When it comes to US online casinos there are two types:
1. Online Casinos regulated in offshore jurisdictions such as Costa Rica, Curacao and Kahnawake in Canada.
2. And online casinos licensed in the United States
on a state-by-state basis. To date only 3 states have regulated online gambling, they are Delaware, New Jersey and Nevada (online poker). Residents of these states are allowed to gamble online.
Both jurisdictions are secure and safe but we find that operators licensed abroad tend to offer players better deals than those licensed in the United States. Online casinos not licensed in the United States are powered by Betsoft, RealTime Gaming, Rival and Saucify.
Of the 4 software vendors, Betsoft and RealTime Gaming contain the best browser-based and downloadable software. Their suite of games are divided into high resolution slot machines, table games, video poker, live dealer casinos, specialty games and 7-figure progressive jackpots.
If you're from America and you're not sure about the finer nuances of online gambling, especially when it comes to gambling at casinos licensed in other jurisdictions, we've put together a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section:
If I'm From The USA Can I Play At Online Casinos?
Yes you can. The Department of Justice stated in 2011 that the Wire Act of 1961 only applies to sports betting. In return this paved the way for online gambling regulation in the United States despite Sheldon Adelson's best attempts to derail it.
The Federal Government mentioned that it's not going to regulate online gambling on a national level any more, the onus is now up to each state to regulate it or not. The UIGEA (Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act) promulgated in 2006 stopped financial institutions from processing credit card transactions from online casinos.
Is There A Difference Between Instant Play and Download Software?
Yes there is. The software interface applies specifically to the RealTime Gaming (RTG) software since it's divided into two categories: downloadable (free) and Instant Play (browser-based).
The downloadable software offers the player a broader category of games and the graphics qualify is better. The browser-based software on the other hand is suitable to mobile phone users although the games are limited and the quality of the graphics aren't as sharp. The Betsoft games on the other hand are all instant play and the visual display of each game is exceptional.
Do USA Online Casinos Accept U.S Dollars and Bitcoin?
Our USA online casinos accept U.S dollars, Australian dollars, Canadian dollars and cryptycurrencies like Bitcoin, Litecoin and Etherium. Certain casinos enable players to deposit directly into the Bitcoin casino
while others state that upon deposit and withdrawal cryptocurrencies will be exchanged in dollars at the current exchange rate.
Can I Play With Real Cash?
Absolutely, each vendor makes provision for 'Free Play', they give you an 'X' amount of credits to play their games but this applies mainly to their slot machines although table games like blackjack and roulette can be played for free too.
Playing the games for free before you deposit real money gives you an idea about the slot machine's payouts at different coin levels, the amount of spins needed to trigger the free spins feature, which symbols pay the top cash prize, how volatile the slots is and can the game be played with a bankroll of $100, $500 or more.
Once I Signed Up How Do I Fund My Online Casino Account?
Each online casino offers different deposit and withdrawal methods that include credit/debit cards (Visa, MasterCard), e-wallets (Neteller, Skrill), bank wire, checks, Bitcoin, Litecoin, Etherium, ecoPays, Eco Card or Paysafecard. To find out more about a casino's deposit and cash out methods click on the link that says 'Banking'.
You'll find all the information you need here such as the minimum/maximum deposit and the daily weekly/withdrawal limit. The majority of the sites that accept U.S players have a withdrawal limit of $4,000 per week with the exception of Casino Extreme (VIPs can cash out up to $15,000 per week).
Credit cards are still popular with players from the States but deposits in cryptocurrencies (Bitcoin, Litecoin, Etherium) are catching up fast. The reason for this is they're convenient (hassle free), cash outs are handled within 5 minutes, no transaction fees, it's anonymous and it's not restricted by jurisdictions. Credit cards can incur steep fees and it takes up to 3 to 5 business days before you receive your cash. There's also check by courier which normally takes 15 working days.
Can I Play Different Games At U.S Online Casinos?
The games listed are tabulated into different categories starting with 3&5 reel classic slots, 3D slots, progressive jackpot slots, table games (blackjack and roulette variants, craps, War, Pai Gow Poker, baccarat etc.), video poker, bingo, keno, scratch cards and a live dealer casino. Basically all the games you find in a land casino can now be played online. Some online casinos offer regular slots and blackjack tournaments where cash prizes, bonuses and free spins are up for grabs - make sure you don't miss these!
Some of the RTG progressive jackpot slots such as Aztec's Millions, Megasaur, Shopping Spree I and II offer life-changing payouts that can be anything from $1 million up to $2.3 million. Each game is linked to a progressive jackpot pool, every time it's played a portion of the player's cash goes towards the game. This is why it's called a progressive because the jackpot keeps on growing until it's hit.
Are Their Different Promotions Offered At US Casinos?
To find out more about the promotions click on the casino's 'Promotions' tab. You'll see the various promotions offered starting with the usual welcome bonus to first time depositors, daily and weekend promotions, comps and VIP program. Every time you play you'll earn comps that you can exchange for real money at the casino's Cashier section. Normally you'll get 1 comp for every $10 wagered on slots and 100 comps equals $1.
There's a VIP or Loyalty program that's divided into different tiers, each tier has its own rewards such as increased comps, special bonuses, free spins, reload bonuses, tournaments, birthday gifts, a dedicated VIP manager, bigger table game limits and bigger withdrawal amounts. As you climb the VIP ladder your benefits will increase.
Are USA Casinos Safe?
In our experience yes but it also depends on where you play. All the casinos listed on this page have been vetted by us meaning that they pay player winnings, the RNG (random Number Generator) of their games are tested often by firms such as TST (technical Systems Testing), they protect client information using 128-Bit encryption keys and they are licensed in Curacao, Kahnawake or Costa Rica.
Before you sign up check the casino's weekly withdrawal limit and make sure that progressive jackpot wins are paid in full. The last thing you want is a progressive win of $1 million to be paid out in installments of $5,000 per month. If you're not sure about the operator's progressive win policy shoot the casino an email, always keep the casino's reply in writing - you never know if you're going to need it.
How Do I Contact The Casino?
The casino's contact information is under the 'Contact Us' section. Here it tells you about the different options through which the casino can be contacted: live chat, email and telephone. Sometimes there's an online email form you have to fill in. Of the contact options live chat is the most convenient because it's the fastest way to get hold of the staff.
Support must be available 24/7 and the staff must be professional and friendly. If you send support an email they must reply to it within 2 hours tops, anything longer than this is unacceptable.
Most casinos have a 'Frequently Ask Question' section that covers basic questions such as how to register an account, how to make a deposit, what to do in case you've lost your password, security and how to claim a bonus. If you're a newbie and you haven't gambled online before please go through it.
If The Casino Does Not Pay Player Wins What Must I Do?
If the casino refuses to pay your winnings start in-house first, contact the casino manager and ask him/her as to why you haven't received your money yet. More often than not the manager will launch an investigation right away. This must also be accompanied with the relevant screenshots that clearly indicates that you played within the ambit of the casinos terms and conditions.
If you accept a bonus make sure you understand the bonus rules. It so happens that players accept a bonus without even reading its terms. If the bonus terms states that you're not allowed to bet more than $5 per spin and you bet $10 and won $1,000 not only will the bonus be cancelled but your winnings too.
If the casino still refuses to pay you, visit online gambling watchdog sites like GPWA (Gambling Professional Webmasters Association), Casinomeister or Affiliate Guard Dog. Start a thread with the casinos name and why it refuses to pay you and notify the casino about the thread. If you have a legitimate case the casino will pay you immediately because no casino likes negative press.