Flaming sparks surround the battlefield as weapons clash and spells weave around the powerful characters. Your palms begin to sweat as you watch the intense battle unfolding before your eyes between the two groups of heroes.
Neither force waivers as both sides hold their own against the merciless onslaught of their foes. Suddenly, one of the heroes activates an ultimate ability that surrounds them in a shadowy aura. All chaos breaks loose as that character begins to leap around, inflicting devastation upon the enemy team.
As the aura dissipates, the opposing forces collapse to the ground, quite dead, and the team makes their way to the fortress, smashing the obstacles in their path to pieces. Victory gets clenched, and the team wins the match as you watch on in admiration, knowing all along that they would win.
You realize that you should have placed down a bet on the match! You decide you are going to do that next time. Now, it comes time to pick out which site you want to go to and do business with, because the last thing you want to do is get scammed.
Today you will learn about what you should look for when picking out a legit site to place down your skins bets. As an esports bettor, it is important that you know what to look for when determining if a site is legit – whether it be when betting skins or actual money.
Determine Who is Behind It
When placing down a wager of any sort, one of the most important ways to determine if something is legit or not is to figure out who is behind the curtain. Within the online gambling world, reputation is very important across the board, and going with the big names can offer you a sense of security.
Brand names still have a lot of strength in the world, whether they get viewed in a negative or positive light. For example, when you go to any chain fast food restaurant, you typically aren’t going to be surprised by what you receive.
You have a specific taste in mind, and therefore you are going to that place of business to get that need fulfilled. Now, the service you may receive from one of their establishments to another can be quite a different experience, whether for better or worse.
Regardless of the location to which you are going, you will be expecting some industry “standards,” and if they are not met, you will be disappointed. That is the fundamental concept of having brand placement, and you will expect a certain quality standard.
The same will apply with the legitimacy of any skins betting sites out there, and knowing who you are dealing with will either put you at ease or make you run for the hills. Would you feel more confident trusting a well-established business or some random guy running a site out of his mom’s basement?
You will trust that well-established business quicker than the random dude in the basement. It is not necessarily because the business is better at providing a service, but because they have more to lose. If the random guy in the basement is just a scammer, then your options for payback are limited.
With a well-established business, it is in their best interest to provide their customers with a positive experience because they will want good reviews to increase revenue. Scams are not good for business, and the more someone can lose, the better the chance they are legit.
Check Out Banking Options
The banking options that a site has to offer will help you determine the legitimacy of the site rather quickly. Skins-only betting sites are dealing with virtual items rather than actual money. That means the skins sites may not follow the same criteria that normal online casinos may utilize.
That does not change the importance that should be placed on sites which have appropriate banking options and already deal with actual cash transactions.
There are sites which deal only in skins to avoid many of the regulations that get placed upon online gambling.
That does not necessarily mean that sites dealing only in skins are scammers out there looking to get one over on you. Those sites that only deal in skins may be completely legit and just lack some of the credentials the bigger players may have.
After all, gambling licenses for online casinos are not always the easiest of certifications to obtain. However, when determining if they are a site you would want to do business with, they will require a bit more scrutiny.
Determine what types of payment options are utilized such as what credit cards are accepted, PayPal verifications, cryptocurrencies and so on. The more options they have that are trustworthy, the stronger the indication of whether the entire site is legit.
Investigate Customer Service
Legit gambling sites will have an accommodating customer service team that should be able to help you with any problems that you are facing. After all, their business model is dependent on people playing on them, and if there are issues, there should be a quick way to find assistance.
Whether the customer service can assist you, and how quickly they respond to you will tell a lot about a website very quickly. The responses that they give will indicate the level of professionalism that you are dealing with, and legit sites will be accustomed to handling this sort of thing.
Remember, when dealing with customer service, you want to verify that they are not bot programs with automated responses. If the site is legit, they will have customer service representatives, and although they may use automated responses to filter messages, you want to know there is a person somewhere.
To get past the automated responses or to determine if they are a bot, try requesting something that the programmers might not have considered. However, don’t underestimate how complex these automated programs can be.
Those programs are designed to deal with many of the most common issues and problems that people are facing. Therefore, you will need to get creative when coming up with a possible problem that you are encountering to determine whether the customer service is a person.
Check Forum Reviews
Reviews are a useful way to determine whether to use a website, because they will explain positive aspects, promotions, and so on from a professional point of view. If you want to find out about the finer details of whether a site is legit or not, you want to go straight to the ground level, the forums.
Here you will find actual user experiences, and it’s often easy to find positive reviews when people are happy with something. When a person has a problem, they will be sure their voice is heard by everyone that will take the time to listen.
Check on what people have to say, and if there are any options to input on their comments to see if they will reply to you.
If a website isn’t legit, you can be sure there will be a lot of negative commentary surrounding them.
It is important to read what the comments say, because people will often make complaints about things that have absolutely nothing to do with the legitimacy of a website or not. Check out any online casino site for that matter, and the complaint comments are sometimes laughable.
It isn’t the online casino’s fault if your cat decided to use your keyboard as a bed while you were placing bets. Aside from needing to weed through some of the more non-sense oriented comments, there will be a bastion of useful information that you can find.
See what people have to say about specific problems they encountered and if there were resolutions to the problems they encountered. It is also wise to check the dates of the comments, because if there are none that are recent, that can be something fishy.
Take a Test Drive
Once you have dotted your i’s and crossed your t’s, you should step in and give the site a test drive. That will be the final nail to determine whether it seems legit or not. Reviews and background information are all fine and dandy, but in the end, the only opinion that matters is your own.
Simple scam sites work in such a manner that you can create accounts, place bets, deposit items, and all the normal stuff you would assume you would be able to do with an online casino. However, when it comes time to remove your items, you are in for an unpleasant surprise.
When going for that test run, it would be wise to bet something you can feel comfortable losing in case things don’t turn out as you expected.
If your small bet works out, test out some of the withdraw options to verify you can get what you won.
Rinse and repeat until you feel comfortable enough to make larger bets with the site, and that will determine whether you can feel comfortable with it. Trusting someone else with your finances is always a tricky situation, but if you do, be smart about it.
There are a lot of different ways to verify if a website provides the right options for your skins betting endeavors or not. As esports bettors, it is up to us to put in that extra legwork to determine whether we should trust a site or not.
Don’t be the victim of a scam just because there may be some good promotion out there that looks too good to pass up. You and I both know that when something looks too good to be true, it often turns out to be just that.
Remember, utilize all methods of verification that you can and be smart before you trust any money or virtual items with anyone on the internet. At the end of the day, you will be the only one that has your back.
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