With the UIGEA law that was passed in the United States in 2006, the number of online casinos that cater to players from this country has dropped dramatically. The real issue is that casinos are having trouble getting paid thanks to the laws that were passed, and as a result most of them have decided that it’s too much of a hassle trying to keep the US players. Still, US friendly casinos exist out there, though it’s not always easy getting money to them. With the signals that appeared lately, which seem to suggest that the Internet gambling problems will be solved soon enough, things are looking up these days, and there is hope that in the next few years US players will once again be able to gamble online without restrictions.
Gambling online is legal in some states, and illegal in others. US players should check for up to date laws from their own state, on whether gambling online is possible. In most of the states though, gambling online is possible and acceptable. The real issue remains with finding a casino that will take US players, and then getting money transferred to them.
Many of the electronic wallet companies and payment processors out there will no longer allow US residents to use their services in order to deposit or withdraw funds that are gambling related.
If you are looking for a casino that will accept US players, a few things should be done to insure that you’re not signing-up with an untrustworthy company. One of the things you can do is check if all the claims they have regarding their license and the audits that were done on them, to see if they are for real. Each body that issues these licenses and reports on how fair the casinos are will generally offer this information online, free of charge. You will find out what kind of percentage the casino wins out of each hundred dollars spent on their site, whether their random number generator is fair and on how the casino conducts business. Try to find out if they pay in time, since that’s a big complaint that people have with casinos that are not to be trusted.
Another important issue that a US player has to check out is whether he has the needed payment methods at his disposal, which will allow him to deposit funds, or to withdraw them. Since many of the usual payment methods don’t work when it comes to gambling, it’s a good idea to find out first what the casino has to say about it, usually in the Banking section of the website.
The rest of the decisions that the player makes, which are based on personal preferences, and are not related to the casino’s availability to the US players, deal with the variety of the games that the site offers, their quality and the reputation that they’ve built up over the years. Also important is to make sure that the casino’s security is solid, and that they have quality support staff at the disposal of their players, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.