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About Online Casinos
What are Online Casinos?
When you think of casinos, places like Las Vegas and Macao are generally famous, but online casinos allow you to enjoy the casino games of these real casinos while in your home. The variety of games you can play at any time are the same as an actual casino, including slot machines, roulette, poker, black jack, and sports books, and you can also play them betting actual money. Online casino’s have not been around for that long, having first appeared around 1995. After this, online casinos kept up with the development of the internet environment, and there are currently said to be more than 2000 of them, as well as around one hundred million people enjoying them around the world. In recent years, there has been an increase in online casinos beginning to put effort into services geared toward Japanese people, create Japanese language versions of their sites, and offering full Japanese language support. Along with this, sites regarding online casinos have increased, and the number of Japanese people enjoying online casinos is also increasing.

The Appeal of Online Casinos
Gambling with the highest chance of winning
In the end, the appeal of online casinos is the fact that, compared to other forms of gambling, it is much easier to win. As an index which exemplifies the business stance of gambling, there is “payout ratio (deduction ratio)”. The payout ratio is the total amount of the customers’ gambled money minus the amount paid back, and corresponds to the bookmaker’s share. If the payout ratio is low, “the ratio of return to the customer is low”, which makes for “gambling which is hard to win”. And conversely, if the payout ratio is high, it can be said that the gambling is easier to win. Most online casinos’ payout ratio is set at 95% or above, and compared to other payout ratios such as the 75% ratio of Japan’s public gambling (horseracing, boat racing, etc.) and the 50% ratio of the lottery and soccer lottery, etc., this system is much more advantageous to the player.

Jackpot Games which allow you to play for high winnings just like real casinos
Online casinos also have a large number of jackpot games, which allow you to play for high winnings just like with actual casinos. Hitting the jackpot allows you to win the total sum of money accumulated from players around the world, and there was a story published in a weekly paper of a Japanese housewife who actually hit the jackpot and won 100,000,000 yen. Also, in recent years, the number of Japanese people winning high amounts has increased along with the number of players. Winning high amounts in jackpot games is also one of the true charms of online casinos.

You can enjoy at your own pace at home
Online casinos can be enjoyed at any time you like as long as you have a computer with an internet connection. Unlike horseracing and bicycle racing, or pachinko and pachisuro slot machines, there is no need worry about hours of operation–you can casually enjoy it at your own house at your own pace. Also, each casino has a free mode which you can play without betting any money at all, so even beginners can use the free mode to practice the rules and how to play before actually betting money.

Security and Reliability of Online Casinos
There are probably still a number of readers of this page who are thinking, “I want to play in online casinos, but I somehow can’t trust them…”It is true that when online casinos first emerged, there was a flood of small worthless online casinos. Within these, there were those which couldn’t be played reliably due to inferior software, as well as scams by deceptive operators which stole the player’s money from the start, and they didn’t generally spread very easily. Now, after more than 10 years have passed, the environment surrounding online casinos has greatly changed, and it has become something completely different from how it started, allowing players to play with peace of mind.

Operating under license issued by the government
In general, it is necessary to obtain a license from the local government in order to operate an online casino. However, depending on the country issuing the license, it is possible to obtain a license relatively easily, so it is necessary to exercise caution regarding the country issuing the license. There should be an explanation within a site explaining what country the license is obtained from, and casinos whose license has an Overroll Rating of 2 ☆s or less should be avoided for safety.

[Reference site: Internet Gambling Licenses]

Also, there exist some of these online casinos which operate without a license, so when enjoying an online casino, you should first of all check what kind of license a site has before playing.

In order to ensure there is no fraud, the game program is developed by an outside software company
In order to avoid fraud, game programs used in online casinos are not developed by the casino operating companies themselves, but rather by external software companies and then used through license contracts. At the software companies, they administer the programs such that fraudulent operation is not possible on the casino side, and there are also periodic inspections against fraudulent operation by external inspection agencies, which ensures the fairness of the games.

Inspection agencies monitoring from a neutral standpoint
Online casino operators and the software companies which develop the game programs are strictly monitored by external inspection agencies so that there is no fraud in the operation of the online casinos. The representative inspection agencies are eCOGRA (e-Commerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance) and TST (Technical Systems Testing), among others, and these external inspection agencies keep the online casinos’ operations transparent, ensuring reliability of online casinos.