Real money online casinos in Canada
PLAYING at online casinos for real money is an easy process if you are based in Canada.
While online casinos are not officially condoned by the Canadian government the country does license many websites through both the Kahnawake Gaming Commission and several state licensing bodies.
This article will guide you through how to play real money games for Canadian dollars.
What are the best CAD casinos?
There is 1000s of different online casinos on the web and many of them will support Canadian dollars, meaning your account balance will be displayed in the local currency.
The WorldGamblingList.com always sends our readers to websites that support their currency if possible because it means they won’t lose out on currency exchange fees and can always keep a better handle on their bankroll.
Because Canada does not really address online casinos in their local laws it means that many offshore websites will accept players from Canada, including some of the most well-known in the world.
Real money casino games
What games can you play online for real money? Well if you have seen it in a casino you can probably play it online. In fact you can play many, many more games online than you can at land-based casinos. This is because you don’t need a dealer for every table, or floor space for every machine at an online casino.
Are table limits lower or higher online? Much like land-based casinos you will find variations in table limits from casino to casino and table to table. However you will find that there is definitely access to high roller tables for those with big bankrolls, while those at the lower end may also find the limits to their liking, with some live tables starting for as little as 50 cents per hand, in contrast to land-based venues where minimum bet limits can be as high as $10 per hand.
What is live dealer? Live dealer is a real life human dealing your cards on your computer or other device, while you place your bets on a virtual felt table. While it doesn’t quite replicate the thrill of playing at a live venue, it does go pretty damn close.
Can I play in practice mode? Many online casinos will have a free play version of their site that will give you a certain amount of credits or time to give the website a try, before playing for real money. If you are uncertain or new to a casino game it might pay off to play in practice mode first.
How to fund a CAD casino account
It is a simple process to fund your online casino account in Canada with most casinos accepting visa and other credit and debit cards. We have covered deposit options for Canadians extensively in another article, but the following are some of the most popular.
How to cash out CAD
Many only casinos will make sure that your first withdrawal is done back to the same method that you made your deposit with. After this withdrawal you will be able to withdraw via any method.
Another important thing to note when withdrawing from online casinos is that there might be daily, weekly or monthly cash out limit, meaning those big wins will have to be done over several transactions.
As a general rule of thumb, withdrawals take anywhere between 48 and 72 hours at gambling sites licensed in a respected jurisdiction like the United Kingdom or Malta.
Are real money casino games in Canada legal?
The gambling laws of Canada are not cut and dried, in fact the laws surrounding online casinos can be seriously confusing. In essence, since 2009 the Canadian government has given states the ability to legislate real money online casino games.
Because of red tape most of the provinces of Canada are yet to embrace online wagering, although their citizens will be able to play at casinos licensed in Kahnawake, a licensing body that has copped some flack, but is still the only one issuing remote licenses.
In conclusion Canadians can legally play at both casinos licensed in Canada and others licensed elsewhere, with no one ever being charged with gambling online.
In 2018 there has been some discussion about bringing in laws to properly address online wagering, but there has been little movement in recent months.
Converting bonuses into real money
When you accept a real money casino bonus from a gambling website the total comes with terms and conditions attached, meaning you cannot just withdraw the bonus money immediately. As a rule of thumb you will generally have to wager the bonus amount a certain amount of times before you can convert it to real Canadian currency.
There might be other terms and conditions attached to the bonus, such as the maximum amount that you can win from a bonus, the length of time you have to use the bonus and any number of other requirements.