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Online Gambling Age Limits and Jurisdictions

Are you old enough to play?

First and foremost, any online casino that takes its responsibility to society seriously will also make every possible effort to prevent under age gambling. An age limit for players will be stated on the online casino site and a reliable casino will do everything in its power to avoid anyone under this limit from playing at the site. It should be noted that at some online casinos the age limit is 18 and at other online gambling locations players are required to be over the age of 21.

Some locations are quite open and willing to encourage any players, including those who may be under age, to take part in free online casino games. Although such games do not involve placing any wagers for real money, this is still considered by many to be rather unethical. There are others who consider that children, or those who are under age, do not have any place at their online casino and state quite clearly that under age players are not welcome, or permitted, at the site.

Minors unable to claim online gambling winnings

It should be made clear that any under age player who lies about age and decides to play anyway, will be unable to claim a real money prize in the event of a win. Can you imagine the disappointment? However, as an under age and therefore illegal player, there would be nothing that you can do about it. Apart from being illegal, winning and not being able to obtain the prize is even more frustrating than not being allowed to play! Any players who do not meet age or jurisdiction requirements of the online casino site will not be able to claim prizes.

Online Gambling Jurisdictions

Online casinos via the Internet enables players, residing in an area where gambling is banned or illegal, to gamble through a jurisdiction in which online gambling is permitted. Many players gamble at offshore casino locations as online casinos in their own countries are illegal. This does present some difficulties with regards to regulations. If a player who lives in a country or jurisdiction in which online gambling is illegal, makes a large win – this could present complications if the local authorities were to discover such an event. In this case, the prize money could be confiscated. On the other hand, if a player wins and the casino decides not to pay out, it would be very difficult for a player to find a way to force the casino to pay, when online gambling for the same player is actually illegal. In order to avoid such a scenario, it is recommended to play at a reputable site. There are certain things to look out for to ensure secure gaming, such as a strict online casino license and an eCogra seal of approval for safe play.

Debbie Graham - Section Editor weeklyTimeStamp(false,1187165983,true)?>

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