Government of Curacao Online FAQ
You are going to find that when you start visiting the websites of many different online gambling sites including betting, poker, bingo and online casinos there will often be a logo of a licensing commission or licensing authority displayed on those websites.
Many online casinos have gone through the often very rigid and robust licensing procedure required by most gambling jurisdictions and will have been granted a gambling license from a recognised and respected Gambling Commission.
However, some online gambling sites choose not to go through the often long and drawn out vetting procedures that will see those sites ultimately, if they pass those vetting procedures, be granted a license by a recognised Gambling Commission, and will instead choose to simply locate their servers and their operation in a low tax haven which offers no real protection for players and gamblers, and one of these located in Curacao.
There is no real infrastructure in Curacao which allows that country to issue gambling licenses, and as such when you find a site proclaiming to be fully licensed by the Curaçao eGaming, they will have obtained is a business license and nothing else!
With this in mind we advise everyone who wishes to gamble online to avoid signing up to and then ultimately gambling at any Curacao licensed site, for that license is not a gambling license and you will have no help at hand if or more likely when you run into problems at a gambling site licensed there.
Casino Game Fairness
You really are going to be afforded no protection what so ever when playing at a Curacao licensed gambling site, but if for whatever reason you do decide to gamble at a site located or licensed there then you really do need to ensure the games you are playing are beyond reproach and are completely fair and random. This will only be possible if the gambling site you play at has had their games independently certified as being fair.
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.
All of the above named companies who verify online gambling games are fair will have their own logos and as such when visiting any gambling sites online always look out for those logos which should always link through to the respective companies website, where you will find additional information regarding how they both test and verify those games as being fair and random.
Frequently Asked Questions
One of the most commonly asked questions asked by players who have been played at a gambling site located and/or licensed in Curacao is how or who can they complain to in regards to having problems they have been experiencing with such sites rectified, unfortunately there is no one who will be able to help you with problems from a site that is licensed there!
There are also other questions which are often asked by players regarding online gambling sites licensed in Curacao and as such below we have compiled both the most commonly and more frequently asked questions along with the respective answers to those questions.
Are Winnings at Curacao Licensed Sites Taxable?
However, you will often find that all Curacao based gambling sites will usually only offer you the option of funding, gambling and withdrawing using US Dollars and as such if your home currency is not US Dollars then be expecting them to charge all manner of additional fees and charges when depositing and making winning withdrawals from any Curacao based gambling site.
What Age Restrictions are in Place?
To ensure no one under the age of 18 tries or manages to sign up at any Curacao licensed gambling site you are often going to be required to send the site all manner of identification documents to prove your age and also prove you live at your address and are who you say you are, if you are unable to supply any requested documents your accounts will be closed down and locked.
Can I Complain to the License Issuer?
How Long Does It Take to Get Paid my Winnings?
There is no standard time frame for getting paid your winnings if they ever get sent form a Curacao licensed gambling site, and as such you will always be at the total mercy of the gambling site in regards to when and more likely if they choose to pay you your winnings.
What Type of Sites are Licensed in Curacao?
Why Do Curacao Licensed Sites Accept Western Union?
This however means that an alternative did have to be found to ensure that site located there could keep the flow of cash coming into their respective sites, and as such you will often find many Curacao licensed sites will allow you to send them money using Western Union, and some sites will also let you get paid any winnings if they choose to pay you via Western Union.
Be aware though you are going to have to pay some fairly hefty fees and changes to use Western Union and whilst some gambling sites based in Curacao will eat up the fees and charges some won’t, more so when you are making smaller deposits. The same can be said for when you wish to cash out your winnings, you will often find the amount you withdraw will be greatly reduced when you opt to make a withdrawal by Western Union, so gambling in any Curacao is not only going to be expensive but very risky too!
What Casino Games are on Offer?
You will find the way you can access games will be much the same as when playing games licensed anywhere else and as such you will be able to play them via a downloadable gaming platform or a flash powered instant play gaming platform and you may find one or two mobile gaming platforms on offer.
Other Gambling Commissions and Licensing Authorities
- Casino Game Fairness
- Frequently Asked Questions
- 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 Antigua Directorate of Offshore Gambling.