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Online Gambling Law: What Questions to AskPublished August 2, 2013
It’s important to verify these questions before playing at online casinos
Online gambling can be both fun and rewarding, but in a world where regulators are constantly struggling to keep up with technological developments, it’s good to ask a few questions before playing.
Here are a few questions to research:
Is online gambling legal here?
Really, this is the first question to ask before playing. If you are a customer at an online casino, poker or sports betting site or even read the news regularly, then you probably already know the answer to this question. But if you don’t know the answer, then you’d better check before gambling.
Is my chosen operator licensed?
This is probably the most important question. With so many legal, licensed operators out there, why fall into the trap of playing at an illegal casino that could take off with your money? All legal online casinos display their licensing authority at the bottom of the screen (Malta and Antigua are two common authorities), but if you’re in any doubt you can check the reviews on the OCR site (if we’ve reviewed them, they’re legal!).
Is my operator committed to responsible gambling?
Again, this is a very important question. The leading online casinos are those that show that a commitment to protecting their customers by allowing wagering limits and publicizing information on problem gambling. If your online casino is committed, then they most likely provide certification from an independent auditor (such as eCOGRA). Once again, if in doubt, check out our review on your chosen operator.
Other questions to consider
Once you have checked these main points, you might also want to find out about your chosen operators’ payout percentages and the security level of their banking methods. Again, all this can be found on their site and at OCR.