Casino Licenses

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    Thomas Andreas

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    What are considered the top casino licenses and what are consider 2nd and 3rd tier licenses.

    As I understood it Malta is a top license to have but what are the other bad and good ones?
     
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    BetReels

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    UK, Malta, Gibraltar are the primary "good ones" while Curacao, Costa Rica are flagged as worthless. That said, casinos can be great or rogue with any license - it really depends on the owners and their cashflow.

    With more and more countries regulating, it won't be long before casinos will need to have a license in every market that offers licenses.
     
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    Biti

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    I would say that the license of the country you're playing from is the most worth. Licenses have no value outside the countries they're meant for.

    A UK license has no value if you're playing from, let's say, Spain or Hungary.

    If you're playing from a grey or black market country, Malta is the best. Way behind that licenses like Gibraltar. Crap from Curacao and Costa Rica can't even be called a license and is complete worthless.
     
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    AussieDave

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    Costa Rica is less than worthless - it's not even a gaming license. Instead, it's nothing more than a permit to operate a business on Costa Rica soil. It's an identical license given to a Costa Rican Butcher Shop, Baker and Candle Stick Maker etc., etc.

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    There's also the Kahnawake Gaming Commission. Once compared to that of holding a Curacao gaming license. Worse, back in circa 2008, it was embroiled in a huge poker scandal scam. When that all fizzled out, Kahnawake employed the service of Micki Oster, a well known and respected veteran of the online gaming industry (I'd known Micki since 2000 and she was rock solid honest). Micki was in charge of player disputes, and did a mighty fine job in her tenure, ruling many times in favour of players.
    (current license holders: gamingcommission.ca/interactiveOp.htm).

    http://www.ottawalife.com/article/h...curity-to-major-player-in-online-gambling?c=9
    The Kahnawake Gaming Commission is well-known to many online gamblers and sports bettors the world over. The independent regulatory body issues licenses to a multitude of top level and lower level online casinos, sportsbooks, and online poker sites. It also regulates their activities, ensuring strict adherence to their code of conduct and practice. The Kahnawake Gaming Commission also oversees a number of brick and mortar poker rooms all situated within their own territory.


    The Kahnawake Gaming Commission was established in 1996, making it one of the oldest online and land-based casino regulatory bodies still operating today. The commission was established after the Kahnawake Gaming Law had been enacted by the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake. Just three years later the council extended their regulatory activities to including interactive (online) gaming in 1999, shortly after the first digital casinos went online in the mid-nineties.

    Footnote: AFAIK, Micki Oster is no longer employed by KGC. As such, I'm not sure who handles player disputes. The last stats on that topic are dated Jan 01 to Dec 31 2015 - gamingcommission.ca/news/pr01252016b.pdf
     
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    NDG

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    Malta is probably the best gaming license for players in countries where there is no local licensing of online casinos.
    I would say the casinos that are licensed in their own jurisdiction, like in the UK, US states, Canadian provinces, etc..
    are the 1st tier. The second tier would probably be casinos that are licensed in Malta and the third tier would probably
    be all of the rest with examples like Curacao, Panama, St. Kitts, Comoros and other US-friendly licensing jurisdictions.
     
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    AussieDave

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    Let me reiterating, Costa Rica does NOT issue interactive gaming licenses. Costa Rica is NOT a licensing jurisdiction.
     
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    NDG

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    You are right. Costa Rica is just a normal business license. There are no gaming regulations at all.
    There is nothing to protect the players. You are simply gambling at a business within Costa Rica.
    i removed Costa Rica from my previous post in order to avoid any confusion.
     
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    If I would start an online casino, I would surely choose Maltese license. As it was said, it is the best for grey markets, and there is still plenty of them. Local licenses depends on exact jurisdiction conditions.
     
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    Biti

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    Curacao basically isn't a gambling license either.
     

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