Kahnawake Gaming Commission

Kahnawake Gaming Commission is a regulatory body that is mandated to regulate and license a large number of online poker rooms, online casinos, and online sportsbook sites. It also regulates two land based poker rooms situated in Mohawk Territory within Kahnawake. This regulatory body was established in 1996 in accordance with the Kahnawake Gaming Law that has been enacted by Mohawk Council of Kahnawake.

Its first regulations regarding to Interactive Gaming came in place in July 1999. The Commission issues permits to operators of online gaming known as Client Provider Authorizations. The clients are charged a fee of US$25,000 in addition to the application fee of US$5,000 for every Key Person License.

Mainly, the application fee consists of the cost of the annual fee allocated for the first entry for both Key Person Licenses and Client Provider Authorizations. In case the application is turned down and not granted, the applicants are refunded their fees.

Since this authority for gaming control was established in 1996, the legitimacy of Kahnawake Gaming Law as well as the Commissions' activities have never been contested under Canadian Law and other jurisdiction. In a case that tried to challenge the Commission's decision of refusing to offer issuance of the permit, it was decided in its favor by the Quebec Superior Court in July 2007.

While the court may have ruled against the plaintiff, it, however, said that it did not consider it to be necessary to rule on the legitimacy of the gaming law. The Commission presently licenses close to over 50 online gaming operators. This represents close to over 250 online gaming sites.

In 2011 November, the Commission came up with its Regulations governing Raffles but they were not effected until January 2012. After a lengthy investigation, this regulatory body made a decision about what it called Ultimate Bet cheating scandal. Cheating took place on Ultimate Bet poker site, and the Commission decided to put sanctions on the ownership of the betting site.