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Why we should never choose an untested and unlicensed casino
To operate an online casino is business just like anything else. People usually do not run businesses to please others, but to make money. It is no different in casino business, even thought the main product is entertainment. You can get rich, but you can also lose money. That is why responsible gaming is such an imporant aspect of gambling.
Many casinos offer awesome promotions and immense bonuses, but we all should be careful when choosing at which casino we will play. Some casinos are there not to entertain players, but to seriously scam everyone willing to spend money on their games.
Unlicensed casinos may not let you withdraw
Even though we shouldn't play to necessarily win, the thrill of hitting huge Jackpots is what's keeping the game so enticing. When we actually do hit the Jackpot and finally get rewarded, we'd like to think that the hard part is over. That is the case at licensed online casinos that we recommend. If we win on any of their games, we will get paid without any difficulties.
Unlicensed casinos might and often will make you jump through hoops to actually withdraw your money. Moreover, there is absolutely no guarantee that you will succeed at withdrawing. Sometimes it takes as long as a month or even longer, which might me acceptable in some cases. Sometimes the withdraw is impossible and sending and re-sending documents will not suffice.
Such scamming casinos even close down your account for supposedly violating some of their rules and simply keep the money. Now imagine you hit the multimillion Jackpot, look forward to spending it...and not get paid a single penny... That is why we should play only at casinos that make it very simple to withdraw and will not make it difficult for you for any reason.
Unlicensed casinos may manipulate games
All of the games are set up in such a way that casinos come out winning. That is ok, we, players, want to have fun playing and spending a little bit of money is an all right exchange for entertainment and the chance to win millions. That is no different than spending money on a cinema ticket. We spend money and expect entertainment in return.
Even games that favour casinos should be fair however. There is something called a Random Number Generator (RNG) which dictates the games' outcomes. If the generator is actually random, everything is fine. The bad news is that we never actually know the math behind the RNG.
Licensed casinos are overseen by authorities, which make sure that RNG is not manipulated in any way and that everything is as secure as possible.
Unlicensed casinos can manipulate their RNG in any way they want. Not only are the games in their favour, but they also actively prevent players from any big wins. They can also manipulate games in such a way that players win at first, and then keep losing. This is the best way for some people to become addicted to gambling as they believe that they are just experiencing unlucky sessions.
This is an extreme case, but we really should not play any games for real money, which might be manipulated by the operator. Even if the change of it is slim, there are licensed casinos at which the games are 100% fair. So why risk playing at unlicensed ones?
Spamming players by unlicensed casinos or other companies
Providing email to licensed online casinos is good. They only send newsletters informing about latest casino news, promotions etc, and you can unsubscribe at any time. This is exactly what you will get of you provide us with your email address. We or any of the licensed casinos will never sell/exchange/give your email address to anyone and will not spam. It would ruin their reputation and that would lead to losing their customers.
Unlicensed casinos don't really care and will spam you email inbox with useless emails, or sell your email address to other companies. And receiving 5 email a day for penis-enlargement pills gets annoying really fast.
False advertising at unlicensed casinos
Some bonuses or promotions sound better than they really are. That happens and we should always real everything there is to every promotion, not just the perfectly thought out title. Every solid casino will spell out everything in Terms and Conditions and it is up to players whether they read them or not.
What is unacceptable is making player go great lengths to actually get the needed information and/or claim the promised bonus. Terms and Conditions should be visible and easy to grasp. Tricking players into depositing/registering is a very serious offense and there is no excuse for doing it.
Glitchy software, lack of security and other lapses of casinos
Sometimes online casinos are bad on one simple term when a player's experience is bad. This can be caused by buggy software, long response time of customer support, long loading times or really anything else.
There are many aspects to it and when the casino just doesn't feel right, we shouldn't play at it for any reason. There are many reasons a casino might not suit you, but we always try to recommend only such casinos that offer the best services, software and security. If you don't like one, maybe some other will suit your needs just fine.
If you, for whatever reason, dislike any casino that we recommend, or you love a casino which we are not recommending yet, let us know in the comments.
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