Everything you need to know about online casinos

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January 28, 2019 18:10
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If you are just discovering online gambling, then you are probably wondering how to get started. On the one hand, you are excited about jumping into digital gambling and with an attractive bonus from your online casino dealer, and you can’t wait to start gaming. On the other hand, however, you are overwhelmed by the numerous jargons, gambling rules, strategies and games on offer.


Well, in this article, you will learn all the basics regarding online gambling platforms including:

-    Getting Started

-    Pros and Cons of Gambling Online

-    Safety and Security

-    Responsible Gambling

Getting Started

How to Choose the Best Online Casino

Both newbie and experienced gamblers find it very difficult to choose the best online casino platform. This is because there is a lot of casino website readily available on desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile phones. Finding the best platform can be quite tricky.

Here are several things you should look for when signing up on an online casino:

-    The website should be fully-functional, responsive and feature an easy to use interface. You’ll want to log in, play a couple of games and log out during your free time. The last thing you need is a sophisticated website that is hard to navigate.

-    The online casino dealer should have a functional and straightforward cashier with multiple ways of making a deposit or withdrawal.

-    The platform should be accessible at all times without any downtimes or connection issues.

-    Highly secure and reliable with data privacy protection

-    Efficient software providers

When selecting the best online casino, try out their demo options to assess the website functionality and usability.  Also, ensure that the gambling site has the necessary casino license and is legal in the country you reside in.

Regulations

An important thing to understand before starting online gambling is that every country has its set of legislation regarding online gambling. If your country has strict gambling regulations, then some online casinos might block you from accessing their platform. Therefore, you should try to be conversant with your country’s gambling laws and regulations before trying to sign up in an online casino.

Deposit and Withdrawals Options

Before signing up in any online gambling website, check which deposit and withdrawal options are available. Does the website provide a payment method that is available in your jurisdiction?  Most reputable online casinos accept Visa and Mastercard debit and credit cards. Also, they use third-party payment methods like e-wallets, virtual credit cards, prepaid vouchers, checks, Skrill, Paypal, money transfer services, Ukash and Neteller among others.

Knowing whether these payment options are available to you will improve your gambling experience.

Pros and Cons of Gambling Online

 Some of the advantages and disadvantages of online gambling in comparison to playing at a real casino include:


Pros

-    Great sign-up and in-play bonuses. The online gambling industry has grown in popularity over the years, and as more people turn to gamble online, industry players offer attractive bonuses in a bid to attract a large number of users to their platform. Online casinos can offer anything between 10 to 50% bonus to a user’s initial deposit when signing up. Online casinos also run promotions all the time, so it is possible to get started with a minimal deposit and get a huge win.

-    Online casinos are accessible from anywhere and anytime. Provided you have a connected device, you can enjoy your favourite gambling games in the comfort of your home, during a commute, at lunch break and so forth.

-    Online casino users can benefit from better rules, enjoy free rounds and other promos as compared to gamblers in a real casino.

-    You can access the game on your desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile devices 24/7

Cons

-    Delayed customer service. In case you need to raise an issue, have a query or concern the customer service may not be readily available. Sometimes you may get impromptu responses, other times you may have to wait for days before getting feedback.

-    Depending on the website and payment method, receiving your winnings may take a while. Cashouts may take anything between two to four weeks to be credited back to your credit cards. Debit cards, may, however, be much faster, you can receive your cash in about three to five business days.

Type of Games Available in Online Casinos

Slots

Slots are one of the most popular games in online casinos and can be accessed through multiple devices. Slots are very easy to play, perhaps this is why beginners mostly prefer them. Regardless, slot machines are hard to master. The odds are ever-changing, and therefore you cannot execute a strategy all you can do is play and leave it to chance.

Blackjack

You can enjoy blackjack online by choosing between one to eight 52-card decks. To win this game and make your money you can either beat the dealer’s score, or you should not go beyond 21 points (you should not bust) 

Roulette

Roulette is a much easier table game both online and in a physical casino. Just like in a real casino you can easily buy your chips, select your numbers and spin the roulette wheel directly from your mobile or computer

Live Dealer Games

Enjoy live-time gambling experience directly from your connected devices. The live games are streamed in real-time and feature real dealers who play with real cards.

Safety and Security

Safety and security is a crucial factor that people consider before signing up to online gambling platforms. It is essential to go through the gambling website’s Privacy and Policy page so you can understand what information is collected, how it is used and what measures the platform takes to protect your information.

Additionally, the ideal online casino website should also offer the highest level of encryption to secure your personal and financial data safely. So, to guarantee your safety, always be sure to use reputable online casinos and do your due diligence to understand their safety measures and security features.

Responsible Gambling

While there is real money at stake, gambling is supposed to be fun. Unfortunately, there is the time people lose their self-control and end up with a gambling addiction. Gambling addictions can ruin your work life, relationships and financial state, that is why it is essential to find appropriate help should you have any suspicion that you may have a gambling problem.   When the fun stops, stop!

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