Curacao Gaming Control Board

Governing Body

The island nation of CuraƧao became one of the first to offer online gaming licences in 1993, a year before its Caribbean cousin Antigua. Soon after, in 1996, CuraƧao eGaming was formed to supervise the integrity of the country's e-Gaming licensees. CuraƧao eGaming was decentralised from the offline regulator CuraƧao Gaming Control Board in 2002, and now offers one licence covering all gambling types. The licence is split into two parts:

Master Licence ā€“ grants businesses the right to run an online gaming company, as well as the option to offer sub-licences to other parties.

Sub-Licence - grants businesses the right to run an online gaming company only.

The licence allows companies to run:

This lack of market restrictions and low entry barriers are attractive to new companies as they allow them to start business without much red tape, offering personal dedicated servers and private cloud servers.

History as a Licensing Agent

CuraƧao initially attracted businesses with low corporate tax rates of around 2%, with a number of sweeteners on top such as no sales tax and no VAT. Despite an official seal of approval, the wish to welcome as much business as possible has been damaging to CuraƧaoā€™s reputation, and the licensing process is considered to be less than rigorous. With the main requirement for gaining a licence being having enough funds and passing a third-party audit, the lack of regulation has made many mistrust the security of playing with CuraƧaon operators.

Despite its less than stellar reputation, there is no denying that CuraƧao has a wealth of experience: this Caribbean island has been giving out online gaming licences for almost two decades. As Gaming Awards reported, the country makes more money from its gambling industry than tourism trade, although the legalities of the money being made has been questioned in the Dutch government. Despite this, the Dutch Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, Ronald Plasterk, has ruled out any intervention, allowing CuraƧao to manage its own affairs.


The hands-off approach has meant that the jurisdiction generally does not intervene between operators and players, giving it a poor reputation for customer service. This has had a detrimental effect on players choosing to bet with companies based in CuraƧao, as their wagers were not as protected as they would be were the online casino based in a country with a more reputable licensing system and regulatory body. Unlike some of its Caribbean island neighbours, CuraƧao is a glaring omission from the UKā€™s white-list of gambling jurisdictions.

If the new constituent state can distance itself from its shady past by bringing in firmer regulation to protect players, while offering the same tax incentives and systems to attract new clients, CuraƧao could yet become a central online gaming hub within the Caribbean. The first steps towards this goal have already been taken, with the CuraƧao Gaming Control Board creating new regulation in 2014 to manage bookmakers. It remains to be seen, however, how far CuraƧao intends to push its transition.


CuraƧao eGaming has been making strides to fix its damaged reputation, propelled not only by online reviews and opinion, but also by factors affecting the entire country. The islands, formerly part of the Netherlands Antilles, became a constituent state of the Kingdom of the Netherlands when the Antilles were dissolved in October 2010. This new change of identity seems to have been the driving force to help mend its online gaming status.

Betting on sports is also a strong market for CuraƧao, with many bookmakers holding a licence on the island, including ComeOn Sportsbook, Bet365, and 32Red Sportsbook. In addition, CuraƧao is home to over a dozen physical casinos, such as the Breezes CuraƧao Resort, Casino Royale, and the Marriott Emerald Casino. Most only offer slot machines, although a small number also feature poker rooms and table games.

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