Introduction to the Online Gambling Business MAIN
Software Licensing and a List of Companies that Provide Online Casino and Sportsbook Software SOFTWARE
Online Marketing Companies that get Web Traffic to a Casino Web Site MARKETING
Sublicensing an Online Sportsbook and Casino operation from a Licensee AFFILIATE PROGRAMS
Payment Processing and Merchant Accounts for Online Sportsbook and Casino operations to use E-COMMERCE
Software Considerations GAME TYPES
Legislation issues for the USA and abroad LEGAL ISSUES
Online Sportsbook and Casino and Other Gambling/Casino Related Conferences CONFERENCES
Economic Factors worth considering with an Online Gambling Operation ECONOMICS
Things to Watch for when Starting an Online Sportsbook and Casino Business PITFALLS
Forums - Hear what others have to say about the business MESSAGE BOARDS
Online Sportsbook and Casino Links: News, Stocks, Organizations, etc. LINKS
About Yorktown Ventures and the Author ABOUT US


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So how does software licensing work?

Most of the companies that actually run an online casino and sportsbook operation are offshore (not within the USA). The vast majority are located in the Carribean and the United Kingdom. (See the Legal Issues section for an explanation). It is best to check with the laws of the country your company is in for authority to own and operate a casino. Also, it is worthwhile to look at the TAX structure. Australia was taking 50% of all winnings from online casinos. This number was reduced to 8% after they realized Australians were gambling at internet wagering operations located in other countries.

( One of the best books to read on starting an offshore corporation is Tax Haven Roadmap, by Richard Czerlau )

There are two types of licensing for running an online wagering operation. First and foremost is the gaming license. This is a government license which grants authority to the wagering establishment to take wagers and bets. The second is a software license. This is a license from an Online Gambling Software Provider to utilize their wagering software. Further below is a list of companies that provide software.

Usually, each of these Online Gambling Software Providers have deals or arrangements with one or more offshore nations (agian, usually the Carribean / Latin America). Either they have the "Master License" or have access to the ability to getting you a gaming license. In most cases, A GAMING LICENSE IS REQUIRED from the state/country you are based in order to take wagers on the internet. Some governments do not require a gaming license, while others (like Antigua, Gibraltar, Malta, Isle of Man and Costa Rica) do. In the USA, Gaming Licenses are given within US States.

Usually the Online Gambling Software Provider charges a software licensing fee. Most also take a percentage of the take for each month's revenues of the casino as well (otherwise known as a royalty fee). Some offer marketing services, while some require it as part of the agreement. Some offer equipment (ie: the server), while some require that it be purchased from them. Each of these companies have various structures but this all needs to be weighed out versus what they can offer in return. On average, most online wagering business owners end up with 15 - 40% of the monthly profits.

Also what should be looked at is the type of software. Generally, there are 3 types: Download Based, JAVA and Flash. Each have advantages and disadvantages. To read more about this, click HERE and HERE.

The Wizard of Odds is an excellent reference as to how some of the online casino software providers' programs work (otherwise known as the basic "strategies" - see their GAMBLING ONLINE section).

Who does one call to become a licensee?

Select from the list of Online Gambling Software Providers below:

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Interactive Gaming Systems  

Interactive Gaming Systems (Argentina): IGS provides clients with top quality gaming platform software for casino games(web based and download), multiplayer poker, sportsbook, bingo, skill games and more. We offer both the sub-license and the master license models which can include such services as merchant processing, hosting and server maintence, player and licensee support as well gaming license assistance. We have the capability and flexibility of customizing existing platforms to fit the clients specific needs as well as develop new projects.

CyberArts FOUNDATION™ (USA), the technology platform for sophisticated Gaming companies in the new millennium, raises the bar for modern Gaming software. Suitable for poker or any other game, FOUNDATION™ allows global marketers huge flexibility in interface design plus choice of language and currency. Fully brandable, FOUNDATION™ is the answer for the largest and most demanding gaming companies and marketers. .
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Ace Poker/Pokervision (United Kingdom)
Amaya (Canada)
Amigo Techs
Aqua Online (United Kingdom)
Aristocrat Casino Software
Ash Gaming
B3W Group (United Kingdom)
Bet and Win (Austria)
Betware (Iceland)
Bingo (USA)
Casino Consult
Casino Re Kings
Casino Software
Casino Software DE
Casino Software Solutions
CTXM Casino Software
Cyber Arts Licensing, LLC (USA)
Curacao Egaming
CWC Gaming
eManagement N.V. (Curacao)
Engaming (division of Framfab Bulgaria) (Bulgaria)
Evolution Gaming
Fusion Gaming Group (Costa Rica)
GamblingSoftware (Grenada)
Gaming Online Ltd (subsidiary of Bentley Corporation) (South Africa)
Gamebay (USA)
Gaming Logix (Canada)
Game Colony (USA)
Game Variety
Gaming Group
Game House (USA)
GamingLogix (Bahamas)
Gamma Seven (Russia)
Globespan Technologies (USA)
Gold Play
Grandonline Casino
Grand Virtual Casino
Great Bet (Costa Rica)
Home Gambling Network (USA)
Integrated Games
Interactive Gaming (Argentina)
iGaming Solutions (USA)
iGaming Suppliers
I.G.T interactive
Interactive Entertainment (USA)
Interactive Solutions Corporation (USA)
International Lottery & Totalizator Systems, Inc. (Canada)
Intersphere Communications (USA)
Intralot (Greece)
Juicy Jackpots
Just for Fun software limited
Las Vegas From Entertainment Inc
Medialive Casino
Microgaming (United Kingdom)
Miracle Software (Costa Rica)
Party Casino
PlayStar (Canada)
Poker BBC
NetBet Casino (USA)
Net Entertainment NE AB (Sweden)
NetIntellGames (Russia)
NextGen Gaming
Octavian (Russia)
Online Casinos
Online Casino Develoment
Online Cyber Tech
Online kaszinˇ
Orbis (United Kingdom)
Own Casino (Canada)
Parlay Games
PlayStar Corp (Antigua)
Play Tech (Netherlands) (Canada)
Progona (Gibraltar)
Progressive Gaming (USA)
Pro Wager Systems (USA)
Realtime Gaming/Casino Meister
Rival Dating Casinos
Sheriff Gaming
Solutions Corp.
Spielo G2 (Sweden)
SwissGame (Netherlands)
Tiffany Enterprises (USA)
United Trading Corporation (USA)
Vegas Technology
Virgin Games
Wager Street (Canada)
Wager Works (USA)
Wizard Gaming (Canada)
WMS Gaming

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