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How To Avoid Rogue Online Casinos

By: 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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Comment by: French Kiss On: April 27, 2010
I really hate the fact that there are still so many rogue online casinos out there and that players need to be very careful of where they choose and decide to play at. I for one know that by continuing to play at the casinos that I've played at for a long time or by looking on sites that are trusted like Casino Advisor that I can always have a great online casino to play at that I'll have a good experience playing.
Comment by: jerrybrown On: March 30, 2010
I like to look at the casinos age first and foremost as a factor when determining on whether I should play at an online casino. I find that in general the longer the online casino has been around the more of a solid reputation they generally have and thus the more likelihood that they're going to be a good place to play.
Comment by: Nathan Black On: March 24, 2010
It's always going to be hard to fully avoid rogue online casinos but you just have to play a bit in order to see where you stand with an online casino in terms of their service. A good way to gauge how good an online casino is is though their customer support I've learned.
Comment by: Bob Hathaway On: February 21, 2010
At the first signs of trouble with an online casino that you're playing at I think that you should start looking for any negative information or player feedback about them. I think it's really a good way to see what other players have to say about casinos when trying to figure out whether you should abandon ship!
Comment by: Dr. Braisen On: February 13, 2010
Onlinecasinosuite which is another top online casino guide like offers a really great list that appears to be updated regularly with rogue online casinos out there. I think that them and the CasinoMeister are great resources for learning about this kind of stuff and which online casinos you should avoid. In general though the online casinos that seem to be represented here on CasinoAdvisor all seem to be reputable online casinos that are worthy of playing at.
Comment by: Charles L. On: February 03, 2010
I hate rogue casinos and I think that at one time or another we've all played at one. I beleive that all online casino should be scrutinized by regulatory bodies like eCOGRA hopefully that's what the future will hold for us!
Comment by: blackmagic On: January 18, 2010
I beleive that if you play at the casinos here on Casino Advisor that you won't have any issues. I play at several of the casinos that are listed on their homepage as top 10 rated casinos and they're all pretty good actually.
Comment by: egghead On: January 05, 2010
Good advice guys!!! ;-) I know that myself I try to stick to doing what you guys practice in general in that I'll only play at or consider playing at online casinos that I've seen that are represented well throughout casino portals and gambling information sites that I'll frequent.
Comment by: Richards On: October 09, 2009
Simply look at casinos that are being represented the most at online casino website and portals that provide information to players like ourselves. This should give you a good indication as to what sites are good ones to play at. Also if you look for user feedback like this site offers you'll find a wealth of information about many of the different online casinos that are out there to choose from and play at.
Comment by: T. Bugatto On: September 29, 2009
I just play at casinos that I see online as being the most popular if you do that you'll probably be fine rather then searching though the lists of rogue online casinos. If you trust what you read for example at online message boards with regards to rogue casinos then you'll likely find that there's something that's not so good to be said about every online casino that's being discussed, lol...
Comment by: Charles L. On: September 26, 2009
Rogue casinos don't really last very long and additionally those people out there that are affiliates in the industry like what I beleive Casino Advisor people are wouldn't work with Rogue casinos. I think that you're pretty good if you select and play at casinos featured here on this site or sites that rank in prominent positions in google and other major search engines for keyword searches such as online casino, online casinos, etc...
Comment by: Smitty On: July 16, 2009
A simple search in google often times reveals enough information about a casino that you really need in order to deduce whether the online casino is rogue or not. Do things like search for "rogue + casino_name" in google. If you find that you get more then a few complaints from players that are registering then there's a good chance that they are in fact a rogue casino and you're not going to want to play there. As a good rule another good thing to do is to play only at casinos that you see are most popular online (ie. Party Casino, Jackpot City, River Belle, InterCasino) the big brands online. You're more then save while playing at their casinos.

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