Casino gaming license

A reliable online casino business starts with obtaining an online gambling license. It allows running a casino legally and proves the provider’s trustworthy behavior and commitment to a fair gaming policy. A license is also an indicator of transparency in business operations and security of the gaming software offered to customers.

It is impossible to set up a merchant account in a bank without a proper gambling license. Banks are very careful about their business partners and are always willing to cooperate with a company acknowledged by a regulatory body in a certain jurisdiction.

There are many jurisdictions all over the world that issue gambling licenses to online casinos. The most reputable and popular ones are the UK and the Caribbean and Pacific Islands, as well as in St Kitts, Dominica, Curacao, Antigua and Barbuda and Vanuatu. Online gambling licenses are issued only after the online casino business meets the requirements of the chosen jurisdiction.

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Some states where casinos are legal

Gambling licences can be obtained from the following jurisdictions:


A “free market approach towards e-gambling” was introduced here in 2005 by the Alderney Gambling Commission (AGC) and since then any online casino with the license of this jurisdiction can operate on the international level.


in comparison to other countries online gambling is only at the first stage of its development if compared to other jurisdictions. Estonian gambling regulation features one characteristic that a company wishing to operate on the online gambling market should obtain two types of licenses – one for activity and another one for operation.


This is one of the first jurisdictions that started online betting environment regulation and at the present moment it operates on the basis of the Interactive Gambling Act (2001). It monitors the activity of gambling services, their compliance with responsible gaming principles and provides licenses on the federal level.


The Gambling Ordinance regulates the process of online gambling license issue in Gibraltar.


Next to Austria, the laws with regards to any gambling activity, and especially online ones, in Belgium are also very strict. However, gambling has firmly occupied its position and it is considered an extremely popular and lucrative activity. In this respect, there are many casinos and gambling companies that operate in the country, online and land-based, and they are allowed to do so as long as they abide by the state laws and have obtained a license.

Isle of ManIsle of Man

The Online Gambling Regulation Act (2001) and the Electronic Transactions Act (2000) stand behind the online gambling legislation in this jurisdiction. At the present moment this is one of the most popular jurisdictions that is known for its strict requirements and professional and unbiased monitoring and control of the online gambling companies applying for their licenses.


At the present moment Belize is considered one of the most trustworthy and respectable jurisdictions and its license is considered a documented proof of the highest quality. Belize is new to the online gambling business but it has got its own gambling legislation that is regulated by the Gaming Control Board.


In Italy the Autonomous Administration of the State Monopolies (AAMS) regulates all the aspects of online gambling in the country since 2006. It is in charge of issuing licenses and also the control of the companies’ complying with the rules and regulations of legal conduct.

Costa RicaCosta Rica

More than 300 gambling websites and 200 acknowledged gaming companies have got their licenses in Costa Rica jurisdiction.


Sportsbook gambling licenses as well as online casino and poker licenses to the companies are issued by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission (KGC).

Curaçao & Netherlands AntillesCuraçao & Netherlands Antilles

On the island of Curacao the main jurisdiction certified for issuing gambling licenses is considered Curacao Gaming Control board. It has been functioning since 2002 and has broad certification and licensing capabilities.


This is the first country in the European Union that introduced the regulations with regard to remote gambling and started issuing online gambling licences. Such option has become possible after the introduction of the Public Lotto Ordinance Act in 2000. A lot of companies prefer to apply to this very jurisdiction for a number of reasons. Gaining a license in Malta opens the doors to all the banks around the word and it will be possible to open a merchant account in any bank around EU without a problem. The gambling business will never be doubted on the subject of its legal character and the company will be regarded reputable and trustworthy.

Dominican RepublicDominican Republic

is not a traditional gambling jurisdiction and is known as the best place with regard to taxation regime. It is popular with casinos from all over the world due to the tax-free business registration. There is no reporting or accounting issue, the company gets approval in no time and there is no need for the owner of the business to be physically present.


This is one of the most strict jurisdictions in terms of license requirements. The main prerequisite for obtaining a license in Austria is that an applicant company must be based in Austria.

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When choosing the jurisdiction, the company applying for a license shall consider such factors as the reputation of the jurisdiction, its licensing laws, geographical location, the cost of license and taxation. Obtaining a license brings multiple advantages to online casino owners:

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If you are planning to start an online casino business we are ready to offer you professional assistance and support in obtaining an online gambling license in the jurisdiction of your choice.


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