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The Curaçao Gaming Control Board (GCB) has issued its inaugural direct licence to Rhino Entertainment Group entity White Star BV.

White Star has secured the licence for its flagship brand Casino Days, which thus far had been operating under Curaçao master licensee Antillephone. 

A new regime

Curaçao is currently in the midst of a regulatory overhaul, intended to replace its current system of master and sub-licence holders.

In December the country’s new gaming law, the National Ordinance for Games of Chance (LOK), was officially submitted to parliament.

While the new legislation is not without its critics, finance minister Javier Silvania had already announced Curaçao’s decision to expedite the regulatory reform process last year.

Silvania instructed the regulator to issue new licences to operators, with a strategic plan to transition these licences into the new regulatory framework once it is officially enacted.

A pivotal moment

Newly appointed GCB managing director Cedric Pietersz today (5 February) said: “2024 heralds a transformative period in the regulatory landscape of Curaçao’s gambling sector. 

“Since opening our doors to applications less than 12 weeks ago, the volume of submissions has far exceeded our expectations. 

“White Star’s licensure holds a special place in our hearts and history, it signifies a pivotal moment for Curaçao’s evolution into a top-tier gambling jurisdiction with many more licences in process,” he added. 

Meanwhile, Rhino Entertainment Group CEO Ross Parkhill (pictured) commented: “Being the first to receive this direct licence is not only a privilege but a thrilling endorsement of our commitment to excellence and responsible gaming. 

“We wholeheartedly support Curaçao’s enhanced regulatory processes, recognising the added value and prestige it brings to our licence. 

“We look forward to fostering an open and communicative relationship with the GCB, ensuring a bright and compliant future for online gaming.”

Digital seals

In addition, the GCB authorised Games and More BV, Geeka Corporation NV, and Small House BV to display the official digital seal of approval from the GCB.

In January, the regulator introduced a new policy requiring licensees to display an encrypted token-based seal on their websites, to prove they are legitimately registered within the jurisdiction.

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