It’s understandable to worry about the legitimacy of an online casino or a pokie. You are putting a lot of trust into these games and the casinos that run them. You don’t really have any way of confirming that what they say is true, that these games really have big jackpots and that they really do offer the returns that they claim to offer.
But your trust is not misplaced, because providing you use a reputable casino, and providing that that casino uses one of the biggest software developers, then you have nothing to fear.
The Best Developers
The first thing you should focus on, when looking for a reputable casino, is the software that they use. It’s not easy to license the biggest and the best software, and unless you have plans to run a legitimate casino, then the likes of Microgaming and Playtech just won’t be interested in licensing you their software.
So, make sure that the casino uses one of the biggest developers, including the two mentioned above, as well as Net Ent, BetSoft, RTG and others. In fact, Microgaming are one of the more preferred developers. They have been around longer than anyone else, they offer more pokies than anyone else and they also have some of the highest RTPs, which means that their pokies provide bigger returns than many other developers.
Regulated and Audited
All casinos will also need to be officially regulated and audited, otherwise they may be breaking the law and you may have no comeback if anything does happen. This information should be displayed on the casino’s main page, often in the form of a logo located at the bottom of the page. Don’t just take this on face value though. You should look to click-through onto the link and then verify that they are indeed regulated and audited. If there is no hyperlink, then point your browser towards that regulator or auditor and search for the casino. If they are not there, then avoid using them. Only scam sites feel the need to lie about information like this.
If you want to lean more about how the casino operates, then you can read the audit report. This should be made available and will often be provided by a third-party auditor like eCogra. It will cover everything from the legitimacy of the games and the returns they provide, to the safety of the banking options.
You should also keep an eye out for other logos and certifications, including ones regarding the strength and quality of server encryption, and ones that show they are legally allowed to offer certain payment providers.
Here in Australia, we don’t have much of a problem with dishonest casinos. It is very difficult for the scammers to muscle in on this market, as there are so many big names already here. And the vast majority of us would rather stick with a name we know and trust, a name that has existed for many years, then one we have not heard of and is brand new.
That’s why scam sites tend to be based in countries where online gambling is tightly restricted, such as the United States. So, a good indicator of whether you’re dealing with potentially untrustworthy casino is if they claim to offer legal gambling to players in the United States. Such casinos may also offer ridiculously high bonuses, ones that seem to be too good to be true. That’s because they are too good to be true, and only exist as a front to tempt you in and to take your money.
Some legitimate sites do provide gambling to US residents and they do so with the use of legal loop holes, but they have little to no bonuses (because there is no competition) and very few games. The majority of them don’t accept players from outside the US either.
Owned by the BetWay gambling group, Spin Palace is one of the most popular casinos here in Australia, even though it is based in Europe and regulated in Malta. It is regulated by the Malta Gaming Authority, who also regulate the BetWay sports book, and it uses the Microgaming software.
Spin Palace doesn’t have the biggest bonuses, but you will still find deposit bonuses of around $1,000, as well as free spins. However, the best thing about Spin Palace, and the thing that you will struggle to find anywhere else, is the Spin Palace Loyalty Club. Here you can turn regular play into loyalty points, which can then be used to unlock prizes, cash amounts and a host of other perks. This is not going to do much for you if you’re a casual gambler, and will be here today and gone tomorrow. But if you like to stick around, to bet big and to bet often, then this is a great way to get a little something extra.