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    Default Antigua and Barbuda fails to make UK's white list

    Antigua and Barbuda Internet gambling industry failed to earn a spot on the UK's white list, meaning companies regulated there cannot advertise in the UK.

    According to a release from the UK Department of Culture, Media and Sports, a decision has been made not to ‘whitelist’ either Antigua and Barbuda or the Canadian Reservation of Kahnawá:ke, though Tasmania will be added to the UK Gambling Commission whitelist list at the end of the month.


    This means that Antigua and Barbuda’s online gambling companies cannot legally advertise their services in the UK. This privilege is reserved for European Economic Area countries, Alderney, Isle of Man and, now, Tasmania.



    Director of Gaming Kaye McDonald said that she was very disappointed by the decision, but remains confident that Antigua and Barbuda will be white listed in the future. “It is an ongoing process. We continue to work with the UK government,” McDonald, who is part of a team scheduled to travel to London next week to engage in further bilateral discussions to this end, said.


    She pointed out that Tasmaina was not white listed in the first instance, but was later able to meet the criteria set, and Antigua and Barbuda hopes to do the same.
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    I have to admit I'm not the most up on this UK White Listing bit... But how much of this is political? Is the UK gov't expecting to be paid (or receive tax income?) from whitelisted territories? Or is this whitelisting based solely on some criteria to ensure games are fair and regulated?
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    Quote Originally Posted by matted View Post
    I have to admit I'm not the most up on this UK White Listing bit... But how much of this is political? Is the UK gov't expecting to be paid (or receive tax income?) from whitelisted territories? Or is this whitelisting based solely on some criteria to ensure games are fair and regulated?
    It might be a tiny bit political, but it's mostly based on the ability of different jurisdictions to meet the standards (which, to be fair, are pretty high) outlined the U.K's Gambling Commission.

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    I dont have a problem with extremely high standards in this industry.... Thanks for the answer, vin!
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    Quote Originally Posted by matted View Post
    Is the UK gov't expecting to be paid (or receive tax income?) from whitelisted territories?
    Not at all. There was some thought early on that they were trying to corner the market, but the UK govt set the tax rate so high that everyone went elsewhere - Malta, mainly.

    So the UK govt doesn't get any tax revenue from most operators listed in the White List. But the list serves the purpose of ensuring that only casino operators who work towards their high standards (and are therefore licensed in approved jurisdictions) can be advertised in the UK.

    However...due to the way the EEC works, I'm not actually sure that the UK govt could ban ads from a less-than-perfect operator who managed to be licensed in a less-than-perfect EEA jurisdiction. Regardless of the criteria they apply to Kahnawake and Barbuda et al, I think they'd have to allow the jurisdiction (and therefore the operator) on to the White List, for fear of EEA reprisals.

    Not that that's happened yet...
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