Anything you do on the internet you should do with caution. You have to be careful of what you download and even what link you click on in general but when it comes to entering your personal details and especially your credit card details you need to be even more careful. When you buy something online or pay for a hotel room you can trust websites like Amazon.com and Hotels.com but when it comes to casinos there aren’t just a few obvious ones.
If you google online casino, you will get hundreds of millions of hits, so how do you know which ones are legit and which ones are dodgy? In this article, we are going to highlight the main points you should consider before you sign up on an online casino’s website and deposit money there. Carlos Norberg, a Swedish iGaming expert has shared his knowledge in this matter with us with special emphasis on Swedish gamblers. You can read more about Carlos here.
What to consider before checking out the casino
Before you choose online casino, you have to decide what aspects of the casino are the most important to you. Casinos can be categorised based on so many attributes. It depends on your personal preferences and situation what casinos will be the most suitable for you. If you visit a third-party review website you will find different drop-down menus for different types of svenskt casino. We will give you a few examples of how you can choose.
- You only want to use your Neteller account for gambling – there is a section where you can select this payment option so you will find a list of casinos that accept it
- You will be playing on your Android phone – select the mobile casinos dropdown menu and see which casinos appear under the Android tab
- You don’t want to enter your personal details and want to use your BankID – select the section of casinos with BankID
- You want to play live craps – select the Live tab and click on live craps; very few casinos offer this game so you don’t have to waste your time searching for one
- You are only comfortable in playing casinos that have a Swedish license – choose a casino from the Casinos with Swedish license tab
Research the casino you are considering
When you think you have found the casino you would like to play at, there are a few important aspects you should check out and these are:
Every online casino has to be registered in a minimum of one gaming jurisdiction in order for it to be legal. Usual gaming jurisdictions are Malta, the UK, Gibraltar, and Curacao. Try to steer away from Costa Rican registered casinos as they don’t provide any legal protection for players.
There is a Swedish license that casinos that accept Swedish players can apply for, however, it is not obligatory for the casinos to get. If having a Swedish license gives you peace of mind, go for one that has it. Usually, you will find the licensing information at the bottom of the casino’s landing page.
You can read third-party reviews prepared by iGaming professionals which is the best way to go about getting an honest and unbiased review about a casino. On these websites, professionals analyze each aspect of the casino, give a score for each category and give a final casino rating to the ones they review. With this final score, you can easily compare one casino to another.
You can also read reviews left by fellow players on different gaming forums. This is also a good way of getting familiar with the casino and you can easily spot weak points of the establishment if many people tend to complain about the same things. You shouldn’t care too much about personal opinions but when it comes to comments about confiscated funds or not paying out winnings, this should raise a red flag.
The best casino will always invest in quality customer support. You should be able to reach a casino by 24/7 live chat, email and perhaps phone. If you only find an email address, chances are you will have to wait for days for an answer when you have a problem or an urgent question. It is worth testing the chat function. If they answer quickly and they seem to know what they are talking about, they probably have a functional customer service team. If the casino accepts players from Sweden, they would ideally have Swedish speaking customer support agents.
Security of the website
Every online casino should have SSL website security. This means that the data that is sent between the player and the casino is encrypted and therefore less likely to be hacked. Since you enter your personal and financial data on the casino’s website it is mandatory that they have an SSL certificate. The easiest ways to make sure the website is secure is to check for the little lock symbol in the URL section. The web address should also start with HTTPS instead of just HTTP.
There is quite a lot to consider before signing up for a new online casino’s website. The easiest way to choose is selecting one from a reliable third-party casino review website, however, you can also check out the basic security requirements and licensing info on your own.