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Play it Safe: Finding an Online Casino You Can Trust

It’s time to take your gaming online. (Pixabay) 

Did you know that online gaming is one of the fastest growing industries on the planet? In the last year,the global market value grew by $80 billion to over $700 billion. And if you think that’s impressive, the experts at Juniper Research predict the industry market value to top $1 trillion by 2022.

So, with all this interest in online casinos and poker, specifically,there’s is the inevitable surge in providers staking their claim for a slice of the action. And this means more choice for the average customer, which is, of course, a goodthing indeed. However, more choice often means more confusion, and this is where many new players feel frustrated. With so many online casinos and online poker providers out there, how do you choose the right one? Luckily for you, we’ve got your back.

The Games

Now, before we go any further, you need to decide what games you are interested in playing. Yes, this does make a difference as some online providers specialize in specific games or types of games. Take the ever-popular video poker, for example. Not every online casino or poker platform has a video poker option. The same is true for blackjack or even roulette. However, when it comes to poker, things are a little different. With practically every platform offering players the opportunity to play at a table of their choice, all you need to do is look for a Texas Hold ‘em or Omaha Hi-Lo table and join the action.

Licensing

Licensing is a legal requirement no matter which country or state where your online provider operates. Visit any provider’s homepage and scroll right down to the bottom whereinthe footer area you will usually find the local gaming authority’s logo. If you click on it,you should be takento the homepage of the authority.

Again, we’ll remind you that this is a legal requirement, and if you must go looking for the provider’s licensing information,then you should be suspicious. Licensing logos should be visible and easyto find. And as we mentioned, they should also link to the authority. If you have any suspicions, then contact the authorityin question or move along to another provider.

Brand

When it comes to buying services or products, there’s a lot to say for choosing a brand you know. It’s why many of us opt for a Sony or LG TV instead of some obscure brand we’ve never heard of before. And your choice of online casino should be no different.

With poker now enjoying its time in the limelight, many brands are household names. Take 888Poker and its sister brand 888Casino, for example. The brand is one of the biggest in online poker and has a reputable track record. Thatmakes it an easy choice as a reliable provider given that they will pull out all the stops to protect that reputation they worked so hard to build.

Look for brands that you know and work from there. If it’s a name that you immediately recognize, that’s ideal, but don’t dismiss the provider if you haven’t heard of them. Lookonline to see how popular they are. Look at their social media profiles, read reviews and check out casino forums. If the brand has a bad reputation, it won’t take you too long to find out.

Payment

How easy it is to deposit money versus how hard it is to withdraw winnings is a bit of a bugbear with many seasoned online poker and casino players. Tales of month-long transfers of winningsto bank accounts are not uncommon. But with a little research, you can avoid this issue.

In this case, we’re going to read the deposit and withdrawal termsas listed on the provider’s website. Withdrawals can take anywhere from 2-10 days depending on where the money is going. There are different expected time framesfor each type of cards, so don’t assume that both your debit card and credit card receive moneyat the same time. Read the time framesand know what to expect.

Different cards have varying wthdrawal times. (Pixabay)

Next,you’re going to do the research, and by research,we mean you’ll start looking for reviews. Bear in mind that even the most reputable provider will always have a few disgruntled customers, so try not to focus on one or two bad reviews. Look at the overall picture, andif most users are happy enough with the ease of withdrawals and the times involved,then the chances are that this provider is a safe enough bet.

Terms and Conditions

Yes, we know terms and conditions are the most boring things on the planet, and nobody reads them anyway. Right? While ignoring the terms and conditions and tapping “agree” when downloading the latest update for your phone seems harmless, there are some terms and conditions that you should read. Buying a house, taking out a loan, financing a car or signing up with an online casino: all these things involve money and your financial information. You can probably understand now why we feel this is so critical.

It’s highly unlikely that you will find anything unusual or particularly strict in an online casino’s terms and conditions, butit’s good to have a look anyway. And bear in mind that lesser providers may require a certain amount to be depositedon a regular basis, which is a big red flag. Playing poker and other casino games is a choice, andreputable providers and platforms will never place such needless requirements on their players.

So, there you have it. Finding an online casino you can trust may seem daunting at first,butwith some savvy research and a little effort, it’s easy enough to find a reputable provider. Decide on a game you want to play, look for the big brands, check their licensing, make sure the payment options suit youand read that fine print. Follow these simple steps, andyou’ll be playing poker in no time at all. And if you win big, remember who helped you find your casino!





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