We assembled a list of the most frequently asked questions regarding online casinos & gambling in general in Canada. Our goal is to provide you the Canadian reader with insightful information regarding the online gambling industry.
First off one of the most popular questions – Is it safe to play online?
In short yes, but make sure you pick a reliable and trustworthy operator preferably one that is licensed in at least one jurisdiction (because many are licensed in multiple countries). Even if you don’t live in that country, this licensing ensures the establishment is on the up and up and that in a worse case scenario you have an authority to file your complaints with.
In terms of encryption and security while playing games, casinos have some of the most sophisticated systems using SSL encryption technology therefore we don’t recommend you worry about this, as long as you pick a reputable place to start.
Is it illegal for Canadians to gamble online?
The answer is that from a player’s point of view customers in Canada are allowed to do as they wish and currently there are no laws that prohibit them from playing online. Since there are many jurisdictions around the world that license companies for online gambling (such as Gibraltar Regulatory Authority, Malta Gaming Authority, UK Gambling Commission or Kahnawake Gaming Commission in Canada. Players have a lot of choice.
Where should I get started?
First do a little more research into picking an online casino & which are the most trustworthy casinos for you to play at. This research is really important before you start & many of the websites such as CanadianOnlineCasinos.com offers detailed information regarding each one.
How do free bonuses at Casinos work?
Free bonuses or free-play is offered at some online casinos as a way for players to try their games without making a deposit first. The promotion is also used as a way to attract new players at the casino, essentially to get them hooked then offer you more enticing offers to get you to make a first deposit.
Although these free bonuses are in fact real money you can play with for free – there are a few things to watch out for. In particular the terms & conditions of the promotion as it relates to the wagering requirements. What is a wagering requirement? Good question – it’s the number of times the bonus must be wagered before it can be withdrawn. Normally casinos have wagering requirements of 10x or more… so if you get a $20 free play you have to wager it 10 times ($20 x 10 = $200) therefore you would need to bet/gamble $200 before you can withdraw any winnings.
Another point is that you must check which games it applies to. Many of the time certain games such as slots or blackjack are excluded from the approved wagering games therefore any bets on these games will not go towards your bonus wagering requirements. This is an important detail for anyone who wants to take advantage of the free play bonuses that casinos offer.
How should I use this information?
How you use this information is up to you, but we can tell you how other players do it. Most players that take advantage of free bonuses (deposit or otherwise) basically pay close attention to the above details & stick to playing games that will allow them to roll the bonus into enough wagers that they cash-out. They also create accounts at multiple casinos & take advantage of the bonuses they offer while paying attention to the details. This way it’s possible to make several hundred or even thousands of dollars without really gambling at all!