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How to select the right online casino for you  
The online casino world gives you many hundreds of options to play with real money and choosing one is not made easy. As of August 2017 Google added to this vast choice by allowing casino apps, that take real money bets, to appear in their App Store. Before this, mobile casino action was possible by visiting dedicated mobile pages for each casino but now it has been made easier and officially sanctioned by Google.

So your basics for a site is trustworthyness (you are going to get paid), secure transactions, ring fenced client funds, secure private details (like your credit card number) and safe connections.

It is essential for any casino site to have https:// at the beginning of its address to show that it is encrypted by an SSL certificate. It will also have an unbroken padlock symbol somewhere near the address line, either before or after it. When you click on this it will tell you about the level of security and the closed lock symbol tells you that the connection to the server is encrypted. This is the same in Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Opera on Windows and Linux platforms.

Withdrawal and Payment Options
Reliable payment service providers are obvious. To short cut the process of going from site to site take a look at some casino reviews online and they will list all the money options including Paypal, Quick Cash, Transfer Money, Visa Card, Eco Card, Ukash, Neteller, Mastercard and Moneybookers and more.

Another must is a license. If you can't see it clearly on the home page then move on. Any one of the established license certifiers is good. These include The UK Gambling Commission , Curaçao Gaming Control Board, The Malta Gaming Authority, AlderneyGambling Control Commission and The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA). There are others but these are the authorities of choice. The effect of a licence is to show you that the site has in place those things that keep you safe, the games are fair and in the event of a collapse in the company, the funds are kept separate, and thus can be returned.

Mobile Options
With both Apple App Store and Google Play offering tailor made casino apps it is a bit more tricky to verify how safe you are when using them. Even clicking on "Read More" in the app store will only get you a lot of marketing noise. If its a real money app it will say PEGI 18, which is the adult classification of the Pan European Game Information. You have to visit the vendors website to check for a licence.

It is critical to read the conditions of all bonus offers, whether they are deposit or betting bonuses. You don't have to accept a bonus and in many cases you are wise not to because fulfilling the requirements on some of these will simply encourage to bet a large multiple of the actual bonus amount. This type of bonus will cost you money rather than benefit you so don't accept crazy terms and conditions just for the chance of some free money.

Game Choice
The last thing to think about is the choice on offer. They mostly all have the same games but some offer "live games" where you will see live footage of a real dealer at a table and you can play as if you were in a real casino. This is a good thing as this is at a slower pace and gives you time to think between bets. Also some offer free play, so you can try out a new game without risking money giving the added benefit of learning the rules before risking money. This is important in some of the Blackjack variants as they have some really quirky plays in them.

Of course here at the Good Gambling Guide we support sensible gambling at all times and stick within your limits.

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