Avoiding Rogue Online Casinos
A Rogue Casino, which is also known as a Scam Casino or a Fake Casino, is an online casino which is only out there to rip you off and these should be avoided at all costs. The good news is that there are far more fully licensed casinos available online today compared to unlicensed casinos, but how do you know if you have landed at a rogue casino?
The best thing to do when you visit an online casino is to find out where the casino is licensed. Today’s most secure online casinos will be licensed in one of several major licensing jurisdictions around the world. These authorities don’t just hand out an online gambling license to any old operator, so make sure that the casino you are playing at is licensed either in Malta (by the Lotteries & Gaming Authority of Malta) or in Gibraltar (by the government of Gibraltar).
The other major licensing jurisdictions include the Alderney Gambling Control Commission which is located in the UK Channel Islands and the Gambling Supervision Commission which is located in the Isle of Man. There is also the UK Gambling Commission which is based in the United Kingdom and these authorities are known as Top-Tier Gambling Jurisdictions. They impose strict vetting procedures over their licensees and ALL of today’s most secure online casinos are licensed by one of these authorities. Other reputable licensing jurisdictions are located in the Netherlands Antilles, Curacao (CIGA / Curaçao eGaming), in Kahnawake, Canadian Mohawk Territory (Kahnawake Gaming Commission) and in Antigua and Barbuda (Directorate of Offshore Gaming).
A rogue casino will NOT be licensed at all, or it will claim to be licensed by one of these authorities when in fact it is not. Some rogue online casinos have also obtained a ‘rubber stamp’ license from jurisdictions located in Panama, Costa Rica, Belize and in Anjouan / Comoros, but not all of the casinos that operate from here are dodgy, you just have to play with caution.
The most common problems to occur for playing at a rogue online casino will include issues such as withdrawals are taking for ever to be processed, if processed at all. You may have been promised a bonus but haven’t received it and the support will do very little to try and resolve your issue. You will find that the player support is either unresponsive or it will be totally untrained to even deal with your query/issue. Some ruthless operators have even been known to tamper with the software to produce unfair outcomes in favour of the house.
The best thing to do would be to try and carry out your own research before signing up to an online casino. It’s always good to know a little bit about who owns the casino and the best way to do this would be to read several reviews for the same casino prior to signing up.