About Licensed Online Casinos
An online casino has to be fully licensed in order to legally operate. If the casino is unlicensed, you would be at great risk of being scammed in some way and you could end up losing your money. Being licensed means that they are being regulated and it is common knowledge that the safest places to play online are at casinos which are licensed in Alderney, Gibraltar the UK and the Isle of Man.
These licensing jurisdictions are known to impose the toughest regulatory controls of their licensees and it is extremely rare that you will find a rogue casino that operates from one of these jurisdictions. The Netherlands Antilles (Curaçao), Antigua and Kahnawake are also reputable licensing jurisdictions.
You can visit the homepage of any online casino or check out their About Us section to find out where in fact they are licensed, but if you are still having doubts you can actually visit the licensing website to see if they are telling the truth or not. It doesn’t happen very often, but it has been known for one or two ruthless operators to lie about where they obtained an online gambling license.
Many of the rogue casinos that have surfaced on certain radars tend to operate from jurisdictions that do not offer such strict controls of their licensees. This is where you have to be careful. These licensing jurisdictions include Panama, Belize, Anjouan/Comoros and occasionally Costa Rica. This doesn’t mean to say that all casinos that operate from here are rogue, but players must try to exercise extreme caution when signing up to one of these gambling portals, especially when playing in the real cash mode.
Most online casino disputes have arisen from casinos that operate from one of these locations so always take extra care in one of these online casinos, just to be on the safe side. If you spot some suspicious behaviour, perhaps when trying to cash out or when contacting the support, perhaps you should just try to forget about that casino and find another one.