How To Avoid Rogue Online CasinosBy: Mark Freedman, Thursday January 22nd 2009
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Rogue casinos are those online casinos that do not credit due bonuses earned by players; delay or default in remitting withdrawals asked by players or otherwise renege on their commitments. Though there are not many of them around, online players should learn to identify them so that they can avoid them.
The simplest way to identify rogue casinos is to check out the blacklist of online casino watch dog organizations. Casino Advisor is one such watch dog organization. CasinoAdvisor's blacklist has some 35 rogue casinos. Other blacklists can be found on the websites of Casino Meister and Wizard of Odds.
Checking out blacklists is a beginning. Ultimately players must learn to identify rogue casinos by studying their websites. It is possible that a particular casino has not come to the notice of the watch dog organization and hence is not on their list. It is also possible that though an online casino is not exemplary it has not yet reached the level of a rogue casino and that is the reason it is not on the list. Identifying rogue casinos is not such a daunting task as it may at first appear to be. Casino Advisor has made this task easier by listing few pointers in its article "Identifying Rogue Casinos". Players should look at the reputation of those associated with the online casinos such as the owner, the licensor and the affiliate.
The best way, however, in identify rogue casinos is sharing information with other players. There are several online forums and message boards where online casino players regularly interact and share experiences. The more popular ones are the forums at Casino Advisor, Winner Online and Casino Meister. It is essential to use these forums as a medium of exchange of information. Players should read what others have to say but put down their experiences as well. Delays in withdrawals, enforcing a bonus condition that was not mentioned upfront, games freezing midway are the kind of information that is often found about online casinos on these forums. A player may have had a bad experience with a particular online casino. He puts it down in the forum or message board. He will get responses from other players. If other players have only good things to say about that casino then probably his experience was a one-off exception and he can breathe easy. If other players have similar stories to tell then he should withdraw his funds and get out as fast as he can.
Players should use the forums to share good experiences as well. Good online casinos will not associate themselves with second rate service providers. These may be those who audit gaming operations or those who process financial transaction or provide any of the services that an online casino needs. Good service providers will not associate with rogue casinos. In this manner identifying good online casinos can be useful in identifying rogues. If the service providers to a casino do not provide services to known good casinos then there could be something wrong.
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