KAHNAWAKE GAMING COMMISSION RESPONDS TO LOTO-QUÉBEC
26 February 2010
Arguably the largest regulator in online
gambling takes Loto-Québec to task
Comments by representatives of Loto-Québec earlier this
week in a statement defending its decision to enter the
online gambling sector (see previous InfoPowa report)
have triggered a response from the Kahnawake Gaming
In its statement, Loto-Québec
claimed that Quebeckers currently have access to over 2
000 "illegal and unregulated gaming sites that are of
dubious integrity," and voiced an intention to
"...channel the gaming offer in a controlled, safe
environment with irreproachable integrity."
KGC has noted what it calls the "cavalier denunciation
of all existing online gaming sites - presumably
including those licensed and regulated not only in
Kahnawake, but also in the UK, Alderney, Antigua, Isle
of Man, Malta, Gibraltar and other respectable licensing
and regulatory jurisdictions."
all online gaming sites that presently offer their
services in Québec as lacking in integrity is offensive,
not only to gaming regulators throughout the world but
also to the many outstanding entrepeneurs that have
built this industry and who are much better positioned
to comment on its integrity than is Loto-Quebec," the
KGC statement opines.
Kahnawake was one of the
first jurisdictions in the world to recognise the
opportunities afforded by the interactive gaming
industry and for over 11 years the KGC has been
continuously licensing and regulating a wide range of
interactive gaming sites. The KGC was established in
1996 and has been continuously licensing and regulating
online gaming since July, 1999 – longer than almost any
other jurisdiction in the world.
Territory of Kahnawake is a sovereign jurisdiction
located just outside Montréal, Québec, Canada.
Operators that are licensed by the KGC host their
equipment at Mohawk Internet Technologies, a world class
ISP and data centre located within the Mohawk Territory
The KGC’s Regulations
concerning Interactive Gaming were developed in
consultation with Frank Catania, a renowned expert in
the regulation of online and terrestrial gaming. The
Commission is headed by chairman Dean Montour and
comprised of three members appointed by the Mohawk
Council of Kahnawake.