How to select the right online casino for
|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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Of course here at the Good Gambling Guide we support sensible
gambling at all times and stick within your limits.