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The following paragraphs, attempt to address some of the most common questions that new users have about online gambling.  If you have any questions about any issue that we fail to address please feel free to contact us and we shall try and answer to the best of our knowledge.

Online Gambling has been exploding over the Internet for approximately 5 years.  Most online casinos are honest, reliable, and secure that have become established and reputable over the years.  Only these site are features on whatcasino.com
 

  • What is an online casino?

Online Casinos have developed gambling applications that work in real time. Gamblers from across the globe can participate and wager on games like Blackjack, Poker, Roulette and Slots Machines which are controlled by random number generators. Many sites allow the placing of bets on sporting events of your choice as well. All this is done via the Internet in the comfort of your own home.

  • Where are they located?

Most all online Casinos are being operated offshore.  A large percentage of these sites are managed primarily in the Caribbean Islands, such as Antigua.  European sites are also increasing in numbers, while Australia has apparently thrown their hat into the ring.  Most all of these offshore sites are licensed through there respective place of origin and are operating legally.  For example, the Antiguan Government has set strict rules for those wishing to operate an Internet Casino or Sportsbook.  Those who apply for and receive a license to operate must agree to abide by these strict rules or face stiff penalties.  This kind of regulation has proven to be effective in creating fair and honest sites.

  • Are they legal?

In the United States of America, it is absolutely illegal to OPERATE any kind of web site that takes wagers on either casino games or sporting events.  Horse Racing seems to be breaking some ground on the Internet with the arrival of stateside web sites that can book your wager On-Line.

On March 19, 1997 the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act was introduced. The proposed act modifies the federal Interstate Wire Act 18 U.S.C.1084, which forbids interstate gambling by telephone or other wire devices but not the Internet by name. No court to date has ruled that the Wire Act includes the Internet. The real dilemma for the U.S. Government in their attempt to regulate Internet gambling has been the fact that most web sites that are in operation are operating lawfully, offshore.

Remember, the laws that pertain to an Antiguan On-Line casino are governed by Antigua.  The laws that pertain to you are respective to your place of residence.  If you are a resident of the U.S. and you are unsure of what your State's laws are on Internet gambling, a good place to ask might be your State Attorney General's Office.

  • How do I get started?

The casino will set up an account for you online where moneys can be deposited via Western Union, Moneygram, money orders, cashiers checks, wire transfers, credit cards etc. Your winnings can be collected in most of these same ways.

  • What is the best method of payment ?

Credit card seems to be the most efficient way to transfer money and many casinos now credit your winnings directly to your credit card. Credit card companies generally offer more protection than other forms of payments especially when dealing with offshore companies

  • Is it safe?

Many of the jurisdictions now require licensees to post bonds of cash or insurance as part of the license requirements. Personal information is usually kept off-line and transactions are conducted through secure servers.

It is in the interests of all involved to maintain a high level of integrity and security among all casinos.

  • What are the different kinds of casinos?

Aside from the fact that most casinos offer the usual casino games like Blackjack, Poker, Roulette? There are three major differences. Download, Java or HTML. Download Casinos are Browser based and require you to download to your hard disk. They offer wonderful graphics, animation and sound.

Online Casinos using Java allow you to play through the World Wide Web with Java Applets without downloading. Some of these Casinos have sound and animation and produce very nice graphics.

The Third type of Casino online uses HTML so no download is required. These Casinos do not have audio or animation but they deliver very fast game play with superb graphics.

They all seem to retain their own special charm. Some like the bells and whistles some like fast game play you may just like the creative content or variety of games. All of these types of Online Casinos are fun to play. Most offer free game play so you can sample the software before actually opening an account. So feel free to browse around for your favorite Casino before getting started.

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