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The Estonian Organization of Remote Gambling (EORG) is an authority tasked with regulating the Estonian gambling industry. This body oversees the operations of both online and land-based casinos. That includes providing licenses and ensuring licensed casinos adhere to the set standards and regulations.

The EORG started issuing gambling licenses in 2010 after the Gambling Act that legalized online gambling was passed in 2009. It is also worth noting that the EORG began offering licenses to international online casinos in 2011, allowing them to operate in Estonia. Such international casinos are also under the regulation of the EORG regarding their operations in the country.

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Live Casinos Licensed by the Estonian Organization of Remote Gambling

All casinos that operate legally in Estonia are required to have a license issued by EORG. To that effect, a good number of unlicensed live casinos have been blacklisted in the country making it quite difficult for Estonian residents to access them. Internet service providers play an essential part in ensuring such sites are inaccessible. Notably, bank transfers are also blocked in most unlicensed casinos, which makes it almost impossible for local punters to play in such casinos.

The EORG offers four different types of licenses to live casinos. The type of licensed issued is largely informed by the nature of gambling activities the operator offers. These licenses cover games of chance, lotteries, games of skills, and betting. live casinos that offer all types of gambling activities must obtain the four licenses. Notably, all licenses issued by EORG are valid for ten years. In addition to the license, online gambling providers must obtain operating permits. They must renew the operating permits every five years.

The cost of the different types of licenses for live casinos varies. The companies applying for the licenses must have predetermined amounts of share capital and pay state fees. The share capital requirements are €1 million for games of chance, €25,000 for games of skill, and €130,000 for totalizator and betting.

About Estonian Organization of Remote Gambling

The EORG is among Estonia's most popular gambling licenses. That is mostly because of their stringent requirements for license qualification. The licensing organization also follows up on all the licensed companies to ensure that they operate as per their stipulated standards. As a result, Estonian punters tend to trust only live casinos that the organization licenses. live casino operators thus have to obtain the license to earn a spot among the list of trustworthy casinos in the competitive gambling industry.

The Estonian Organization of Remote Gambling provides licenses to casino operators worldwide, looking to provide gambling services to Estonians. That is with the condition that the operators are not legally prohibited from running offshore casinos by their countries' laws. The license requirements and charges are similar for all international live casinos but different for local ones.

EORG’s main goal is to ensure Estonian punters enjoy safe and reliable gambling experiences. That is especially in live casinos, where hundreds of fraudulent gambling sites taint the industry. The license terms and conditions are designed to ensure live casinos provide the best possible services to Estonians. The organization has also made a name for itself over the years, both locally and abroad.

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Jean-Paul Uwizeye
Jean-Paul Uwizeye

Born and raised in Rwanda, Jean-Paul Uwizeye seamlessly connects the world of online casinos to Rwandan enthusiasts. With a unique blend of Western gaming insights and deep Rwandan cultural roots, he's a go-to localizer for engaging and relatable content.

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