It’s no surprise that while the Coronavirus pandemic is still looming in India, gamblers are trying their luck with online casinos, but what most people don’t understand is that Indian residents can legally bet online without breaking any federal gambling laws.
States with domestic casinos (Goa and Daman) were forced to shut down on March 15th due to the pandemic along with many other public places as residents were ordered to quarantine. Since the shutdown, online casinos have seen a spike in action due to their entertainment value and lucrative nature. Several India online casinos have reported increased numbers and new registrations during the mandated lockdown.
Online casinos feature all of the games you can find in a local casino and more. The most popular online casino games include table games, poker, slots, and keno. Live dealer games are also available at select online casino sites.
One of the best things about playing online casinos in India is that players can sign up at casinos that accept rupees. In comparison, this option is not available at all casinos, the ones that do make it easier for Indian residents to deposit and withdraw funds. India players can also access online casino sites that accept Bitcoin, altcoins, credit/debit cards, and more.
Online incentives are also available for new and existing players. New players are typically greeted with a “welcome bonus” online to entice players to deposit and start playing. Existing players can sign up for a rewards program or a “reload bonus” that adds funds to your account every time you deposit.
Online casinos offer fair and trusted odds that are controlled by random number generators (RNG’s). Licensed casino sites allow third-party compliance checks to assure that their games are fair and standardized. The compliance checks are often done by a regulation agency or a state or federal government.
Since the pandemic reached India in early 2020, 767k confirmed cases have resulted in 21,129 deaths as of July 8th. With a current population of around 1.35 billion, India is especially susceptible to the airborne virus. Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai have emerged as the hotspots, each with over 40k confirmed cases. Currently, Indian residents looking to travel outside of the country face all sorts of restrictions from denial of entry to quarantine guidelines.
Indian residents are still encouraged to stay at home until the COVID numbers start to drop dramatically. While there are many online activities that one could spend their time, online casinos seem to be one of the best options for many Indian residents.