Indian land reserve in Quebec, Canada. The reserve has 48 square kilometers and is situated on the St. Lawrence River just across from Montreal. The Kahnawake Mohawk Territory has an independent government, and therefore, the Kahnawake Gaming Commission is the only online gambling licensing authority in North America. Kahnawake was one of the first jurisdictions in the world to recognize the opportunities afforded by the interactive gaming industry and for over 11 years the Kahnawake Gaming Commission has been continuously licensing and regulating a wide range of interactive gaming sites.…
About the Costa Rica Jurisdiction Costa Rica is located in Central America, between Nicaragua and Panama. Costa Rica is considered as one of the most popular gaming jurisdictions in the world and it is home to hundreds of online casinos. There is however a very clear reason as to why this country is so popular amongst gambling companies. Unlike, territories such as Alderney or Malta, the Costa Rican Government does not have any specific criteria, licensing or regulation setup which operators have to adhere to, to be able to operate from this country. Costa Rica unfortunately is a country where…
About Panama Jurisdiction Panama, officially the Republic of Panama , is the southernmost country of Central America situated on the isthmus connecting North and South America. Casinos and gambling have been a big part of the culture in Panama for decades. This small county hosts legal gambling and has 36 gambling houses available to the public. Panama began offering internet gaming licenses to casino operators wishing to operate within this jurisdiction in October 2002. All internet gaming companies registered within or hosted inside of this jurisdiction must be registered under the Online Gaming Act of 2002. This regulation allows for…

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