Seriously Exclusive White ListPublished January 22, 2008 by OCR Editor
Only gambling sites located in the European Economic Area countries are allowed to operate in the UK. The additional White List includes several more, but not many as it turns out.
We have previously reported that the UK Gambling Commission has approved the thirtieth non-UK or European online gambling company. The White List of such companies approved to operate in the UK will remain exclusive, it is now clear, with only few and selective companies.
For instance, the Kahnawake Gaming Commission in Canada was not granted access to the UK. So was the decision regarding Antigua negative.
Kahnawake has issued over 440 online gambling licenses. These make for over 50 percent of the market. None of these sites will be allowed to advertise in the UK, for instance.
Antigua on its part has been focused on another front, trying to enforce the WTO free trade regulations vis a vis the US. Being turned down by the UK Commission is undoubtedly a blow to the face.
In a press release, Kahnawake Grand Chief Michael Ahríhrhon Delisle, Jr. said they are considering taking legal action. "Kahnawake has concerns regarding the process undertaken by the UK authority and has initiated inquiries to ascertain whether the application was afforded fair and objective consideration-which, at this point, we do not believe was the case."
Antigua seems less moved by the decision, viewing it as a temporary decision that was much needed for advertisers in the UK. "It does not preclude us from going forward with our application," the Antiguan Director of Gaming Kaye McDonald said.