GETTING STARTED WITH ONLINE CASINOS

What is an online casino?
What is online gambling?
Where are online casinos located?
How do I start playing?
How do I make cash deposits and withdrawals?
How fair are online casinos and sportsbooks?
How safe are online casinos and sportsbooks?
Are frequent winners barred from online casinos?

BEST SITES TO GAMBLE AT

Top Online Casinos
Top Online Sport Books

ONLINE GAMBLING DO'S AND DON'TS

Online gambling do's
Online gambling don'ts
Tips for the methodical gambler

ONLINE VS. LAND BASED CASINOS

Online vs land based casinos

BETTING SYSTEMS

Betting systems
1-3-2-6 system
Dalenbert system
Labouchere system
Martingale system
Parlay system
Paroli system

HOW THE CASINOS MAKE MONEY

The price we pay to play
Understanding the house edge
House edge chart

DISPUTES WITH ONLINE CASINOS

What to do if you have problems with an online casino

ONLINE GAMBLING AND THE LAW

Kyl bill
Relevant law
Law jurisdiction
International agreements

MINORS AND ONLINE CASINOS

Minors and online casinos

ONLINE CASINO AND INTERNET GAMING GUIDE


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Where are Online Casinos located?

All online casinos are located outside the U.S. They are generally licensed in the country they are in and have to report to the local government to some extent. Antigua, Curacao, St. Kitts, Grenada, Dominican Republican, Gibraltar, Cook Islands are just a few countries that license them. Having said this though, most of the companies that run casinos offshore are actually operated from the US - it is just their servers that are located offshore. The reason these small countries allow Online Gambling operatiors to set up is vecause it can help boost their economy. Companies pay anything up to $100,000 to gain a gaming license in these countries, as well as paying ongoing taxes to the local Government.

The situation in the United States is a little more complicated. The US Senate, led by Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona, has been moving forward with legislation that will make most forms of online gambling illegal -- including gambling at online casinos. How this will be enforced if it ever becomes law is unclear. The proposed legislation targets casino operators, not the average person gambling from their home.

In contrast, Nevada is considering legislation that would allow Las Vegas casinos such as Caesar's Palace and Harrah's to legally operate online casinos.

Some online casinos are not accepting wagers from United States residents until the laws are clarified. Even so, some estimates indicate that up to 90% of online gamblers are in the US.

Currently, all online casinos operate their servers outside the US. Most are located in the Caribbean and Kahnawake, where online gambling licenses are available.

For more information on the legal issues concerning online gambling, see our Kyl Bill, Relevant Law, Jurisdiction and International Agreement pages and check out the Interactive Gaming Council website.

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