Online Casino Safety in New Zealand

New Zealand casino enthusiasts have a wide range of gambling options at the online casino. Yet part of the gaming fun involves awareness of online casino safety NZ. Over the years, casino advisors, operators and professional players have put together an outline that provides suggestions for maximizing your gambling event within the framework of New Zealand online casino safety and security.

This review's online casino security suggestions are appropriate for Flash, Instant, Download and Mobile Casino players.

Background

The whole concept of online gaming – which is, today, the preferred gambling venue of hundreds of millions of players throughout the world -- dates back only 20 years. In 1994 the government of Antigua passed the Free Trade and Processing Zone Act which turned the concept of casino gambling upside down. Suddenly, gamers could press a button, place their deposit, play their favourite casino games and collect their payouts, all within a matter of minutes and all from the comfort of their own home.

Gaming companies located on Antigua were the first to take advantage of the new technology. They quickly created prototypes of the most popular casino games and presented them on early online casino platforms. Their popularity surpassed the developers' wildest dreams. Players from around the world appreciated the idea that they could enjoy their gaming entertainment without ever leaving their living room armchair.

As online casino gambling grew, it became clear that more structure was needed. The quality of online casinos differed widely from one to the other, as did the casinos' commitment to the promotion of safe and secure gambling activities.  Monitoring agencies were established to help the situation to stabilize.

There are, however, still a number of things that you should do to ensure that you will experience online casino safety NZ when you play at safe online casinos in New Zealand.

Certification

When you play any of your favourite casino games at the NZ online casino you have access to a wide range of games. These include table games of roulette, baccarat and craps, card games of single-hand and multi-hand blackjack and poker, online lotteries of bingo, keno, sic bo, or scratch card, or any of the safe online pokies New Zealand. Regardless of your game choice, you must ascertain that the online casino is certified by an international monitoring organization. There are multiple recognized regulatory options for online gamers – some casinos are monitored by more than one organization.

  • The e Commerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance Agency (eCOGRA)  is recognized around the world as the most relied-upon player protection and standards organization.  eCOGRA provides an accepted framework for operational practice requirements and monitors eCOGRA-affiliated casinos on a regular basis to assure compliance. Online casinos operating under the auspices of eCOGRA submit to eCOGRA's arbitration decisions in cases of a casino-player dispute. eCOGRA emphasizes responsible gaming for PC and mobile gamers and enforces licensing requirements by monitoring and reviewing online and mobile casino sites under their auspices. NZ players are encouraged to look for the eCOGRA seal of approval which is found at the bottom of an approved online casino's website.
  • The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) is an independent, regulatory body which is responsible for regulating all gaming activities in Malta. Since a high percentage of the games being produced today for the online casino market come from Malta, the MGA exercises significant authority in supervising casinos which fall under its auspices, either because the casino operates out of Malta or the games that the casino uses are produced in Malta.
  • Keep up to date with local NZ laws regarding online gaming and monitoring. In NZ today, the government recognized online casinos which are licensed in Alderney (by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission), in Malta (by the Lotteries & Gaming Authority of Malta, in the UK by the UK Gambling Commission), in Antigua & Barbuda (by the Directorate of Offshore Gaming), in Curacao (by the Curaçao Internet Gaming Association) and in the Isle of Man (by the Gambling Supervision Commission). 

Concerns

Keep an eye on the Gambling Commission of New Zealand (http://www.gamblingcommission.govt.nz) which compiles a list of gaming sites that operate in a way that concerns them. The GCNZ tracks casinos that engage in questionable or unethical practices such as unclear paytables or unbalanced random number generators. Look at GCNZ to check the complaints that it has investigated, or write them a letter with your questions.  

Limits

Note the online casino's policies regarding gaming limits and any assistance that it offers for compulsive gambling behavior. Some gamers find themselves gambling above their budgeted bankroll while others find it difficult to impose limits on their personal gambling behavior, even when the gambling interferes with their daily lives. Responsible online casinos set policies which addresses these issues and offer assistance for problem gambling behaviors.

Make sure that the casino that you choose has an active and responsive support line which includes "time-out" periods. Gamers should be able to request a self-imposed "time out" exclusionary period in which the individual can regroup and proceed in a calmer and more responsible state of mind.

Final Cautions

  1. Never download  casino apps via a third party site. That means, don't even click on a text link that arrives in an email from someone that you don't know. The email might even purport to come from the casino itself, but it may be a scam and could  "lead" you to the a third-party site which will collect your username and password and invade your casino account.
  2. Only enter the casino's website via a direct casino URL which you type into your PC or mobile browser's address line. Then proceed with the log-in process.  You can also download the casino app into your PC or mobile device and enter the casino through the app.
  3. Always log out of your account if you're playing on a public site, or if you are playing on a device which others use.

eBanking

Digital banking options for online casinos demand special caution. Your casino deposits will be transferred through the ebank to your casino account and your earnings are withdrawn from your casino account and deposited back into your ebank account.

To make certain that your funds are secured and that you can make your deposits and access your earnings at your convenience, check the casino's banking page to see which ebanks are supported by the casino. These ebanks use encryption codes that protect users' financial information and identities and interface with secure data centers whch employ high-tech firewalls.

Every casino-supported Internet banking institution should display a seal, certifying that it is authorized by the United Kingdom's Financial Services Authority (FSA).  The NZ government relies on the FSA which is an international agency that regulates international ebanking services and facilitates safe and secure online financial transactions.

Following these basic guidelines will allow you to ensure your online casino safety NZ.