Online casino sites have been around since the early 1990’s and over the decades we have seen many casinos come and go. However, back in the early days there was no regulation of such sites, and as such any player in any country could log on to play as long as they had a credit card or a debit card and a computer connected up to the internet!
One of the downsides of the early years of online gambling in general, was that with no regulation there was no way of knowing if a casino site you had chosen to play at was offering fair and random games.
In fact, if was proven many times that some online casinos were not offering fair games, and as such a player making the mistake of playing at such a casino site had no chance of winning what so ever.
However, with many Governments of the world deciding that instead of trying to restrict their citizens from gambling online, which is virtually impossible to achieve any way, they would start to license and regulate online casinos that are on offer to residents of their respective countries.
That has seen many countries in various parts of the world getting their respective Gambling Commissions or Licensing Authorities to start to offer gaming licenses to any type of gambling sites, whether they are casino sites, bingo sites or poker and betting sites.
As a player you want to be assured of several things when you do decide to play at an online casino. You will be demanding fair and random games every single time you play, fast winning payouts when you win and request a withdrawal from such a site and you will also want to have the peace of mind in knowing all of your personal and financial information is safe and secure too.
That is what you are going to be guaranteed of if you make the concerted effort of signing up to a casino site that is licensed in your country of residence. However, not all Gambling Commissions are as strict in regards to the way they license and regulate as well as oversee gambling sites issued with one of their gaming licenses.
If you come across for example a casinos site “licensed” in places such as Curacao or Costa Rica then you are not going to have the same protection in regards to fair games and casinos that are as highly regulated as you would when playing at casino sites licensed in the UK, Spain, Malta or Gibraltar.
So when you do get the urge to play slot machines online for the very first time make sure that you do checkout where the casino is licensed, if at all! If the casino is not licensed in a developed country or one that has a firm and solid infrastructure in place in regards to overseeing and strictly regulating both online, mobile and land based bricks and mortar gambling venues then you will be best advised to select another casino site to play at that is!