If you are in a jurisdiction that offers the opportunity to gamble online "legally" you may feel a little more confident that you are dealing with an operator that is somewhat more "legitimate." Certainly we are not going to sit here and tell you that is a delusion; one of the things that distinguishes the so-called "licensed and approved" gaming establishments is the fact that they are probably being scrutinized a little more because there is a governing authority involved that is going to address instances of fraud and/or other difficulties that customers might encounter.
Of course, at the same time we also know that the online gambling industry has made great strides in terms of credibility over the years. Yes, we admit that there was a time when it as a crapshoot to deal with some of the operations, because many of them did not plan to be around for very long. They were not very fast when it came to withdrawals, if they even executed them at all. And whether the games themselves were on the up and up was a proposition that was questionable, to say the least. Also, transactions, whether they were by credit card, wire, Western Union or some other method, were not very secure at all.
But times have changed. Certainly we wouldn't sit here and say that there aren't "fly by night" operations that appear on the scene. But the "grapevine" through which players can avail themselves of information regarding the credibility of any given operator has gotten much stronger. No one can say that they aren't exposed to as much of this info as possible. Also, most of the jurisdictions have stepped up, and some of them even handle customer disputes, because they want to stand for something.
Once the questions about such credibility are erased, then what it comes down to is the idea as to whether the gaming destinations that are licensed or even government-controlled or run (the latter being the more prevalent case) are giving something better to the customer in terms of the product or in the incentives that are being offered to sign up or continue playing. In many cases they aren't.
For whatever reason, there has been a certain arrogance about the attitude of governments when it comes to this, because they somehow get the impression that they are the only game in town. But this is a very competitive industry, and they are often not aggressive enough to compete. Remember that until such time as radical changes in the law are enacted, it is not the customer's obligation to play at a government-controlled gaming entity, and no one is going to get "busted" for availing themselves of a better deal from the offshore operator.