Located between Great Britain and Ireland in the Irish Sea, the British Crown
Dependency otherwise known as The Isle of Man (aka Mann) in fact has its own
government and is not recognised as being a part of the UK. However, they do
depend on the UK with matters relating to foreign issues as well as relying on
the UK for defence reasons.
The island has strived to bring businesses (gambling operators) back to their
jurisdiction since an e-gaming market crash back in the earlier part of the
decade that left them with virtually nothing. They have since managed to bring
back a large number of new operators.
Being independent, the Isle of Man can adjust and adapt specific licensing
requirements accordingly, should they see this as a necessary course of action.
Gaming in the Isle of Mann is currently overseen by the Gambling Supervision
Operators seeking a license will simply fill out the necessary paperwork
(supplied by the commission) and after thorough inspection, they will determine
whether the applicant qualifies for being able to obtain a new gambling license.
Upon successful application (and only if approved by the commission), the
following requirements will be needed: Each year there is a license renewal fee
that costs a fixed £35,000. In addition to this, an additional 1.5% tax fee will
be charged on a gross gaming income up to the maximum value of £20,000,000.
Since as recent as 2010, online casinos and spotsbooks, as well as other
e-gaming websites were granted authority to base the headquarters anywhere on
The Isle of Man for their non-gaming operations such as admin, customer
services/support and marketing.
An advantage for gambling businesses means that any company who is licensed
under this jurisdiction is currently allowed to advertise their product and
services anywhere in the United Kingdom. This is because The Isle of Man
features in the UK Gambling Control Commission's jurisdiction whitelist.
The standards for accepting applications has gradually become more of a
strict process over the past few years, making it more difficult for businesses
to receive licenses, but at the same time the process has helped to keep out
rogue operators. Any online gambling sites that operate from this jurisdiction
are usually seen as trustworthy businesses and less risk is associated with
these sites. Players can be more sure that their funds are in safe hands and
that if they receive a win, they will not have any problems receiving the cash.
Should a dispute arise, player protection and a fair hearing will be
warranted without fail. The only thing to watch out for is those companies who
claim to be licensed from this jurisdiction, when in fact they are not.