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Has anyone noticed that Lynton Ltd. is no longer regulated by the Kahnawake Gaming Comission? That includes popular sites like Slots.lv, Bovada.lv, Cafecasino.lv, and others. They've quietly removed all mention of Kahnawake from their site and if you go to the AskGamblers review page someone pasted an email received from KGC saying Lynton terminated their permit as of Sept. 1, 2016.
Thoughts? Concerns? Any idea why or what happened?
Found the press release: http://www.gamingcommission.ca/news/pr09022016a.pdf
Correction: it looks like Bovada was operated by "Salmon River" and not Lynton, but nevertheless...
I noticed it only after reading your post, as I don't play at those casinos anymore. But I'd like to hear some comments from others.
Was looking at Slots.lv now and cant find anything about who license them now. So they operates without regulations now?
Good catch, thanks for the tip. We'll update their info in our database and I've credited you some CLchips for reporting the incorrect info.
Bovada has a bunch of different companies associated with it that pop up from time to time on their different websites including Salmon River Technologies, Lynton Ltd, and Ridley Media NV.
I have not heard of this before and obviously they have not publicised the fact that they are no longer Kahnawake licensed. I can't see that they are licensed anywhere now, but considering that the only other jurisdictions that license American friendly casinos (eg Curacao, Costa Rica) are basically jokes used by operators for identity protection and tax avoidance rather than regulation, its a bit of a moot point.
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Does this apply to ignition too? They are the primary casino I have been playing at lately. Is that a bad thing?
Yes it does apply to Ignition Casino. It is a bad thing because Kahnawake is a pretty good regulator that actively helps players when they have disputes with their licensed casinos. Certainly it is the best regulator that you're going to get for a US-friendly casino.
On the other hand the only other US-friendly casinos licensed by Kahnawke are the Club World guys. Every other casino that Americans can play at is either unlicensed or licensed by some worthless authority that means nothing. So previously they were better and now they are no worse than almost everyone else in that regard.
Based on their track record I still think they are one of the better places for US players to play but if you are American and only want to play at properly licensed casinos then the Club World group is now the only game in town.
Well you can scratch that last comment as Club World and related casinos are no longer Kahnawake licensed either. It seems they may have changed hands and are now operating under a new company name with all casinos licensed in Curacao.
wonder if something is about to happen for US players
Yeah it doesn't look good. I am wondering if perhaps Kahnawake has pushed these sites out or asked them to stop accepting American players.
That'd be my guess, Ed. Something is going on with the Kahnawake regulators, and it's anybody's guess as to what it is.
I believe they're based in Quebec, just north of the US border. Maybe something with proximity and relations to the government are leading them to urge operators to avoid US customers... That'd be odd though, as I thought sites like Bovada brought them a lot of dough.
Hopefully we'll hear soon.
I followed up on this and was told that the Kahnawake Gaming Commission wrote to operators that it regulated that accept American players and informed them that they had to stop allowing Americans to play on their sites by 31 December 2016. So they either had to do that (and lose most of their customers) or surrender their licenses and go elsewhere.
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