Is this legit? How to tell if a casino is legitimate
Published on by Adam
With so many casinos out there to choose from, it can be a hard job to identify the safe, legitimate businesses from shady operations. There are several things you can look for when scoping out a new casino. Let’s look at the hallmarks of a safe casino and the big red flags you need to watch out for.
Trusted game providers
The companies that develop casino games are highly invested in licensing their products to reliable, legitimate casino operations. This is why game developers will go to great lengths to ascertain that the casinos using their games are reputable. From a game developer’s perspective, a dodgy casino hosting your games can only damage your reputation with players and, at the end of the day, hurt your bottom line.
Look for casinos that host games by trustworthy game providers such as NetEnt. Other providers will also conduct thorough checks on the casinos who host their games, so keep well-known names in mind when sorting the wheat from the chaff.
Seal of approval
A number of independent regulators keep a close watch on online casinos, making sure they stick to guidelines on player security, data protection and fair play. Casinos that have been audited and received the approval of such regulators such as eCOGRA and PriceWaterhouseCoopers will have a badge displayed on the site, usually towards the bottom of the page. Look out for these signs as a way to tell if the casino has met the expectations of these regulators.
One of the best ways to make sure the casino you want to play at is legit is to check its license. Every online casino is obligated to hold a license from a regulating authority. Because online casinos are, by nature, international, they can seek multiple licenses or licenses from a country they do not have a physical presence in.
Casinos holding licenses from the UK (UKGC) and Malta (MGA) are considered to be the most trustworthy as these licensing bodies have strict regulations that operators must adhere to in order to get and then keep their licenses. Other licensing bodies include ones issued from Gibraltar, Curacao, Isle of Man, Costa Rica, Antigua and Barbuda, Alderney, Australia and others. If in doubt, visit the website of the licensing body listed by the casino and read up about what is expected from license holders.
Keep an ear to the ground
It’s no coincidence that word of mouth is and always will be a strong marketing tool. Similarly, the opinion of other users can serve to persuade or dissuade others from using a particular casino. Find out what others think of a specific online casino by visiting player forums or sites that mediate between players and casino sites. Read the complaints section of these sites to find out what kinds of issues cropped up. While it would be silly to assume that every player will have the same experience (positive or negative), these insights can help you determine if a particular online casino is worth your time.