Top 5 Online Gambling Licensing Jurisdictions

Top 5 Online Gambling Licensing Jurisdictions

A fully licensed online casino is one that is able to offer players increased levels of safety because it is a casino that is guided by set rules and standards created and implemented for the purpose of creating a safe and fair i-Gaming industry. Hence, for safety and assurance purposes, it is vital for players to find and play at online casinos which are licensed and regulated by the most professional of online gambling licensing jurisdictions.

Lotteries and Gaming Authority of Malta

The Lotteries and Gaming Authority of Malta (LGA) is an organization that is very keen on its involvement in the online gaming industry. It was created to serve not only as a licensing organization but also a regulatory body and an independent auditing company for all kinds of entities within the industry. The LGA has provided services to many top-notch casinos including Redbet, Royal Vegas, Ruby Fortune, Roxy Palace, Mr. Green, and many others. Its scope of operations spans licensing and regulating sports betting sites, bingo halls, national lotteries, and poker rooms as well.

Curacao e-Gaming Licencing Authority, Netherlands Antilles

After the LGA, the government of the island of Curacao is the largest online gambling licensing jurisdiction in terms of the number of licenses granted. To date, it has licensed over 450 online casinos, sports betting houses, bingo halls, and many types of entities falling under the i-Gaming industry. The very first online casino license it granted was to Cyberluck casino (still in operation) back in 1999. This Licencing Authority issues only one license to cover all the products of an organization. In the case of an online casino, for example, all the games, software, poker rooms, live dealer casinos, etc. that fall under that casino will be licensed under the one license issued to the casino.

Gibraltar Licencing and Regulatory Authority

British Crown-dependent Gibraltar has been known as online gambling central for years. It issues many types of e-Gaming licenses including licenses granted for bookmakers, gaming operators, gaming machines, betting intermediaries, lottery promoters, remote gambling, and a few others. Although the Gibraltar Licencing Authority has – at this time – a full 15 years in operation after granting its first license in 1998, it has just over 300 organizations licensed under it. This makes it the 3rd largest online gaming licensing authority in the world although the first choice for many i-Gaming operators.


The Alderney Gaming Control Commission (AGCC) is a gambling operator licensing jurisdiction with servers located in Guernsey. The commission was established in the year 2000 and has kept a record clean enough to become one of the whitelisted remote gambling jurisdictions under the UK online gambling law. Recipients of licenses granted by this jurisdiction are best known for the fact that under the AGCC license, the licensee may accept business from players all over the world including the United States. This jurisdiction is also known for its varied forms of licensing which allow for the granting of full licenses, short-term licenses as well as licenses to companies with their main operations running from another jurisdiction.

Kahnawake Gaming Commission

The Kahnawake Gaming Commission was first appointed in June 1996 but took a few years to start giving out gaming operator licenses with its first one being given only in July 1999. Owned by the Aboriginal Mohawk group of Kahnawake, the Commission heads all licensing and regulating of both online and offline gaming. This relates only to online casinos, poker rooms, raffles, and lotteries operated within the part of the Kahnawake that is owned by the Mohawk people.

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