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Online Casino News - January, 2008

Kahnawake Left Off UK Online Casino White-list

by Mira Patel, News Staff Writer

January 18, 2007

If you've been around the online gambling industry or gambled at online casinos for any extended period of time, it's likely you are familiar with the Kahnawake Gaming Commission. One of the oldest and largest gambling commissions devoted entirely to internet betting, Kahnawake Gaming Commission has become somewhat of a household name in the gaming business.

That being the case, you might think that Kahnawake would have a place on the UK's online casino whitelist. Well, it appears that perhaps it is Kahnawake's size that has ended up keeping them from being put on the whitelist, which the UK government's Department of Culture Media and Sport recently announced. An apparent shock to the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, many others are not so surprised.

First off, let's give credit where credit is due. Kahnawake was the first online gaming commission to accept and implement the high regulatory standards of the non-profit eCommerce Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance, commonly known as eCOGRA. Helping to set the precedent which the UK Gambling Commission is now using, eCOGRA's reputability goes a long way. Secondly, there are many highly reputable online casinos licensed by Kahnawake, many of which are indeed eCOGRA certified.

Here is where things get a little rocky. As mentioned, Kahnawake licenses numerous online casinos. In fact more than any other commission besides Antigua and Barbuda. To say that a few Kahnawake licensed online casinos, sportsbooks and poker rooms have gotten out of hand in the past would not be stretching the truth one bit. Just take a look at the recent cheating scandal at Absolute Poker. That's right, they are licensed by Kahnawake. Oh, and did I mention they are owned by the Mohawk tribe (which operates the Kahnawake Gaming Commission as well).

To say that all Kahnawake online casinos are unsafe places to gamble is going overboard. However, veteran online gamblers will advise to not gamble at an online casino just because it is licensed by Kahnawake. Always be sure to do more research, especially regarding the software provider. If it's Microgaming powered and eCOGRA certified, you are in good hands.

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