Selecting a casino online is different from choosing the “brick and mortar” version. In real life, the casino has neon signs and hoardings to attract passersby. Obviously, there can be no hoardings for online casinos. Therefore, online casinos rely on graphics, and music apart from reviews to attract surfer. They also need to compete with any other website for a place in the first few pages of search engine. Surfers, on the other hand, are flooded with the names of casinos when they look for one. Some of these listed online casinos are reliable, and others are not. Therefore, surfer needs to have an idea of what to look for in any online casino, before joining it.
Criteria for selecting online casino
Essential characteristics of the online casino should be
a. Is the casino legal?
Online gambling in Australia is covered under Interactive Gambling Act, 2001, which is normally referred to as IGA. The act prohibits Australian online casinos from offering their gambling services to people within the country. But the act does not ban Australians within the country from accessing online casinos that are located elsewhere in the world. The list of licensed casinos in Australia includes Royal Vegas, 7 Sultans, Casino-Mate, Guts Casino, and G’Day casino. Of these, the first four are based in Malta, and the last one is based in London. The regulator for the first four is Malta Gaming Authority, and the regulator for the last one is the UK Gambling Commission.
Chances of receiving monies from licensed online casino business are high, and there is a possibility to take action against defaulting casino operator if it comes to that since there are regulators to whom the problems can be addressed.
b. Is the online casino compatible with the hardware and operating system?
Nowadays, people play such games on their handsets. If the surfer intends to use the site while traveling or while waiting for train or flight to arrive, then it is necessary that games offered by the casino can be played on the smartphone or other mobile devices. Compatibility with Android, iPhone, Microsoft and another mobile OS becomes crucial. In addition, the gamer should be able to use the site even on the personal computer, so compatibility should also be with latest OS be it Windows, Linux, or Mac. Therefore, hardware specifications need to be considered before joining any casino online. Some parts of the casino games may reside in the memory of the device. Therefore, memory should also be adequate. Likewise, RAM should also be high as graphics, sound files, and other features affect the speed of the software program. The speed of the chip and Internet access should also be taken into consideration for considering compatibility.
Online casinos become a source of personal information, especially related to the bank. Social casinos are becoming popular as they offer more benefits to the consumer while tracking their habits and interests, for advertising products. Track record of the casino on security and privacy issues can help to select the right online casino.
d. Does the online casino really pay?
If the casino has been around for long and has paid regularly, then the reviews would indicate that it is a reliable casino. New casinos generally pay. But opting for a casino that has been around for longer is better, even if the total payouts by this casino may not seem to be mind-boggling. Another factor people fail to notice is the currency in which such payments are to be made. Most of these sites operate internationally, so dollars may not necessary refer to Australian dollars.
e. Games and tools
The online casino should be user-friendly and have enough games to play at any time. Flexibility in timings and wider choice at any point of time is what makes these sites interesting. Most of the reliable sites have more than 400 games to offer, and periodically they keep on adding new games. Such games should be available for varied budgets as well.
f. Customer support
There can be doubts and problems, for which there should be customer support from the site. Ideally, such support should be available 24/7, 365 days. In addition, people should be able to send mails and receive prompt replies.
Usually, players select sites based on the jackpot, and high payouts, as well as the speed of payouts. Some are lured by bonuses. There is always some fine print associated with those lucrative bonuses. Therefore, reading those terms and conditions is mandatory on these sites. Quite a few of such sites impose restrictions on how much a player may withdraw or bring in at any point of time, and that can mean losing the monies invested. As can be seen from the above, selecting a casino online requires deeper consideration than walking into traditional casinos.