Checking if an online casino is licensed and regulated per the laws of your country is quite easy. Therefore, it still doesn’t fail to surprise me how many new casino players forget this essential step. For British players, it cannot be made simpler: the only authority that can issue a UK gambling licence is the Gambling Commission. And it’s absolutely essential that this license has been issued, regardless on which platform you’re considering to play at.
If you see its seal in the footer of the site you’re thinking of playing at and you can find the casino’s registry http://www.congresso.ufba.br/?p=4549 number with its licence search tool, then you can be sure that the operator is safe.
As for other countries, there are different regulatory bodies and laws concerning online gambling in the different states. Most European countries consider legal all casinos that are licensed by any international gambling regulator, the most prominent among which are the Gibraltar Gambling Authority, the Lotteries and Gaming Authority of Malta or the Antigua and Barbuda Directorate of Offshore Gaming. There are some countries though, like Italy and Spain for example, whose online gambling markets are closed to casinos that are licensed by any other authority but their own.
Out of all the licensed casinos that you can pick, there’s really no reason to choose a new casino that has yet to prove that it deserves a place among the best. New casinos often don’t have many promotions except a sign-up bonus and still haven’t cleaned up their terms and conditions from gaps and ambiguities. Go for the online casinos that have proven to be the best over the years. They can offer you much more both in terms of bonuses and games. On top of that their security levels are much higher and their support is way more experienced in dealing with all kinds of problems.
Oh, boy… out of all the mistakes a beginner can make, this is probably the worst one. All licensed casino sites are obliged by law to require proof of identity from customers at some point or another. In some rare cases the verification process takes place within a few weeks after the registration but usually, it must be completed before your first withdrawal.
Imagine the worst-case scenario: you register at an online casino with a fake name, you start playing, you land a big win and your account is suspended for providing false personal details. In this case, you will never be able to withdraw your winnings. So be smart about it and register with your real name and contact information. If you’ve chosen a casino that has a licence you have nothing to worry about. They will keep your information safe and secure and won’t provide it to third parties.