Safe Online Gambling
The Internet has become one of the most common sources of leisure and entertainment in the 21st century. The number of online casinos and the people who gamble online are steadily rising. As the choice of online casinos increase, online gamblers face more concerns. They have to be assured that the online site has reliable software, that they are paid once they win and most importantly that they are treated fairly. Since there is no governing body that demands accountability at online gambling, people should rely on their own common sense regarding safety.
First, remember that casinos are in business. Their first priority is to make money. If your goal is to have fun and win some money in the process, then go ahead. However, if you want to make money, it may be better to look elsewhere where the risks are less. Also, consider your own attitude at gambling. If you have the tendency to splurge all of your savings at your gambling sessions, then online gambling may not be good for you. Self-control is the key. Know when is enough, and when to walk away.
Second, review the online casino's reputation. Doing a little bit of research can help you a lot. Go beyond reading the customers' testimonies. Check out forums and third party reviews. If the site has a customer service number, try calling it, especially at the hours when you usually play to see if they are available. Of course, if you get no answer, it is better if you consider another site.
There is also the eCOGRA (eCommerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance) seal. eCOGRA is an independent, non-profit, regulatory organization whose primary concern is the safety of online casino players. They enforce strict auditing standards among gaming sites and perform regular monitoring to the sites that carry their seal of approval. Online casinos that have the eCOGRA seal must fully comply to eCOGRA standards before they get the seal of approval. Check out their website in order to view the list of their approved sites.
Third, play at online casinos registered in territories with strict regulations. It is possible to call embassies and check whether the affiliations that online casinos' claim on certain territories are true. Some online casinos also have names that sound similar to land-based casinos or major companies. Do not always assume that they are affiliated. Call the land-based casinos or companies and check whether they have connections with the online gaming site of the same name.
Fourth, test your skills in gambling. Get the feel of the game, take note of games where your good at, and remember the general attitude of other players. Take the time to learn the rules on acquiring game credits, depositing money and claiming wins. This is the most important part. Of course, you play to win money, so take time to safeguard your cash. More than luck and skills, your common sense and self-control can guard you against unsafe sites and potential cheaters.