Online Casino Beginners Guide

Since its inception several years ago, the online gaming industry has gone

from strength to strength and attracts thousands of players all over the world

every day. Although some are professional and/or regular players, many are

visiting casino sites for the first time and are unsure of what to look out for.

With so many casinos to choose from it is important to do a bit of research

first. There are some wonderful operators out there who operate a fair and honest

business, but as with any industry, there are others who are less than

reputable. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you are new to online

casinos and games.

What Software does the casino use?

Once you begin visiting a number of online casinos, you will start to see the

names of particular software providers appearing over and over. There are

currently five main players in the online casino software market – Microgaming,

RealTime Gaming, Wagerlogic (also known as Cryptologic) and Playtech. Any casino

that uses these brands of software to power their games is usually of a certain

standard. The software companies themselves also do not want to be associated

with unreliable and shonky casinos, so often go to great lengths to ensure the

legitimacy of a casino before branding them with their software. If the software

the casino is using is unfamiliar, do some more research and ask questions

before registering your details.

What Kind of Support does the Casino Offer?

Any casino worth their weight will provide excellent 24/7 support to their

customers. This might be in the form of either phone or email support and there

may even be a link to Frequently Asked Questions on their site. It is very

important that you feel confident with the level of support you are going to

receive as there will be nothing more frustrating than waiting for a cheque to

arrive in the mail or your bank account and not having a direct way of following

up your inquiry.

What are the Terms and Conditions of the Casino?

Every casino that you visit is bound by law to publish their Terms and

Conditions clearly on their site. It is worth taking the time to read these

before you start playing as you will by

bound by them if a dispute between yourself and the casino is raised. Privacy is

probably the most important clause players are interested in and its always good

to know if the casino intends to keep your details secure, or whether they might

be made available to a third party (e.g.: their sponsors or advertisers).

What about security?

The Internet is a particularly hazardous place when it comes to the misuse and

abuse of people’s personal and financial information. Reputable casinos will

make very clear what security measures they have in place and what security

software they use. This information will usually be listed in the Terms and

Conditions or Terms of Use section. Bear in mind that casinos are not foolproof

but they do want to secure your long-term business and will go to great lengths

to get the best and latest in security software.

How do I deposit money and get paid should I


In the last few years many banks and credit card providers have made the

decision not to process financial transactions made via online casinos. There

are however a number of other effective methods, many of which are extremely

reliable and secure. These mainly consist of third party ‘brokers’ who keep your

financial details secure and handle all your transactions both in and out of the

account. A few of the more popular providers include Netteller, Firepay and

Paypal. All you need to do is register your personal and financial details along

with a user name and password in order to access you account.

Some casinos will also pay any winnings direct to your bank savings account or

via a cheque in the mail.

It is also a good idea to be clear on the turnaround times for payouts. Some

casinos are very reliable and pay quickly, but there are some horror stories of

players waiting months for payments, which is obviously very frustrating.

I’ve heard about online forums. What are they

and how can they help?

One of the great things about the Internet is that it is very easy to connect

with like-minded people and swap both ideas and information. You’ll find if you

look around, there are some fantastic player organizations and online forums

where regular online casino players meet. Many of these sites will monitor which

casinos are operating fairly, while they may also contain a blacklist of which

ones to avoid. You will also find lots of useful tips and strategies discussed

which may be use. Keep in mind that most players have a favorite game they like

to play, which means that the player organizations are usually devoted to a

particular type of online game – for example, slots, blackjack or poker. Look

for the one with the types of games you want to play.

There’s so many games? How do I choose which


The question of which games to play really is a very personal one but the great

thing about online casinos is the choice between literally hundreds of games.

Casino and games reviews are often a good place to start and can take the hard

work out of choosing the right casino for you.

Many casinos will also let you ‘play for free’ for a short time, so if you can

try out new games and get a feel for the ones you are unsure about. Offers to

‘play for free’ are definitely worth taking up and are widely available.

Probably the most important thing to remember with online gaming is that it is a

form of entertainment and there to be enjoyed. Take your time to look around and

work out what best suits you. Like millions of other players you’re sure to soon

find out just how much fun online gaming can be!

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