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How Safe are Online Casinos in 2020?



How Safe are Online Casinos in 2020?
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2020 has been an extremely busy year for online casinos. Google searches have been at an all-time high. On the flip side, more countries legalized the industry, opening up new markets for operates everywhere.

While casinos are focused on scoring new customers, players are focused on their safety. They are concerned about their data and money. And they want to know how operators will protect them.

This article explains how the best online casinos guarantee your safety and how to identify these operators. Sounds good? Let’s begin.

Data Encryption and Secure Login Tools

Nearly all online casinos provide standard security for customers. That means they have login details to help secure your account. And they use encryption techniques to hide your data from unauthorized people.

If you’re doubtful, check your favourite’ casino site’s address bar. If there’s a padlock sign before its domain name, then your data is protected. Where there’s none, hit the exit sign immediately and find a different website.

In many countries, having standard data encryption tools is necessary for licensing. For that reason, you won’t find an online casino licensed in Malta, the UK or the US without SSL encryption.

Trusted Regulatory Authorities

Data protection aside, online casinos in 2020 are safe because they regulated. In Britain, the Gambling Commission authorizing remote gaming businesses. In Europe, most operators acquire a license from the Malta Gaming Authority.

In the US, online casinos acquire permits from state gaming regulatory bodies. New Jersey has the Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) while Philadelphia has the Gaming Control Board (GCB).

Online casino regulatory bodies not only license new operators; they also oversee their operations. Additionally, they act as intermediaries when players feel mistreated by casinos and need assistance.

Against that backdrop, licensed casinos provide better safety than unlicensed companies. However, you must join a website licensed to operate in your country to get the safety you need.

That’s because UGKC only has powers in the UK. New Jersey’s DGE only handles complaints from players in Garden State while the GCB regulates gaming companies based in Pennsylvania.

Well-Known Software Providers

Software providers create the slot machines, roulette wheels and blackjack cards you love so much. That means they hold the power to rig games and to create low-paying games. Fortunately, regulators also hold them accountable.

The UKGC, MGA, DGE and GCB vet software providers intensively before they permit them to supply games to the casinos they regulate. As such, the best licensed online casinos have games from fair, and safe developers.

Some of these developers are Microgaming, NetEnt, Playtech, Evolution Gaming, BTG and Play’nGO. Click here to view the best online casinos with games from these providers. Not only will you play safe and fair games; you’ll also play some of the best-rated slots and card games online.

Transparent Bonus Policies

One of the measures of a safe online casino is its bonus policies. In many cases, fraudulent operators provide extremely attractive bonuses. But they also feature exploitive policies they don’t talk about until they get hold of your money.

On the flip side, safe online casinos—and they are in plenty these days—are straightforward with their bonus policies. In fact, they feature a snippet of vital terms and conditions beneath their welcome packages.

As a result, you accept bonuses fully aware of their terms and conditions. That’s how it should be, whether you’re after no deposit bonuses or VIP rewards. It makes it easier to identify good offers, anyway.

When we say good bonuses, we mean offers that are easy to claim and easy to turn into cash. It also helps if they come in generous amounts—say £100 to £1000. Ideally, you want a reward with wagering requirements that don’t exceed 35x. They are easier to turn into cash than those with higher playthrough.

Reliable Payment Providers

Unlike a decade ago, numerous payment providers support online casinos in 2020. From credit and debit cards to bank transfers and e-wallets, there’s no shortage of ways to fund your account.

Visa, MasterCard and Maestro are the most accepted credit and debit cards. In contrast, PayPal, Skrill, Neteller, Paysafe, Qiwi, Trustly and Sofort are the most common e-wallets. You could also use wire transfer although it’s mostly supported for withdrawals.

Can you use Bitcoin for casino payments? Yes, cryptocurrencies are also allowed at some online casinos. In fact, you could receive pretty generous bonuses when you fund your account through Bitcoin, Ethereum or other altcoins.

Like bonuses, however, it’s essential to know the terms and conditions of a casino. For starters, what’s the maximum you can deposit? How long does it take to withdraw money? The best operators have flexible limits and fast payouts—look for these features.

Dependable Customer Service

Customer service is one of the best marks of a safe online casino. If it’s missing, then you’re at a potentially unreliable gaming website. By default, gaming operators provide customer assistance through chatbots, phone and email contact.

Some companies are also active on social media and have pretty helpful FAQ pages. But in many cases, support comes through email and chatbots. With that in mind, use these channels to gauge the quality of service you should expect.

Send a message asking for random questions. If you receive fast and helpful replies, there’s a chance that’s an amazing company. Alternatively, read online reviews to discover what people say about the casino.

Online casino reviews tend to be honest. And they are also detailed when describing their experiences with specific operators. That means not only do they share truthful opinions about customer servicebut they also talk about bonuses, payments and games.


Online casinos in 2020 are safer than ever before. That’s because they’ve become more professional out of fierce competition and increased government scrutiny. They know the only way to thrive is to provide what people want: safe and fair games.

As mentioned, though, today’s online casinos don’t have much of a choice. They have to be secure or risk getting suspended by regulators.




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Pragmatic Play Multiplies the Excitement with Lucky 6 Roulette



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Pragmatic Play, a leading content supplier to the iGaming industry, is adding a thrilling twist to a casino classic with the debut of Lucky 6 Roulette, its latest live casino release.

The live casino game show maintains the familiar elements of roulette, providing players with their favourite betting types, while introducing six lucky numbers with each game round.

After bets are closed, each lucky number is given a unique lucky multiplier between 50x to 2,088x the player’s bet, boosting the winning potential to exciting new heights. Any players who have placed a straight-up bet on a winning lucky number will be awarded the lucky win with its assigned multiplier prize.

Lucky 6 Roulette joins Pragmatic Play’s rich suite of live casino games, which includes recent cutting-edge adventure-themed game show Treasure Island.

“Lucky 6 Roulette takes the excitement of live roulette to the next level,” the Chief Operating Officer for Pragmatic Play, Irina Cornides, said. “It’s set in a stunning studio that serves up rich visuals to complement the premium elements of roulette while delivering players six chances to win boosted prizes with each game round.

“Pragmatic Play is always looking to offer new ways to enjoy live casino. Lucky 6 Roulette joins many other favourites in a portfolio that continues to power up new possibilities of play for operators and their players.”

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Rhino.Bet Names Henry Brooke as its Horse Racing Ambassador



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Leading jockey steps into the role for 2023/24 season

Rhino.Bet, a leading brand within Playbook Engineering’s award-winning platform, has announced that Grade 1 winning jockey Henry Brooke (pictured) has become its horse racing ambassador for the 2023/24 jumps season.

Brooke is one of the north’s leading jockeys, whose career high came in 2019 when he won the Grade 1 Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle on Cornerstone Lad. Other notable successes for the former Conditional Champion include wins in the Rendlesham Hurdle and Eider Chase along with three Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase wins on three different horses for three different trainers.

Despite his share of injuries over the past three seasons, the 31-year-old has continued to make a name for himself as one of the leading jockeys on the Northern Racing circuit and his partnership with Oliver Greenall and Josh Guerriero is propelling him to even greater success. That alliance has included a first win for both parties in France with the talented Gesskille.

“I’m truly excited to be linking up with Rhino Bet,” Brooke said. “It’s putting a huge amount into sponsoring races at Carlisle, Market Rasen, Huntingdon and Nottingham and this ties in nicely with my role as Jockey Club Small Course Ambassador.

“I’m fitter than I’ve ever been as I have ramped up my gym work; cardio, high intensity interval training and strength conditioning topped off with my new ice bath. This training programme is translating into results on the track and I’m sure it will pay off for Rhino.Bet and its investment in me.”

“We’re thrilled to welcome Henry Brooke to the Rhino.Bet team,” the Head of Retention for Rhino.Bet, Ceiron Jones, said. “Henry is not only a top jockey but a really nice guy and we’re chuffed he’s chosen to carry the Rhino logo over the jumps this season. We’re continuing to invest in small course sponsorship this season and working with Henry complements that strategy perfectly.”

Being based in Middleham has allowed Brooke to develop working relationships with a number of the North’s leading trainers Brian Ellison and Adrian Keatley. As Rhino.Bet’s racing ambassador, Brooke will be previewing his rides as well as providing punters with unique insight into the life of a jockey as well as carrying the Rhino on his breeches.

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Nordcurrent turns players into fashion designers with UGC marketplace



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Developer and publisher Nordcurrent has released a revolutionary update to its leading mobile fashion game, Pocket Styler, with the launch of a new creator platform, Pocket Styler Studio. The digital platform allows players to work like real-life fashion designers to create clothing, shoes and accessories to their exact specifications. Once finished, digital designers can market their creations under their own ‘designer label’ name and sell them in-game to millions of Pocket Styler’s players in return for in-game currency, which has never been possible in a mobile fashion game before.

The gaming skins market is a multi-billion dollar industry, with almost 50% of players buying skins with in-game currency and around 40% buying skins with real money, according to Newzoo. But, conceptualising, drawing and polishing collections takes time, and even with Nordcurrent artists supplying over 100 items every couple of weeks, Pocket Styler players still had a thirst for more items inspired by current fashion, movies, and celebrity looks, thus limiting the time players were spending in the game and subsequently Nordcurrent’s revenue.

The integration of user-generated content into Pocket Styler has revolutionized the in-game design process. It has provided players with a wider range of options to choose from while also allowing them to earn in-game currency. This feature has also addressed the creative burden faced by game artists and developers who previously struggled to keep up with the demand for fresh content. Designers now upload over 2,000 original items into the game every day, adding nearly 300 times more content than before the launch of Pocket Styler Studio.

Victoria Trofimova, CEO of Nordcurrent, said: “‘With over 100,000 daily active users, Pocket Styler is one of the world’s most popular fashion games, and now one of the most advanced thanks to the introduction of Pocket Styler Studio. It provides a platform for creators to become professional digital fashion designers who can build their brands and promote their designs globally.

“By empowering players and letting them design and sell their clothing, we hope to inspire the next generation of fashion designers while supporting them as active contributors to the game they love, helping us form a community of designers who play a genuine part in making the game even better.“

Pocket Styler Studio has been in beta since February. Currently, over 1,000 designers are creating items for the game, and another 5,000 designers are expected to upload daily in the first year of launch, creating trillions of outfit combinations and millions of new looks submitted weekly. Nordcurrent is also testing the option of designers earning real currency from their designs in the future.

Designs are saved into a designer’s profile until they are ready to be marketed. Once on sale, individual designers can track their brands’ success by ‘Publishing’ items and assessing how many sell. Players can choose a name for their designer label and earn ‘Gems’, the in-game currency, for every item sold to other players. Pocket Styler Studio is available globally; players must have Pocket Styler installed on their phones and have a free Nordcurrent ID to use Pocket Styler Studio, which can be accessed through a browser.

Launched in May 2021, Pocket Styler is based on attending different in-game events, creating looks based on the criteria of the events, submitting those looks, getting scores, and competing with other players to become “trendsetters” and climbing on top of the leaderboard. The game has 21 million downloads, with 100,000 players spending 10,000 hours on the app and giving 10 million votes to outfits daily.

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