So What’s The Deal With Online Casinos? Are They Safe?
[Partner Content] 17 APR 2016

I’ve already dedicated a blog post to online gambling in South Africa, which intrigued me to find out more about Internet casinos that have proven attractive to millions of people worldwide. Even though the legal status of such casino sites in our country isn’t as clear as it should be, we’re allowed to spend our money at gaming destinations based outside South African territory. Obviously, this can be a really bad idea if you provide your personal and credit card details to a scam site, which could later use them against you. However, I did my fair share of research and found tons of interesting stuff about online casinos as well as helpful facts about safety when playing casino games for real money online. Believe it or not, over R1 Billion has been won at online casinos and it turns out that numerous fellow South Africans have felt the blessing of hitting a juicy cash prize; not only they managed to score a winning combination, but they were also paid their winnings.

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So, what’s there to be known when it comes to safety and security at online casinos that accept players from South Africa? Well, first of all you may want to stick with well-established operators whose reputation says enough about their trustworthiness and reliability. I’ve found sites that provide valuable and honest reviews as well as sites that let visitors to share their experience at a particular online casino; these are very helpful, especially to rookies that have no idea where to start. My experience so far has shown that top rated gaming destinations never disappoint since the competition is strong and they can’t risk ruining their good reputation.

Another thing I’ve found to be a reliable sign of safety is the gaming license the casino holds. Before explaining this further I must warn you to never, and I mean NEVER, join casinos that don’t hold any gaming licenses. So, the most popular licensing bodies in the world obviously are the UK Gambling Commission, Malta Gaming Authority, Gibraltar Gaming Authority and Alderney Gaming Control Commission. Some other less popular, but often used nonetheless, authorities are the ones working on behalf of Curacao, Puerto Rico and Costa Rica. Even though most of these licensing bodies can react only if the player is a citizen of their country, getting an approval from them means that the gaming operator meets high safety, security and fairness standards.

Similarly, there are certificates that guarantee players a particular online casino is perfectly safe and secure. Some of those certificates are eCOGRA, Norton and McAfee. Having tested a site and checked its SSL encryption, these independent auditors give their approval only to gaming destinations that can be trusted.

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I hope I didn’t bore you with this pretty confusing information to people that have never played at an online casino before. But, the truth is, I found myself playing several times so far and I enjoyed every single session. However, I did spent lots of time researching how to stay safe while gaming online and I believe this should help you pick a reliable site without getting overwhelmed by doing the same research I did. In this busy modern life sometimes it’s hard to escape everyday stuff and relax, but that’s exactly what gambling online offers. I am certain that’s one of the main reasons why people decide to give it a try and I can’t say they’re wrong to do so. Casino games are thrilling, easy to learn and fast-paced; plus, you can win some real cash and that beats all free games out there.

I would like to remind you one more time before I end this post to follow the tips provided above and make sure you join a safe casino site. Also, playing with real cash means that you can lose the uploaded amount and hence I strongly advise you to manage your budget and avoid spending more than you can afford. Other than that, all I can do is wish you all the luck in the world on your new adventure.