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Reputable online casinos need to have a license to operate, and the Channel Island of Jersey is a widely used authority that many of the biggest sites use.
The island of Jersey lies just of the coast of northern France, but due to its' unique political status as an independent state which is protected by the U.K., but not part of it, they are able to license online gambling under their own terms.
Created in 2010, the Jersey Gambling Commission grants a license to operate to online and land based casinos, sportsbooks, Poker and Bingo providers who meet a strict set of requirements.
Two main pieces of legislation have been introduced, with the Gambling Commission (Jersey) 2010 and Gambling (Jersey) Law 2012 covering how the licensing authority works and the details of the legal framework respectively. Other regulations cover charitable and social gambling, lotteries and gaming machine providers.
Guided by a Social Responsibility Panel, the Commission is legally bound to operate to defined standards, and ensure that licensees follow strict practices for the protection of the public.
Terms of a Jersey License
While the full details of how to obtain a Jersey license can be found on the Gambling Commission website, in brief, applicants are expected to provide customers with secure gaming platforms and servers, and also provide hard evidence that they tackle to issues of problem or underage gambling. Fair play, reliable banking facilities and continued due diligence are also required.
The Jersey Gambling Commission helps applicants throughout the whole process of obtaining a license, and will regularly ensure that the terms are being adhered to, as they operate in a competitive market and want to maintain a reputation for quality and trustworthiness at all times.