Gambling via a smartphone is becoming increasingly popular, mostly because of the mobility it affords. Regardless whether its slots, Blackjack, Roulette or Video Poker, you can play your favourite casino games from any place and anytime. While the vast majority of mobile casinos – often being subsidiaries of already well-established online casinos – are fair, honest and trustworthy, there always are the occasional black sheep who’ve set out to take advantage of their customers in a variety of ways. Rigging games so the punter will always lose, not paying out winnings, making the pay-out procedure unreasonably difficult or charging obscure fees that are not mentioned anywhere are just a few examples of unethical conduct. The best way to safeguard yourself against the rogues in the mobile casino arena is to thoroughly check out casinos at which you intend to play. For this, you have several options.
Checking mobile casino reviews
Once you have selected a few casinos that you’re potentially interested in, use the vast resources of the Internet to your advantage. Let’s say you have pre-selected (the fictitious) “XYZ Casino”. Choose a search engine like Google, Yahoo or Bing and simply type a search term like – for example – “XYZ Casino customer review”, “XYZ Casino complaint” or similar into the search window. The entries that come up should give you a pretty good idea whether the casino in question is trustworthy or not. Try reading as many reviews/blog entries as you can to gain a comprehensive picture. Alternatively, look up the casino operator in a similar manner. Often the casino name differs from the operating company’s name. You usually find the company name listed under the “About” section of the casino’s website. Casino portals (like this one, for example) also are a good resource for identifying trustworthy mobile casinos, because all casinos listed usually have been scrutinized and only are included in the list if they comply with certain criteria.
Looking for certifications
A trustworthy mobile casino should boast at least one or two (better more) certifications. This could be a certification from the government by whom the casino has been licensed or a certification from an independent regulating/monitoring body like eCOGRA, for instance. These sorts of certifications are difficult to obtain and only awarded when the respective casino meets a string of meticulous conditions. If your selected casino does have one or several certifications, it is likely that it displays seals somewhere on its website. You can also look up the official eCOGRA website, where you’ll find a list of all approved casinos.
Word-of-mouth is good advice
Asking around among friends and acquaintances (even in gambler chat rooms) often yields excellent results. If several people recommend a particular casino, you should trust their judgment. Especially ask about terms and conditions, payouts and payout procedures, winning odds and the like.
Scams are usually easy to spot
Use your common sense when checking out an unfamiliar casino. Watch out for things that seem strange. For example, a casino may claim to be one of the most popular ones around with tens of thousands of satisfied customers worldwide, yet the website design looks amateurish and badly executed. Alarm bells should ring immediately! If the casino told the truth, one would expect they could afford a decent web designer, right? Another thing easy to spot is ridiculously high bonusses and similar promotions. It is true, many reputable casinos do feature substantial match bonusses and other promotions that typically range between 100% and 500% of your initial deposit, but are also capped at a maximum amount. If you encounter a casino that offers promotions or bonusses that alone could finance you a luxurious 3-week yacht vacation in the Caribbean, better pass it up. Trustworthy casinos don’t have to lure customers with obviously ludicrous bonus amounts. Likewise look out for deposit and payout procedures. A reputable casino will provide a very broad of payment options to accommodate every customer. You can typically also request withdrawals of your winnings using the same method (e.g. you deposit using PayPal and also have the option to withdraw using PayPal). Fraudulent casinos may make it very easy to deposit funds, but have countless regulations how to withdraw, stipulate dodgy pay-out methods (e.g. an e-cheque that you may or may not be accepted by banks in your country or which ultimately bounces) or they charge hefty fees for any withdrawal amount.