Gambling Jurisdictions

What is the Importance of Proper Licensing?

You may think it’s a no-brainer, and sometimes it is but it is something that loads of players simply ignore or are not aware of. Years ago, there was very little licensing – well actually most online casinos had licenses, and they were valid, but some were about at but some were about as But the way that licensing has been approached o.

Gambling Jurisdictions & Licensing  Authorities

Licensing Online Casinos is a big deal… and this section is primarily focused on what a licensing jurisdiction should be doing: ensuring that players have a safe playing field, that they will not be cheated by unethical operations, and that proper due diligence is performed to ensure that these “licensed” casinos are legitimate businesses that comply to subscribed gaming law.

These ratings are from a player’s perspective. Some jurisdictions may be fine and dandy to operators, but they may be showing a different face to players.

According to our player philosophy at Casinomeister, the primary function of a gaming jurisdiction is to protect the player. That is the bottom line. We rate the jurisdictions via what we consider essential attributes of a proper licensing entity.

Rating the Jurisdictions

These are the specific attributes that we take into consideration:

  • Oversight: How well does this jurisdiction watch over its licensees? Are the casinos being monitored, are they being audited on a regular basis? Is the software being tested? Are they ensuring that their casinos have the proper tools and policies to fight problem gambling? Are their casinos exploiting the weaknesses of gamblers? How well do they protect players?
  • Responsiveness: How responsive is the licensing entity towards player complaints? Are complaints responded to succinctly and effectively? Is the licensing agency a black hole or are they helpful and efficient?
  • Transparency: Who is in charge? Do they list points of contact? Do they publish annual reports on player issues from their licensees?
  • Infrastructure: How effective are their servers? Are they located in some third world banana republic, or are the servers hosted in a stable environment?
  • History: What is the history of this jurisdiction’s relationship with player complaints? Are there loads of complaints in the fora that go unresolved? Do they have a history of assisting players? Or do they have a history of being flippant and non-communicative?

The Bottom Line

The weaker the license, the stronger the relationship between the player and the operator needs to be in the gaming community. Weak licenses and weak operator relationships equal potential rogue casino outfits.

In essence, casino licensing is an integral part of online gaming.

List of Gambling Jurisdictions

  • Jurisdiction:

    Name:

    Alderney Gambling Control Commision

    Reliability:

    Highest

    CM Rating

    9.8 /10
    "Rarely a complaint from players of their licencees"
  • Jurisdiction:

    Name:

    Amministrazione Autonoma dei Monopoli di Stato (AAMS)

    Reliability:

    High

    CM Rating

    5 /10
     
  • Jurisdiction:

    Name:

    Curacao eGaming: Master License 1668/JAZ

    Reliability:

    Weak

    CM Rating

    1 /10
    "Pretty much worthless – licenses casinos with stolen software."
  • Jurisdiction:

    Name:

    Danish Gambling Authority

    Reliability:

    High

    CM Rating

    8.9 /10
    "Seems to be on the right track - no complaints here...yet."
  • Jurisdiction:

    Name:

    Gibraltar Licensing Authority

    Reliability:

    Average

    CM Rating

    6.9 /10
    "Pretty good but has some dodgy licensees"
  • Jurisdiction:

    Name:

    Isle of Man Jurisdiction

    Reliability:

    Highest

    CM Rating

    9.7 /10
    "Rarely a complaint - solid licensing"
  • Jurisdiction:

    Name:

    Kahnawake Gaming Commision

    Reliability:

    Highest

    CM Rating

    9 /10
    "By far the most qualified, experienced, player focused, and transparent."
  • Jurisdiction:

    Malta Gaming Authority

    Name:

    Malta Gaming Authority

    Reliability:

    High

    CM Rating

    7.9 /10
    "Used to be crap - now one of the best"
  • Jurisdiction:

    UKGC Logo

    Name:

    United Kingdom Gambling Commision (UKGC) Review

    Reliability:

    Highest

    CM Rating

    8.5 /10
    "They do just about everything but handle complaints."