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The Kahnawake Gaming Commission

By: Joan Peppin, Monday November 17th 2008
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The Kahnawake Gaming Commission is one of the most reputed jurisdictions for licensing and regulating online gambling portals like online casinos and online poker rooms. It operates from the Mohawk territory of Kahnawake, which is an Indian reservation located 10 kilometers from Montreal in Canada. It is the only online gaming jurisdiction that is located in North America. The Kahnawake Gaming Commission was created in 1996 at a time when Internet gambling had just started. Today it has over 100 licensees.

The Kahnawake Gaming Commission offers some advantages. The location is not subject to the vagaries of nature like hurricanes and floods and therefore there is no threat of its operations being disrupted on that account. Being situated in Canada, the Kahnawake Gaming Commission has all the advantages a first-world country offers, the most predominant of which is virtually unrestricted bandwidth. On the flip side for Kahnawake is its ongoing legal dispute with the government of Canada. The Canadian government holds Internet gambling as illegal. However the native tribe that controls the Kahnawake region has stated that the Canadian constitution has given them the rights to manage their lands and this to them means that if they want to conduct online gambling operations from Kahnawake then they are at liberty to do so. The government does not agree with this thinking. According to them the constitution grants the tribes the rights to carry out activities integral to their original culture and this does not include gambling. Having said that the government is not inclined to precipitate the issue and therefore the status quo is expected to remain. The Kahnawake Gaming Commission practically need not worry on this count and nor should the licensees and the online players.

The commission presently consists of three members appointed by the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake. These members have been empowered to license and regulate online gaming activity under its jurisdiction. The Kahnawake Gaming Commission charges an application fee of $15,000 from potential licensees. Once licensed the organizations have to pay an annual fee of $10,000. The licensees can display the Kahnawake logo on their web sites. Such is the power of this logo that it sets the minds of online players at rest and is instrumental in driving traffic to the licensee's gambling portal. The commission also accepts and investigates complaints against the licensees from online players.

Much of Kahnawake's reputation stems from the due diligence it exercises while scrutinizing initial applications. The application scrutiny evaluates three basic parameters: the background of the licensee, the fairness of the software and the ability of the licensee to pay the winners. In order to ensure that these objectives are met the information provided by the applicant is checked for veracity by an independent third party, the software is audited for fairness and the applicant's financial position is critically examined.

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Comment by: badchristian On: February 22, 2010
I've heard that they've recently reassessed their rules regarding gambling and have implemented new stricter policies for the operators that license in their jurisdiction to follow. This is a really great thing for all players if it's true.
Comment by: Charles L. On: October 18, 2009
Most of the Microgaming casinos are licensed here at Kahnawake as are most of the Playtech powered online casinos as well so because it's on North American soil the internet service must be better with them then it would be if it were to be somewhere in the Caribbean or in places like Alderney or the Isle of man...

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