3 telltale signs of a fishy online gaming operator:
A website that doesn’t show its contact information, whether in online gaming or any other industry, should set off your alarm bells. A legitimate business should have not only its name and e-mail address, but also its physical address, posted somewhere on the site. Not having a physical address listed isn’t necessarily a sign of illegitimacy, but it should prompt you to ask yourself whether this is a business you should trust or whether you’ll encounter problems with delayed transactions, subpar services or some type of hidden agenda.
Brand name reviews
Other users’ opinions should be one of the most important things to consider when selecting a provider. There are several forums and consumer review sites in which you can find detailed reviews on the gaming operators’ practices and service. The websites that allow players to share both their positive and negative experiences with others, are a great way to identify the good from the bad online gaming providers.
Online gaming sites that offer to compensate players with real money, must have a license issued by a licensing authority. Depending on the jurisdiction in which the online gaming provider does business, the regulation might be different. One of the most trusted gaming licensing jurisdictions is Malta, which issues gaming operators a license from the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA). Other jurisdictions are also well known, such as Alderney, Gibraltar and UK.
Just like there are some very reputable jurisdictions that protect the interests of the consumers, there are some that are far too permissive, such as Costa Rica (which doesn’t have a specific gaming licensing regulation). Other regulators, like Curacao, offer operators the opportunity to obtain a Curacao gaming license issued by its gaming authority and have a low percentage of tax, which makes it attractive for operators.