How to Verify Curacao Gambling Licenses (all 4 of them)
Last updated: December 1, 2021
First thing first, many casino players don’t know that the Curacao government does not issue gambling licenses to online casinos directly. Instead, back in 1996 they have designated 4 private companies in order to license and control online casinos in their jurisdiction, which are called master license operators.
Each master license operator has got its own license verification procedure, and I am going to show you (with pictures) how to do it for each license operator separately, including a very important precaution, without which the verification system does not work.
Here you can also learn more about how the Curacao licensing system works and what those 4 master license operators are (in more details).
What does verification of all Curacao licenses have in common?
Well, to the Curacao government’s credit, they have set at least some standards for master license operators, and I would say, particularly the license verification system is good and quite effective.
How does it work? Each online casino licensed by any Curacao master license operator (as we already know there are 4 of them) must have a licensed seal on the bottom of the casino’s website, so that online casino players could easily verify its validity.
For example, here is how it might look like. Though, please keep in mind, this is specifically a Curacao E-Gaming licensed seal , and each master license operator has its own unique seal (it will be covered in more details further in the article, including pictures).
How to verify? Just simply click on the seal, and you are going to be redirected to the license verification website (each master license operator has its own), where you are going to be informed whether the license is valid or not.
How to verify a Curacao Antillephone N.V. (8048/JAZ) gambling license?
Legit verification domain name: validator.antillephone.com (Prefix might be changed in the future, but antillephone.com part is constant. That’s why web browsers make this part of any domain name bold).
How to verify a Curacao E-gaming (Cyberluck Curacao N.V. 1668/JAZ) gambling license?
Reliable E-Gaming online casinos (license checked)
Legit verification domain name: validator.curacao-egaming.com (Prefix might be changed in the future, but curacao-egaming.com part is constant. That’s why web browser makes this part of any domain name bold)
How to verify a Curacao Gaming N.V. (365/JAZ) gambling license?
Reliable Gambling Curacao licensed casinos (license checked)
Legit verification domain name: licensing.gaming-curacao.com (Prefix might be changed in the future, but gaming-curacao.com part is constant. That’s why web browser makes this part of any domain name bold)
How to verify a Curacao Interactive Licensing N.V. (CIL) (5536/JAZ) gambling license?
Legit verification domain name: There is no dedicated webpage for this purpose, instead each online casino licensed by CIL must provide you with a signed (by Curacao officials) license agreement on its own domain name. It can be forged easily, so I would not recommend to deal with Curacao Interactive Licensing N.V. at all.
Anyway, here is what it might look like. Is it legit or not? There is no way to be sure, because there is no official license verification service, and every even slightly experienced photoshop master can forge it in a few minutes.
Hence, it is not a reliable method at all.
A VERY IMPORTANT precaution must be taken (otherwise the verification is useless)!
I guess many of you already know that every website on the internet has got its own unique address, which is called domain name. For example, the domain name of the website you are currently on is casino-howto.com (you can see its name on the top of your web browser).
Moreover, domain names can have some prefixes. The most well-known are:
www (world wide web),
http (hypertext transfer protocol),
https (hypertext transfer protocol secure).
So to say, https://casino-howto.com, http://casino-howto.com and www.casino-howto.com are exactly the same, and if you enter any of them (including simply casino-howto.com) on the top of your web browser, you will end up on my website. Also, there could be other prefixes, unique for each domain. For example, I have email@example.com, which is a dedicated email address for my domain specifically.
Why am I bringing up all that stuff? Because, let’s say, casino-howtoo.com (even one letter matters) or casinohowto.com (dashes also matter) or casino-howto.net (suffix also matters) are different domain names, which have nothing to do with my website.
I guess you are starting to get the idea as each master license operator (as I said before) has its own website dedicated specifically for verification purposes. How do fake Curacao licensed online casinos take advantage of this? They put the seal on the bottom, exactly as legit Curacao casinos do, and when a player clicks on it, he/she is going to be redirected to a fake license verification webpage.
A fake license verification webpage looks exactly the same as a legit one. The only difference is that it is impossible to forge domain names, and scammers have to improvise. How do they work around? As you have probably guessed, they change one letter or suffix in their fake domain names so that it looks similar to a legit one. Fake Curacao casinos rely on that players won’t notice the difference, and the sad part of the story is that many and many online casino players actually fall for it.
Hence, it is not only important to click on the license verification seal, but also to establish if you are on the legit verification website. Further in the article I will provide you with legit verification domain names for each Curacao license operator so that frauds will have zero chances to trick you in.
With all that in mind, let’s consider each of them separately as there are some nuances in the procedure as well.
Why should you EVERY TIME verify Curacao gambling licenses?
I would say, it is a good idea in general (whenever you have decided to try out a new online casino), but if we are talking about online casinos licensed in Curacao jurisdiction, it becomes really crucial. Why?
There are hundreds of scam online casinos that claim they have got one of the Curacao licenses, when in fact they do not. It is only possible, because the majority of casino players neglect license verification. I assume, it is needless to explain why it is not a good idea (to put it very mildly) to play in scam casinos , and by “scam” I mean pure scam, not semi-scam (where withdrawal cancelations and that kind of shit takes place).
Semi-scam online casinos with a fake Curacao license are also common. Yes, they do not steal money right away, as scam casinos do, but, trust me, it is going to be a very disappointing experience to deal with them as well.
The Curacao government, and I guess nobody will argue, is doing a bad job regarding gambling regulations in general. It also includes lack of transparency and control upon master license operators. That’s why the gambling market is flooded with online casinos with fake Curacao licenses. Meanwhile, the Curacao government either does not have enough resources to fight scammers back or just simply does not care.
There is a lot of controversy circling around Curacao gambling licenses in general, though in fact, Curacao licenses are not that bad as some casino players deem them to be. The truth is that fake Curacao online casinos harm Curacao's reputation in a big way, and this is rather unfair, I would say.
Anyway, please don’t get me wrong since I agree that Curacao master licenses are not strong as a rule of thumb.Thus it is all about the reputation of a particular online casino. So you have to choose Curacao online casinos very carefully (especially don’t trust fake ratings on the internet). However, if you have managed to grab a decent one, then you can expect better bonuses and promotions (VIP-programs, Races, Tournaments) than on average on the market, because Curacao has relatively low license fees and taxes. As a result, Curacao casinos can afford to spend saved money on marketing.
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