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Are online casinos safer than land-based casinos?

You don’t have to wear a tuxedo and ask for a Martini shaken and not stirred to play casino games anymore. All those formalities are gone thanks to online casinos. Anyone can gamble at any time of the day and there’s no need to understand the etiquette of casinos anymore or to belong to a certain class in order to enjoy the best casino games. Those social issues make online casinos better than their land-based equivalents but that’s not the only advantage online gambling has.

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Myths

The gambling world is full of myths. Spook stories that players tell each other to explain why they lost. How many of those are true though? For example, the idea that slot machines become “hot” for a limited time and start paying out is something that gamblers in casinos have long believed but we’re not sure it has ever been true of land-based casinos. We’re definitely sure that online slot machines don’t behave in that way because each uses the same basic system known as the “Random Number Generator”.

Random Number Generator

The RNG is one of the reasons online gambling is safer than land-based playing. The RNG governs every spin of a slot machine, every card dealt in blackjack or poker and each spin of the roulette wheel. It’s a system that’s designed to guarantee honesty in the gambling industry which means players know that their favourite game is not rigged in any way. Can the same be said of every game in every casino around the world? We’re not sure it can.

Addiction

Are online games more or less addictive than they are in land-based casinos? There’s a school of thought that suggests online gambling is more addictive but you can easily argue against that. Gambling in a casino puts you in an environment that’s alien to you. As with any establishment that’s vying for your cash, a casino is set up to attract your attention and make you put your hand in your wallet more often than you’d otherwise like to. At a casino, you find yourself subject to a cacophony of alluring sounds and sights from slot wheels whirring to digital beeps suggesting big winners are all around. At home, you’re in your own environment. Even if you get tunnel vision while playing, a phone call or a noise from the street outside the window can snap you out of it.

Betting limits

Your local casino doesn’t have a better limit but your average online one does. Most online casinos place a betting limit on a player’s account to prevent gamblers from getting into problems. With online casinos, you can also exclude yourself from a certain casino for a set period or stay away forever. There’s nothing to draw you back to it. Your local casino has its location on its side and any relationships you make there can also draw you back to a place that you should stay away from.

Safe as houses

So are your winnings safer online or in a casino? With a land-based casino, you can be sure that you’ll get your payout when you want to cash in your chips. Can the same be said of online casinos? After all, the point of playing the game is to win and the point of winning casino games is to make money. First of all, players should be aware of the best methods available to create and manage an online password that’s not obvious or easy to hack. That’s your responsibility, as is making sure you’re playing on a secure Wi-Fi connection. But the other security methods in play are the responsibility of the casino so only gamble with a licenced and reputable firm.

Gaming licence

Make sure the site you’re playing at is regulated by the UK Gambling Commission and is based in the UK. There are lots of sites that appear to be UK-based but are based overseas in places like Malta. These sites are not governed by the rules and regulations that safeguard your money. Regulators like eCOGRA also play their part in making sure everything is fair and above board. This external organisation or one similar, audit sites regularly to make sure that the games on offer are truly random.

Bank deposits

Is your money as secure online as it is when you hand it over at a casino? Yes, and that’s true no matter if you deposit cash with your bank account, through a debit card, or with an e-wallet service. The fear that your deposit will disappear without a trace in some sort of scam is an obvious one but it’s unfounded nowadays. If you’re still in doubt, use an e-wallet. It will take a little while to set up but it will give you peace of mind which you need if you’re going to make the most of your casino skills to win big online.

Online or land-based casino?

The truth is that there’s very little to choose between the two forms of casino. When you consider that major land-based casinos like Grosvenor also run successful online operations, you’ll come to the conclusion that gambling online or at your local casino is just a matter of personal choice.

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