How to Spot Whether Your Online Casino is Safe

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Online gambling has been on a steady rise since the first online casinos opened their doors in the mid-90s. Valued at approximately $75 billion and accelerated by the unceasing pandemic, the global online gambling market is expected to double by the middle of the decade. But not everything is as rosy as it seems: millions of brick-and-mortar casino lovers are now forced to switch to online platforms, and not always does this happen smoothly for online casinos are so different from their based predecessors.

Speaking of the differences between brick-and-mortar and online casinos, the question of safety is the most burning. Whether you’re going to spend ten dollars or a thousand, you would want to select a safe casino, wouldn’t you? If so, then you might want to hear out Aleksandra Maj, a gambling expert from KasynoHEX, who knows everything about how to choose a safe online site like Unibet Casino, Slottica, Vulkan Vegas, or Energy Casino. Without further ado, let’s dig into it!

Licenses

The very first things you have to do are:

  • Check if online gambling is legal in your country. For that, you can research the matter on your own or consult with the casino customer support team or even your local gambling lawyer.
  • Check if the casino has a license. For that, navigate to the homepage footer or the Terms & Conditions webpage.

There are over a dozen license issuers, both credible (the UK Gambling Commission, the Malta Gaming Authority, the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, etc.) and less credible (for example, Gibraltar), but the point is, almost any license would do. 

The only thing that could justify the absence of a license is if we’re talking about a no-registration (anonymous) casino, as this type of site cannot get licenses, but still can be worthwhile. Other than that, choose only licensed casinos.

Seal of Approval by eCOGRA and Provably Fair Casinos

The second most important parameter is the fairness of the software. In this regard, there are two ways to go:

  1. To exclude fraud on a mathematical level, choose a Provably Fair casino. These casinos operate on a blockchain, allowing you to verify the fairness of the outcomes of your games at the end of the gambling session.
  2. If you want a certified casino, choose one of the casinos approved by eCOGRA or any other reputable software testing agency. eCOGRA’s Safe and Fair Seal is awarded annually to casinos complying with high eCOGRA standards covering fair gaming, player protection, and responsible behavior.

On paper, a Provably Fair casino would be a better choice, but then again, there are not too many Provably Fair casinos on the market and even those that are there may be inferior to the eCOGRA-certified ones, which leads to the conclusion that the casino of your dreams should be chosen based on the overall estimation rather than whether it is Provably Fair or not.

Payments

If you want to remain your financial information private, you might want to take advantage of pseudonymous and anonymous payment methods, which are:

  • E-wallets that require no registration (usually possible for small payments).
  • Cryptocurrencies (<a href=”https://www.gemini.com/cryptopedia/anonymity-vs-pseudonymity-basic-differences” rel=”nofollow”>most cryptos are pseudonymous</a>, but there are also truly anonymous ones like Monero and Zcash).
  • Prepaid cards (can be replenished in a physical store or online, but cannot be used for withdrawals).

Besides, make sure you are aware of the verification policy of your casino. Verification can be full or partial, and there might be the following scenarios: verification is not required, verification is required upon registration, or verification is required before you can withdraw.

Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions

Last but not least, the details on everything that has to do with gambling in a particular casino,  including the aspects not mentioned in this piece, can be found on its Terms & Conditions webpage. Licensed casinos are obliged to disclose their privacy policies, data encryption technologies, and everything else that might affect your pastime. If there’s one place for all answers, it’s the Terms & Conditions page of your casino!