Safest Casinos with Real Money Games

One challenge to gambling online is finding a safe casino to join.

It’s sad, but true. There are more illegitimate casinos than good ones.

This isn’t a problem you have with brick and mortar casinos, since all of these companies are established, licensed, regulated and audited in the United States. If they break the law, they have to answer to local and federal gaming authorities. This can lead to a loss of their gaming license, and millions of dollars in revenue.

But online it’s trickier, especially with the current federal laws and how the internet works. Offshore operators are out of the governments reach, and it’s difficult for the United States, or individual states, to prevent their citizens from accessing these sites without intruding on their rights – even if it’s for their own good.

So you have to take it upon yourself to learn what a safe and legitimate casino looks like.

Our goal is to help you with that.

What is a Safe Casino?

A safe casino is legal (as much as can be, at least), regulated, audited for fairness, pays their players, has good software, and respects problem gambling.

That doesn’t equally apply to all casinos, though. For example, there is a difference between offshore casinos, and casinos that are legal to operate within specific states in the USA.

The key difference between the two is that casinos operating within individual states are all but guaranteed to be safe, while offshore casinos aren’t.

In fact, a good example is Full Tilt, a poker site. They were good for players for years, before they decided to be greedy and steal from players.

The main chairmen were arrested and charged with crimes, but it was all in the favor of the government. Little was done in favor of the player.

My point is that there are different levels of safety. And the safest path is any option that’s regulated by your state, country or federal government.

How Can You Tell The Difference Between a Safe Casino, and One That’s Dangerous?

The first step is to look for a license, regulation, audited software (reports), etc, or a lack thereof.

Another option is to go into forums and talk to players that visit these sites on a regular basis. Are they being paid? Is there suspicion of cheating?

Reviews are another way to go. Beware that they can be biased, though, as many sites opinions can be purchased by the highest bidder. You don’t have to look far for an example. SBR is littered with examples of them accepting money in exchange for high ratings, even at the expense of their own members.

Last – try out a site with a small deposit and find out for yourself. Use your gut. If anything seems off, don’t play there anymore and try to withdraw any remaining funds you have left.

Hedge Your Bets at Multiple Casinos

You’re always going to face some risk playing at online casinos, even if you do your due diligence. So, how can you reduce your risks?

You join and deposit at more than one site.

That way, if a casino goes out of business, you’re only out a small portion of your bankroll. You can still play online at one of your other sites.

The added benefit to having your money split up over multiple sites is that you can build loyalty at more than one casino, which can lead to added bonuses and VIP perks.

How to Play Online Safely

You can only do so much research. At the end of the day, you need to choose a site, sign up and make a deposit. From there, you’re only as safe as your actions.

Here are some tips to ensure that your actions are made with safety in mind.

  • Play within your limits. Never play with money that should be going to bills. Never play with money you cannot afford to lose.
  • Download software from legit sites. You have to trust your gut, other reviews and peer complaints. Never sign up to a site or download software from what is likely to be a scam, no matter how much free money you think you’ll get. You may download malware and infect your computer, not to mention lose your bankroll.
  • Take advantage of limitation settings. If you’re prone to gamble, redeposit and chase losses, play with money you cannot afford to lose, you need to use the casino’s limitation settings. Or contact them to set them for you. And seek help if you need it.
  • Avoid deposits and sensitive information in public. If you’re playing from your phone or tablet, make sure you’re on a secure network, and that you protect your information whenever you log in. In fact, it would be ideal to make all of your deposits from home.

 

At the end of the day, use common sense, trust your gut and hedge your bets. That’s the safest way to stay safe online.