How to start an online casino

How to start an online casino

“I want to start an online casino” or “How to start an online casino” is a question I am often asked, and this rather vague request is typically followed by another request to put a proposal together in order for the protagonist of the question, to decide what sort of casino they may wish to start.

While I love helping people, I simply do not have the time to go through this process on a one-on-one basis due to time constraints. If you wish to hire me as a consultant, I am certainly a gun for hire, otherwise, I have penned a number of articles to guide you through the process, absolutely fee, and this should be enough to get started.

Before I, or anyone else for that matter, can help you, you need to be 100% sure of the following:

  1. What type of casino do you want to start?
  2. Who will be supplying your games?
  3. Where are your customers likely to live?
  4. What is your budget?
  5. What license do you want to operate under? (determined by budget / jurisdiction)
  6. What currency do you want to accept, will you be accepting crypto?
  7. What payment methods do you want to use?
  8. Who is going to build you website?
  9. How are you going to do your marketing?

Once you know the above, pick up the phone and call me. I am now in a position to help you!

Now before I start, if you are looking for me to tell you what sort of casino/gambling enterprise you should start. I have a standard answer. Start a lottery re-selling business. Everyone knows the lottery and enjoy playing it.

If thats not your thing, then read on.

So lets go through these questions one at a time

What type of casino do you want to start?

My own casino using my own games

With your own casino games, bear in mind that most jurisdictions require that games have certification of some kind. It is different in each jurisdiction with the simplest being in Curacao which requires RNG certification.

General casino games

This would cover the likes of slots, table games, lucky numbers, live games and betting. While there are many providers across the board, we would suggest taking a look at InBet Games who has a large variety of games you can access via a single feed.

Online Poker

Poker requires decent software to be effective. There are a number of great companies out there who can offer this to you. The first is EvenBet Gaming and the second is Cubeia. There are also a number of smaller providers who have good software if price is a concern. When you contact me, you can ask me about this.

Sports Betting

Sports betting is a complicated process. Feeds are expensive, and the likes of Betfair and Paddypower require all sorts of hoops to hop through. If you are a small outfit or want to offer services in India or Pakistan I would suggest taking a look at InBet games. They have a comprehensive sports betting product that will likely work for you.

Who will be supplying your games?

This is important because some jurisdictions simply will not work with certain game suppliers. Also, licensing dictates game certification requirements that need to be adhered to. So it is important that your game supplier is able to offer games to the jurisdiction in which you plan to license.

If you will be using your own games, you will need to go through the process to get your games approved under the license you wish to work.

Where will your customers live?

If your customers live in the US and you wish to target the US market, this is not somethnig I am able to assist you with simply because I do not have the relationships in place with US based licensing authorities.

What is your budget?

Obtaining licensing is not a $5 exercise. You are going to spend at least 25K EUR per annum for your licensing needs (at the bottom end) and 200K EUR per annum at the top end. You can shave this cost down by opting for a White Label / Managed serice if you are on a tight budget.

What license do you want to operate under? (determined by budget / jurisdiction)

Lets say you want to offer services in Latin America and part of Europe. Chances are a Curacao license would work for you. However, if you were expressely interested in Europe and have the budget. You may opt for a Malta or even an Isle of Man license which has a broader scope.

Further informaiton on what gambling license to use and a cost breakdown of a Curacao license.

What currency do you want to accept, will you be accepting crypto?

The concern around crypto and fiat businesses is that a gambling company is not a financial services company. So for instance, you must be careful how you deal with crypto. In most instances, you wont be allowed to accept a payment in fiat and then offer the player a means to convert to Bitcoin or similar.

What payment methods do you want to use?

Considering 95% of all transactions are done by means of credit card a good gaming merchant account is required. The remaining 5% will be e-wallets and crypto which can wait for your casino to launc before you worry about them. In my opinion, I would not be too concerned with e-wallets and would focus on a good credit card solution.

Who is going to build you website?

he game provider will give you the API feeds to their games and in some cases will also provide you with a templated casino. If you are looking for something more enhancced, you will likely want to get someone to build a casino for you from the ground up.

How are you going to do your marketing?

The most important of it all. How are you going to find your clients? I have met many a casino operator with great software, fast servers, the right license and all the payment solutions you can imagine. But no customers…

Do not start, unless you know how you are going to reach end users.

Where do you plan to host your casino?

Hosting is super important and many of the more popular webhosting providers will not host an online casino. While small casinos can get away with it, the last thing you want is to have your servers ripped from the proverbial racks for breaking a hosting companies terms and conditions. Fortunately, you are reading this on a hosting website and you can rent any of our gambling VPS servers which will suit your needs.

For more information:

At this point you should have enogh information in terms of how to start an online casino. I would suggest you get onto some software providers for priciung, download our licensing documents for pricing and then think about how you plan to get your product to market. Once you know all of these, get in touch – my details are all over this site!

As gambling is regulated by state and territory, you can review the links under the “Gambling and Licencing” heading.

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How to start an online casino

FURTHER INFORMATION ON CURACAO GAMBLING LICENSES

We wrote an article on Curacao Gambling License which may be of interest to you should you be looking for alternative casino licensing information.

Gambling license Alderney | How to get a gambling license in Alderney

Gambling license report

Gambling license Alderney

Gambling license Alderney: Alderney is the most northerly of the Channel Islands. It is part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey, a British Crown dependency. It is 3 miles long and 1.5 miles wide.

Corporate tax: 0%
Gambling tax: 0%

The British Channel Islands are often considered to be among the world’s leaders in off-shore finance. Although these islands are dependencies of the Crown, they are not subject to or part of UK or EU legislation. This has allowed the Channel Islands to act independently, and this prompted Alderney to set up the Alderney Gambling Control Commission in 2000.

Who manages E-Gambling in Alderney?

E-Gambling is managed by AGCC, a non-political, independent body regulating Electronic gambling on Alderney’s behalf.

Alderney Gambling Overview:

In 2005 the rules where changed allowing licensed gambling operators to accept bets from players all around the world, this included the US at the time.

Minimum Share Capital for an iGaming Company: £2
Security Requirements / Indemnity for Player Deposits: A variety of mechanisms are acceptable commensurate with the Business Plan and commercial performance of the operator.
Licence Fee: £70,000 per year in lieu of all taxes (currently under review with a view to reducing the cost for start-up/smaller operators).
Licence Length: The Alderney gambling license is a yearly license.
Software Testing Requirement: Software testing is a pre-requisite and technical standards are published by AGCC.
Reporting Requirements to Regulators: Periodic financial reports are required. 
Anti-Money Laundering Policy: All operators must comply with AML legislation in force. 
Country Restrictions: No restrictions.

Alderney Gambling Contact Details

Head of e-Commerce Development
Alderney Gambling
State of Alderney
PO Box 1, Island Hall,
Royal Connaught Square
Alderney
British Channel Islands
UK
GY9 3AA
Tel: +44 207 993 8564
Email: info@alderneygambling.com
Website: www.alderneygambling.com
For more information:
As gambling is regulated by state and territory, you can review the links under the “Gambling and Licencing” heading.

Get in touch:

Gambling license Alderney

Gambling license report

Managed service casinos:

Our managed service is a casino running under our existing Curacao license and takes 6 – 8 weeks to put in place.

Download (pdf): Curacao managed service white label license costs

Gambling licenses:

Download (pdf): What gambling license should I be using?

Download (pdf): Curacao company and license application costs

General documentation:

Download (pdf): Credit Card Processing for your casino

Helpful resources:

Download (pdf): How to run a gaming site

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Isle of man Gambling License | How to get a gaming license in the IOM

Isle of Man Gambling License

An Isle of Man gambling license was first Formed in 1962, the Gambling Supervision Commission of the Isle of Man has led the way with big changes throughout the world, with player protection being one of the isle’s top priorities.

Unlike many other governments, the government of the Isle of Man actually encourage the develpment of online gambling business on the island. The Isle of Man was one of the first jurisdictions to introduce gaming legislation with the aim of benefiting gambling and various online firms, and have been at the middle of the internet gaming boom from the start.

Regulatory bodies ensure a gambling license is granted only if after a thorough vetting process, standards are met.

The Isle of Man are particulary aware and responsive to changes in the internet gaming market, and reguarly make changes to their policies and regulatory controls. Along with the private sector, the government works hard at creating a superior infrastructure, thus attracting more business and resulting in economic growth.

As of 2005, no income tax is taken out the the e-gaming sector, this has prompted more business and although there are less than 20 operators licenced with the island, the Isle of Man remains one of the most successful e-gaming jurisdictions around.

In order to apply for a licence, operators must pay a non-refundable fee of £1,000GBP, followed by a rigorous inspection to check the prospective operators for credibility. Applicants must also demonstrate fairness in their games, keep enough money reserved for payouts, and excel in the community as a reputable gaming provider.

Key figures

  • Annual License Fee: £35,000
  • Tax on Gross Gaming Yield: 1.5%
  • Corporation Tax: 0% (as long as the site does not accept bets from Isle of Man residents)
  • Duty payable on retained gross profits:
    • 1.5% for gross gaming yield not exceeding £20million/year
    • 0.5% for gross gaming yield from £20-40million/year
    • 0.1% for gross gaming yield over £40million/year
  • Licence Fee: £1000 application fee, then £35,000/year
  • Licence Length: 5 years, after which renewal is required
  • Software Testing: Certificate from approved testing house required
  • Reporting Requirements to Regulators: Access to business, its systems and ausited accounts when requested by the Gambling Control Commissioners
  • Anti-Money Laundering Policy: Full AML due diligence. Indemnification procedures, record keeping, internal procedures, education and training, as well as adherence to the Isle of Man Gambling Control Commissioner’s Guidance Notes for the Prevention of Money Laundering.
  • Country Restrictions: It is the responsibility of the operator to decide, however the Gambling Control Commissioners may request independent advice be taken.

How to get in touch

Head of eGaming Development,
Department of Trade and Industry,
Hamilton House,
Peel Road,
Douglas,
Isle of Man
IM1 5EP

Tel: ++44 1624 682307
Website: https://www.gov.im
Email: egaming:@dti.gov.im

About the Isle of Man

The Isle of Man is an island located in the Irish Sea between Britain and Ireland. It is a British Crown Dependency, but it has their own government and is not considered part of the United Kingdom. The Isle of Man Government actively encourages the development of gambling and e-gaming business on the island. After the crash in the e-gaming market in the early 2000’s, when the Isle of Man was left with no gambling companies, the government has done everything possible to bring gambling operators back to the country. In 2001, the Isle of Man Government was one of the first jurisdictions in the world to introduce legislation specifically designed to benefit gambling and e-gaming firms and fully protect customers. Following further recent changes, the licensing and regulatory controls are now more responsive to the needs of the gambling and e-gaming industries. Today, the Isle of Man is considered a basic model for online gaming in countries that either seek their licensing or wish to implement their own infrastructure and promote e-gaming.

The Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission, which is part of the Treasury Department, was established in 1962 and is fully independent body, committed to player protection. It regulates all gambling on the island, dealing with licence applications from companies looking to move their business to the jurisdiction. The Commission also provides full assistance to licensees to help them conduct their online gaming activity within the regulations.

About the license

Since the downslide in 2002, the government has taken steps taken to attract new gambling operators. Now the Department of Trade and Industry oversees the licensing, and the previous $2 million USD security bond has been renegotiated, making licenses much more affordable for smaller operators. What is more, the Isle of Man improved their regulations and laws, and now no income tax is taken out of the e-gaming sector.

These changes have prompted even more business, and while there are a few operators licensed in the Isle of Man, they are among the most successful online gaming venues around.

In order to apply for a license, operators must first request an application from the Gambling Supervision Commission and pay a non-refundable fee of £1,000. Then a thorough inspection process takes place, wherein each prospective operator is rigorously checked for credibility. Applicants must prove fairness of their games, keep enough money reserved for payouts whenever requested, and be regarded as a reputable gaming provider. The operators licensed in the Isle of Man have to pay an annual license fee of £35,000, and a 1.5% tax on gross gaming yield up to the amount of £20,000,000. The corporation tax is 0% so long as the site does not accept bets from the Isle of Man residents.

Resolution of complaints

The Gambling Supervision Commission is statutorily charged to ensure that gambling is conducted honestly and fairly, remains free from criminal influence and exploitation and does not cause harm to the public interest, individuals and families. If a complaint arises with a Mann-licensed operator , players should, first of all, contact the licence holder about their grievance. If they are dissatisfied with the response and have exhausted all avenues with the casino operator, they can contact the Commission by email at gaming@gov.im. To speed up the query, player are asked to fill in the Complaints Form and send it to the Commission.

In summary

After the e-gaming crash, the Isle of Man relaxed requirements in order to attract new business. However, the standards have gotten stricter in recent years, and the jurisdiction is proving they are serious about fair gaming. Due to the improvements and implementation of a Gambling Supervision Commission, you don’t have to worry about depositing at a casino licensed in this jurisdiction.

Casinos licensed out of the Isle of Man

• 188BET Casino
• Bella Jackpot Casino
• BetInternet Casino
• Camasino Casino
• Casino Magic
• Casinover Casino
• Dublinbet Casino
• Global Live Casino
• Lucky Live Casino
• Mamut Games Casino
• PokerStars Casino
• Rogers Casino
• SBOB Casino
• Scratch Games Casino
• Sunmaker Casino
• Trada Casino
• Winners Island Casino
• Wisniewski Casino

Where is the license valid?

The Isle of Man has become a model for online gaming countries due to the legislative framework set by the Electronic Transactions Act of 2000 and the Online Gambling Regulation Act 2001, which legalized online gaming operation in the country. Applications for online gaming licenses were initially accepted on the Isle of Man in June 2001. By 2002, licenses were distributed to five gaming operators from around the world. The rapid growth of the market, however, was followed by an even more rapid crash. By 2003, no gaming operators held a license from the island. The island is “White Listed” by the UK and the OECD respectively for eGaming and tax cooperation purposes, which allows Isle of Man licensees to advertise to the UK market.

There are three options for eGaming Licenses:

Full OGRA License:

Requires an initial application fee of GBP 5,000 and an annual fee of GBP 35,000 for a five-year duration period. A full license does not cover gambling activities of a parent or holding company or the operations of sister companies. A full OGRA license is required if any of the following types of online gambling are offered: Sportsbooks; Betting Exchanges; Casino Games (roulette, blackjack, slots, etc); Live Dealing; Peer to Peer Games (poker, bingo, backgammon, etc); Mobile Phone Betting; Fantasy Football or similar; Financial Trading (but not spread betting); Pari-mutuel and Pool Betting; Network Gaming; Lotteries; certain Spot-the-Ball-style games; Network Services.

Sub-Licenses:

Require the submission of an application and are designed for operators who enter into a contract with a provider that holds a full OGRA license. The costs related to a Sub-License are less than those for a full license but require a nonrefundable GBP 5,000 application fee. Once approved, the license has a five-year term and is subject to an annual license fee of GBP 5,000 per annum.

Isle of Man Network License

Requires a GBP 5,000 application fee; GBP 50,000 annual fee; and GBP 5,000 per network partner. The license provides flexibility for future development and growth for every type of business model and new income streams: B2C; Affiliate 3rd Party; White Label; Sub-License; B2B Services. This solution offers low-cost duty starting at 1.5% on Gross Gaming Yield (GGY) and not turnover. The duty is only paid on the retained element of GGY in the Isle of Man, not from licensed operators in other countries. The current corporate tax on gaming companies is 0%. The Isle of Man’s arrangement with the EU ensures services provided to UK/EU individuals are VAT exempt, and in most cases customers from outside the EU and B2B partners are 0% rated.

Changes to regulations in 2010

In February 2010, the Isle of Man announced changes to its gambling regulations, now making it legal for iGaming firms to host or carry out their non-gambling-related activities such as marketing; software, skill games and disaster recovery without an Online Gambling Regulation Act 2001 license. Disaster Recovery permits immediate switchover for up to 90 days without a license.

Since April 1, 2010, licensing is overseen by the Department of Economic Development, formerly known as the Department of Trade and Industry.

The Isle of Man’s Department of Economic Development in conjunction with the Isle of Man College of Further and Higher Education will be offering and launching in January 2013 the world’s first accredited qualification in eGaming. It is to be delivered through a work-based, higher-education framework (WBIS) validated through the University of Chester as a postgraduate-level qualification. There are plans to offer it at an undergraduate level in due course. Currently eGaming is an important sector on the island, employing approximately 688 people.

For more information:
As gambling is regulated by state and territory, you can review the links under the “Gambling and Licencing” heading.

Get in touch:

isle of man gambling license

FURTHER INFORMATION ON CURACAO GAMBLING LICENSES

We wrote an article on Curacao Gambling License which may be of interest to you should you be looking for alternative casino licensing information.

Gambling license Germany | How to get a gaming license in Germany

Gambling license Germany

The Federal Republic of Germany lies in the heart of Europe and is a cosmopolitan, democratic. Germany has one of the world’s strongest economies and offers an innovative research and education landscape. At the same time it has a strong creative economy and a dynamic cultural scene. Germany is the European Union’s most populous nation with 82 million inhabitants.

Corporate tax: 15%
Gambling tax: TBA%

Who manages E-Gambling in Germany?

The Interstate Treaty on Gambling (ISTG) does not permit online casino games whatsoever and there is a maximum of 20 licences that can be granted to sports betting operators at any one time.

Though in 2012 the state of Schleswig-Holstein granted approximately 50 licenses for online sports bets and online casino games.

Gambling license overview

In 2013, Schleswig Holstein’s gambling law (in force for about a year) was ended by Germany’s newly elected state government. The reversal of the act was criticised by the EU Commission as it was done without sufficient justification. As of February 2013, all German federal states have adopted the ISTG (the Interstate Treaty in Gambling). While administrative courts generally tended to agree to the prohibition orders issued against private providers of online gambling services in the past, 2014 saw quite a number of court decisions which favoured private provider. The small Federal State of Schleswig Holstein, under which more than 50 licenses for online gambling and sports betting had been granted though the act was withdrawn in 2013, the licenses granted are valid until 2018 (six years).

The Schleswig-Holstein gambling act read as follows “Under Paragraph 19, section one, foreign operators will be allowed to apply for a licence if they are based in the EU or the EEA. The original wording of the law, according to which operators were required to have their “registered office, central administration or principal place of business” in one of the EU/EEA states has been changed to registered office, central administration or place of business”, which means that to have a place of business in the above mentioned areas will be all that is sufficient. Allowed to authorise one casino to move its products online. As the European Commission indicated in its detailed opinion according to the ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union, to require operators of online casino games to have a permanent seat in Germany is a restriction on the freedom of services and as such it has to be indispensable to achieve the goals of the regulation.”

Anti-Money Laundering Policy:

The country’s legislation is fully incorporated with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Forty Recommendations on Money Laundering.

Country Restrictions:

Sports betting are allowed but not online games of chance.

Online casinos licensed in Schleswig Holstein:

onlinecasino.de
casino-spiele

For more information:
As gambling is regulated by state and territory, you can review the links under the “Gambling and Licencing” heading.

Get in touch:

gambling license germany

FURTHER INFORMATION ON CURACAO GAMBLING LICENSES

We wrote an article on Curacao Gambling License which may be of interest to you should you be looking for alternative casino licensing information.

Gambling license Costa Rica

Gambling license Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a rugged, rainforested Central American country with coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific. Though its capital, San Jose, is home to cultural institutions like the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, Costa Rica is known for its beaches, volcanoes and immense biodiversity. Roughly a quarter of its area is made up of protected jungle, rich with wildlife including spider monkeys and quetzal birds.

Taxes

  • Corporate Tax: TBA
  • Gambling Tax: TBA

Who manages E-Gambling in Costa Rica?

Online Gambling Companies are self-regulated. Because there is no official organization to recognize license holders, there is no betting or gaming tax.

Overview

Due to the lack of legislation and oversight for online gambling, companies based in or registered through Costa Rica are not subject to monitoring or other regulations that many offshore companies are. This also means that since there isn’t a body to govern gambling, companies are self-regulated and aren’t required to pay betting or gaming tax.

Costa Rica is a popular place to establish online gaming business. Although there is no specific gambling license for gaming activities, corporation may execute online gambling or online casino activities under a “data processing license”. To obtain this license the corporation must have a physical location in Costa Rica.

The license indicates only that the company is able to process data. This is so because there is no specific gambling license in Costa Rica, so all corporations that conduct gambling activities use this “data processing license” or most recently some of them operate using a “marketing license”.

In order to obtain a license in Costa Rica the company must have an office in Costa Rica.

There are two gambling license options:

1. Permanent: This option is used when you need to keep the license permanently up to date. In this case the leasing of the office should be paid annually to keep the office space.

2. Temporary: The same license as in the permanent case, but once the license is issued the client does not rent the office space anymore thus saving the expenses. The office is leased for six months only in order to obtain the license.

Minimum Share Capital for an iGaming Company:

A minimum of 25% of the issued capital must be paid up on incorporation

Licence Fee:

Licenses are only required for land-based operations; i.e. if the corporation has an office within the country.

In order to acquire a license, power of attorney authorizing Costa Rican staff to do the processing is needed. The price of a permanent license is $5,000 USD in legal fees, $500 for administrative and legal costs, $3,600 for yearly lease, and $5,000 for renewal at the end of the year. Temporary licenses are also available, costing similar amounts. Administrative and legal costs are $500, legal fees $5,000, yearly lease $1,200, and a $2,000 renewal fee at the end of the year.

Licence Length:

One year

Reporting Requirements to Regulators:

Costa Rica does not employ a body which oversees the online gambling operations in business there. As a result, there is no regulatory authority, neither is there any third party for players to turn to, should they encounter a problem with one of the casinos based there

Anti-Money Laundering Policy:

All operators must comply with AML legislation in force

Contact Details:

Costa Rica Commerce

Industry and Economy Ministry
Edificio del IFAM
San Jose
Costa Rica 10216-1000
Telephone: +506 235 2700
Website: www.meic.go.cr
Email: uie AT meic.go.cr

Online casinos licensed in Costa Rica

10xaction.com
123 Vegas Win
123Bingo Online
1S Poker
1Spin.com
21 Dukes
3PigsCasino
5Dimes Casino and Sportsbook
724Sports.com
777 Kazino
7Reels Casino
7Spins
95fun.com
ABC Islands Casino and Sportsbook
Ace Live Casino

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I have years of experience with gambling hosting, casino games, Curacao gambling licensing and online casinos

FURTHER INFORMATION ON CURACAO GAMBLING LICENSES

We wrote an article on Curacao Gambling License which may be of interest to you should you be looking for alternative casino licensing information.

Gambling license Czech Republic

Gambling license Czech Republic

The Czech republic is not a popular destination to apply for a Gambling license and there are certainly better destination to consider.

The Czech Republic, in Central Europe, is known for its ornate castles, native beers and long history – from the Celtic and Germanic tribes of its founding to the Protestant Reformation and Communism. Prague, the capital, is home to a 9th-century castle, preserved medieval Old Town and statue-lined Charles Bridge. Český Krumlov is a living gallery of Renaissance-era buildings housing restaurants and shops.

If you want to incorporate and apply for a Gambling license in the Czech Republic you could not choose a more beautiful location to do so. But working in the Czech Republic is not cheap and you will need to be aware of the following taxes and costs:

  • Corporate tax: 19%
  • Gambling tax: 40%

Before setting your sites on starting your new casino in Czech, you would be wise to look into the cost of employment as well as office space etc.

Who manages E-Gambling in Czech Republic?

  • The Ministry of Finance

Overview

The high taxation rates for online gambling makes it difficult for national operators though the tax rate is lower for foreign operators. Though you have to have an office in the Czech Republic to qualify for a license. Previous legislation does allow for the licensing of online sportsbooks.

There are five existing bookmakers in the Czech Republic they are listed below for reference:

Sazka, Synottip, Chance, ifortuna and Tipsport

Anti-Money Laundering Policy:

All operators must comply with AML legislation.

Contact Details:

Address:
Czech Republic Ministry of Finance
Gaming Department
Letenská 15
Prague, Praha, hlavní mĕsto
Czech Republic 118 10
Website: www.mfcr.cz
Email: gambling@mfcr.cz
Fax: +420 257 042 788
General Information: +420 257 041 111

Online casinos licensed in Czech Republic:

  • Fortuna vsad’te se
  • Sazka Tip

For more information:

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Gambling license USA

Gambling license USA

We summarize the most important online gambling laws pertaining to gambling operators and users of gaming services in the countries where online gambling is legal to some degree or other.

Gambling license USA

The USA is a very lucrative market for online gambling companies, although there are many legal risks involved. Since 24% of all online gamblers in the world reside in North America, and the majority of gambling companies doing their hosting in Curacao (where we have our operations – to find out more Click here), we go into detail about the legal situation in this country.

The individual States in the USA have the power to make laws pertaining to their state only, but on the other hand there are Federal Laws that is applicable to the whole country, while protecting State rights. This makes the online gambling legal situation in the country very complex.

We start by giving an overview of the main Federal laws that address the legality of online betting, wagering and gambling in the USA, and then we will have a look at the situation in the individual States.

USA Federal gambling laws:

1. The Interstate Wire Act of 1961 (commonly referred to as the Federal Wire Act).
This law addresses only the issue of online sports betting and wagering and does not address the legality of online gambling as such.

Here is paragraph (a) from that law:
“Whoever being engaged in the business of betting or wagering knowingly uses a wire communication facility for the transmission in interstate or foreign commerce of bets or wagers or information assisting in the placing of bets or wagers on any sporting event or contest, or for the transmission of a wire communication which entitles the recipient to receive money or credit as a result of bets or wagers, or for information assisting in the placing of bets or wagers, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.”

Source: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/1084

2. Illegal Gambling Business Act of 1970

The Illegal Gambling Business Act was enacted as part of the Organized Crime Control Act of 1970. This Act was designed to be a companion to other laws, such as the Federal Wire Act, in targeting a source of income for organized crime. Unlike the Federal Wire Act, the Illegal Gambling Business Act is designed to assist states in enforcing their laws with regard to interstate gambling activities and is dependent on a predicate state offense.

Here are some extracts from that law:

18 U.S.C. 1955 the Statute
Prohibition of illegal gambling businesses
(a) Whoever conducts, finances, manages, supervises, directs, or owns all or part of an illegal gambling business shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.

(b) As used in this section-
(1) “illegal gambling business” means a gambling business which-
(i) is a violation of the law of a State or political subdivision in which it is conducted;
(ii) involves five or more persons who conduct, finance, manage, supervise, direct, or own all or part of such business; and
(iii) has been or remains in substantially continuous operation for a period in excess of thirty days or has a gross revenue of $2,000 in any single day.

And:

(e) This section shall not apply to any bingo game, lottery, or similar game of chance conducted by an organization exempt from tax under paragraph (3) of subsection (c) of section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, any private shareholder, member, or employee of such organization except as compensation for actual expenses incurred by him in the conduct of such activity.

3. Interstate Wagering Amendment of 1994

This Act relates mostly to lotteries:

“Whoever brings into the United States for the purpose of disposing of the same, or knowingly deposits with any express company or other common carrier for carriage, or carries in interstate or foreign commerce any paper, certificate, or instrument purporting to be or to represent a ticket, chance, share, or interest in or dependent upon the event of a lottery, gift enterprise, or similar scheme, offering prizes dependent in whole or in part upon lot or chance, or any advertisement of, or list of prizes drawn or awarded by means of, any such lottery, gift enterprise, or similar scheme; or, being engaged in the business of procuring for a person in 1 State such a ticket, chance, share, or interest in a lottery, gift, enterprise or similar scheme conducted by another State (unless that business is permitted under an agreement between the States in question or appropriate authorities of those States), knowingly transmits in interstate or foreign commerce information to be used for the purpose of procuring such a ticket, chance, share, or interest; or knowingly takes or receives any such paper, certificate, instrument, advertisement, or list so brought, deposited, or transported, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.”

4. Unlawful Internet Gambling and Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA)

This is the major gambling law that has to be considered by any online gambling operator. It targets large online gambling operations, and does not criminalize the consumers who participate in online gambling.

The Act prohibits gambling businesses from knowingly accepting payments in connection with the participation of another person in a bet or wager that involves the use of the Internet and that is unlawful under any federal or state law (termed “restricted transactions” in the Act). The Act also requires Treasury and the Federal Reserve Board (in consultation with the U.S. Attorney General) to promulgate regulations requiring certain participants in payment systems that could be used for unlawful Internet gambling to have policies and procedures reasonably designed to identify and block or otherwise prevent or prohibit the processing of restricted transactions.

The Treasury and the Federal Reserve Board have issued a joint rule that designates five payment systems which are covered by the Act. These systems are:
(i) automated clearing house (ACH) systems,
(ii) card systems,
(iii) check collection systems,
(iv) money transmitting businesses, and
(v) wire transfer systems.

The Act starts with the following paragraphs:

“(a) Findings.- Congress finds the following:
(1) Internet gambling is primarily funded through personal use of payment system instruments, credit cards, and wire transfers.
(2) The National Gambling Impact Study Commission in 1999 recommended the passage of legislation to prohibit wire transfers to Internet gambling sites or the banks which represent such sites.
(3) Internet gambling is a growing cause of debt collection problems for insured depository institutions and the consumer credit industry.
(4) New mechanisms for enforcing gambling laws on the Internet are necessary because traditional law enforcement mechanisms are often inadequate for enforcing gambling prohibitions or regulations on the Internet, especially where such gambling crosses State or national borders.”

Notwithstanding section 5362 (2), a financial transaction provider, or any interactive computer service or telecommunications service, may be liable under this subchapter if such person has actual knowledge and control of bets and wagers, and-
(1) operates, manages, supervises, or directs an Internet website at which unlawful bets or wagers may be placed, received, or otherwise made, or at which unlawful bets or wagers are offered to be placed, received, or otherwise made; or
(2) owns or controls, or is owned or controlled by, any person who operates, manages, supervises, or directs an Internet website at which unlawful bets or wagers may be placed, received, or otherwise made, or at which unlawful bets or wagers are offered to be placed, received, or otherwise made.”

More information can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unlawful_Internet_Gambling_Enforcement_Act_of_2006

Because of these Federal gambling laws, online gambling companies are hosting their operations in off-shore countries that supply legal gambling licenses and also using off-shore money transfer services. But even doing that has its risks as can be seen from the recent arrests of the founders of companies like PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker.

The United States judiciary system seems to target only the largest online gambling operators (many of them quoted on the Stock Exchanges), which leaves the market open for the smaller companies. Indeed, we see a spike in these smaller companies’ business turnover as gambling enthusiasts moved over to them after their main resources were cut off.

According to Department of Justice the companies allegedly tried to circumvent UIGEA rules with the help of others who acted as “payment processors” by helping to disguise gambling revenue as payments for non-existent goods such as jewelry or golf balls. A bank in Utah was charged as an accomplice.

State Laws:
There are no States at the moment that issue online gambling licenses.

The question if online gambling is legal in some States is a complex one, since many States do not have explicit laws on this question. Nevertheless, the following States have instituted specific laws that prohibit internet gambling that make it illegal for their citizens to participate in online gambling activities:

Illinois
Indiana
Louisiana
Montana
Nevada
Oregon
South Dakota
Washington
Wisconsin

That does not mean that States not on the list allow online gambling – there may just not be a specific current law dealing with that issue.

New Jersey seems to be the first State that is moving towards legalizing online gambling.

We are indebted to http://www.gambling-law-us.com for the following information on the different gambling laws of the individual States:

(Follow the links attached to each State to get the details of the specific legal situation)

For more information:
As gambling is regulated by state and territory, you can review the links under the “Gambling and Licencing” heading.

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Gambling license belarus

Republic of Belarus, is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe bordered by Russia to the northeast, Ukraine to the south, Poland to the west, and Lithuania and Latvia to the northwest. Its capital is Minsk; other major cities include Brest, Hrodna (Grodno), Homiel (Gomel), Mahilyow (Mogilev) and Vitsebsk (Vitebsk). Over 40% of its 207,600 square kilometres (80,200 sq mi) is forested. Its strongest economic sectors are service industries and manufacturing.

Corporate tax: 24%
Gambling tax: TBA%

Who manages E-Gambling in Belarus?

Gambling activities in Belarus are licensed by the Ministry of Sport and Tourism under the presidential decree on gambling issued on January 10, 2005.

Gambling license Belarus – Overview:

On January 6, 2012 a law went into effect making it illegal for the citizens of Belarus to access any foreign websites or any site not hosted on a .by domain. Businesses and individuals cannot provide services through domains not registered in Belarus and owners of Internet cafes or similar facilities can face charges if Internet access is not monitored and reported for violations of the law.

Users of Internet cafes are required to identify themselves, and records of their computer usage are kept for one year. The law goes as far as to monitor individuals with guests in their homes who may visit a foreign website while visiting – the owner is bound by law to report it or face charges. Internet Service Providers are required to register with the Ministry of Communications and Information. ISPs are to provide details of their network, systems, and information resources and disclose all devices connected to the network such as computers and mobile phones. The charges against individuals are a misdemeanor and they can be fined up to $125 USD. The Belarus tax authorities, police, and secret police will be responsible for investigating and prosecuting offenders of the new law.

Who to contact for a Belarus gambling license:

Address:
Ministry of Sports and Tourism
8 Kirov Street
Minsk
Belarus 220050
Website: www.mst.by
Fax: +375 22 776 22

Online casinos licensed in Belarus:

SuperLoto

For more information:
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Malta Controlled Skill Game regulation

As of the 24th January 2017 the Malta Controlled Skill Game regulation has been in force. The MGA has been entrusted with the governance and regulation over the skill games sector which is covered in the Lotteries and Other Games ACT, article 78.

The MGA is empowered to regulate the sector in terms of a number of public policy objectives including consumer protection, fairness of the game and the prevention of fraud.

The purpose of the Controlled Skill Game regulations is to address a range of games which vary substantially from typical games of chance with the aim of differentiating between games that require state intervention and those that do not.

The MGA is empowered to issue a “Controlled Skill Game” license which is valid for 5 years (and renewable there after). The license additionally covers Controlled Skill Game Suppliers who offer games on a B2B basis. The license is subjected to a number of requirements including vetting of the persons behind the business, financial system auditing to ensure the system is sound and secure, measures are in place to prevent fraud and money laundering, segregation of player funds and a consumer centric approach to the business.

What fees apply to Controlled Skill Games?

License holders are subjected to administrative fees and a 5% tax over gaming revenue.

What games fall under the Controlled Skill Games license?

Games which are based on a random number generator at the start of the game, such as cards or dice, but which rely on skill as the game progresses, such as is in the case of games such as belote, tarot, rummy or backgammon, should be licensed, but in such a way as to be deemed different to gambling.

How do I know my game is a game of skill?

Regulation 3 of the regulation deals with classification of a game and criteria covers:

  • the presence of random draws and their effect on the outcome;
  • whether the game is played for money and, or prizes with a monetary value;
  • whether participation in a game involves any form of monetary commitment, or commitment of a monetary value
  • the possibility of any negative social impact of the game;
  • whether the activity is closely associated with games of chance and/or gambling;
  • the duration of each event, competition or match;
  • whether, on the face of it, a skilled player is able to win more than an unskilled player;
  • whether a player’s chance of winning is significantly increased by experience in playing the game
  • whether skill can be acquired through training, experience, reading literature or other educational material;
  • whether a rule-set or format that is used further nullifies the effect of any element of chance;
  • whether the game is played against other human players, or otherwise;
  • the level of interaction between the players, the level of interaction between the operator and the players, and the level of intervention by the operator during the event, competition or match; and
  • the complexity of the game, including the amount of player choices and their potential effect on the outcome, and the strategies involved.

Provided that when the Authority determines, basing itself on any one or more of the above criteria, that an activity is more akin to a game of chance or a game of chance and skill than to a skill game as intended by the Act and any regulations made thereunder, then such an activity shall not fall within the
parameters of this Schedule

Fantasy sports, for instance, will now fall under a Controlled Skills Game license

I have a gambling license, do I need a Controlled Skill Game license as well?

According to the paper titled Digital Games of Skill with Prize (December 2015) it is not worth getting a classification for your skilled games.

An operator offering both traditional games of chance via the internet, as well as games of mixed chance and skill, such as board games, would rather have such games regulated under their gambling licence, as the burden and
expense of proving that such games are more skill-based is not worth the recategorisation.

GamblingTec.com can power your games of skill

While regulations in most jurisdictions are still green, a time will come when games of skill will need to be regulated. In cases where they do, you are free to ingerate your games into the GamblingTec.com platform which operates off a gambling license.

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