Real money online casinos have long been the subject of many misconceptions. People spread rumors about anything and everything, and believe me when I say that online casinos are no exception. Many of them are outright false and have no basis in reality.
While there are plenty of myths and legends about online casinos, much of this can be attributed to mistrust of internet culture. When the internet was first starting out, many people mistrusted it because it was new. Surprise, surprise, people are usually skeptical of new things.
Many of these myths have already been corrected. With that being said, many of these misconceptions about casinos still unfortunately exist.
Today, I’ll show you seven misconceptions about online casinos to help you sort through all the fake information about casinos. You’ll learn what’s real and what’s not, what you should take seriously and what you shouldn’t.
Misconception #1 – Games Are Rigged
Let’s get this one out of the way first. This is the most common assumption about online casinos: Users assume that because the casino is based online that it’s somehow not as valid as a real casino. People think that just because they are physically in a building that is a casino, they are less likely to be scammed. And these same people believe that playing games online means they’ll be scammed. This is all patently false.
Online casinos use the same games and play styles as real casinos, using software to simulate playing a game. You can play against a computer or other online players. And because it’s taking place online, those real players can’t cheat you through sly conversation or clever card tricks.
Online casinos also use RNGs—random number generators. RNGs ensure the online casino is providing a fair experience for all players. RNGs generates a random number to determine what card you’ll draw or how the slot machine will work, which is much safer than a deck of physical cards that can be messed with or manipulated.
Misconception #2 – Gambling Sites Aren’t Secure
Many people assume gambling sites aren’t secure compared to their real-world counterparts. I think this is probably because many people don’t trust something if they can’t see it. People are more likely to trust something they can touch and feel than something like the internet, which is more intangible.
But just because the internet is an abstract idea, that doesn’t mean online casinos are unsafe. Online casinos are as safe and secure as any in-person casinos (more so in some ways). Believe me when I say that companies that operate online casinos have proper encryption. They want to protect themselves as much as you do!
Online casinos are also certified by the government of whatever country they’re based in. The government of the country the online casino is from is responsible for making sure the casino is safe and fair to all users. Online casinos have strict regulations that guarantee they are safe and secure for their users.
Online casinos that do engage in negative behavior are few and far between. These are known as rogue casinos. These casinos are reported by users and reported on casino forums to protect the community. If an online casino is reported by enough users, it’ll become blacklisted. Blacklisted casinos tend to get shut down pretty quickly.
Encryption, government, and users reporting issues all help make online casinos safe places to gamble. Online casinos are as safe to gamble in as any other alternative.
Misconception #3 – Kids Can Play in Online Casinos
This is completely false. Kids are not allowed to gamble at online casinos. This is exactly the same as the law preventing kids from gambling in physical casinos. If you’re under 18 years old, you’re not allowed to gamble in physical or online casinos.
You might be thinking, “Sure, but the kids just lie online!” They can try, but security procedures are more robust than that.
People under 18 will not be able to gamble in online casinos because they won’t have a valid ID to present.
Misconception #4 – You Can Only Win During Certain Hours
This is one of those weird rumors spreading on the internet that no one seems to be able to squash, that players can only win money in online casinos during certain hours of the day. Who knows how this rumor got started, but I can tell you that it’s completely false.
Maybe a gambler was frustrated that they were on a cold streak? Maybe someone just wanted to be a top-level troll in the community? Like most rumors, the origins are unknown, but there’s no truth to this one.
Unless a game is specifically set up this way, the claim is untrue (and I seriously doubt any are). Any game you play in an online casino will have clear rules indicating how money can be won.
Games in online casinos are not governed by peak hours. Many brick and mortar casinos do have peak hour rules that affect how much money can be won, just not whether you can win at all. And these rules are clear to everyone, they’re not a secret. Maybe this is why people think online casinos have a secret scam going on.
Online casinos simply don’t operate the same as brick and mortar casinos, and a big part of that includes the RNGs I mentioned earlier in this post. The chances of winning are purely random in online games. The number generated by the RNG is the only factor in determining whether you win.
Misconception #5 – Autoplay Is Rigged
Many online casinos have an autoplay feature, an incredible feature that you sure won’t find in any physical casino. This feature allows players to walk away and do other things while continuing to play. Many of us have busy lives and would love to save some time while we’re playing.
Now, a lot of people assume that because they aren’t present while the autoplay is turned on that the online casino will try to rip them off. This simply isn’t true.
There are many regulating bodies throughout the world that prevent online casinos from ripping off their players. Many countries’ governments have agencies where illegal gambling can be reported. Resources like this prevent online casinos from operating illegally and pulling stunts like this.
You can rest assured that you are just as likely to win while playing autoplay as you are sitting and playing the games yourself.
Misconception #6 – Bonuses Can’t Win
One of the major marketing methods of online casinos is to give big bonuses to players. These bonuses give players the chance to win some money with the free money the casino provides.
Part of the reason the casino provides these bonuses is to give players an incentive to try out their casino.
Consumers are cynical of this practice unfortunately, and assume that because the bonus money is free, there’s no way they can win with it. It makes sense from a certain perspective I suppose, if you truly believe there’s no such thing as a free lunch. But the reality is that you can win real money with these bonuses, and if you know what you’re doing and get a little lucky, that money might be significant).
The bonuses work the same as any other payment you use in an online casino. The casino doesn’t know if you’re playing with a bonus or if you’re playing with real money. The game is played with an RNG either way, so the results have nothing to do with where the money came from.
This misconception is another example of players assuming something is too good to be true. Just because they give you the bonus doesn’t mean there’s no way you can win with the bonus. You’re just as likely to win with the bonus as you are with any other money.
Misconception #7 – Online Slots Are Boring
Many people think slots are going to be boring compared to other options offered by online casinos, like poker or blackjack.
However, even though slots don’t have other players involved, they certainly aren’t boring. Slots can be as fun as anything else you play in an online casino, especially given how advanced real money online slots and their graphics have become over the years.
Many slot games are now being targeted toward millennial audiences because the designers know how much that audience likes video games. So, they design their games to be as similar to video games as they can, which is to say, they are more interactive than you might think. It’s a misconception to think that slots are only for older audiences or that slots are more boring than other casino games. Slots can be just as fun as anything else in an online casino.
There are a ton of misconceptions about online gaming, partly because of the nature of the internet. Information moves fast, and people make snap judgments without knowing all the information beforehand.
Just remember that regulatory agencies, governments, and watchdog groups help legitimize online casinos. These misconceptions aren’t based in reality.
What common misconceptions about online casinos have you heard that we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments!