Belize is a small country in Central America that acts a licensing jurisdiction for some online gambling sites. Licenses are issued under the Belize government's Gaming Control Board, which was formed in 2004, after legislation passed in 1996 was revised. This page provides a list of online casinos that hold a Belize license.
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The Belize government website does not offer much information about the types of licenses they issue to websites. However, we do know that it includes online casinos and sportsbooks. The process for both casinos and sportsbooks to get licensed by the Belize Gaming Control Board is likely the same.
To begin the licensing process, a company must simply contact the Secretary of the Gaming Control Board via phone, fax, or email. This information is available on the Belizean government's website. From there, a member of the Gaming Control Board will begin working with the prospective licensee to register his or her site as an official Belizean gaming company. The exact details of this process are currently unknown, but fees and taxes do apply.
The Gaming Control Board of Belize does not indicate what kind of regulations casinos must comply with once licensed. Presumably, as long as a company continues to pay the applicable taxes and fees, they can retain their Belize license. There is no indication that any kind of periodic audits or investigations are conducted by the Belize government. As such, players should use caution when choosing online casinos licensed only in Belize. Casinos should have a proven track record of fairness and a history of timely payments.
Because so little information is available about Belize licenses, some fraudulent sites claim to have a Belize license but, in reality, do not. To combat this, the Belize Gaming Control Board has put out a statement online that provides a list of genuine licensees. The AskGamblers list of Belize casinos includes only casinos with genuine Belize licenses.
Belize does not offer players any direct resolution services. If you have a complaint with a casino licensed by the Belize government, you should first try to work with the casino itself. If that does not work, consult with a third-party affiliate that offers player complaints services, such as AskGamblers. Since affiliates are typically the sole source of advertising for online casinos, many casinos are more likely to be involved in the dispute process when an affiliate is used.