antigua directorate of offshore gamingTimes have certainly changed, for at one time there was no shortage of gambling related companies who flocked to Antigua to take advantage of its low tax regime along with its quite easy to acquire gambling licenses.

In fact back in the 1990’s there were more gambling sites licensed and located in Antigua than anywhere else in the world, but as times change and with more and more countries now having put into place their own rules, regulations and laws surrounding online gambling sites that are accessible to their residents and citizens you will find only a small number of gambling sites are now located and licensed by the Antigua Directorate of Offshore Gambling.

Sadly it is true to say that Antigua became quite complacent in regards to licensing and regulating online gambling sites and over time they didn’t put the resources in place to offer players a direct channel of communication in regards to being able to submit complaints to the Antigua Directorate of Offshore Gambling in the hope that he would be able to step in and offer assistance in getting problems sorted out.

So with that in mind you are now only likely to find gambling sites that are licensed in Antigua are the ones that you are best advised to steer clear of, for those sites will allow and accept players from countries where online gambling has been deemed illegal or offer players access to real money games that may not have been certified as fair or random and as such you will never have any safeguards in place when playing at any such online gambling site.

Casino Game Fairness

Casino game fairness should be one of the things you look out for and always demand from any online gambling site you play at irrespective if that site is a poker, bingo or online casino, and as such any site you like the look of or are thinking of playing at should have had their entire suite of games tested and certified for fairness by one of the major online and land based casino game testing companies.

There are several companies who offer such a service including eCOGRA, iTech Labs, Gaming Associates, GLI Europe BV, GLI Test Labs Canada ULC, NMI Metrology & Gaming Ltd, BMM Compliance and SQS India Info systems PVT Ltd.

If for whatever reason you do decide to play and amble at any gambling site located and/or licensed in Antigua then always make sure there suit of games has been independently tested and certified as being fair and random by at least one of the above named companies or organisations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should you be interested in gambling at any site that has been issued with a gambling license by the Antigua Directorate of Offshore Gambling then you may have a wide and varied range of questions that you are looking for the answers to, and as we always do when compiling a guide to any of the many worldwide gambling jurisdictions, below you will find several of the most commonly asked questions about this gambling authority and the associated answers to those questions.

  1. Are Winnings from an Antiguan Licensed Gambling Site Taxed?

    You are not going to be directly taxed on any winnings you happen to win when gambling at any Antiguan licensed online gambling site. However, do be aware that you may be liable for tax in the country you live or reside in on any gambling related winnings, and as such you should always comply with your local laws when gambling in any shape or form online.

  2. Does Antigua Impose Age restrictions on Gambling Sites?

    All online gambling sites are going to have a minimum legal age that you will have to have reached before you will be able to legally gamble at those sites, you will need to check the website along with the terms and conditions on any gambling site located in Antigua to find out the minimum age requirements of any such site as some permit gamblers to sign up at their sites once they reach the age of 18 whilst some sites have chosen to make 21 the legal minimum age to gamble

  3. Does Antigua License Sports Books?

    You will find quite a number of sports betting sites have chosen to acquire a gambling license in Antigua and as such you will find several betting sites that hold a license as issued by the Antigua Directorate of Offshore Gambling, many of those betting sites cater primarily for US based sports bettors however there are usually no restrictions in place in regards to where you live in the world and whether you are permitted to sign up and then place sports bets at those betting sites licensed in Antigua.

  4. Is there Many Online Casinos Licensed in Antigua?

    The Antigua Directorate of Offshore Gambling has always been able to license online casino sites and as such you will still find quite a number of casino sites that hold such a license, often the casinos are attached to a licensed Antigua based sports books and as such you will be able to bet on sporting events when a member of those sites and also log into the casino game section of those sites using the same log in details.

  5. What Currency Options are Available

    You will not find many in any Antigua licensed gambling site that are going to be multi currency sites, for the vast majority of them target US based players and gamblers most sites licensed there only have US Dollars as the base currency option for their respective gambling sites, and as such if you live somewhere were US Dollars is not your home currency you are going to lose out in regards to Forex rates, fees and charges each time you make a deposit or make a withdrawal from your account.

  6. What Payout Time Scales are offered?

    One of the problems you are going to have if you are a US based online gambler is that you will not have many banking options available to you, and as such you will find it can often be very difficult to send funds into an Antigua based or licensed gambling site, and once you have managed to do so you can often find yourself waiting weeks to get paid your winnings from such a site as they do not have many convenient ways for you to be sent those winnings.

  7. What Banking Options are Available?

    As mentioned above funding your Antigua betting site account is not going to be as easy as you may have hoped for, whilst you my occasionally find some sites that can accept prepaid cards or credit and debit cards those sites will not be large in number, and as such you may have to consider using a Money Transfer service such as Western Union to fund your account or get paid any winnings from it.

    Do be aware though there are always going to be some very hefty fees and charges associated with using Western Union and as such you should think long and hard as those fees will affect your gambling bankrolls and the values of any winning that you happen to make gambling at any Antiguan licensed online gambling site.

  8. Is there a Complaints Channel?

    You will be able to submit a complaint regarding any online gambling site that has been issued with a current and valid gambling license by the Antigua Directorate of Offshore Gambling, however it may be a bit hit or miss whether submitting a complaint is going to result in your getting a response or even a satisfactory outcome to that complaint.

    So please do think long and hard about signing up to any site licensed in Antigua for there are, as you will discover below, lots of other licensing jurisdictions that offer online gamblers the highest levels of protection and peace of mind should they encounter any problems with a gambling site licensed by those other gambling authorities and gambling commissions.

  9. Are Poker Sites Licensed in Antigua?

    You will of course find quiet a number of poker sites that are licensed in Antigua and much like he online casinos mentioned above many sports books holding a license that has been issued by the Antigua Directorate of Offshore Gambling will have a poker site attached to their website and as such you will find a diverse range of poker game variants and poker tournaments offered at those sites.

Other Gambling Commissions and Licensing Authorities

We also have information on many different Gambling Commissions and Licensing Authorities, including the UK Gambling Commission and the Gibraltar Gambling Commissioner. You will also find information on the Alderney Gambling Control Commission and the Kahnawake Gaming Commission.

To recent additions include the Nevada Gaming Commission and the New Jersey Casino Control Commission who now licenses and regulates online gambling sites in some US States and two additional licensing commissions and online gambling site gambling license issuers include the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission and the UK Gambling Commission.