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Casino Software and Jurisdictions

By: Joan Peppin, Thursday August 12th 2010
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Online casinos are required to obtain a license from one of the gambling jurisdictions before they can offer their services over the Internet. It makes sense that they obtain a license from the jurisdiction that has licensed the software provider or has licensed other online casinos using the same software. This is because if the licensing jurisdiction is familiar with the software it will be more convenient for it to audit the operating procedures of the online casino. Hence there tends to be a correspondence between online casinos powered by certain software providers and licensing jurisdictions. This is borne out by studying the online casinos recommended by CasinoAdvisor with respect to their software providers and licensing jurisdictions. Another aspect is that software providers that have fewer clients tend to work with fewer jurisdictions.

WagerWorks allows online casinos to pick and choose any of its games through a remote gaming server. These online casinos could be registered with any jurisdiction. However those online casinos that opt for the complete WagerWorks platform would usually be licensed by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission or Isle of Man Government. CasinoAdvisor recommended Virgin Casino is licensed in Alderney and so are Blue Square Casino and Sky Vegas Casino.

Most Rival Gaming online casinos belong to the Silverstone Overseas group or the Deckmedia group. Both these groups are registered in the Netherlands Antilles and all the online casinos are licensed by the Curacao Gaming Authority which functions in the Netherlands Antilles. CasinoAdvisor recommends two Rival Gaming online casinos. Ruby Royal is a brand of Silverstone and Sloto’ Cash is a brand of Deckmedia.

Most online casinos powered by software from Realtime Gaming are licensed in the gambling jurisdiction of Curacao. CasinoAdvisor recommends Realtime Gaming online casinos from two groups. Rushmore Casino, Cherry Red and Slots Oasis are from the Rushmore group. Club World Casino, Aladdin’s Gold and All Star Slots are from the Club World group. However, not all Realtime Gaming online casinos are licensed in Curacao. One Club Casino is licensed in Costa Rica and Vegas Casino is licensed in Cyprus.

The Vegas Technology powered online casinos recommended by CasinoAdvisor are also from two groups, but these are licensed in different jurisdictions. The online casinos of the English Harbour group, such as Millionaire Casino, Caribbean Gold, VIP Slots and Silver Dollar, are licensed by the Directorate of Offshore Gaming of Antigua and Barbuda. The online casinos of the other group, namely Go Casino, Online Vegas Casino, Crazy Slots Casino and Grand Vegas Casino, are licensed in Curacao.

Playtech and Microgaming online casinos are spread over more jurisdictions because they are more in number. Playtech casinos of Euro Partners group, such as Casino Tropez and Casino Del Rio are licensed in Antigua and Barbuda; Golden Palace Casino, Grand Casino and Play United Casino are licensed in Curacao and Omni Casino is licensed in Cyprus.

Microgaming online casinos have completely different licensing jurisdictions. The online casinos of the Belle Rock group like Jackpot City and River Belle are licensed in Gibraltar. The online casinos of the Casino Rewards group like Blackjack Ballroom and online casinos of the Jackpot Factory group like All Slots Casino are licensed by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission. The online casinos of the Fortune Lounge group and the online casinos of the Palace Group like Spin Palace are licensed by the Lotteries and Gaming Authority of Malta.

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Comment by: Dino Lucci On: August 20, 2010
It's hard to say what jurisdictions are the best when the governments that run these small places are corrupt as can possibly be.

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