|With the ever-increasing number of on-line
sites to choose from, it's becoming increasingly more difficult to
know where to look for the best odds, the fairest play, the fastest
payouts and the most secure and discreet gaming establishments.
With new and ever-improving technologies
eliminating geographical boundaries, accessing these gaming establishments
around the world has never been easier. As the popularity of the
Internet increases, so does the popularity of on-line gaming. Today,
Internet gambling is literally at your fingertips - just a mouse
click away - and it's here to stay.
So what exactly is Internet Gambling? How
do you find the "A" sites on the Internet? Where and how
are Internet Casinos legalized, licensed, regulated and insured?
What types of games and sporting events are covered? How can you
tell that you are dealing with a reputable establishment? These
are important questions and you should know the answers to them,
before you try your luck on line.
At SoftNetGaming, we believe choosing an
on-line Casino shouldn't be a gamble. That's why we've developed
the SoftNetGaming Certification Program. The SoftNetGaming Certified
Seal is awarded to gaming sites that meet or exceed our stringent
evaluation criteria. We cover every angle, reviewing the hardware,
software, encryption technology, financial transaction processing,
technical support, licensing status and more, providing you with
all the information necessary to choose wisely.
Internet Casinos displaying the SoftNetGaming
Certified Seal offer a variety of gambling options just like those
found in Vegas. Dozens of casino-style games, such as blackjack,
roulette, poker and slot machines are available right through your
PC, along with comprehensive international sportsbook wagering,
pari-mutuel coverage, bingo, lotteries and more. On-line casinos
often pass the benefits of lower overhead on to their members by
offering them better odds than land-based casinos. In our book,
fair play and fast pay are always a winning combination.
It is interesting to note that all Internet
Casinos are located outside of the United States, while a number
of them are listed on the NASDAQ. Internet Gambling is legal in
over 40 countries, the two most prominent being Antigua and Australia.
With 6-digit licensing fees, in addition to ongoing taxes, Internet
gambling enjoys popular support among many sovereign nations. However,
while some countries regulate the industry more tightly than others,
many offer no regulation whatsoever. Only a few States prohibit
their residents from wagering over the Internet, Nevada, for example,
for obvious reasons. However, there is no federal law in place prohibiting
U.S. residents from placing Internet wagers provided the actual
computer server is located in a jurisdiction outside of the U.S.
that offers legalized Internet gaming. Note: It is a violation of
federal law to place a sports wager over the telephone, no matter
what anyone tells you (see the Federal Wire Act).
When you see the SoftNetGaming Certified
Seal you can rest assured the gaming site is licensed and regulated
by a legitimate, governing jurisdiction. Antigua, for example, currently
employs the strictest criteria outside of Nevada when it comes to
the issuance of gaming licenses and the monitoring and regulating
of all gaming operations within its jurisdiction. With a cap on
the number of licenses Antigua will issue, less than 20% of submitted
applications are granted, and those only after thorough screening
by international law enforcement agencies such as the FBI and Scotland
In addition to offering the SoftNetGaming
Certified Seal, SoftNetGaming is recognized as a leading Internet
publisher dedicated to delivering A World of Information for a World
of Gamblers, via its suite of on-line magazines.
Visit all of our publications: SoftNetGaming.com,
CasinoGuru.com, SportsGamingGuru.com, and TheTrac.com. Best of all,
the information is available on the Internet 24 hours a day, 7 days
a week, and at no cost to our readers.