The below regulatory authorities and industry organizations play a key role in the licensing, regulation or voluntary compliance testing of live dealer platform providers and licensee casinos listed on this site.
Licensing jurisdictions and regulators
UK Gambling Commission – Under the recently passed Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014, any operator wanting to participate in the UK online gambling market must obtain a license from the UK Gambling Commission, irrespective of any other operating licenses held. The Commission is responsible for compliance testing and awarding of licenses to appropriate operators as well as dispute resolution and problem gambling advisory services.
License holders include: William Hill | 888 | Betfair | bet365 | Unibet | Betvictor | Party Casino | 32Red | Smart Live Casino | Super Casino | Paddy Power | EuroGrand | Paf | Ladbrokes | Betway
Italy AAMS – The AAMS (Amministrazione Autonoma Monopoli di Stato) is Italy’s government controlled gambling regulatory body. It is responsible for the issuing of online gambling licenses and regulation of licensees. License holders are required to offer their Italian licensed casino from a ‘.it’. AAMS is also charged with the task of blocking Italian player access to operators that are not locally licensed.
License holders include: Unibet | William Hill | Party Casino | 888 | Paddy Power
Gibraltar Regulatory Authority – Charged with licensing, regulating and taxing online gambling operators pursuant to the provisions of the The Gambling Act (Gibraltar) 2005. The GRA openly states on its website that it will only consider the issue of licenses to blue chip gaming operators with a proven track record in gaming and of good financial standing. As of February 2009 only 20 operators satisfied the GRA’s strict licensing criteria, including: BetVictor | 32 Red | BetFred | 888.com | Ladbrokes | Bet 365 | William Hill Casino | Party Casino
Malta Gaming Authority – The MGA (formerly known as the Lotteries and Gaming Authority) is the authority responsible for the governance of all forms of gaming in Malta, including remote gambling operator licensing and regulation. Enacted the Remote Gaming Regulations (2004), in so doing becoming the first EU member state to put in place a regulatory framework for online gambling service providers.
License holders include: Unibet | Platinum Play | Betfair | Betsson | Betway | Lucky Live Casino
Gambling Supervision Commission – The Isle of Man Government’s GSC was formed as a gambling regulator in 1962. Following the enactment of the Online Gambling Regulation Act 2001 (“the Act”) the GSC’s responsibilities extended in 2001 to the licensing and regulation of online gambling operators. Despite being one of the first European region licensing jurisdictions, their list of license holders remains small.
Licensees include: Paddy Power
Directorate of Offshore Gaming – Charged with the oversight of all aspects of the online gambling industry in the jurisdiction of Antigua and Barbuda. The DOG is a department of Antigua Barbuda’s Financial Services Regulatory Commission and lays claim to being the first jurisdiction in the world to provide a regulatory framework specifically designed to govern online gambling. Antigua Barbuda and the DOG’s licensing regime recently gained a UK Gambling Commission ‘White Listing Status’ affording DOG licensee casinos additional advertising freedoms in the UK.
Alderney Gambling Control Commission – Established in May 2000, the AGCC is the authority responsible for eGaming licensing, regulation and player protection considerations for Alderney based online gambling operators.
Alderney is the third largest of the British Channel Islands and a self governing dependency of the Crown. It is neither part of the United Kingdom nor the European Union, and has established itself as an e-Commerce centre of excellence and leading online gambling licensing jurisdiction. License holders include: Evolution Gaming
Kahnawake Gaming Commission – The Kahnawake Gaming Commission was established in 1996 and governs all aspects of online gambling related activity within the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawake, North America.
The Commission has an extensive list of licensees, and does have provision in its regulations for licensing live dealer operations.
Other relevant industry organizations
eCOGRA – ‘e-Commerce and Online Gambling Regulation and Assurance’ is a non profit organization set up to provide the online casino industry with a best practice operating standards framework. The framework includes consideration of player protection, operation security, advertising practices and return to player audits. Casinos complying with eCOGRA’s standards are able to display the eCOGRA Seal, which has become a universally recognized sign of an operator of good standing.
Casinos/Software developers displaying the eCOGRA Seal include:
888.com | Ladbrokes | 32 Red | Unibet | Party Casino | Microgaming | Evolution Gaming
Interactive Gaming Council – The IGC’s stated mission is to serve as a collective voice for the interactive gaming industry and to ensure an environment of fair and responsible gambling. Like eCOGRA, the IGC offers a code of conduct that members should adhere to, which incorporates a range of fair play criteria such as truth in advertising, transparent audit trails, operation security and integrity.
Members include: Microgaming | Betvictor
Remote Gambling Association – Based in London, the RGA was formed in 2005 following a merger between the Association of Remote Gambling Operators and the Interactive Gaming, Gambling and Betting Association. It provides a united voice representing the interests of its members which include some of the worlds largest (often publicly listed) online gambling operators. It also imposes a strict code of conduct on members.
Members include: bet365 | Unibet | 888.com | Ladbrokes | Betvictor
European Gambling & Betting Association – The EGBA is a EU region gaming lobby group whose principle mission is to promote fair competition for European online gaming operators and freedom of choice for consumers throughout Europe. They are vocal objectors to any EU Members’ attempts to ban resident access to online gambling services simply to protect local monopoly operators. They also seek to support development of regulatory regimes and strict codes of corporate and social responsibility among members.
Members include: Unibet | Party Casino