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Gambling Safely Online: What You Need to Know 

New Jersey's online casinos offer a safe and legal way to gamble. The state's Division of Gaming Enforcement regulates the online gambling experience, ensuring that all games are fair and honest. In addition, licensed New Jersey online casinos use advanced security technologies to protect your personal information.

How Do I Know if a Casino is Safe?

Players can confirm the security status of an online casino for gambling activities by checking to see if they meet the following conditions:

  1. The casino must be regulated and licensed by the government-appointed regulator based on the statutes governing its operations. In New Jersey, the New Jersey Casino Control Commission and New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement hold casino operators accountable to the highest standards of safety, transparency, and fair play.

  2. A safe casino will provide players with an array of payment methods for easy and quick deposits as well as withdrawals.

  3. Safe online casinos use the latest encryption technology to safeguard the personal data and funds of their clients.

  4. A safe online gambling operator clearly states on its website the different charges, fees, and odds percentages as it relates to the various games they offer.

  5. Safe online casinos adopt random number generators (RNGs) in their card and dice, and this assures players that their gameplay is random and fair. Also, such casinos ensure their software---usually provided by top developers like Microgaming and NetEnt---are tamper-proof and genuinely random by having them tested by third parties.

  6. Legitimate and secure online casino sites typically have a professional and user-friendly interface. This is an indication the operator cares about their customer and has invested in their operations. An online casino that is difficult to explore and has broken links all over its web pages is most likely a scam site.

  7. Attractive bonuses with good values, terms, and conditions that are easy to understand and no hidden charges are essential features of safe online casinos.

What does a Rogue Casino Look Like?

In order to avoid falling victim to fraudulent casinos, here are some features of rogue online casinos to watch out for.

  • Low-security mechanisms are in place to protect customers' personal and financial data.

  • Non-payment of players' winnings.

  • Excessive delay in remitting players' winnings to them.

  • The absence of encryption technology on the casino's website implies that players' transactions are completely unprotected.

  • Fake and bogus claims in the advertisements on the website.

  • Unfamiliar independent companies are listed for the auditing of their random number generators and payout software. This should be of great concern to potential players of an online casino.

  • A casino whose parent company is not listed on the major stock exchanges should signify a red flag to players.

  • If a casino does not state the name of a competent and reputable licensing agency as its regulator on its website, it is most likely a scam site and players should give it a wide berth.

  • The name and address of the owner(s) of an online casino should also be stated on its website. 

  • Changing the terms of a game to avoid paying players is also a red flag. For instance, the requirements of a game request a 30x playthrough, and then midway through the promotion, the site may change the rollover requirement to 35x or 40x to suit their purpose and argument.

  • Online casinos that are quick to lock or ban players' accounts after disputes over winnings should also be avoided totally.

Is Making a Deposit Safe?

Yes. Making a deposit is completely safe when funds are deposited with a reputable online casino that is regulated and licensed by the appropriate authority, protects funds with the latest security software, and observes the highest standards concerning transparency, safety, and fair play.

What are Playthrough Requirements?

A playthrough requirement, otherwise known as rollover or wagering requirements, is the number of times a player has to wager the bonus money (in addition to the deposit in some cases) before they can make a withdrawal. For example, a 10x playthrough on a $200 would be $2,000 while the same playthrough on a $100 would amount to $100.

What is Gambler's Fallacy?

The gambler's fallacy, also referred to as the Monte Carlo fallacy, is the erroneous belief held by an individual that if an event happens more frequently than usual within a given period, such an occurrence will happen less frequently in the future, or vice versa.

The most recognizable example of the gambler's fallacy happened in Monte Carlo in August 1913. Because a roulette ball stopped on a black slot 26 times in a row, gamblers betted on the continuity of what they believed was a hot streak and consequently lost millions of dollars.

How do I know if I'm addicted to gambling?

A person with a gambling disorder usually exhibits the signs and symptoms below:

  • Being preoccupied with gambling. A person with a gambling issue is always thinking about how to get more gambling money.

  • Needing to gamble with increasing amounts of money for the same excitement.

  • Always trying to control, reduce, or stop gambling without much success.

  • Experiencing feelings of restlessness or irritation when trying to cut down on gambling.

  • Gambling as a means of escape from problems or to reduce feelings of helplessness, guilt, anxiety, or depression.

  • Chasing losses by trying to retrieve money lost to gambling.

  • Lying to family members to conceal the extent of their gambling disorder.

  • Rising or losing important relationships, a job, or school or work opportunities because of gambling.

  • Stealing or resorting to fraud to get gambling funds.

  • Begging others to bail one out of gambling-related financial woes.

How do I help someone with a gambling addiction?

The best way to help someone with a gambling addiction is to encourage them to seek help from a professional, however, it is important to note that a person with a gambling addiction might not be ready to change. All the friends or family members trying to help can do is to provide support.

How Do You Quit Gambling?

  1. Avoid boredom by planning ahead. Former gamblers, who are usually used to the highs and lows of active addiction, struggle with boredom. To avoid the temptation of filling empty spaces with gambling, former addicts are advised to plan their days ahead of time.

  2. Take life one day at a time. Ex-gamblers should be encouraged to forget what happened yesterday, including gambling losses. Focusing on how to get even with bookmakers or casinos will impede an addict's ability to focus on recovery issues.

  3. Do something different. Consistent gambling conditions one's brain to work in a particular manner. Now that a person has stopped gambling, the brain still needs to be constantly stimulated. This can be resolved by setting new goals and tasks each day. A mind that is firmly focused on problem-solving will be able to cope with gambling urges when they appear.

  4. Revive an old hobby. Gamblers usually lose interest in hobbies as they become more addicted to gambling. The road to complete recovery lies in rekindling such hobbies to boost their self-esteem and act as a regular reminder of their new way of life.

  5. Avoid the hype leading up to special events. Former gamblers need to avoid the increased hype from the media that comes with major sporting events, especially when bookkeeping firms are making special offers.