Some 1,700 virtual casinos attract more Internet users each month than the gaming industry. However, they are completely illegal. And players who defy the ban to expose themselves to risks against which they will have no recourse for lack of regulation.
Games are virtual, but the risks are very real.
As a result, no legal recourse is possible in the event of non-payment of winnings, for example. However, in virtual casinos, as elsewhere, rampant scammers of all kinds who take advantage of this legislative vagueness. And if the games are virtual, the risks are not. Who to trust? The rankings of the ‘best casinos’ presented on several sites are to be taken with tweezers.
Most of the time, they prefer to highlight the establishments paying them commissions rather than the most serious. “I receive dozens of requests per week from sites that want to be included in my ranking for a fee,” says Anthony, webmaster of the Casinostrategie.com site, who lets internet users make their own ranking based on their experience.
Another element making it possible to judge the seriousness of virtual slot machines: the rate of reimbursement, that is to say, the percentage of bets which is paid back to players. More than thirty sites display certificates issued by the company d ‘Pricewaterhouse Coopers financial audit, attesting to their reimbursement rate (around 95%). Difficult, however, to know if these figures are not falsified by the sites.
Escape the tax authorities by placing your earnings abroad
In the meantime, those who play will, therefore, have to fend for themselves, whether they lose or whether they win. Laurent, a 43-year-old entrepreneur, who earned $ 50,000 less than a month ago on Roidescasinos.com was at an impasse. If his gain was paid into his bank account, he could have been considered suspicious by the tax authorities. He was therefore forced to open a new account in a more accommodating country to be able to hit the jackpot!
The opinion of the individual computer
It is forbidden to open a virtual casino, to advertise it too, to play about it. However, the Gaming Police, which monitors the casinos, does not seem to be interested. As for the deputies, like Europeans, they are in no rush to act. In the meantime, the million French internet users who visit these casinos each month are not protected in the event of a scam.