Online casinos have become very popular in the recent past, with their popularity quickly gaining ground Canada. Since online gambling involves transactions of real money, the danger of fraudulent casinos that use unscrupulous means to steal from players is as real as it can be. These rogue casinos may use biased software which gives the house an unfair edge over the players in addition to delaying or defaulting on payouts. It is for these reasons that casino watchdog sites exist.
The casino watchdog sites are usually third party organizations that were established in order to regulate the online casino industry. The organizations’ main objectives are usually to ensure that the online casinos are fair to the players and that they operate legitimately.
The casino watchdogs will usually have a number of ways of ensuring that the online casinos are of good standard. Among the things that they do is to check the online slot machines and roulette wheels for randomness and unpredictability as this is the basis of fairness in gambling. They also ensure that they use standardized and legit software. This means that as a player in Canada, your favorite online casino should not only be certified by the provincial authorities (if based in Canada) but also have a certification seal/stamp from the watchdog sites. The online casinos will usually display the certification seals of the watchdog sites at the footer of their websites. Generally, the more the seals, the more you can trust the online casino. The following are some of the most
reputable watchdog sites whose stamps you should always look for:
Usually the most recognized watchdog, the eCommerce and Online Gambling Regulation and Assurance, ensures the players – quality, fairness and legitimacy of the online casinos. Its certificate is usually the first one players should look for.
Founded in 1998, it has a reputation of providing players with information regarding their online casinos, such as reviews and also about the best online casinos in operation. It also provides crucial information that helps players resolve disputes with casino operators.
Technical System Testing
Being one of the earliest watchdogs, it tests the online casinos and their software for fairness, credibility and standards, and ensures that they meet all the specifications that are set for the online casino industry. It provides certification to only the tested and approved online casinos.
Other watchdog sites include the Gambling Commission, Interactive Gaming Council (based in Canada), AskGamblers among others.