This blacklist has been created so that people can keep clear of deceptive online casinos. To determine this, I use the appropriate tools to test online casinos, but not all of them pass the test. Therefore, I find it apt to say that not all online casinos can be trusted. I simply put such unreliable casinos on the blacklist. This list will explain why you should avoid such casinos by all means.
Clearly, a reliable and authentic casino will not end up on the blacklist. And more importantly, a casino that has failed this test of authenticity cannot just be removed from the list. It is worthy of note that this list consists ONLY of SA online casinos that you should avoid. Since the alarm has been raised and my warning is loud and clear, I do not entertain complaints about any online casino on the blacklist. How then do you know if a casino is reliable or not? Simply go online, read reviews and check the rating. With this, the possibility of falling victim to them is very slim.
How do I determine if a Casino should be blacklisted?
Below are the important things to look out for.
1. Operating with a Non-Licensed Software
You may be wondering if software comes with a license. The answer is yes, it does. Software providers have two options – to get the license and pay an annual fee or leave the market. I know for a fact that at any licensed casino, game selection differs for players from different countries. However, there are cheater casinos that will go to any extent to attract players. An example is provision of pirated or fake games. Since these games are not licensed, no one knows either the RTP or if there is any chance of winning at all. Another thing they do is to swap licensed games with fake ones, thereby giving players no chance to win.
Getting to know if a game is fake can be very easy if you know where to look. Check the host domain in the source code of the page. I can assure you that any casino making use of non-licensed software has its place on my blacklist.
2. If the casino doesn’t pay out winnings
As pleasurable as gambling is, the excitement that comes with it can immediately disappear if the online casino refuses to pay out your winnings. When fraudulent casinos prepare to cheat, they turn to terms and conditions. It is easy for them to twist the arms of players because these T&Cs can be rigid, tricky, ambiguous, or even unrealistic. In this case, they interpret the T&Cs to their advantage at the expense of the unsuspecting players.
Another method is to frustrate the players with never-ending identity procedures, otherwise known as “know your customer (KYC)”. Over and over again, they demand documents, and this could go on for ages. Sometimes, they go to the extent of requesting that some documents be certified by a lawyer. In the process of trying to certify the document, the cost implication might be greater than the prize. At this point, there’s a probability that players will let go of their prize and move on with their lives.
3. If the casino is out of money at any point
It is no news that some online casinos swindle players with full intent. On the other hand, some are keen on paying, but unfortunately do not have the money. Creating an online casino these days requires very little effort as a result of ready-made white-label platforms. So, whether there is enough money on standby to pay out or not, casino business enthusiasts can still successfully create one.
For those casinos with little or no money to pay out, there is always a problem every time a huge amount of money is won. For them, they are willing to pay, but where to get the money to pay out is a problem. I don’t overlook this category of online casinos. They are added to my blacklist as well.
It is not a smart move to play at such casinos, because your money will only be left hanging. Despite the fact that they do not set out to be deliberately wicked, the result is the same – no payout.
4. If it conspires and/or deceives with spammers
Receiving spam messages is considered by many as one of the most irritating things on the internet. It is irritating because you don’t ask for them, hence you have no idea why you are getting them. Fraudulent online casinos use this as one of their mechanics. How? They buy and sell lists that contain players’ data and begin to flood their inbox with e-mails.
Such an e-mail marketing technique is a sure sign of unreliability. If a brand is reliable and trustworthy, it will go through the right channels to advertise to entice its own customers. Therefore, online casinos that market themselves through deceitful advertising made it to my blacklist.
5. Encouragement of criminal activity
Do you think selling your personal data to spammers is the worst-case scenario? No, the worst case is having your data fall into the hands of criminals. In any case, a criminal could use your information to swindle, and this in turn lands you in trouble. For instance, if your financial information gets into the wrong hands, your bank account can be drained in the twinkle of an eye. This explains why I blacklist such casinos. If you keep playing there, you are enabling and may fall victim to this criminal behavior.
Ask yourself this question: why do thieves steal? The answer is; because people buy stolen goods. This also goes for hackers. They will continue to hack because some online casinos will continue to pay them.
These days, websites and accounts are being hacked on a daily basis. It is regrettable that hardworking individuals also suffer in the hands of hackers.
I strongly recommend that you stay away from the fraudulent online casinos that I have carefully put together on my blacklist above. Keep it in mind that online gambling is exciting only when online casinos play by the rules.