The Kahnawake Gaming Commission
The Kahnawake Gaming Commission (KGC) is one of the most reputed organizations that licenses a large number of online casinos and online poker rooms.
The Kahnawake Gaming Commission was established in 1996 and it is located in the Mohawk territory of Kahnawake, which is an Indian reservation located at 10 kilometers from Montreal in Canada.
It began licensing online casinos in 1999 and it currently licenses 14 online casinos.
The Commission is composed of three members, approved by the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake: David Montour (Manager), Melanie Mayo, and Kevin Kennedy.
The Kahnawake Gaming Commission licenses many of the Canadian online casinos, and it sets regulations for how they may interact with their players and amongst each other.
This organization works hard to ensure a safe, secure, fair and enjoyable gaming environment, controlling gaming and gaming related activities and working “in accordance with the highest principles of honesty and integrity”.
The Kahnawake Gaming Commission wants to satisfy the three main basic principles:
- that only suitable people and entities are allowed to operate within Kahnawake,
- the games must be fair to the players,
- the winners to be paid.
“The Kahnawake Gaming Commission's regulations concerning Interactive Gaming were promulgated in July 1999 and are generally accepted as a model for regulating the global online gaming industry,” said eCOGRA about the Kahnawake Gaming Commission.
In order to be licensed by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, a casino must prove that it provides fair games, that it is able to prohibit minors from accessing the games on their websites, and that their winners are paid in a reliable and reasonably fast manner.
Players can trust the online casinos which are licensed by the KGC, with the KGC's logo on their home page. The Kahnawake Gaming Commission charges an application fee of $15,000 from the potential licensees and once an organization is licensed, it has to pay an annual fee of $10,000.
The Commission also accepts and verifies all the complaints against the licensees from online players.
Since it was launched, the Kahnawake Gaming Commission was a success because it was based on a rigorous regulation.
The audits are done monthly in order to ensure that the standards are being upheld and complied to and the clients are reviewed by a National Fraud Centre to assure the viability and the honesty of the online casino.
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