The days of
dubious online casinos based in
untouchable locations with software that ensures the operators profits are not
over, and are not going to be over anytime soon. Having said that regulation
has increased many fold and now you can put your trust in licensed operators
with some good hope of a dispute resolution if it is required. So what are the
foremost only gamble at an online casino that is licensed. There are many to
choose from now and so there is no excuse to be playing at a fake or dubious
site. However this is not as simple as it seems if you are from countries
outside Europe. Although you might be able to check on a sites gaming license
to check that it is real, the regulator may not be all that it is supposed to
be. Only the following few regulators have the power and the means to do a
As you can see
they are dominated by those in the British Isles. This is in part due to the
fact that the UK is the most digitally advanced population in the world but
also it has the most open market and laws when it comes to gambling in all
forms, including online.
- United Kingdom: Gambling Commission
- Alderney: Alderney Gambling Control
- Isle of Man: Isle of Man Gambling Supervision
- France: Autorite de Regulation des Jeux En
- USA: Nevada Gaming Commission
There are many other Gambling Authorities
around the world but their capabilities in checking and regulating the online
world are in the early or even non-existant stages of development.
The USA has no central gambling authority but has state by state
regulation. These are only just understanding testing the online world.
Canada has no central gambling authority but has province by
province regulation and nothing in the territories.
has no central gambling authority but has state by state regulation and
government intervention from time to time.
Currently the only
comprehensive list of licences resides on the UK Gambling Commission
Find Licensees section. If a site says that it is currently
licensed then dropping the name into the search option will show not only if
they have a current license but all the associated sites and trading
a site has a list of restricted territory information then they are making good
efforts to follow the law and likely to be trustworthy. Restricted territory
information pertains to both residents of and visitors in the restricted areas.
People on the
internet can be brutal but this is an advantage when choosing an online casino.
There will be scathing reviews if a casino has refused to payout a player. It
is important to be careful when reading reviews as some people can become
negative about a casino if they have lost money. Read the average score of the
review and discount the scathing and overly positive reviews. If the average
review presents the casino in a positive way then they are probably safe to
play on. There are plenty of forums and websites that review online casinos so
an honest opinion wont be hard to find.
Search online for Blacklists,
there are a few genuine ones that will detail for what reason the online site
has been put there. usually something about payment, dispute reolution or
software that is underhand, possible cheating.