Virtual private networks (VPNs) have evolved from niche curiosities into everyday essentials for millions of web users. Particularly when it comes to online entertainment and gaming, it’s have become the norm for people to hide their true locations when doing their thing online.
The online casino scene is no different, where the use of a VPN can open the door to a whole world of gambling opportunities. The overwhelming majority of casinos have certain geographic restrictions in place, both when it comes to their introductory bonuses and who is allowed can play their games.
With a VPN, you can make it look like you’re accessing an online casino from any location in the world. For example, you could be located in London, but with the use of a VPN, you could make it look like you are in Berlin, Boston or even Belize.
But why is it that so many online gamblers are using VPNs to enhance their online experience? More importantly, is it a good idea to trigger an online casino into thinking you’re somewhere other than where you actually are?
Why Bother with a Virtual Private Network Work?
High-end VPNs are becoming cheaper by the day – subscriptions starting from as little as £5 per month. For this, online gamblers can take advantage of a wide variety of benefits, including the following:
- Playing at Casinos with Geographic Restrictions
There may be a casino you want to play at that doesn’t accept players from your jurisdiction. Depending on where you live, you may have broad access to online casinos, or online gambling may be almost entirely illegal.
With a VPN, you can bypass these geographic restrictions and essentially ‘hack’ your way into almost any online casino. You’ll be breaching the casino’s terms and conditions by doing so, and could also be breaking the law in your home territory.
Even so, this is how a surprising number of punters satisfy their cravings for casino games, irrespective of where they live.
- Playing at Home Casinos While on Holiday
Of course, it could also simply be that you are away from home at the time, and would like to gamble at your favourite domestic online casinos. For example, a UK resident working overseas in China for several months is unlikely to be able to access a UK-based casino the normal way.
In which case, one option to get around the geographic blocks and restrictions would be to use a VPN. The punter in question wouldn’t technically be doing anything wrong, and wouldn’t have breached the terms and conditions of their home casino’s website.
- Claiming Multiple Bonuses
The third common use for VPNs – and the crux of what we’re looking at – is claiming as many online casino bonuses as possible. As you probably know, introductory bonuses are often exclusively on a one-time-only basis.
Only one introductory bonus is available per player (and usually per household), and repeat attempts to claim introductory bonuses are blocked. That is, unless you use a VPN to trick the casino into thinking you are a different player entirely.
Anecdotal evidence suggests it’s a strategy that can work, but is it really a good idea?
The short answer is no…it isn’t.
A Risk Not Worth Taking
What’s important to remember about (most) online casinos these days is that the software and the development teams behind them are generally pretty smart. There isn’t a trick in the book they aren’t aware of, and they know exactly the kinds of nefarious schemes people get up to.
Hence, they also know the score when it comes to claiming multiple bonuses with VPNs.
The simple fact of the matter is that detecting attempts to claim multiple bonuses via VPNs is actually quite easy. For one thing, you’ll have to provide them with your genuine contact information and payment details to process your deposits and withdrawals. At this point, it will be perfectly obvious you’ve already set up one or more accounts with the same casino.
Even if you get away with it at first, you’re pretty much guaranteed to get caught soon enough. And when you do get caught, you face the prospect of one of two outcomes:
Account Closure and Permanent Exclusion
The more agreeable of the two outcomes is the return of your initial deposit, the confiscation of your bonus and your permanent suspension from the platform. You could also find your name and details being circulated among the online casino community, making it difficult for you to gain membership anywhere else.
You’ll also forfeit anything you won with the bonus money, leaving you back at square one. Though in this instance, you will at least have got your initial deposit back, so it’s not quite the end of the world.
Account Closure and Confiscation of All Monies
The more probable outcome is far worse and is the most likely scenario if caught attempting to cheat the system. Remember that if you breach the casino’s published terms and conditions, they are perfectly within their rights to take appropriate action against you.
In this instance, this could mean not only closing your account and confiscating your deposit and your winnings but also refusing to give back your initial deposit. Irrespective of how much you handed over, it could be snatched away from you, and you’ll never see it again.
Playing with Fire
On a final note, don’t make the mistake of thinking you can get away with playing the ignorance card. True, it doesn’t usually state in a casino’s published terms and conditions that you cannot use a VPN. But what it does state with absolute clarity is that bonus offers are restricted to one per household and that its offerings are available exclusively to players from certain territories.
This therefore means that irrespective of how you attempt to circumvent their restrictions, you can expect to be punished in the same way. The only question the remains is how much you stand to lose, which could turn out to be more than you bargained for.
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