Why You Should Not Use a VPN to Play at Online Casinos
Professional poker player Daniel Negreanu was quoted as saying that he doesn’t care whether people use a VPN to access online gambling sites. The use of VPNs is largely banned for online poker sites, but some people still use them to play at real money online casinos.
Today, we will take a look at why you should not play at online casinos using a VPN. This may not be a popular viewpoint, but players should be aware of the pitfalls of playing over a VPN.
What is a VPN?
VPN is short for Virtual Private Network. It is a way to get around potential geolocation blocks instituted by online websites or ISPs. The way that it works is that you connect your computer to a VPN server using a VPN app or program. Once connected, all of your web surfing is done through the VPN.
When you go to another website using a VPN, your IP address appears as the address for the server. The way you get around website blocks is by connecting to a VPN server in another country. For example, if you try and play at UK online casinos from the United States, you may be blocked. If you connect to a UK VPN server, the georestriction will be lifted.
There are paid and free versions of a VPN. The free versions often have limited functionality and data caps. So now, let’s look at why you shouldn’t use VPNs for online casinos.
Your Connection Will Be Slower
Whenever you connect to a VPN server and use it for web surfing, your connection speeds will be slower. Sometimes the speed difference is not noticeable, but sometimes it can be crippling. In some cases, you may experience delays or glitches in your online gambling experience.
Slot games and video poker games may free in mid-spin or action may complete without you seeing the outcome. The best way to test your speed over VPN is by going to a speed test website. Switching to a faster server may help, but you will have slower speeds regardless of which VPN you use.
Extra Expense for Online Gambling
If you’re looking to save money while gambling online, playing with a VPN is not going to save you money. While you can use free services, they often don’t give you enough data to last the money. Even worse, your server options are limited. Those servers often have high traffic, which will slow down your connection.
VPN services range in price. Sure, you can find service around $5 to $10 per month, but many times you have to sign up for anywhere from three months to a year to get the lower price. Do you want to pay an extra $60 to $120 a year to play online blackjack?
You May Not Be Able to Connect in the USA
If you play at online casinos in New Jersey, Delaware, or Pennsylvania, you cannot use a VPN and connect to a legal online gambling site. These sites require that your connection be verified over Wi-fi. If your IP address appears to come from a VPN service, you will not be permitted to connect to the website.
It doesn’t matter if your VPN service is from a US server as your IP address must appear to be within the state you’re attempting to play in. If you’re in New Jersey, you must have an NJ IP address. Otherwise, no online casino games for you.
Your Account May Be Banned
If an online casino website is blocking your country or state, using a VPN is not a clever way to get around the block. It is setting you up to have your account blocked. Many websites have a restricted countries list and if your country is on that list, you are not allowed to play.
If you play over a VPN and the website figures it out, you will get your account banned. You will also lose any funds deposited on the website. Many sites now require identity verification prior to cashing out. Once you hit that step, the jig is up and you will be banned.
It May Be Illegal
In a few rare cases, using a VPN to gamble online may be illegal. Select US states have outlawed online gambling to the extent where it is a criminal offense to gamble online. While it is rarely enforced, it is still important to note as you never know when a state’s DA will decide to start making examples out of online gamblers.