The Directorate of Offshore Gaming was founded in 1994 and became one of the first jurisdictions to offer licensing services. This regulator is a branch of the Finance Department of the Regulatory Commission of Antigua and Barbuda, a small island east of Puerto Rico and north of Venezuela.
It is worth noting that most gambling regulators are located in small states and islands. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, the main political bodies are more concerned with public reaction to the issue than with legalizing the newly emerging and previously unregulated market. Secondly smaller states are more tax dependent and the Online gaming market is always available to add extra money to their budgets. This can lead to conflicts of interest, as such jurisdictions are totally dependent on the taxes collected from Online gaming businesses. It is not profitable for these states to put pressure on a casino in case there is any dispute with a player, as this can result in the casino’s revenues falling.
The Directorate of Offshore Gaming belongs to the category of regulators that allow Casinos to accept US real money players. Generally, this is seen as a bad sign. In other words, the regulator does not care about its reputation so much that it is prepared to violate US laws. The Directorate of Offshore Gaming seems to be the regulator most willing to accept US players. Still, they are not quick to solve players’ problems. If you want to make a complaint against a casino regulated by the Antigua and Barbuda government, send it to:
Website – http://www.antiguagaming.gov.ag
E-mail – Complaints@antiguagaming.gov.ag
Fax – (268)481-3305
Address – The Directorate of Offshore Gaming
Division of Gaming
Royal Palm Place
Friar’s Hill Road
P.O. Box 2674
St. John’s Antigua & Barbuda