Curaçao Jurisdiction

Information about the Curaçao online gambling jurisdiction, licensing requirements, player complaints and dispute resolution process, and a sortable list of casinos licensed under this jurisdiction.

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List of casinos operated from Curaçao

Curaçao is a Caribbean island vacation destination that doubles as a base of operations for online gambling companies. Situated off the coast of Venezuela, Curaçao is known as one of the most commonly used online gambling licensors since this island has been issuing e-licenses since 1996, longer than most other jurisdictions.

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3Dice CasinoProprietaryPlay
Casino AdrenalineVariousPlay
Casino BrangoRTGPlay
Casino ExtremeRTGPlay
CasinoMaxRTGPlay
Cherry Jackpot CasinoRTGPlay
Grande Vegas CasinoRTGPlay
iNetBet CasinoRTGPlay
Jackpot CapitalRTGPlay
Miami Club CasinoWGS TechPlay
Red Stag CasinoWGS TechPlay
Slots Capital CasinoRivalPlay
CyberSpins CasinoVariousPlay
Desert Nights CasinoRivalPlay
Diamond Reels CasinoRTGPlay
Platinum Reels CasinoRTGPlay
Sloto'Cash CasinoRTG, ViGPlay
Uptown Aces CasinoRTGPlay
Vegas Crest CasinoVariousPlay
Aladdin's Gold CasinoRTGPlay
All Star SlotsRTGPlay
Buzzluck CasinoNuWorksPlay
Club World CasinoRTGPlay
Cocoa CasinoVariousPlay
DaVinci's Gold CasinoVariousPlay
Drake CasinoArrow's Edge, BetsoftPlay
Gossip SlotsArrow's Edge, BetsoftPlay
High Noon CasinoRTGPlay
Lucky Red CasinoRTGPlay
Manhattan SlotsRTGPlay
Paradise 8 CasinoVariousPlay
ThisisVegas CasinoVariousPlay
Cherry Gold CasinoRTG
El Royale CasinoRTG, ViGPlay
Grand Eagle CasinoBetsoft, Rival, Saucify
Lucky Creek CasinoBetsoft, Rival, Saucify
Mandarin Palace CasinoBetsoft, Rival, Saucify
Red Dog CasinoRTG, ViGPlay
Treasure Mile CasinoBetsoft, Rival, Saucify
Bella Vegas CasinoSaucify
Casino Grand BaySaucify
Grand Fortune CasinoRTG
Jupiter Club CasinoSaucify
Lake Palace CasinoSaucify
Raging Bull CasinoRTG
Gold Betting CasinoWager21
BitStarz CasinoVarious
Casino RoomVarious
Cherry CasinoVarious
EmuCasinoVarious
EuroSlotsVarious
Guts CasinoVarious
SlotsMillion CasinoVarious
18bet CasinoEndorphina, GameArt, Microgaming
Betzest CasinoVarious
Casino HeroesVarious
Dublinbet CasinoVarious
Frank CasinoVarious
iNetBet EuroRTG
Joo CasinoVarious
King Billy CasinoVarious
Oshi CasinoVarious
Playamo CasinoVarious
PlayFrank CasinoVarious
SlotJoint CasinoVarious
SlotV CasinoVarious
Tropezia PalaceVarious
Wild Tornado CasinoVarious
Wildblaster CasinoVarious
21Prive CasinoVarious
Bob CasinoVarious
CasinoExtraVarious
Das Ist CasinoVarious
G'Day CasinoVarious
Hello CasinoVarious
LSbet CasinoVarious
Omni SlotsVarious
Pinnacle CasinoVarious
Red Star CasinoVarious
Alf CasinoVarious
BetAdonis CasinoVarious
Casinia CasinoVarious
Casino MidasRTG
Drift CasinoVarious
Vbet CasinoVarious
Zet CasinoVarious
Magic Star LiveActual Gaming, Art of Games, PlayPearls
Simon Says CasinoRival
Black Diamond CasinoVarious
Box24 CasinoVarious
City Club CasinoPlaytech
City Tower CasinoPlaytech
Crown Europe CasinoPlaytech
Fly CasinoPlaytech
Omni CasinoPlaytech
Pantasia CasinoRival
Spartan SlotsVarious
VIP Stakes CasinoVarious
7 Spins CasinoVarious
African Palace CasinoPlaytech
Golden Palace CasinoVarious
Grand Reef CasinoPlaytech
Indio CasinoPlaytech
Mona VIP CasinoVarious
Rome VIP CasinoVarious
SuperBook CasinoBetsoft, RTG
Topaze CasinoVarious
21Grand CasinoRival
Cash o' Lot CasinoRival
Casino MoonsVarious
Play2Win CasinoRival
Rich CasinoVarious
Rockbet CasinoBetsoft, Rival
SupremePlay CasinoRival
Thebes CasinoVarious
Tropica CasinoRival
Vegas Days CasinoRival
Winward CasinoVarious
Osiris CasinoVarious

More information about Curaçao

Curaçao is an island that used to form part of what was known as the Netherlands Antilles before its dissolution in 2010. It remains a territory of the Netherlands but one interesting aspect of Curaçao is that they also have the distinction of being considered a constituent country - a rarity among European Union nations. Of course Curaçao's distance from other European countries, situated just north of Venezuela in the Caribbean Sea, may have something to do with this dual status.

Due to the fact that Curaçao is able to operate their own government, they have also been able to offer favourable conditions to Internet gaming companies, including a company tax rate of only 2% on net profits. The current system in place on the island is ultimately the responsibility of the Curaçao Ministry of Justice, which passes on responsibility for e-gaming licensing and regulation to four private master license holders. In practice the following master licensors appear to sell licenses to almost anyone who is willing to pay the fee:

The key point here is that despite what casinos often claim on their websites, they are not directly licensed, regulated, or vetted by the Curaçao government. The government of Curaçao does not directly license casinos at all.

Curaçao Licensing Requirements

Applying for a license in Curaçao all begins with a prospective operator filling out an application with one of the master license holders. Depending on the master licensor used, operators may have to submit identification and proof of the beneficial ownership of the operation. Once approval is gained, the operator is subject to fees that can range anywhere between USD $1000 and $7000 per month, at the discretion of the licensor, plus the aforementioned 2% company tax rate. That is pretty much it, and while the master licensors say all the right things on their websites about vetting applications, the reality is that it seems that just about anyone can get one of these sub-licenses if they have the money and the desire.

Complaints and Dispute Resolution

Despite what their public statements and supposed requirements for obtaining a gaming license would indicate, Curaçao takes little interest in player vs casino disputes or mediation. In fact, their official dispute resolution procedure inevitably consists of telling the player to sort it out directly with the casino. The result is that the quality of operator running casinos from Curaçao varies wildly. This is a major reason why we categorise Curaçao in the lowest class of online gambling licensing jurisdiction.

There are many tales of financial woe, managerial ineptitude, and outright criminality that have gone unpunished by the Curaçao authorities. Prime examples include the Lock Casino and Poker Ponzi scheme where players were defrauded of millions of dollars before management shut down the site and disappeared with the money, the use of pirated games and ongoing hacking of websites by crooked operators such as Game Tech Group N.V., or the recent case of Betsoft Gaming where a player was cheated of a progressive jackpot win by "buggy" game programming. The response of the Curaçao government or its master licensors to these sorts of incidents: crickets chirping.

If you do have a dispute with a Curaçao licensed operator, your options are limited. Attempts to convince the master licensor to help are likely to prove fruitless as they simply aren't interested in player related problems. Master licensors AntillePhone (8048/JAZ) and Curaçao Interactive Licensing (5536/JAZ) don't even provide websites or any contact details that would allow players to contact them. Furthermore, uncovering the ownership behind sites operating out of the island can be a difficult challenge as the owners can be anywhere in the world, with most going to great lengths using complex anonymous shelf company schemes to hide their identity. The best we can suggest is to get in touch with us via our forums or our contact page and we'll try to help you out.