Curaçao actually has four, yes four master license holders, these are Cyberluck Curaçao N.V. 1668/JAZ, Gaming Curaçao 365/JAZ, Curaçao Interactive Licensing N.V. (CIL) 5536/JAZ and Antillephone NV 8048/JAZ.
Confused yet? These four entities or master license holders are responsible for ‘regulating’ and ‘licensing’ iGaming operators on the Caribbean Island.
As a licensing entity and a regulator of iGaming, Curaçao has somewhat of a chequered history and past. In short the island is something of akin to the wild west of igaming licensing juridisitions.
This is not to say that all casinos which are licensed by one of master license holders on the Dutch Caribbean Island are all bad, indeed there are some solid casinos licensed there for various reasons, but alas Casino Gazette will not be featuring them.
We suggest if you are looking for player friendly Curaçao licensed online casinos then it may be worth checking out Safe US Bets which is run by a couple of industry veterans. But remember when you leave this site, we take no responsibility for the content on other web sites.
Anyhow, what is the issue in the main with online casinos that utilise the Caribbean Island that is Curaçao as their base? Well read on….
Flaccid Licensing and Little to No Regulation
On the Casinomeister Forum the members there often refer to Curacao and the casinos that operate there disparagingly, with one forum member at the end of 2018 writing: “Whatever anybody claims, the huge majority of casino scams, frauds and player rip-offs emanate from Curacao and for a good reason – the authority is inept, crooked and toothless so they can get away with it.”
Unfortunately this is not just hear say, with the internet littered with scam casino stories whose trail leads back to the island. Of all the four master license holders on the island, Gaming Curaçao 365/JAZ is the only one in our opinion that at least tries to do the right thing.
Of all the four master license holders, in our considered view Cyberluck Curaçao N.V. 1668/JAZ is the worst. If you happen upon a casino that features or mentions this license, hit the back button on your browser fast and never return!
The aptly named site Shit Hole Casinos, of which it’s purpose is to list those online casinos which have a history of ripping off players, is literally awash with casino horror stories of online casinos that call Curaçao their home.
So if you do venture out to play at an online casino that is licensed ( and we use that term loosely ) there, make sure you have performed sufficient research into the casino you intend to sign up to.