How to Spot Fake Casinos

Fake casinos, otherwise known as ‘rogue casinos’, are a disappointing and dangerous component within the world of online casinos. Whilst we would all love to think that every online casino we come across would be 100% legit and safe, the fact is that this simply is not the case.

We don’t want to scare you, as the vast majority of online casinos out there are completely secure and safe, and you should experience no problems with them whatsoever. However, there are a select few that are riddled with scams and hidden fakery so it is important to be on your guard.

We understand that it can sometimes be difficult to spot fake casinos, as most players don’t really know what to look for. In fact, the main reason why fake casinos are able to trick people into playing with them is because they look so convincing and safe.

This is why we have put together a few short tips as to what you should be looking for if you suspect that something might be not quite right with a casino you are looking at or playing at, so read on to find out more!

Licensing

For seasoned casino lovers, looking out for an online casino’s license should come naturally. However, if you are a beginner to the world of online casinos, looking for which gambling license the casino has will probably be the last thing on your mind – you’ll probably be more likely to be looking at the selection of games and bonuses on offer!

If their gambling license isn’t obviously written on their home page, have a thorough browse across the entire site. Generally, most online casinos will have their license under their ‘About Us’ section (which is often found on the home page), but every casino is different so ensure you check out the site in its entirety just to be sure.

Some of the most popular licensing jurisdictions include:

  • Gibraltar
  • Isle of Man
  • UK Gambling Commission
  • Malta
  • … And that’s just to name a few!

We would be here all day if we were to list every single one of them so, if you come across a license that you’ve never heard of before, simply do a quick internet search and you will find the answer (Google will be your best friend here!).

Lacking Randomness

We all know how common it is to lose a bet at an online casino. Regardless of the game, there will always be an element of risk to betting your own money; it is a simple fact that resonates across all gambling.

However, if you appear to be constantly losing with no sign of a win, there may be something else going on. If the casino is not using a Random Number Generator (RNG), it means that none of your spins, deals, or dice rolls will be random; essentially, they are fixed.

If at any point you feel suspicious that this may be happening, dig deeper into the workings of the casino to find out more about the software providers and mechanisms they are using.

No payment

Every online casino will differ regarding their payment methods and how long payments/withdrawals will take to process. The average time for this is usually 3-7 business days, but some casinos may take 30 days. Whilst this isn’t ideal, don’t be immediately put off by it as it isn’t completely out of the ordinary.

However, if their allotted time has passed and you still haven’t received your money, it is now that you need to start becoming suspicious.

But, to be on the safe side at all times, check out reviews of the casino before you start betting with real money! It seems pretty obvious, but many people may simply forget to do this and get taken over by excitement – reviews will be written by real people just like you, and will give you the best idea about whether or not the casino is worth playing with.

Look them up!

There are so many websites dedicated to ‘blacklisting’ rogue casinos, and providing detailed lists of these casinos so that readers know which ones to avoid.

If at any point you feel unsure of a casino you’re using, or simply just want to cover your back before you get started, simply search ‘blacklisted casinos’ in your browser and do some digging!