HOW TO START GAMBLING ONLINE: 10 TIPS FOR BEGINNERS
A question we often get is "How do I start gambling online?". We decided to create this page that's all about the answer to that question. There are a few things we must point out before starting. This question is too broad, and we can't give you the exact instructions. There are a lot of questions to be answered first, where are you from, what games do you wish to play? And many other questions to follow.
This guide will be your go-to guide for each of the paths you must go down. But you are going to have to do some work on your own. That's the only way, you will learn the ins and outs of this industry, and will have a good time playing casino games online.
1. DISCOVER YOUR LOCAL ONLINE BETTING LAWS
The first thing you should know if you wish to play casinos online is whether or not it is legal to gamble in your country, what restrictions are there, what is the legal age for gambling, etc. You can learn this information online, from the official department responsible for legislation. If you live in the UK, for example, you can check with the UK Gambling Commission.
2. PICK THE RIGHT ONLINE CASINO
A crucial selection to make - the online Casino you are going to play. It is crucial because you plan on making deposits, and you want to know that you give your money to someone you can trust.
There are several critical things to check :
- Determine what type of Casino you wish to play at, there are a few different types. If you want to play from a mobile device, look for a mobile casino. If you're going to play heavy games with a lot of graphics, you can find a download casino. And if you wish to enjoy both worlds - you can search for an instant play casino - which is also what we recommend.
- Read reviews - every online Casino that's worth mentioning has a ton of reviews. On our website, you can find reviews written by us with general information on each Casino, and also, you can find reviews written by our viewers. These reviews are crucial for you to understand how good a casino is.
- Software Providers - The best Casino for a new player, is a casino that has several software developers on board. Software developers are the companies that create the games. Some are better than others - We recommend you to look for NetEnt, Microgaming, Playtech, Evolution Gaming, iSoftbet, IGN, Quickspin and ELK studios.
- Game Selection - Almost all online casinos allow you to see the selection of games before signing up. Make sure to check that you have the game you want to play available. But also, be open-minded. You might want to play another game someday. So make sure you choose an online casino that offers a wide selection of games from all types, slot machines, poker, table games, bingo and keno, etc..
- Banking Options - We usually recommend choosing a website that offers a lot of deposit methods. When a website provides a lot of deposit methods, it means that this Casino is active and popular. The options typically range from credit cards like VISA, to eWallets such as PayPal, to cryptocurrencies, such as bitcoin. Another critical thing to make sure is that the deposit method is also available in withdrawal, which is not always the case.
- Deposit and Withdrawal limits - this information should be available at the cashier, and typically range from $10 to a few thousand. If you plan on playing a lot of money, make sure that the withdrawal limits are high enough. There could be a weekly cap for withdrawals.
- Terms and Conditions - We know, it's too long and tedious. We don't expect you to read the entire thing. If the online Casino is legislated and popular, it won't matter much. Because its a pre-written contract, and because we don't expect any problems. However, there are some things that you may consider doing, that are wrong and not allowed, and could potentially risk your account and your money. One example - opening more than one account to enjoy promotions. Don't do that. These sort of unallowed things appear in the terms and conditions.
- Customer Support - Try them before depositing money, send a question, any question. This way, you know if they are responsive and kind. Also look for the FAQ section, that most websites have. This section os often very helpful in case you do have some questions to ask.
Make sure you know everything there is to know about a casino before you deposit any funds.
3. STAY SAFE WHEN BETTING ONLINE
Safety is a key factor in gambling online. People often think that about online casinos - "they have to be rigged". Okay, we know it may seem that way at first. However, this is hardly the case. Most online casinos are legit, and you just have to know how to find them.
- Look for licensing - Almost every online Casino you are going to encounter has a license, from a governing country. If not, do not play it at all. The licensing authorities are plenty. Some are better than others, but the most important thing is that a casino is licensed. We recommend casinos licensed in the UK or Malta.
- Reputation - A license isn't all that matters. You have to check the site's reputation. How well other players think of it. If a casino is reputable, it doesn't matter if the UK or Curacao licenses it.
- Blacklisted Casinos - If you encounter an online casino that has been blacklisted, we recommend to stay away.
- Third-Party Auditing - Online Casino achieve, at times, approval from third-party companies that perform an audit to the RNG (Randon Number Generator). When a company such as eCogra approve a casino, you can be sure that when you bet, you will get the real odds the game should offer.
- Security - Online casinos should have an SSL encryption that encrypts all the information you pass to the Casino, during the transmission.
4. FIRST TRY THE GAMES FOR FREE
Most casinos allow you to try their games in a "For Fun" mode.
This way, you can learn everything there is to know about the game you want to play before any money has been involved in the process.
Try out different games. There are so many to choose from. Understand what is required from you, and how you can make the best plays for your benefit.
Only when you are ready, deposit funds and start playing for real money.
5. ENJOY WELCOME BONUS AND PROMOTIONS
Don't just sign up to any online casino. You want the best. You want a casino that has a large selection of games, great welcome bonuses, jackpots and constant promotions.
All the best online casinos offer promotions. It could be a deposit match where, for example, you deposit $100 and receive $100 from the Casino. There are many kinds of promotions like that. However, these promotions come with strings attached to them. Nothing is free in our world. Read the bonus terms carefully before accepting it.
Here are some of the popular promotions available :
- Deposit Match for first deposit - This is a popular promotion that grants you additional funds when you make your first (sometimes even second, third or fourth) deposit. It can be 25% or 50%, and many times 100% match of your deposit.
- No Deposit Bonus - Many online casinos try to stay competitive by giving away small bonuses to players only for signing up.
- Free Spins - When you sign up and make a deposit, you will sometimes receive an option to play slot machines for free, for a certain amount of spins. If you win funds from free spins, you might not be able to withdraw them easily, and you might have to play a lot in order to do so.
6. THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU START PLAYING
At last, you finished all your investigation and signed up to a selected online casino. Great. Here are some things that most people take for granted, but we feel like we must make you aware of, in case you are not.
- The Casino has an advantage - When playing online casinos, it is important to know that the Casino has an advantage over you. You have a good time while waiting for a lucky streak, that's great. But remember that in the long run, the Casino will always win, so try to keep your winnings when you get some.
- Its All About Luck - If you want to make money playing casino games online, you need to have luck on your side. If luck is on your side, you will succeed. And if not, you will lose. Some strategies can allow for longer playtime. But in the long run, if you don't have luck at a certain point, call it a day.
- Don't bet money you don't have - Playing online casinos should be about entertainment and fun and having a good time while playing. If you ever feel frustrated about the money you've lost. And you are not having a good time. Stop. We recommend only play with money you are willing to lose.
- Hot Streaks - if you are winning we advise you to cash out. At a certain point, you will start losing. You can count on it.
7. PLAY THE RIGHT CASINO GAMES
Many of us already know what games we like, and what games we don't. However, if that's not the case for you and you are open to trying new things, you should know that not all games are created equal. Some games are simple, and some are not. Some games have a big house edge (Casino's advantage) while others have less. If you are interested in learning more strategic games that offer less of an advantage to the Casino - but have a bigger learning curve - try out Video Poker, Blackjack and Baccarat. On the other hand, if you are after a simple and fun game, that you can start playing for real money instantly try Roulette, Slots and Keno.
8. LEARN BASIC STRATEGIES AND THE RULES
learn more about the games you intend to play. If you want to play a game, you have never played in the past. We strongly recommend you to start in Fun Mode. Learn the rules of the game and understand the strategies and mechanics of each game. You will have more fun knowing what you are doing, rather than losing your money away.
On our website, you can find guides on how to play most games, and if not, there is so much information available online.
Some games are difficult to learn and require game knowledge, so make sure to do so.
9. KNOW WHEN TO STOP
Gambling online can be addictive. You should always stay alert and stop once the fun ends. Your money is at risk. If you are playing and having a good time, you win some games and lose some games. But overall you are pleased. Go on. If you feel like you are only losing. And you want to win back what you have lost. We strongly recommend you - Don't.
Online casino games are designed to be very fun, but they are also designed to make profits to the Casino. Chasing lost money is always a bad idea.
10. DON'T GET GREEDY
Always leave when you are winning. One of the main reason people rarely get out with profits from casinos is that they never feel like they have had enough. We urge anyone talking to us about casinos - If you have a good day and actually won some money, take it home.
One thing that we came to learn when playing online is to always understand the games and gamble responsibly. Online betting is really fun if you play like a professional and wisely restrain yourself.