How does an online casino ensure that the results each player receives when playing its online casino games are unique? How are payouts for each game structured? And who ensures that internet gambling sites maintain honest and reputable business practices? These questions and more are answered in the following article.
Online casino software developers are huge companies that generate millions of dollars each year. Their main task is to support the online gambling industry by developing new casino games. These games are designed to yield unique results with every turn of the roulette wheel or with every hand of blackjack and poker played. A random number generator (RNG) is embedded in the software that powers gambling games to ensure that a different result occurs every time. This makes it impossible to predict which numbers the roulette wheel will stop at or which cards are going to be dealt to you in a game of poker.
Most of today’s top casinos are regularly subjected to review and are audited by third parties. eCOGRA is the industry’s top watchdog organization and employs the services of PriceWaterhouse Coopers (PWC) to conduct third party audits of its member casinos. Usually the audits target two areas of the internet casino’s business: payout rates and the random number generator used in its casino game software.
You can easily find out what the payout rates are at online casinos. Usually the rate is represented as a percentage and is calculated on the incoming bets received by the casino and on those amounts the casino pays out in the form of winnings. The higher the payout rates are on specific games, the greater your chances are of winning them. Payout rates are an important factor to consider when you’re looking at choosing a casino online. Simply put, a higher payout rate indicates that your casino pays out more frequently than other gambling online sites.
Payout rates not only vary from casino to casino, they also vary from game to game. Some gambling games have higher payout rates than others. For example, a casino may offer high rates on progressive slot games but lower than average rates on blackjack or baccarat games. This is why many players tend to play at casinos that offer higher rates on their favorite games rather than across all games as a whole.
Generally payout rates should be in the high 90’s. Individual payout rates on games are nearly always higher at online casinos than they are at live gaming establishments, which helps to explain why so many people prefer playing casino games over the internet.
If you’re interested in locating audit information about your site’s business, you should be able to access it from the main page. Any reputable casino will provide this information for members and prospective members to view. If your casino displays this along with its eCOGRA seal and a valid gaming license from a recognized gambling authority, you know you’re in good hands.
You will know if you have a gambling addiction if gambling has affected your life negatively socially, emotionally, financially and spiritually. If you have gambled alone, and have missed work, lost more than you could afford, or lied about gambling, you more than likely have a gambling addiction. “Compulsive Gambling” is considered an impulse control disorder and is characterized by unstoppable thoughts and uncontrollable impulses to gamble. “Problem Gambling” is considered less severe than compulsive gambling, but it is still a very serious problem.
Someone in my family is addicted to gambling. What should I do?
There are many paths you could take when a family member is addicted to gambling. You can go to a gamanon meeting yourself to get 12 -Step support from other family members of gamblers.(Check links and resources). This might be a good first step in finding out how to approach your family member, since every situation is different. Please check resources page for more information on this topic.
I have a gambling addiction and I have lost a lot of money. I am in debt, and I do not know what to do. Can you help?
Going into debt is one of the biggest after-effects of a gambling addiction. It can effect the gambler long after he or she stops gambling and is one of the long-term consequences of gambling addiction. When you attend a Gamblers Anonymous 12-Step Group you can find support from trusted members on how to deal with your debt problems. Please also visit the links and resources page to find out more about debt and credit solutions as a result of your gambling addiction. Remember, gambling addiction is not a money problem.. it is an emotional and spiritual problem with financial consequences.