Safety should always be your number one priority when it comes to any financially driven online service. Internet casinos didn’t have the best reputation early on. The industry is strictly regulated now – at least, for jurisdictions like Canada where it’s not illegal. But that doesn’t mean rogue operators don’t exist anymore.
Finding a safe, secure casino with stringent player protections isn’t difficult. You just have to know what to look for. You also need to understand the difference between domestic regulation and international regulation.
Canadian iGaming Regulators
In Canada, some provinces supply their own regulated online gambling services. Residents of British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec are privileged to such services. However, these provincial websites are ring-fenced, meaning you must reside there to access it. For isntance, if you don’t live in Ontario, you can’t gamble at PlayOLG.com.
It’s also worth mentioning that, as of writing, none of Canada’s online casinos offer Red Dog Poker. I just checked. It’s not there.
International iGaming Regulators
International online casinos aren’t bad, though. In fact, they have a lot to offer Canadian iGamers; the least of which is a greater variety of games. They aren’t subject to Canada’s restrictive gambling laws, meaning you can place all the straight-up sports bets you please. They also tend to offer more frequent and valuable promotions.
The key to choosing a safe international casino website is to confirm its licensing jurisdiction. Some regulatory bodies are stricter than others. In fact, the UK and Malta are the strictest in the world. Some other European regulators are close behind, but I would suggest you avoid any licensing jurisdiction from any non-European country. South America is particularly daunting.
Operators who want to accept players from illegal markets, like Australia and the US, get their licenses from places like Costa Rica and Panama, because there are no player protections in place; no real regulations at all, in fact, just a license and certificate to plaster on a website to convey a sentiment of potential safety.
Long Story Short…
Choose an online casino that’s licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) or UK Gambling Commission (UKGC). Make sure the operator has been around for a few years, so it’s had time to build a positive reputation. And, of course, check that Red Dog Poker is available on the gaming menu.
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