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Gambling/General : Learning the lessons

By Daniel Michaels

Level: May 16th 2007
Can anyone completely trust online casinos? Of course it is more convenient to play the game from your home than to travel to a casino, but because you can’t see the online casino the perception is that more fraud can occur through it.

Many people don't trust online casinos because some have a bad reputation. The media has turned e-commerce into something people should avoid and they really do.

Of course this doesn't mean that online businesses are bad; there are many legitimate businesses which offer services of great quality. Online gambling is illegal in the U.S but there are many places where one could gamble online:

- Antigua

- Australia

- Costa Rica

- Gibraltar

- Kahnawake, Canada

- Netherlands Antilles

- Norfolk Island

- UK and Isle of Man

Online casinos located in these regions are owned by large corporations, which have top level business policies. One of those corporations is WilliamHill.com, a legitimate online casino. The casino is located in England and it offers many gambling possibilities: sports, bingo, poker, and many more.

The company is monitored very closely by its shareholders, just like a Las Vegas casino. Placing a wager online is much different than wagering in a betting hall. When you wager online, you use your credit cards and e-wallets to make the transactions, you can’t use cash money.

And these online transactions can be risky because a lot of fraud has occurred since e-commerce has been invented. All of the online payment companies take extra measures to prevent online fraud and the credit card companies do the same, which means the transactions are more secure then people would think.

If one wants to make an online or in-person transaction he can find valuable information on how he can protect the transactions in many articles. The online casinos can sometimes be risky though; two of the most commonly reported irregularities are cheating software and refusal to pay the withdrawals.

The players must always document these problems, and by joining an online casino player community he/she can quickly do so. If a casino does something illegal, the online communities will spread the news very soon.

Onlinebettingcentral.com is another great way for a player to identify notorious casinos, as the site constantly updates the list of the trouble-making casinos. Another common online fraudulent behavior is the delay of withdrawals, when the casinos hope the players will continue playing for a while, and in this time they will lose some of their winnings.

Cheating software is not as a major problem as the payout problems. Casino Bar and Elka System/Oyster Gaming are two of the most popular cheat softwares. People have released data about curious patterns in the software.

Many of online casinos offer odds and paybacks equal or better than the ones offered by the land based casinos. There are three types of online casinos: web-based, download-based and live casinos. Some casinos can offer multiple categories.

The web-based casinos are the casinos which offer the possibility of playing a game without being required to download it. They require a browser plug-in such as Flash or Shockwave to play the game. One of the most popular web-based casinos is Scotland.

The download-based casinos are the most popular online casinos. They require the player to download some files into his/hers computer in order to be able to play the casino games.

The games offered by these casinos have a much better graphics than the web-based casinos because the graphics and sound programs are located in the software client; they aren’t loaded from the internet. Two of the most popular download-based casinos are River Belle Casino and InterCasino.

The live-player based casinos give the player the possibility of interacting with the dealers and the rest of the players while they play the game. These casinos require a download but they also use a peer-to-peer element.

Other important elements of the online casinos are the bonuses. All the online casinos offer various sign-up bonuses and usually you have to wager an amount of money before you can withdraw the bonus. You can find information about the sign-up bonuses on various online gambling portals.

These portals offer the players updated and honest information about the casinos and their bonuses. One of the most popular gambling portals is onlinebettingcentral.com. You don't have to fear online casinos as long as you are equipped with the correct information. Remember to have fun while you play the games, and never exceed your bankroll.
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