Advice for Online Gamblers

Added: March 11, 2013

Before you can place a real cash wager at any of today’s licensed gambling portals, you will need to register an account with that particular site. In most countries, the legal gambling age is 18, so anyone younger than this will simply not be able to place a real cash wager.

Many of today’s leading operators offer multiple different products and gambling services and these sites are generally referred to as cross-platform gambling portals. This means that you can normally find everything under one roof, which means there is no need to sign up to lots of different sites.

If you visit websites such as betfred.com, bet365.com, 32red.com, williamhill.com, paddypower.com, 888.com or ladbrokes.com, you are not just limited to being able to place sports bets, they also tend to have an online poker network, an online casino, live dealers, online bingo, lotteries, virtual events and also skill and/or specialty games, plus most of these sites now provide mobile gambling services.

These sites are ideal because not only are they fully licensed, but they all have excellent track records within the online and offline gambling industry. Other trustworthy gambling operators include for example betvictor.com, coral.co.uk and skybet.com.

These sites provide professionally-trained 24 hour customer support services and you are guaranteed to receive the player protection and security that you are entitled to. All of today’s most trusted sites use what is known as SSL 128-bit encryption technology, which is in place to protect your personal data, but also to protect your funds from being accessed by anyone other than you.

It is extremely rare, almost unheard of, for a reputable operator to scam one of its registered members. They will maintain that whenever you gamble online with them, that you will be doing so from within a secure environment.

Avoid unlicensed gambling portals at all costs. These dodgy sites do exist and they are commonly known as rogue sites, rogue casinos, scam casinos, rogue betting sites, fake online casinos or scam betting sites etc. The best way to check whether a gambling portal is licensed or not, is to search for a logo of the licensing authority. This logo should be somewhere on the homepage (towards the bottom).

The major licensing jurisdictions include (in no particular order) Alderney, Gibraltar, the Isle of Man, Kahnawake, Antigua, the Netherlands Antilles (Curaçao), the United Kingdom and Costa Rica. You can also double check to see if the casino is in fact licensed where it claims to be by visiting the website of the actual licensing jurisdiction authority. The reason for double-checking is because certain ruthless operators have been known to lie about where they are licensed.

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