Online casinos in India
India has a population of more than 1.25 billion people. This is roughly four times as many people as the USA and puts them second behind only China as the world’s largest populace.
As a third world country, gambling at online casinos is not as prevalent as in wealthier countries, but there is still a good range of websites accepting rupees as payment and offering easy ways for Indian players to deposit.
Best online casinos for India
The problem Indians face when playing at an online casino is the lack of rupee availability. This is not a hurdle that is impossible to overcome; it simply means many online casinos will allow you to deposit on your Indian bank card, or via other means, and then convert your money into USD or a currency of your choosing.
While it may not always be possible, the World Gambling List strongly endorses using casinos that cater to your home country’s currency. One of the more popular casinos that does cater to Indian currency is betting giant Bet365, which uses the Playtech platform.
One of the most important things to look for at an online casino is where they are accredited; if they are not fully and clearly accredited, we advise steering clear. You should also look at whether they are audited by a third party. For instance bodies such as eCOGRA are set up to protect the player and give you an avenue of appeal if you feel you have been hard done by.
Slots, blackjack, baccarat, roulette & more
Online casinos are getting better and better as time passes. More games are being added and the output quality is improving as the industry continues to grow.
You can play every game you would find at a land-based casino, including hundreds of video slots and random number-generated classics such as blackjack and roulette.
As an example, a Microgaming casino may have more than 600 titles all at the one website. There will be more than 40 different blackjack games and a similar amount of roulette titles, plus hundreds of games that you will find only at online casinos.
One of the most popular improvements at online casinos has been the advent of live dealer, which is a video feed of a real dealer, doing as they would in any casino around the world. The live dealer games available include the classics we have mentioned previously and others such as Pontoon, Casino Hold’em and baccarat.
Other games: Red Dog, progressive jackpot slots, Casino War, Virtual Games, Bingo, lotto, keno, Big Wheel and many more.
Mobile online casinos
As internet connections improve around the world, mobile gaming on smartphones and tablets is growing in popularity. Most Indian punters will need to be connected to Wi-Fi to make the most of mobile casinos because data connections are not as strong in this part of the world.
You can play hundreds of different slots games on your handset or tablet, blackjack, roulette and any other table you can possibly think of, although the selection is not as large as when you are playing on your PC.
Live dealer is also being developed for mobile devices, with Evolution Gaming, Ezugi and Playtech leading the way on this front.
Deposit options also might be more limited than on desktop, but your mainstays such as Visa and web wallets are available.
Rupee deposit & withdrawal options
Like much of the world India has an advanced banking system in place, although it is estimated just over 55% of all adults have a bank account. We touch on this because the easiest way to deposit at an online casino is with a Visa or another type of debit or credit card.
India’s most popular type of bank card is the Visa, while MasterCard is also popular. We have not heard of any issues when attempting to deposit at online casinos with Indian cards and there are generally no issues with withdrawing from respected online casinos.
If you don’t have a bank card, or do not want to use your card online, there are other methods easily accessible from India:
Neteller: One of the most respected web wallets in the world and is popular in India. It works by linking your credit or debit card to your Neteller account and funding this, before transferring money to your chosen online casino.
Pre-paid cards: These can be bought online or at various outlets throughout India. Some of the more popular prepaid cards include Ukash and Visa.
Bank transfers: Indians can transfer money from their bank account to an online casino’s bank account. Generally these banks will be hosted “offshore” meaning it can take a few days to process. Check with your bank to see what fees apply.
Withdrawing money from an online casino is a simple process. You visit the cashier section and choose your withdrawal method. The most popular ways are to have the cash withdrawn to your bank account, or some people choose to have a check sent out in the mail. It usually takes 24-72 hours for the request to be processed and the money to hit your account.
Indian online casino laws
India is covered by the Federal Information Technology Rules which are in place to tell Internet Service Providers to block anything the government deems to be illegal – but just what is illegal is the issue in India. No one seems quite sure.
It says gambling is illegal but doesn’t really cover the online aspect of it and millions of people from this country gamble every day on both sports and through other forms of wagering such as online casinos.
To confuse matters further in India each state has the ability to set their own laws which means some have completely legalized online betting, but most still have not addressed online casinos.
Another thing to look at is the Public Gambling Act of 1867 – yes, you read that year right. These laws obviously pre-date the Internet and there have not been any cases of anyone being in violation of these laws for many, many years.
The general consensus, like in other countries around the world, is that India has not properly addressed online wagering so it is legal and possible to gamble at online casinos.
If the WGL had to look into our crystal ball we can see some type of regulation being brought in throughout India in the not-too-distant future because the government will want a slice of one of the largest, and growing, gambling pies in the world.