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The online casino gambling industry is by and large self regulated.  While licensing jurisdictions are in a position regulate the conduct of online casinos and sportsbooks operating under their license, they can not really stop a casino from simply obtaining another license from another jurisdiction in the event of an issue or dispute arising.

Seeking to address this issue, industry participants, (casinos, sportsbooks, portals, etc) have sought to self regulate by encouraging the formation of handful of organisations whose mandate primarily consists of providing a credible source of industry governance over member casinos and sportsbooks.

Listed below are a few of the better known industry organisations which a many online casinos and sports books seek certification from, as well as a few of the industry's better known licensing jurisdictions.



Interactive Gaming Council  

The Interactive Gaming Council Canada is a not for profit corporation incorporated and operating pursuant to the statutes and regulations of Canada.  It is the purpose of the IGC to promote the global interactive gaming industry; to establish, promote and enforce a uniform code of conduct among its members; and to provide and support appropriate mechanisms designed to instill confidence in the industry and IGC members.


eCOGRA's mission statement states...

"The objective of eCOGRA is to be an independent entity that provides important player protections to consumers, including that operators are honest, games are fair, monetary deposits are safe and winning bets are paid in a timely manner..." 


Licensing jurisdictions:

Alderney Gambling Control Commission

In May 2000 the States of Alderney established an independent, non-political, commission, the Alderney Gambling Control Commission, to take over the regulation of the licensed businesses from the Island's Policy and Finance Committee. The Commission has built upon and developed the policy of ensuring its regulatory and supervisory approach meet the very highest international standards.

The Commission is also engaged in regular dialogue with other regulatory bodies at an international level. It participates in the Gaming Regulators European Forum (GREF) and the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR). The Commission works closely with other agencies, particularly in the prevention of financial crime.

Antiqua & Barbuda - Directorate of Offshore Gaming

The Directorate of Offshore Gaming is the regulatory body responsible for the oversight of all aspects of the Offshore Gaming industry in the jurisdiction of Antigua and Barbuda, including the operations of its some 115 licensees.   The operations of the Directorate are divided into two areas.  

The area of technical administration and enforcement deals with the collection and analysis of all information required to establish the ongoing fairness of gaming software and the accurate recording of revenues for every licensee.  

The administrative arm deals with the Preferred Licensee program and operation of the toll free numbers which allow direct access to the Directorate by players. This facility allows for the registration of complaints and inquires as to the license status of operators in the jurisdiction. This department is also responsible for the processing of applications, revocation of licenses and facilitation of operators.

Dominica Offshore Gaming 

A complete guide to the Government of Dominica's online gambling licensing program, including the procedures and legislation pertinent to setting up and operating an offshore company in Dominica.

Kahnawake Gaming Commission

This is the homepage of the Kahnawake Gaming Provision.  It is where you begin the application process should you wish to obtain a license in this jurisdiction.  It is also where you can submit any complaints about a casino licensed in Kahnawake.

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