Legality of Online Casino Gambling
The legality of online casino gambling varies a great deal around the world and the attitude towards online gambling also varies from one country to the next. If you are not sure whether you are legally permitted to gamble from where you are based, you can contact the customer support at an online casino and they should be able to answer your question.
There are several authorities around the world which are otherwise known as online casino licensing jurisdictions or online gambling licensing jurisdictions such as the Netherlands Antilles (Curacao Internet Gaming Association CIGA), the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, the Gibraltar Gambling Commission, the Lotteries and Gaming Authority of Malta, Alderney Gambling Control Commission and also Antigua and Barbuda (Directorate of Offshore Gaming).
These reputable authorities, among several others, are widely recognised around the world for imposing strict controls over their licensees. Due to the fact that gambling laws are so different in each country, many players end up playing in online casinos which are in fact operated from offshore locations, which means that no laws are being broken. In this situation, both the operator and the player are operating inside local laws.
If players from your country are not legally permitted to play in a casino, then you simply won’t be able to register an account with them. This particular clause is often referred to as a Player Location Restriction. For example, if you are trying to open an account from the US with a UK online casino that doesn’t accept US players, you won’t be able to get past the registration process and therefore you won’t be able to deposit and withdraw money at that casino.
Some governments seem to have a lax attitude towards online gambling and then just a few weeks or months later, that same government can appear to have strict attitude towards online gambling and then just months later, can revert back to their lax approach again, which can often leave the players in a state of gambling limbo and somewhat confused.
As a player though, the most important thing to remember is to only search for a fully licensed casino to play at (which does welcome players from your country) and then only use a payment method which is suitable for players from your country.