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How to Choose the Right Online Casino

Published on: 20/08/2013

Most people have at some time in their lives been to a casino – be it a huge sprawling Las Vegas type establishment, or a couple of tables with green felt, and a roulette wheel. Despite this, most people have not participated in any online gambling – they have not played at an online casino. In many ways online casinos are more practical: you don’t need to travel to them, you don’t need to wait in line to collect your chips. Also you can play just as fast or as slow as you wish. Perhaps you wish to take a break during roulette… no problem, take as long as you need, when you return the wheel can start spinning again. Just try asking the croupier to hold the game until you return in a real casino, and see what happens!

With so many people turning to online gambling every day, the casino sights have to fight hard to appear more attractive then their competitors. With a little shopping around you can pick up the best deals. The online sites are of course keen to have you join them, and most now offer a free game, or a complimentary amount of gaming credit for newcomers. You wont just be able to sign up and withdraw this money of course – you will likely be required to play a certain number of games, or, more likely, deposit a certain quantity of your own funds before you are eligible to collect any winnings.

A major improvement to all online casinos occurred in the 2000. Prior to this customers were required to actually download the gaming software. Not only did this take time, and require a fairly fast Internet connection, the sites knew they were losing the business of many impulsive customers, who were put off by having to download the software. Not only this, but you would be unable to preview a site, to get a feel of it, without signing up. Since 2000 this is no longer a problem, with the vast majority of sites being flash versions, which can be played straight away wherever you are. Sites have also accepted the fact that shoppers like to try before they buy, so most have a “For fun” or “For Free” option, where you can try out some of the games for no charge and without signing up.

There is no reason to be concerned about giving your credit or cash card details to these sites: The should all display their approved credentials from the Online Gambling Regulation and Assurance - (eCOGRA), the non profit Interactive Gaming Council - (IGC), and the Internet Content Rating Association - (ICRA). These important validations are only given to those sites where independent adjudicators have extensively tested the games, and deemed them to be fair. These testers also look for reliability, and security of financial transitions, before giving their seals of approval.

Most people considering joining in the online gambling craze often find themselves at a loss where to start. There are literally hundreds and hundreds of sites, each with dazzling neon graphics and enticing music. How is one to choose here? A good rule would be to investigate how well established the site is. How long has the site been up and running? Any site that has been operational for more than four years has proven its credibility. There are a host of online forums, teeming with gamers who will be only too happy to help. They will tell you what sites are good, and which to avoid. As well as learning about the online gaming scene here you might even make a few like minded friends!

Another important factor is a financial one: namely how does the casino take and receive money from its customers. All reputable sites will be upfront about this: do they accept all major cash and credit cards? Do they only use PayPal? Perhaps they require a bank transfer for the addition of funds. Some sites have differing procedures for deposits and withdrawals. This may not be to your liking, and you might prefer a single method of paying in a receiving. These are all things you should investigate before signing up to any site.

Before joining any casino site you should also see if you like the ‘feel’ of it’s web design. The last thing you want is to have your money locked into an account you don’t like, or for whatever reason cannot get to grips with. Many sites have friendly features like free rolls and lucky draws, or even cash back features, giving rebates on potential losses. It is best to do your research before signing up to any site. Investigate about five casinos, read online reviews of them - what do you think of the layout, ease of use? By this method you are much more likely to choose one that is right for you, leading to a more congenial gaming experience.

Published on: 20/08/2013 © Bet Bind