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If you're new to the world of online gambling, have a read of our FAQs, stay informed and put your mind at ease.
1. Why gamble online?
The average Irishman/woman is a busy person, combining the responsibilities of friends, work and family into a single demanding schedule. Although social environments like the pub can provide a welcome distraction, many people don't have the time or the energy.
Online gambling provides the perfect solution, being both convenient and exciting. As long as you have a computer and an internet connection, you can play anywhere and anytime. Setting up the casinos software is a very easy process and you'll have online help every step of the way.
2. Is online gambling legal in Ireland?
Basically, online gambling is a grey area in Ireland that isn't directly covered by any law. In practice, it has turned into a case of "don't tell us and we won't look." Even the Irish Casino Committee admitted this in its July 2008 report:
"In short, anyone in Ireland with access to the Internet can participate in remote gaming. This particular activity or provision of such gaming services/products online tends to be regulated inadequately if at all."
3. Is it safe to gamble online?
When dealing with internet safety, you find that the main questions asked are similar to those asked when dealing with land-based businesses: is the business that I'm visiting trustworthy, and is the method of payment used secure?
The first question is the easiest to answer. Reputable and honest casinos are easily marked by their affiliation with certain organizations that audit them and demand exceptionally strict fair-gaming standards.
Some very positive signs are if the casinos software is powered by reputable forms such as Microgaming or Playtech, and if they are audited by a regulatory bodies such as eCOGRA.
The question of secure payment methods is usually an issue of your computer being up to date with anti-virus and anti spy-ware tools. From their part, the casinos do their utmost to provide secure methods of payment that keep you safe and protected.
4. Do online casinos accept Euros?
You will find that nearly all online casinos accept a variety of currencies, including US dollars, UK pounds, and Euro. Furthermore, most casinos also accept other payment options such as paypal, echeck, click2pay and NETeller.
5. What information do I need to provide?
The golden triangle of casino trust is based on three requirements that potential players must fulfill. The casinos generally request that you provide them with:
- a copy of your drivers license
- a copy of a utility bill (water, gas, electricity)
- a copy of your credit card, back and front, if being used to make online payments.
This is in order to verify your identity to the best of their ability and reduce fraud and identity theft.