Online gambling is becoming more and more popular in Europe. Just like in most EU countries, in Poland, as of 2020, there are much more online casinos than land-based ones. Playing online is easy and fun but it is not so easy to tell if the casino is legitimate, fair and if they are looking after your data.
In this article, we are putting together a list - or checkpoints - that you should consider before signing up on a new casino’s website.
According to Jacek Michałski, Polish iGaming expert, this is the very first thing you should check. Jacek - read more about him here - knows the Polish online gambling industry inside and out and encourages every new player to make sure the casino is licenced.
Check for casino licence information
A trusted online casino should always display its licence on its website, usually at the bottom of the page. In different countries, there are different regulatory bodies. The most common places in Europe where online casinos are registered are Gibraltar, Malta, the UK and Cyprus. For example, in Malta, the regulatory body is the Malta Gaming Authority.
When a casino is licenced with a regulatory body there are a lot of regulations they have to adhere to and they are audited regularly to ensure that the games are fair.
Read casino reviews
When it comes to reviews, you will want to read the ones that are published on independent websites. Reviews from the casinos’ own website might be filtered or biased so don’t trust them blindly. As an example, you can check out the comprehensive review of Slotwolf casino. This review was prepared by Polish casino experts, who know exactly how to check if a casino adheres to all the requirements by Polish law.
Check out the game before playing for real money
Even if the Polish casino is trustworthy, some games can be fairer than others. Casinos can offer a mix of their own games and ones from popular game developers, such as NetEnt or Microgaming. A slot game should use a random number generator. If this is not used the game is not fair. Games from well-known developers are in general safer to use. RTP (return to player) is the percentage of the average winnable amount in the long run. The higher the number the better your chances of winning.
A legitimate online casino will try to protect its players against cheating players as well. Unfortunately, poker cheating scams are on the rise in Poland. If you want to read about this topic please click here.
The security of the payment methods
This day and age, there are very many secure payment methods a casino in Poland can offer. Apart from the traditional debit and credit cards, many offer payments through third-party e-wallet services, such as Paypal or Skrill. Others will offer cryptocurrency payment options which is one of the safest payment methods at the moment. Do not use any payment method that you are not familiar with or you are not sure how it works.
Beware of too good to be true bonus offers
If a bonus looks too good to be true, it probably is. As an example, if you get 4-5 times your deposit as a bonus you will probably have to wager it so many times that it is practically impossible to ever win with it. Always read every word of the terms and conditions as you might be better off not taking such a bonus at all.
Check out the casino on social media
Trustworthy online casinos in Poland have nothing to hide so there is no reason why they wouldn’t be present on social media channels. This way they can strengthen their brand and communicate with their players, creating a great community.
If you find nothing about an online casino on social media or Google, it is not a good sign and the company is probably not legitimate.
Always make an educated decision before signing up and depositing in a new online casino in Poland. Use the above checklist to make sure the casino is legitimate and honest so that you can enjoy the games without a worry!