In the world of online gambling, regulatory bodies play a huge role. You might not ever see them operating, but they’re the organizations that ensure games are fair and casinos are legitimate. You can learn all about the different regulatory bodies on this page.
You should always play at a properly regulated casino. If you’re in a state that allows online gambling, this means only playing at sites with your state’s seal of approval. There are many trustworthy regulatory bodies which will assess whether an online casino and its games are transparent and fair.
But what happens if you use an unlicensed casino? Well, you could find yourself playing at a site that doesn’t secure your funds and personal details correctly, or it might offer games with unfair random number generators. There’s also no way to escalate a complaint if you play at an unlicensed casino.
In many countries, it is mandatory for an online casino to have a license if it wants to offer services to citizens. Also, having a robust license helps to stave off legal problems, as the gambling site in question can show that it’s doing everything it can to treat players in an honest and transparent way.
It is generally the case that a licensed site will have the logo of its regulatory body at the bottom of every page. You can usually click on this logo and be taken to the page proving that the license is a genuine one. Also, we’ll always state whether a casino is licensed in our casino reviews.
There are different laws and regulations laid down by each individual licensing authority. View these laws and regulations on their site. All demand that players are treated honestly and most require player funds to be segregated.
Unfortunately, there are unlicensed casinos out there which you should avoid. If you find a casino that is not licensed to offer services in your country or state, we’d appreciate it if you let us know. We can then warn other players to steer clear of the site in question.
All good online casinos have had their games verified as fair by an independent auditor, such as eCOGRA. In fact, some licensing authorities demand this from the casinos within their jurisdiction. Be sure that we only recommend sites that have proven themselves to be completely fair with all players.
We love to hear from our readers and particularly want to know about any unlicensed or dishonest casinos you stumble across. You can contact us using email and we’ll try to reply to any message you send as quickly as we possibly can. To get our email, just scroll to the bottom of our FAQ page.