Safe Online Casinos to Secure Casino Playing

Probably the very first thing that came to your mind when you first heard about online gambling was

Is it safe to play in online casinos?

The short answer to this is yes, it is safe as long as you choose the right casino. And that immediately leads us to the next question that is a bit more complicated to answer:

Which online casinos are safe and trustworthy?

We’ll look into just that below by touching on:

  • Casino licenses, being the single most important information that should be your No.1 priority to check
  • Some other factors such as operating times, support, banking details and bonus terms as these might be also worth watching for
  • Basic rules to protect yourself by keeping your gaming in the fun zone at all times

Online casinos became one of the biggest internet industries in the recent years and accordingly, there’s a plethora of providers out there. But unfortunately a whole bunch of them operates unfairly in many ways. It’s not easy to find the trustworthy and safe casinos even for the seasoned online gamblers, not to mention newbies. So without further ado let’s see what we should pay attention to when searching for a safe online casino.

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Licensing

This is the very first thing you should check when choosing an online casino. Luckily it is also one of the easyest info to obtain.

When we are talking about a gambling provider’s license we mean what country or territory provides them a license to operate as an online gambling provider. Since all jurisdictions differ in their requirements towards online gambling providers they are not equal. Simply put some are stricter and better than others.

License shows us that under what regulations the casino is operating and more importantly what responsibility the licensing authority takes in a possible dispute between the player and the casino. And trust me, there are enormous differences here.

Just to be on the safe side let me quickly mention here that we never ever play in a casino that has no license whatsoever.

The Weakest Licenses

This category includes gambling licenses from Belize, Costa Rica and Panama.

These are the jurisdictions where it’s quite easy to get a gambling license as authorities are not really interested in who requests a license as long as the license fees are paid. So transparency suffers here, which makes it easy for an operator to get a license and stay in the background or even disappear without a trace if he finds that necessary for whatever reason.

These jurisdictions do not investigate on player disputes at all and offer no guarantees to players and in case of any problems players have to take matters in their own hands. That does not necessarily means that any casino with such a license will not help you with your problems, it just means that if they are not willing to help you, there’s not much you can do and you’re all by yourself to deal with them.

Let’s face it, problems usually start to arise when it comes to withdrawal rather than deposits. When the support becomes unresponsive at this point, you know you have a problem.

My advice is to stay away from casinos licensed in these countries even though there are many trustworthy operators among them. If it’s too late however and you already have a cashout or other problem you can still put some pressure on them by turning to a forum or other prestigeous portal dealing with them to raise some public awareness. A lot can be achieved by the power of the public.

Adequate Licenses

Malta, Gibraltar, Kahnawake, Curaçao (Netherlands Antilles) and Antigua and Barbuda are generally considered to offer a closer supervision of their licensees.

In order to get a license here both the operator’s financials and player protection are considered. While licence holders from these territories are generally trustworthy, there could be exceptions so it is definitely worth looking into other factors as well.

A few years ago Curaçao would easily be categorised to the lowest category, however since 2014 they improved their system immensely after the Netherlands Antilles government realized the long term importance of online gambling to the economy and started to act accordingly.

The Safest Casino Licenses

The best licenses you can get are those from Alderney, Isle of Man and The United Kingdom.

If you pick a casino with a license from one of these you’re already set for a good start. Not only are acquiring a license in these jurisdictions is the most diffucult, but operators there are continuosly monitored for fairness and financial stability. More than that, if you can’t resolve a dispute with your casino you can escalate the issue to the regulator directly.

Finding All the Facts

All casinos display their licensing information in their home page footer, often along with their license numbers. If you can’t find it there, look in their “About Us” or “Terms and Conditions” section. But the more it is hidden, the more your suspicion should grow.

In case of 32red for instance (see the image left below) they show us not only that they have a UK license, but we can check their license information directly on the UK Gambling Commission’s website by clicking a link.

The Royal Panda website footer (see image below to the right) does not feature a link to the licensing authority page, nevertheless they provide the license number and you can easily check for yourself on the website of the Malta Gaming Authority http://www.mga.org.mt/gaming-sectors/remote-gaming/licensed-operators/