Curaçao’s Gaming Control Board (GCB) has officially granted its first licenses under the country’s new regulatory regime for the land-based casino industry. White Star BV, a division of Rhino Entertainment Group, was the recipient of the inaugural direct license for its flagship brand, CasinoDays. Additionally, Digital Seals were issued to three well-known operators – Small House, Geeka Corporation, and Games and More – supporting all brands and domains under their jurisdiction.

The licensing process for the new regime in Curaçao began in September, with the registration portal officially opening at that time. However, applicants were not allowed to register until November 1st. The portal processes fresh applications in accordance with existing legislation and registers any sub-licensee who wishes to continue operating following the adoption of the National Ordinance for Games of Chance (LOK). Once the LOK comes into force, the new Curaçao Gaming Authority (CGA) will officially enter the scene.

Managing Director of the GCB, Cedric Pietersz, expressed excitement about the transformative period in Curaçao’s gambling sector, with the volume of submissions exceeding expectations. Meanwhile, Ross Parkhill, CEO of Rhino Entertainment Group, emphasized the privilege and endorsement of receiving the direct license, highlighting their commitment to excellence and responsible gaming.

With the new regulatory changes, there is still some uncertainty in Curaçao. The country currently operates under the National Ordinance on Offshore Games of Hazard (NOOGH) legislation, but this will be amended by the LOK. Despite reports of LOK being refused, Curaçao’s Minister of Finance, Javier Silvania, clarified that the license issuing process by the GCB remains unchanged and urged against misinformation.

Overall, the issuance of the first licenses marks a significant moment in Curaçao’s evolution into a top-tier gambling jurisdiction, with many more licenses in process. The enhanced regulatory processes are expected to bring added value and prestige to the gaming industry in the country, ensuring a compliant and bright future for online gaming.

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