| Alderney, an English Channel island, will be taking applications this Wednesday for six new online gaming licenses according to Moran Chapman, chief executive for the Alderney Gambling Control Commission.|
This will make Alderney the second British island to hit the headlines for Internet gambling. The Isle of Man has already considered 11 applicants, including MGM Mirage for three online gaming licenses, which will be issued later on this year.
“It’s not a race,” said Chapman. “It’s a global industry. All sorts of people will become involved in one shape or another.”
Alderney would charge an annual fee of $108,600 for three years to successful applicants, they would also have to pay a corporate tax of 20 percent. The Isle of Man will charge $116,000 per annum plus a 2.5 percent tax on all gross gambling profits, but no corporate tax.
Derek Cannon, gaming inspector at the Isle of Man said that the island government will regulate the online casinos with new dedicated legislation.