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Antigua, Kahnawake don't make U.K. 'white list'
The U.K. Department for Culture, Media and Sport recently announced that Antigua and Barbuda as well as Kahnawake, the Canadian reserve, were not approved for the online gambling "white list."
When the U.K. Gambling Act of 2005 went into effect Sept. 1, 2007, one of the new laws restricted online gambling advertising to only those companies based in the United Kingdom or other countries in the European Economic Area.
Countries outside that area could apply for approval to be included on a white list of nations that would be allowed to advertise in the United Kingdom.
Jurisdictions already on the white list include Alderney and the Isle of Man. Tasmania was initially rejected for the white list, but with the latest announcement from the U.K. Gambling Commission, it will be added at the end of the month.
Kaye McDonald, Antigua and Barbuda director of gaming, told the Antigua Sun that the nation hopes to be approved in the future like Tasmania was.
"It is an ongoing process," she said. "We continue to work with the U.K. government."
McDonald is part of a team scheduled to travel to London next week to continue discussions with the Gambling Commission in hopes of changing the situation in the future.
McDonald declined to reveal to the Antigua Sun specific reasons the application was denied. The U.K. Gambling Commission's newsletter announcing the decision was also without much detail.
All it said was, "After careful assessment of their representations against the published criteria, the Secretary of State has also decided not to white list Kahnawake (Canadian reservation) or Antigua."
Antigua is considered to have the largest number of gambling operators. It has 537 of the estimated 2,300 world-wide online gambling sites. One of them is Bodog Poker, which moved there from Costa Rica in 2007.
Kahnawake is thought to have the third-largest number of gambling operators, including Full Tilt Poker.
Gambling operators can choose to move to white-listed jurisdictions or to the EEA if they wish to advertise in the United Kingdom. However, the jurisdictions they move to will then have to reapply for a place on the white list.
One nation that's already benefiting from the excluded jurisdictions is Malta. The EEA country already licenses 84 Internet gambling operators and reported after the initial white list was announce that letters of intent have been issued to 76 other online gambling businesses, while 36 companies have applications still pending to operate on the island.
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