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Saturday, 25 July 2015

Online Gambling - Jurisdictions - Austria

Austria Gambling Licenses

Austria is a federal republic and a landlocked country in East Central Europe. It is bordered by the Czech Republic and Republic of Germany to the north, Hungary and Slovakia to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west.

Corporate tax: 25%
Gambling tax: 16%

Who manages E-Gambling in Austria?
Gambling, casinos, and lotteries are regulated by the Law on Games of Chance (GSpG) and fall within the remit of the Ministry of Finance. The Ministry of Finance is also the responsible authority for the supervision of licensed companies.

Based on the Austrian Gaming Act (Glücksspielgesetz), Austria-based companies are eligible for online gaming licenses to offer lottery services and casino games via the Internet, mobile phones, and interactive television but only Austrian residents are allowed to play. Foreign operators are required to have a corporation with a supervisory board, with a registered office on domestic territory or such a corporation founded within three months from obtaining a concession. The arrangement, organization, or provision of illegal online casino games is an offense as well as the promoting, arranging, or enabling the participation in online casino games. Offenses are also in place for the transfer of funds by banks paid by players to an organizer or provider of “illegal” online casino games.

Casinos Austria and Austrian Lotteries (Österreichische Lotterien GmbH) have been issued online gaming licenses to conduct online lotteries and casino games, thereby creating a monopoly. Austrian citizens may gamble online with foreign operators. Austria views remote bookmaking services as an extension of state-licensed, land-based operations.

Licence Fee:
€ 10 000.00

Anti-Money Laundering Policy:
The A-FIU is responsible for (i) combating money laundering by receiving, analysing and disseminating money laundering-related STRs, as well as for (ii) the receipt, analysis and dissemination of terrorist financing-related STRs for the purposes of money laundering. Should the STRs received by the A-FIU relate to terrorist financing then the A-FIU has to forward them to the Federal Agency for State Protection Counter Terrorism (Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz und Terrorismusbekämpfung – BVT) which remains the competent authority for combating terrorist financing as such.

Austria Restrictions:
Each licensee has to set up legal entity in Austria. However, if the licensee has a comparable license in its host country and if there exists a comparable state authority providing information exchange and effecting control measures on site, the a foreign licensee can operate via an Austrian branch.

Contact Details:
Address : Austrian Ministry of Finance, Hintere Zollamtsstraße 2b, Vienna, Wien, Austria 1030
General Information: +43 1 514 330

Online casinos licensed in Austria:
Clover Betting
GW Bet
SJ Bet
Top Win

Online gambling - Jurisdictions - Belgium

Belgium Gambling Licenses

Belgium officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a federal monarchy in Western Europe. It is a founding member of the European Union and hosts the EU's headquarters as well as those of several other major international organisations such as NATO. Belgium covers an area of 30,528 square kilometers (11,787 sq mi) and has a population of about 11 million people.

Corporate tax: 33%
Gambling tax: TBA%

Who manages E-Gambling in Belgium?
The Gaming Commission instituted in 1999 is the main body responsible for issuing gaming licenses.

In January 2011, the new Belgian Gambling Act was enacted. Online games of chance were placed under the supervision of the Gaming Commission. The online licenses (A+, B+, and F1+) allow licensees of the following class licenses to operate games of chance online: Class A (operating casino operations); Class B (operating gaming arcades); and Class F1 (organizing wagers).Under the new Act, only licensed, land-based operators in Belgium may apply for an online license. The operators’ online gaming servers must be located in Belgium and the online games must be the same games offered in land-based operations. This law requires gaming operators to align themselves with an established brick-and-mortar Belgium casino or own one or more themselves. All operators are required to pay a €250,000 guarantee fee. All prior taxes and debts of license applicants must be paid prior to submitting an application. Operators are required to pay an 11 percent tax on all gross gaming revenues. The horse racing tax is 3 percent and pari-mutuel bets on foreign horse races are taxed at 3.7 percent.

The Act also increased the powers of the Gaming Commission, which can now impose fines in case of breach of the Gambling Act. The Act provides criminal penalties and/or administrative sanctions for any person involved in illegal games of chance. This not only applies to the operator who facilitates the illegal games of chance but also to participants.

Licence Fee:
Three licences available as follows:
NINE A+ licences (for casinos to operate online) Licence deposit of €250,000
180 B+ licences (for gaming arcades) Licence deposit of €75,000
34 F1+ licences (for wagers)

Licence Length:

Reporting Requirements to Regulators:
Financial information must be submitted upon applications regardless of which licence you’re applying for.

Anti-Money Laundering Policy:
Belgium has the core elements of a sound anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing (AML/CFT) regime, although some elements are not yet fully in line with the 2012 FATF Recommendations.

Country Restrictions:
Belgium allows for online gaming and gambilng exclusively to Belgian customers

Contact Details: 
Commission des Jeux de Hasard (Belgium Gaming Commission)
115 Boulevard de Waterloo

General Information: +32 25-040040
Fax: +32 25-040066

Online casinos licensed in Belgium :
Golden Palace Belgium
Grand Games
Lucky Games
Napoleon Games
Versailles Palace 

Monday, 29 June 2015

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Monday, 25 May 2015

Online gambling - jurisdictions - Comoros

Comoros gambling licenses

The Union of the Comoros is a Sovereign Island Archipelago situated in the Indian Ocean off the East coast of Africa between Northern Mozambique and the North of Madagascar. Its Capital Moroni is situated on Grand Comore Island. In February of 2005 the Betting and Gaming Act was passed to legalise and regulate online gaming, racing bets, sports betting, casino, lottery and bingo online gambling. This was made possible via the establishment of a Gaming Board that has been tasked to provide for related or incidental matters.

Corporate tax: 30% - 50% income dependant
Gambling tax: TBA

The Local currency is the Comorian Franc (KMF)

Who manages E-Gambling in Comoros?
The only authorised agent to issue all online gambling licences in the Comoros is Anjouan Corporate Service as appointed by the Legislative Assembly of the Anjouan Offshore Finance Authority.

All licences for banking, insurance, gaming as well as commerce and industry are obtained through Anjouan Corporate Services. To obtain a license all clients will have to complete an application form and an IBC will be issued a license will then be granted to the IBC assuming all criteria are met.

International Business Companies are usually limited by share capital, but may also be limited by guarantee or in extreme cases by both. A minimum of one shareholder can be represented as an individual or a company. A company does not need a physical presence in the country; however it does need to do business through a local bank.

It is important to understand that having a Gaming License is no guarantee that a bank will open an account for you or that banking services including Merchant Services will be automatically be granted.

Comoros will grant gambling licenses to most international companies and a single license covers most types of gambling. You can complete the application form on their website.

Once the application form has been submitted, the due diligence can take up to 14 working days, depending where the directors are from, once this is complete, the license will be issued, stamped and sealed and sent directly to the applicant.

Security Requirements / Indemnity for Player Deposits:
None have been mentioned

Licence Fee:
License fees €20,000
Additional Fees:
International Business Company €750
Application fee €1,000 (first year only)
Due Diligence €1,000 (per director)( First year only)
Administration fees €1,500 (first year only)
Courier costs €100
Licence Length:
1 year
Licence Renewal Fees:
€15,000 plus the International Business Fee of €750

Software Testing Requirements:
None have been mentioned
Reporting Requirements to Regulators:
None have been mentioned
Anti-Money Laundering Policy:
None have been mentioned
Comoros Restrictions:
None have been mentioned

Contact Details:

Anjouan Corporate Services Ltd
BP 269 Mutsamudu
Union of Comoros



General Information
+ 269 334 1489

Online casinos licensed in Comoros
Win a Day Casino

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Online Gambling Jurisdictions - Gibraltar

Gibraltar is classified as a British Overseas Territory and is located at the southernmost tip of Europe boarding Spain. There are around thirty operators have been issued online gambling licences under the Gambling Ordinance 2005 since 1998.

Corporation Tax Rate: 10%; however; utility companies and companies that abuse a dominant position are subject to 20%.

Gaming Tax Rate: 1% of annual turnover up to £42.5million, with gaming tax capped at £425,000 per year.

Who manages E-Gambling in Gibraltar?
All gambling operations in Gibraltar require licensing under the Gambling Act 2005. Remote Gambling licences, including those for telephone and internet betting, are issued by the Licensing Authority.
The Gambling Commissioner is appointed under the provisions of the Act and can issue and revoke licenses in accordance with the contracts and in such a manner as to maintain the good reputation of Gibraltar.

The Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association (GBGA) is a trade association representing nearly all of the Gibraltar based online gaming operators and acting as a go between for the local and international authorities. They cannot issue licences but can offer advice and assistance.

Online Licences are generally difficult to obtain. The Licensing Authority will only consider licensing blue chip companies with a proven track record in gambling, licensed in a reputable jurisdiction, of good financial standing and with a realistic business plan.

Customer Privacy and Data Protection:
Licensees are required by the Licensing Authority to obtain at least the following basic personal information with regard to all prospective customers. This shall include full name; residential address; and date of birth. Upon obtaining the required information and completing any due diligence arising there from, the licensee shall be entitled to deal with the customer as a registered player.

Licence Fee:

Licence Length:
One year

Software Testing Requirements:
Required in accordance with the Remote Technical and Operating Standards of Gibraltar. 

Reporting Requirements to Regulators:
The licensee shall be required to produce audited accounts to the Licensing Authority each year during the Licence period and maintain its financial records in accordance with the applicable law from time to time. The licensee shall also be required to meet all its accounts and filing requirements as set out in the Companies Act, the Companies (Accounts) Act and Companies (Consolidated Accounts) Act and any other applicable legislation.

Anti-Money Laundering Policy:
The Anti-Money Laundering Code of Practice  is ‘interpretive guidance’ to the Gibraltar gambling industry in respect of the requirements of the Act, the Gibraltar Crime (Money Laundering and Proceeds) Act, and the 3rd EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive. This Code applies to all financial transactions associated with defined gambling activities undertaken under the authority of a Gibraltar gambling licence.

Gibraltar Restrictions:
Restriction on acting as a betting intermediary except under licence.

Contact Details:
Gambling Division - H.M Government of Gibraltar
Address: Suite 603, Europort, GX11 1AA, Gibraltar
Telephone: 00350 20064142
Fax: 00350 20064150 

The Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association Limited
Address: 57/63 Line Wall Road, Gibraltar
Telephone: + 350 200 68450
Fax: +350 200 40249

Online casinos licensed in Gibraltar
Ladbrokes (International) Plc - Ladbrokes Sportsbook LP
Victor Chandler (International) Ltd
Stan James Plc digital entertainment Plc
GTECH (Gibraltar) Ltd)
32 Red Plc
Digibet Ltd
Cassava Enterprises (Gibraltar) Ltd ( Plc)
Mansion Online Casino Ltd -Onisac Limited
Argon Financial Ltd (formerly ProSpreads Ltd) Spread Betting Financial Instruments
WHG (International) Ltd
Hillside (Gibraltar) Ltd (Bet365 Group Ltd)
Petfre (Gibraltar) Ltd (Betfred)
Gamesys (Gibraltar) Ltd (Entertaining Play Ltd)
Probability (Gibraltar) Ltd
TSE (Gibraltar) LP (Betfair Group)
tombola (International) Plc
Nektan (Gibraltar) Ltd
BetClic Everest (Gibraltar) Ltd
IGT (Gibraltar) Ltd
Gala Interactive (Gibraltar) Ltd - Coral Interactive (Gibraltar) Ltd
Bally Technologies (Gibraltar) Ltd (incorporated SHFL RGL No. 61)
Ongame Network Ltd (Amaya Inc Group)
EU Lotto Ltd
Odobo Ltd 
Scientific Games (Gibraltar) Ltd (incorporated WMS RGL No. 068)
Realistic Games (Gibraltar) Ltd
NE Services Ltd (NetEnt)
NYX Gaming (Gibraltar) Ltd
High 5 Games (Gibraltar) Ltd

Friday, 9 January 2015

Online Gambling Juristictions - Macau

Macau is the second Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China and lies to the West of Hong Kong. This former Portuguese colony has been referred to as the “Monte Carlo of the Orient” or the “Las Vegas of the East”.
Gambling in Macau has been legal since the 1850s however it has a history of gaming going back to the 18th Century. At the end of 2014 Macau is said to be the richest casino destination in the world. In 2013, 35 casinos generated USD $45 billion (HKD $348.9 billion) in gross gambling wins. This is more than every casino in the entire United States combined.
As they are the only jurisdiction of Chinese sovereignty with legal casino gambling, Macau attracts most of its visitors from Chinese jurisdictions including mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Corporate tax: TBA%
Gambling tax: 70%

Who manages E-Gambling in Macau?
The Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ), provides guidance and assistance to the Chief Executive of Macao SAR on the definition and execution of the economic policies for the operations of the casino games of fortune or other ways of gaming, Pari-Mutuels and gaming activities offered to the public.
The DICJ has the authority to issue and suspend licences should the licensee not adhere to the legal and contractual obligations set out in the contracts.
Currently the regulatory body is not permitting the authorization of online gambling licences to any foreign gambling providers so they may offer remote services from Macau. Although it has begun studying the feasibility of allowing the regulation of online gaming to stretch beyond the current Macau based online sports betting companies.
Dynam Japan Holdings Co Ltd has shown an expressed interest in obtaining online gaming licences to operate from Macau.

Security Requirements:
Online sports betting players wishing to bet or gamble online must be 18 or older and fulfill the criteria in accordance to the law on online gambling in their own country or the place where they currently are. Players must abide by the relevant local laws at all times and if in any doubt, should obtain local legal advice. Online casinos do not, accept any responsibility for any breach of any local gambling or betting laws and will not accept US citizens or residents as their gaming customers as it is a breach to the US legal regulations.

Licence Fee:
The Macau Gaming Authority are currently not issuing new online gaming licences.

Licence Length:
Not available

Reporting Requirements to Regulators:
Regulation is in accordance to the norms enforced by the Special Administrative Region of Macau, and omissions are governed by the legislation enforced by the same Special Region. Further reading see MJC Betting Rules:

Anti-Money Laundering Policy:
All operators must take preventive measures against crimes of money laundering and terrorist financing, suspicious transactions must be reported, negligence is punishable and administrative offences carry hefty fines.

Country Restrictions:
Currently no foreign providers have been allocated online gaming licences.

Local Online Gambling Laws:
In 2011 the government acknowledged Macau has no online gambling laws, therefore it is not illegal to use outside websites from your Macau residence or hotel room to play online poker, casino games or to bet on sports or races.

Contact Details:
Macau Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau
Address: Avenida Praia Grande, Ed. China Plaza, 21st Floor, Macau, Macau 762-804
Fax: +853 2837 0296
General Information: +853 2856 9262

Online casinos licensed in Macau:
The government of Macao has authorized the Macao Jockey Club and Macau Slot Sportsbook to offer gaming for horse racing, greyhound racing, and football and basketball wagering products over the Internet.

Macau Slot Sportsbook -website

Macau Jockey Club - website

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Online gambling - Jurisdictions – Belize

Belize is located on the northeastern coast of Central America. It is the only country in the area where English is the official language and it is bordered on the north by Mexico, to the south and west by Guatemala and to the east by the Caribbean Sea.

Corporate tax: 25%
Gambling tax: 35%
Fees: USD $10,000
Map of Belize

Belize Finance Information:
The International Business Company Legislation was enacted in Belize in the early 1990's, together with a range of other offshore laws. That led to growth of interest in Belize as a low-tax jurisdiction. More than 3 000 IBC's were registered in Belize from 1990 to 1997, under the Companies Act of 1990 which is based on modern corporate legislation giving extended privileges and absolute confidentiality. The Belize IBC Act is worked out based on the best features of legislation adopted in other jurisdictions offering offshore incorporation.
Offshore jurisdiction ratings issued by Swiss company Guaranty Trust Ltd and compiled by many criteria including banking secrecy, legal system, and communications and tax regime, put Belize at the top of its list.

Who manages E-Gambling in Belize:
Belize’s Computer Wagering Licensing Act, 1995, which was introduced in May 1996, provides for the proper conduct and regulation of gambling via the Internet. The Act also provides for the licensing of computer services operators who provide computer Internet users with the facility to wager against each other on sporting events or other games of chance. The Belize Computer Wagering Licensing Board is responsible for all applications for licenses to provide computer wagering services and has  the authority to grant exclusive licenses. They also control and regulate all persons who provide computer wagering services. Online gaming licenses may be issued to businesses incorporated in Belize by the Online Gaming Licensing Committee, operating under the authority of the "Gaming Control (Online Gaming)

Brief History:
In 2004, the Prime Minister signed a Statutory Instrument adjusting the Online Gaming Regime to make processing and monitoring more efficient and to reduce licensing fees from USD 50,000 to USD 15,000.
For a non-exclusive license. Under the original legislation, licensees were required to make a cash deposit of USD 500,000 as security for the performance of obligations. This requirement has since been modified significantly.
A license is required to conduct gaming from within Belize and gaming business (wagering) cannot be conducted with Belize residents.
One license can be held at any one time and only persons with integrity, competence, and adequate financial means.
Licensees need a separate bank account for processing wagers and may charge a processing fee up to 5 percent of each transaction or the sum of USD 20, whichever is greater.
A 15 percent withholding tax on payments of prizes is implemented by holders of wagering licenses.  Annual Licenses expire on March 31 regardless of the issuance date.
In August, 2007 the government of Belize released a statement warning of clandestine companies claiming to have been licensed in Belize when, in fact, Fulton Data Processing Limited and Bwin Intercontinental Limited were the only two operators licensed there.

Minimum Share Capital for an iGaming Company:

There is no minimum share capital authorized in Belize. If there is no share capital, fees are charged according to the number of members.

Security Requirements / Indemnity for Player Deposits:
All license holders are required to maintain security deposits and reserves within the Central Bank of Belize that can be drawn on for the purposes of any debt repayment associated with the enterprise on line gambling activities. The Belizean Online Gaming Licensing Committee must be informed if the enterprise requires these deposits and reserves at any point and must then follow the Committees recommendations.

Licence Fee:
Licenses are valid for 12 months, and require a USD $10,000 initial payment and USD $10,000 annual renewal fee. Online gaming sites licensed in Belize may not accept wagers from residents of Belize.

Licence Length:
One year

Anti-Money Laundering Policy:
The Money Laundering (Prevention) Act of 1996 creates specific procedures and standards that, when adhered to, will ensure that The BOSL Group, and the financial services industry in Belize in general, remains free of tainted funds and other assets.

Resolution of Complaints and Disputes:

There is no documented official complaints or dispute resolution process available for players in a dispute with a casino licensed in Belize. In such cases players are totally at the mercy of the honesty of the operator,

Belize Restrictions:      
Anyone intending to conduct online gaming in Belize must be licensed by the Gaming control board. The conditions of the license prohibit the online gaming operator from accepting bets from any person resident within Belize.

Contact Details:
Belize Gaming Control Board
New Administration Building
Belmopan, Cayo

Online casinos licensed in Belize:
All Poker Games
Amazing Video Poker
Carib Sports Off Shore
Casino Grande
Casino Mel
Casino Poker Las Vegas
Forex Metal
ForexBroker Inc
Jeux de Cesar
Lotto London
Lucky Gate Casino
Maximus Casino
Online Casino Fever
Option Ground
Rockland Casino
Royal City Casino
Russian Casino
Sizzling Slots
Video Poker Classic Casino
Video Poker Saloon

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