Despite the ever-changing minutiae of online gambling laws and their enforcement in the United States, placing bets online does not violate federal law, at least as long as it is not sports betting. The problem has been the funding of online gambling by US residents.
The first step towards superior online gambling is finding a reputable online casino that US players can participate in. Several online gambling websites have lists of those sites that they say are legitimate. Visit various gambling websites and check their lists to see which online casinos are consistently rated as friendly to US players.
The next step is to determine the method or methods you want to use to finance your game at online casinos. There are several types UFA of “electronic wallets” available to US players. They make money from the fees they charge for transacting, and the fees vary from one to another, so it’s a good idea to shop around before opening an account. Here are some of them, in no particular order and without particular endorsement.
• eWalletXpress – An online account that allows members to deposit, withdraw, and transfer funds to participating online merchants instantly.
• Neteller: an online account similar to eWalletXpress
• Bank transfer (various brands)
• Credit cards: can be tested, but whether or not payments will go through is a gamble in itself.
• EcoCard, UseMyWallet, Quicktender, and other prepaid debit cards – payment methods that usually work well.
• Instant checks (eChecks): instant bank transfers directly from your bank account
When you find a highly rated casino that US players can access and they have established a payment method that works for that casino, it is a good idea to check the casino carefully before opening an account there. With over 2,500 gambling sites available, you want to separate those that operate above the table from those that do not pay or have unclear terms and conditions.
Find out where the online casino is licensed. This information should be on your “About Us” page, along with information about how long you’ve been in business and what software you use. You should favor casinos that use Microgaming, Real Time Gaming and Playtech software platforms, because they are generally accepted as the fairest platforms and have audited payout percentages.
Checking a casino’s overall reputation is a matter of reading popular online gaming forums. Look for recent posts. When players have complaints about casinos, they will explain them in the forums. Keep in mind that you will see negative comments on almost all of them. This is normal. You can also see outrageously enthusiastic comments.
Forum comments are sometimes made by people with ulterior motives, so it’s a good idea to put less emphasis on overly good and overly bad comments and pay attention to those that point to specific complaints or benefits. Of course, if you see a constant stream of negative comments about an online casino, you should avoid it altogether.