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To operate an online casino, poker room or sports betting gaming site legally you will need to obtain a gambling license first. The actual gambling license to operate online gaming site is issued by many governments worldwide, but the most popular jurisdictions issuing such offshore gambling licenses are from the Caribbean and Pacific Island Governments such as Antigua and Barbuda, Costa Rica, St Kitts, Dominica, Curacau and Vanuatu. 

When selecting a gambling license jurisdiction, you should select one with a sensible approach to taxation, and license cost in combination with a strong licensing law and technical standards. Contact us now to request free information on gambling licensing and turnkey online casino solutions.

Why do you need the gambling license for your online casino, poker or sports betting site?

It is possible to make your online gaming business without a license, but most of major online casinos have license. Here are three main causes why it is worth to have a gambling license.

  • In player's opinion gambling license guarantees reliability and straight dealing of the gaming company. Players have more confidence playing in casinos and poker rooms with license.
  • In case of a settlement account opening banks insist on gambling license and especially while concluding agreements for receiving payments from bank cards.
  • In many countries operating a gambling business without a gambling license is illegal and it may result in termination and criminal responsibilities.

You can apply for a gambling license in one of the countries listed below:

Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda is a twin-island nation located in the Eastern Caribbean. Antigua and Barbuda was one of the first jurisdictions to license interactive gaming and wagering companies in 1994. The internet gaming companies are classified as “Financial Institutions” and are subject to all the Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) requirements of the jurisdiction.

The licensing and regulation of online gambling services on the islands of Antigua and Barbuda is handled by the Financial Services Regulatory Commission's Division of Gaming. The FRSC Gaming Division awards two types of licensees: interactive gaming and interactive wagering.

The gaming license is for casino and poker sites and the wagering license is for sports betting sites. It's one of the offshore jurisdictions which contain the biggest number of registered online casinos.

For more information on Antigua's interactive gaming and wagering laws and regulations see the following:

Interactive Gaming and Interactive Wagering Regulations, as Amended 2007
Control Systems Guidelines
Social Responsibility Commitment

The Antiguan gaming regulations are enforced by the Antiguan Directorate of Offshore Gaming (the “Directorate”). For more information on obtaining a gambling license in Antigua and Barbuda please visit www.antiguagaming.gov.ag


Costa-Rica

Costa Rica is the Mecca of online casinos and poker rooms because it has the best infrastructure available in the Caribbean basin - its reliable telecommunication system, its multilingual workers, and its lack of online gaming and Internet regulations. A lot of online casinos have chosen Costa Rica as registration country because of the fact that there are no direct prohibition on gambling business and no necessity to receive a special license.

There is no online gambling license in Costa Rica. A company incorporated under the laws of Costa Rica can operate an online gaming business. Companies operate under a "data processing" license.

Costa Rica is home to 200+ online gambling companies, without a legislation specifically dealing with gambling over the Internet. Legislation does exist to restrict land-based gambling, but these laws are not interpreted as extending to Internet gambling.

The requirements to obtain a license are:

  • Office Lease Contract
  • Health permit
  • Workers insurance policy

For more information please visit http://www.meic.go.cr


Kahnawake

Kahnawake is an Indian (native American) territory in Quebec, Canada.

The Kahnawake Gaming Commission is an organization that licenses a large number of online casinos and online poker rooms. The Kahnawáke Gaming Commission was established in June 1996. The Commission is empowered to regulate and control gaming and related activities within and from the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawáke. These gaming activities are regulated in accordance with the highest principles of honesty and integrity.

The fee for the initial application is C$15,000 plus an annual license fee of C$10,000

Visit http://www.gamingcommission.ca for more information.


Panama

Panama adopted regulations governing the licensing of electronic games of chance and wagering activities in late 2002. Internet gaming companies domiciled in Panama enjoy complete tax exemptions. Customs duty concessions are given for imports needed to carry on Internet gaming. As long as the income made from Internet operations are to jurisdictions outside of Panama, there is no income tax, withholding tax, sales tax or VAT taxes. Offshore companies, such as online gaming companies are not subject to foreign exchange control. There is also a new call center incentive and training program that boast numerous qualified bilingual workers.

The regulations allow master licenses to be granted that are valid for up to seven years upon payment of a license fee of US$40,000. There is also an annual license fee of US$20,000. Master license holders may grant sub-licenses, which are subject to the annual fee. Applicants must pay all investigation costs incurred in the processing of the application. Operators must comply with money-laundering regulations and notify the Financial Analysis Unit of any suspicious transactions above US$10,000. An account must be maintained to guarantee payment to winners. Until now a very few companies have applied for the license, mainly due to the huge paper work and the cost of the gambling license.


Antilles Netherlands and Curacao

Within the Netherlands Antilles, Curacao offers gambling licenses for online casinos, poker rooms and sportsbooks. Gambling licenses are available through the Department of Justice or through sub-licensing from an existing gambling license holders. Licenses from the Department of Justice last for two years.


Gibraltar

All gaming operations in Gibraltar require licensing under the Gambling Ordinance 2005. Remote Gambling licenses, including for telephone and internet betting, are issued by the Government of Gibraltar.

Only companies with a proven track record in gaming, of reputable standing and with a realistic business plan can be granted gambling licenses. Gibraltar gaming licenses are generally difficult to obtain.

For more information on obtaining a gambling license in Gibraltar visit http://www.gibraltar.gov.gi/internet-gaming


Isle of Man

The Isle of Man specifically encourages the location of online gambling businesses: "The Isle of Man Government actively encourages the development of gambling and e-gaming business on the Isle of Man. It remains committed to delivering a stable government and strong regulatory environment, supported by a wide range of attractive Business Benefits."

The Commission requires independent testing of software to ensure games offered are not rigged and will make accurate payment of player winnings. Games may only be offered by licensed, corporate operators. All operators must also establish bond arrangements to guarantee players will be paid in the event the licensee ceased operations for any reason.

Fees

  • GBP35,000 per annum
  • GBP1000 one off administration fee which is non-refundable

Duty

  • for gross gaming yield not exceeding £20 million per annum 1.5%
  • for gross gaming yield of more than £20 million per annum, but not exceeding £40 million per annum 0.5%
  • for gross gaming yield exceeding £40 million per annum 0.1%

For more information on how to obtain a gambling license in the Isle of Man please visit
http://www.gov.im/gambling/licensing

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