The Casino Blacklist — What is it for?
I created this list to help other players stay away from shady and dishonest websites and keep their money and personal information safe from fraudsters. During my long years of experience in gambling, I’ve played in many casinos and, unfortunately, not all of them could make it to the list of reliable websites and ended up here, for different reasons. So, if you see a casino on this page — it’s definitely not the one where you should make your bets.
I perform a thorough check-up of every website before putting it into the list and there should be serious reasons for it to become blacklisted. And when it does, there is hardly a chance for it to be removed and claimed reliable once again. I recommend checking the casino’s reviews and rating every time you want to make the first deposit and go through my blacklist once in a while to make sure the casino of your choice isn’t there.
Why I Put Casinos into The Blacklist
Now it’s time to talk why exactly a casino can get into a blacklist.
It doesn’t pay the winnings out to the players
Even if you don’t bet a lot and play just to have fun, you still want to get your winnings in the end of the day, let alone players who use gambling games as their main source of income. And imagine how disappointed you get when you hit a large win and the casino decides not to pay it. In most cases, dishonest online casinos use one of two strategies to keep your money.
First of all, they hide workarounds in their Terms & Conditions which players often don’t even read before accepting. They make it so confusing and strict that conditions become impossible to meet and you end up with your well-earned winnings taken by a casino.
Otherwise, a casino can initiate a long and tiring identity check. Calling it a basic “know your customer” procedure, it will ask you for more and more documents, sometimes even certified by a lawyer, and process them for so long that you decide that it’s easier to forget about the winning than prove to a casino that you are a real person.
It uses non-licensed games
The only proof that the game you play is safe is that it has a valid license. Reliable online casinos always get their games from software providers and don’t forget to pay their annual fees to continue using the products. But what if a casino doesn’t want to spend money on licensed product or want to tamper with RTP to not let players win? In this case, it would offer you pirated not-licensed software to rob you blind.
To check whether the game is licensed or fake, you can go to the source code of the page and check the host domain. Or, to make it easier, simply pick the reliable casinos and games from my list. And, of course, if I spot a casino that uses pirated games, it will immediately be blacklisted.
It hires spammers to promote its services.
Spam messages are super-annoying even if you get them from websites that you would probably like to try if they used other way of promotion. Shady casinos that can’t attract customers in more decent way tend to buy e-mail databases and bombard potential players with endless messages.
If you get an e-mail from a casino that you didn’t subscribe to, it tells you two things: that the casino doesn’t care about your privacy and about its reputation. I prefer to stay away from such websites and list them as unreliable ones — there are many great online casinos with better understanding of marketing so losing a couple of shady ones is not a big deal.
It doesn’t have enough money
Starting an online casino is quite easy nowadays which is good, on the one hand, as players have a vast choice of websites, but, on the other hand, it leads to the numerous casinos whose owners just don’t have the money to pay to players, even if they want to. They are okay with paying out small winnings but once someone hits a jackpot, problems start to occur.
Even though such casinos might be fair and don’t have bad intentions, I still add them to my blacklist. No matter of the reasons, the winnings are not paid out in time and I don’t want to wait for my money for months and I believe you don’t too.
It collaborates with criminals or supports them
It’s bad if a casino buys your email from spammers but it’s even worse if it sells your personal information to whoever might be ready to pay for it. In the best-case scenario, you’ll start getting even more spam messages but in the worst one, your passport scans can get into wrong hands and you’ll end up with your bank account empty.
Whichever casino is suspected in collaborating with scammers or just being not cautious enough to keep players’ information from hackers is added to the blacklist — no exclusions.
Luckily, the choice of safe and reputable online casinos is so big that there is no need to trust your money and personal information to the shady ones. So, stay away from the websites from my blacklist and play safe.