Online gambling FAQs

If you're just starting out in online gambling you're likely to be bursting with questions. We try to cover the most common ones here.

What are the advantages of gambling online?

The biggest advantage is convenience. Most online casino players also like to play at land-based casinos. Playing online is just another example of how the modern information age has made it easier than ever for us to enjoy our favourite pastimes.

We already use the Internet for email, research, shopping, socialising, and so on. So why not take our gaming online, too?

Is online gambling legal in Canada?

This is a slightly grey area. Provincially licensed gambling establishments (casinos, bingo halls, video poker machines) are legal, and very popular, but "operating a common betting house" is illegal. Placing bets in such a "common betting house" is not illegal, however; it's the operator, not the players, who are breaking the law.

The Kahnawake Mohawk of Quebec operates servers for international online casino sites, arguing that as a first nation, their reserve is sovereign and not bound by federal or provincial regulation.

The issues are complex, and are slowly working their way through the Canadian court system. Basically, Canadian law simply hasn't caught up with the reality of today's online gambling phenomenon, either to outlaw or legalise and regulate.

What is the legal age to gamble in Canada?

There is no nationwide "legal age" in Canada; the minimums are set by the provincial and territorial governments. In most places, the minimum legal age is 19; in Alberta, Manitoba, and Quebec, it's 18.

Remember, no matter where you are you can't gamble online unless you are over the legal age limit. All online casinos have the right to request age verification documents (such as a copy of a drivers license) before processing financial transactions.

Is it safe to gamble online?

When it comes to the Internet, privacy is a big concern. Reputable sites, however, are open about their privacy protections. Among online casinos, the industry standard is to use the same encryption standards as major banks when conducting financial transactions. You can always ask the casino what protections they use; this information, or a link to it, can usually be found on a site's homepage.

In addition, the overwhelming majority of online casinos today have a "no share" policy when it comes to players' personal information. You won't need to worry about your name and contact information being sold to spammers.

Finally, watchdog groups liked eCOGRA, and regulators like the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, keep tabs on casinos, take customer complaints, and will only certify or license those online casinos that adhere to adequate privacy protection policies.

Where can I get the best online exchange rates for my Canadian dollars?

You won't need to! Online Casino Reports will make your life easier by providing a listing of casinos that accept transactions, and permit play, in Canadian dollars. You won't need to worry about exchange rates or bank commissions.

OK, then how can I deposit money to my casino account?

It's easy to make deposits to an online casino. The most common method is to use a third party payment service, such as NETeller, Click2Pay, or PayPal. You can also use your credit card, or even just a simple wire transfer to make your deposits. The individual casinos will provide more detailed information on their banking pages.

When you want to make a withdrawal, you can receive funds in the same way. It's important to remember, however, that for security reasons, no online casino will send a withdrawal to a credit card.

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