Online gambling began in the mid-90’s and has come a long way in a short time. From simple graphics and clunky interfaces to the streamlined, digital playground it is now, online casinos have changed the way we gamble. But you still have to watch out for cheating casinos.
That’s right, some online casinos are trying to cheat you out of your bankroll, but there’s ways to protect yourself. These simple tips will help you choose a reputable casino and avoid getting scammed.
1: Make sure the casino is regulated by oversight organizations.
There are many ways a casino can prove it’s reputable, the easiest is to show that they’re overseen by third-party auditors.
Oversight comes in many forms, including examining a casino’s finances, software, and banking practices. While it’s good to know a casino’s finances are in order (giving them less reason to cheat you), you should be most concerned with a casino’s software and banking oversight.
Auditors look at software to determine if a casino’s RNG (random number generator) is actually random. They confirm the RNG is operating the casino’s games only by chance and is not programmed to cause players to lose.
Auditors look at banking practices to confirm a casino is making secure transactions and protecting their players’ personal and financial information.
Only gamble at online casinos that are regulated by third-party oversight organizations.
2: Make sure the casino is licensed in a reputable country or territory.
There are more than a dozen countries/territories that grant online gaming licenses, but the most respected are:
- The Isle of Man
- The United Kingdom
- Kahnawake (Canadian Tribal Territory)
Other licensers aren’t necessarily disreputable, but if you’re putting your money on the line, you should go with the most trusted licensing bodies. Better safe than sorry.
3: Join online gamblers’ chat forums.
This is the best advice I’ve ever gotten on how to protect yourself from cheating casinos. Players are very vocal about any casinos that have scammed them in the past.
Find a forum that you’re comfortable with and ask the group about the casino you’re interested in. You’ll be surprised when other gamblers start sharing their favorite casinos, best bonuses, and even gambling tips. Chat forums are a gold mine for players looking to learn more about online gambling.