by Renee Israel
The Gibraltar government, which already licenses a number of major UK
gambling operators, is now seeking to solidify relationships with its US
counterparts, ahead of changes in the US e-gambling market.
A delegation, headed by the island's gambling overseer, Minister Gilbert
Licudi, visited San Francisco last week to attend the GIGse Totally Gaming
The delegation met a number of important players in the US gambling market,
including the Governor of Nevada, Brian Sandoval and the Chairman of the Nevada
Gaming Control Board, Mark Liparelli.
Licudi commented on Gibraltar's objectives in developing relationships with
US gambling bodies and Gibraltar seeking US gambling contacts. "The US
market is slowly opening up to e-gaming," he said. "Nevada is the first US state
to legislate to allow intrastate interstate poker."
Gibraltar Operators Seek Nevada Licenses
Minister Licundi said that his government was aware that there are a number
of Gibraltar operators interested in branching out by seeking a license in
"At the same time, various Nevada based operators are interested in being
licensed in Gibraltar," he said. "It is therefore in Gibraltar's interest that
we have contact with and build a solid relationship with Nevada at both a
regulatory and political level."
He said that Nevada is regarded as one of the gambling capitals of the world
and, in that context, it was very gratifying to learn at the conference that
Nevada had a lot to learn from Gibraltar.
Gibraltar is Leading eGaming Licensor
Since 1998, when Gibraltar issued its first egambling license, it has been
considered a leader in gambling licensing. Over the years, the island has built
up a reputation as a solid and reputable online gambling jurisdiction, with many
of the top players in the market seeking licensing and regulation by the
Operators need to prove that they are worthy of a Gibraltar gambling license,
including high standards of financial security, customer support and
Extremely tough conditions are set by the Gibraltar Gaming Commission and
gamblers who play at online casinos, bingo rooms, sportsbook sites or poker
rooms which are licensed by this authority can rest assured that they are
receiving the best in terms of service and security.
Names of groups carrying Gibraltar licenses include the Microgaming-powered
32Red online casino, Party Casino and Bet365 Casino.