A good casino should always pay players in a timely manner and should have transparent rules that don’t change arbitrarily. There are several indicators of an online casino being safe and trustworthy. Make sure that all of them are in place before you register as a member and start spending your money.

• Licensing jurisdiction. Check where the online casino has been licensed before you play. Alderney, Gibraltar, Kahnawake and the Isle Of Man are particularly trustworthy. Other licenses are not necessarily less reliable or otherwise worse, but they’re easier to obtain, cheaper, and have less restrictions.
• Software provider. See who has created the games and other software the casino is using. Look for a logo of the company on the casino website. If it’s Microgaming, Wagerworks or Wagerlogic, you can be sure that they are strict about what casinos they work with, and they might even take some of the responsibility if the operator has problems paying out money. Realtime Gaming and Playtech are just as reliable and trustworthy but less strict.
• Player protection bodies. Check if the casino works with any independent organizations that ensure fairness and security. One of the most reliable ones is eCOGRA. Casinomeister is good too.

After you have chosen a reliable online casino, make sure that you read and understand all terms and conditions. Many disputes come from misunderstanding bonuses, wagering requirements and rules regarding withdrawals.