Gambling at the Online Casinos
choice of online casinos is astounding and it is impossible to choose
where to go unless you have solid recommendations from fellow gamers.
First and foremost NEVER choose online casinos by the size of the bonus
they are offering. A $500 bonus may seem tempting but remember, there
are usually all sorts of hurdles to jump over before online casinos pay
Brick and mortar
casinos in the US are among the most heavily regulated
and restricted industries in the country. These casinos have to comply
with licensing requirements of the state and federal law and taxation
and money laundering laws. The land based casinos are strictly monitored
by the Gaming Control Board to make sure nothing underhand is going on.
In the world of online casinos, it is a completely different story.
Online casinos operate from offshore locations and as a consequence are
not subject to any rules or regulations. So these online casinos, which
are unlicensed, unregulated and untaxed, have the opportunity to take
advantage of players, by defaulting on winnings and using fraudulent
Many unscrupulous individuals see the online casinos industry as an
opportunity to scam innocent gamblers. These casinos frequently change
the rules in their casinos, making it difficult for players to cash in
their winnings or receive bonuses, some casinos even withhold winnings
from players who win large amounts and some of the worst online casinos
have been known to steal from their customers.
Some online casinos use software that cheats the gamblers. This software
can be programmed so the casino sets their own pay schedule and chooses
who wins and who loses.
Many online casinos have appalling customer service or in the worst
cases, none at all.
Before you choose where you want to game, there are a few guidelines to
know before you begin.
Make sure that the
online casino you choose, has a customer service
number and call it BEFORE you begin gaming. If the staff are helpful and
friendly this is a good sign. If it is impossible to get hold of anyone
then don't bother with the website.
Only game with online casinos registered in territories where there are
strict regulations. A good example is the Isle of Man off the coast of
Great Britain. Online casinos registered here have to deposit $2 million
(US) to receive a gaming license from the government. This deposit
ensures the customers protection.
Do as much research before hand and check out the company's software
providers. You will find that the best online casinos use the major
software suppliers. The casinos may not have regulations to adhere to
but the software suppliers do, and the regulations of fair gaming are
very strict. If the casino doesn't reveal who their supplier is then
avoid the website.
It may seem daunting but with a few easy checks you can weed out the
disreputable companies and eCOGRA also gives 'play it safe' seals of
approval to the best gaming companies.