There are just a handful of reputable online gambling licensing jurisdictions in the world and the authorities which are based in these jurisdictions have issued online gambling licenses to some of the most trusted names in the online gambling industry. The ‘top-tier’ licensing jurisdictions which impose the toughest controls over their licensees are based in the Channel Island licensing jurisdiction of Alderney, also in the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man (in the Irish Sea) and in Gibraltar (a British territory located in the south of Spain, in the southernmost tip of Europe).
Second Tier Gambling Jurisdictions
The following licensing jurisdictions are often referred to as ‘second tier’ gambling jurisdictions and these include Antigua and Barbuda. This island is located east of Puerto Rico in the West Indies and the licensing authority based here is known as the Directorate of Offshore Gaming.
Who Do You Trust?
With so many small entities carrying a range of acronyms and other confusing statements it is easy to throw in the towel and just sign up to any online casino and hope for the best... but
The most trustworthy online casinos are licensed in one of the above jurisdictions. Should you ever encounter some kind of issue at one of these casinos (for example you haven’t received your winnings, or some other similar complaint), you can contact the authority which has issued that casino a license and then you will receive the necessary legal backing that you are entitled to try and get your issue resolved (providing you are a registered member of the casino that you have an issue with).
You could NOT contact the Kahnawake Gaming Commission if you have a problem with a casino which is licensed in Malta, just like you couldn’t contact the Alderney Gambling Commission you have a problem with a casino which is licensed in Panama, and so on.
Learn more about Online Gambling and Licensing HERE
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