Online Casinos – legal issues
The first, and most obvious, of these is 'is online gambling allowed in my area?'. In most states of America the technical answer is no. However, prosecuting individuals can be extremely difficult so this generally goes unpublished. Having said that, if you were caught illegally gambling your winnings could be forfeit. It could also be very difficult to sue, if a disreputable casino decided not to pay out, if online gambling in your area is illegal.
The age limit for gambling online varies depending on your location. You must make sure that you're old enough to gamble before you begin.
Setting up an online casino is illegal in many countries including the US. This means that most online casinos are based in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, and some provinces of Canada. Some countries are very strict in regulating online casinos that operate within their country. However, other countries are more interested in the tax they make than consumer rights. It's a wise idea, when choosing an online casino, to check which country they operate in, what regulations they have to follow and if they have a valid licence.
- Terms and conditions
When you sign up to an online casino you will be asked to agree to the sites terms and conditions. You should always read these properly before agreeing.
- Payment For US players paying to play can be an issue. Most banks will try to block credit-card payments to online casinos leaving you with a few options. An offshore back account is one method, although they often take a percentage of money deposited and the process is lengthy. There are some internet transaction services available which work in a similar way to Paypal but can be used for gambling transactions. Finally, an international money transfer directly to the casino can be sent, but again this is slow and not all casinos will accept them.
Other legal issues may exist depending on your location. You should always check for local restrictions before gambling online. If you know of any legal restrictions not listed here please feel free to use our feedback form to inform us.