A Beginner’s Introduction To Online Casinos

introOnline casinos offer players the chance to gamble and win real money on slots, roulette or craps – all without leaving the comfort of their front room. Players in 2016 have a bewildering choice of casino games to choose from: gamblers can play classic 3-reel slots with a few coins or bet on high-stakes roulette for hundreds of dollars a spin.

Games can be installed as part of a download client package, or individual games can be installed in the player’s web browser. Whatever operating system you’re on, there’s a casino on the net that will cater for you. Let’s take a look at how to get up and running.

Getting Started: Choosing A Casino

Before you start playing, work out what games you want to play. Are you more interested in slots, or are roulette and blackjack more your thing? Some casinos specialise in online video slots, while others lead with ‘Live Dealer’ games where you play online against a human croupier. Perhaps you prefer the big-name developers like Microgaming or Playtech with their branded slots and progressive jackpots?

Make sure wherever you sign up is right for you. Visit the banking page and check the fees (if any) for using the service, and the minimum deposit limits allowed. Some casinos are stricter than others on how little or much you can load up every day. If you want to bet small (or big) you’ll need a Cashier that can accommodate.

How To Open An Account

Opening a casino account is simple: hit the Download button (if available) to install a client. Alternatively, sign up an account via the ‘Register Now’ button. Choose a username and password to use on the site. Make the password hard to guess, therefore putting off any hackers, and consider altering it regularly. Most casinos will require you to remember your password every time you log in.

Once you have confirmed you are of legal age to gamble online, and entered a valid home address, you are free to play games for real money.

ID Verification: Many casinos in 2016 will ask for ID before allowing you to make a first deposit or withdrawal. This is for security purposes and to make sure your account isn’t being used by anyone under-age. You will usually have to supply a scan of a driver’s license or passport, plus a recent utility bill. In the UK, this has become a stipulation for any casino licensed by the UK Gambling Commission.

Download Games vs. Instant-Play Software

Generally, games can be played via a download client (saved to the desktop) or an instant-play web browser. A download client may contain hundreds of games, although you will still have to connect to the internet to play games and make a deposit.

Instant-play, or ‘no-download’, games work in languages like Java or HTML5. You simply log in to the casino via the homepage and load up individual games in a web browser. HTML5 is a sophisticated language that makes playing across multiple platforms like desktop and mobile much easier. As a result, some very good casinos in 2016 are ONLY available in no-download format.

Making Your First Deposit And Withdrawal

Once you’re ready to make a first transaction, head to the Cashier on-site. Here you can register a credit or debit card or make a bank transfer. Choose the deposit method from the drop-down menu and enter the amount you want to load up. You will have to enter your site password again, as well as extra ID info needed for your banking method. Transaction times vary, but for most banking methods funds will appear in your account immediately. You’re then free to transfer the cash into a slot or table game.

Withdrawals are easy, but watch out for any fees that may be incurred. A cash-out request is made by visiting the Cashier and entering the amount you want to withdraw, and the banking method. There is usually a short processing time where you can decide to reverse the request if you so choose.

Earning A Welcome Bonus

When you first open an account, you’ll have the chance to access a welcome bonus. Welcome bonuses are special offers reserved for new players. Typically, they work as ‘deposit match’ bonuses where your first deposit is “matched” by the casino 100 or 200%.

All you have to do is ‘clear’ the bonus by playing eligible real-money games on the casino. It could be slots, roulette or video poker, but the eligibility amounts will vary. Play enough games in the first week or two on the site and you’ll earn the bonus cash. Bonus winnings will be released slowly into your casino account. From there, you can withdrawal the money into your bank account or e-Wallet.

Tips For Improving Your Bankroll

While online casinos offer an unrivalled spread of gambling for real-money players, it can be tempting to dive in and take on the first game you see.

Unlike a kid in a sweet shop, however, it’s important to hold back and keep your money in your pocket. Try out a few games for free first then opt for one or two that you are going to enjoy playing over a long period. Getting bored with games is the easiest way to blow a bankroll. In addition, playing games without learning the rules will certainly decimate your account. Load up some interesting games and get a feel for the layout, rules, and betting patterns. Make good use of those free-play games, then come back with a bankroll when you comfortable.

Starting Out At Online Casinos FAQs

How Do I Get Set Up With An Account?

Opening an account is easy. As long as you live in an eligible country, you can install a download client or set up a username to access ‘instant-play’ games through your browser. You will only need to supply a username, password, home address, and a card (once you’re ready to deposit).

Do I Have To Send Any Paperwork?

Most casinos require some form of ID when you deposit for the first time. This can be as simple as a scan of your driver’s license or passport, together with a utility bill scan.

Do I Have To Download Any Software?

No. Many new casinos offer both a download and instant-play option. No-download games are accessed through the player’s web browser. Games are individually loaded up in a browser window.

What Computer Set-Up Do I Need?

Most download casinos will work fine on a Windows 7 PC with 1-2 GB of RAM. It’s important to have your web browser up to date too so that instant-play games work fine. As you are accessing websites, consider installing anti-virus software before you play.

What Games Can I Play?

Online casinos in 2016 offer a huge range of games, from classic and video slots and blackjack, roulette and craps to instant-win games, scratchcards, and bingo. You can even play against a human croupier via live stream on ‘Live Dealer’ games. These give players a cool ‘land-based casino’ experience while maintaining online betting protocols.

Are There Free-Play Options Online?

Yes. Most games can be tried out for free, or ‘play money’ before you commit your bankroll.

Can I Play On My Mobile Phone?

Yes. A lot of casinos have mobile clients for download to Android or iOS devices. Alternatively, you can use your same online log-in to access instant-play mobile sites and play through your phone’s web browser.

How Easy Is It To Make Deposits And Withdrawals?

Banking at online casinos is super-easy. Just head to the casino Cashier and select a payment option. You may have to register a card the first time you use it, but once done making a quick transfer is simple. Cash-outs can take a few days to clear, and you can usually avoid fees depending on where you live.

Is It Safe To Play At Online Casinos?

Yes. Most top casinos are equipped with SSL (Secure Socket Layers) security to protect players’ details and transactions. Licensed casinos also have their software regularly tested for fairness.