The ever-expanding market of online gambling never ceases to impress: valued at $70 billion at the time of writing and accelerated by both the technological advancement itself and the notorious pandemic, it is projected to grow to $92.9 billion by 2023 and triple from the current estimation by the end of the decade.
However, with dozens of new gambling sites popping up on the market monthly, it’s super-challenging to separate the good from the evil. The uncharted waters of online casinos are friendly on the surface, but they can drown you if you are not informed on how to navigate them.
Speaking of which, Aleksandra Maj, a seasoned sailor from KasynoHEX and an All Right Casino fan, has prepared a short yet super-valuable guide on how to harness online casinos. Without further ado, let’s dig into it!
#1 Make Sure the Gambling is Allowed in Your Country and the Casino is Licensed
The omniverse of online gambling is so broad that you can hardly grasp it. Just like any giant industry, it offers bazillions of ways to circumvent the laws, bans, and prohibitions – for example, by playing at an underground casino or using a VPN – but we wouldn’t recommend you to refer to those little shenanigans as they always impair the quality of play and can eventually result in a ban or even a legal sentence.
As a conscious gambler, the first thing you have to check is whether online gambling – and the particular game you’re going to play – is legal in your country. At the time of writing, 28 countries prohibit online gambling altogether (for example, New Zealand, Mexico, Japan, Singapore, Australia, Nigeria, and Brazil) and 32 countries allow online gambling with local operators only. There are three ways to actualize this information:
- By searching on the web (the riskiest).
- By asking the casino support team (more reliable).
- By consulting with your local gambling lawyer (the most reliable).
Once you’ve made sure the gambling space is open for you, you can proceed to verify whether your casino.
Has a license (the info is usually placed in the footer, but can also be found on the terms & conditions webpage). The most reliable issuers are the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), the Curacao Gaming Control Board, the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, and the Malta Gaming Authority. If the casino is licensed by several bodies, it’s even better.
Has a seal of approval by eCOGRA or other reputable software testing agency. Unless your casino operates on a blockchain, there’s no way to verify the fairness of your spins/rolls/dice throws. But software testing agencies can do that, which is why it would be nice to know that the RNGs are not rigged.
#2 Read the Casino Bonus Terms & Conditions before You Jump on Bonuses
The variety of bonuses you can get your hands on is staggering, but usually, it’s not that rosy as it seems because:
- First of all, most bonuses require a real-money deposit, either right away or before you can withdraw.
- Secondly, most bonuses can be withdrawn only after completing a rollover, which is a multiplier – for example, 10x your deposit/bonus/bonus wins – showing the amount you must wager on the eligible games before you can withdraw. Not all eligible games count equally: for instance, if a game contributes 25%, it only counts 25 cents out of every dollar wagered on it.
- Last but not least, some payment methods and countries may be excluded from the offer, or there might be a cap to the bonus winnings, or anything else.
How to deal with all that? Peruse the bonus terms & conditions section.
#3 Take as Much Free Practice as You Need
Once you’ve learned your casino through and through, it’s time to get the hang of it in the Free Play mode. Regardless of whether you’re going to play slots or games of skill like poker and blackjack, it would only be wise to put your hard-earned money at stake only after mastering the game. It may take a few hours to a few months depending on the complexity of the game, but it’s worth it. Do not rush – instead, make sure to get a headstart.
Important: Disclaimer: gambling may cause addiction. If you or your loved ones suffer from gambling addiction, immediately ask for help at international (Gamblers Anonymous, GamCare, BeGambleAware, etc.) or local problem gambling organizations.