This is always hard to understand for newbies – “$1000 bonus? Just for nothing?! Yay!… ” – hoo-ooold it right there. There’s lots of casino money given away in the industry, but no operator is such a fool to give it away for nothing. Come on, they want something back. They want your money! The calculations have been made which say that the average value of the depositing player is $600-$700…
Every time when choosing a casino you have to make sure what certain bonus stands for. Is there a limit to how much the bonus is applied to? Sometimes there are “sticky bonuses”, which means that you can withdraw winnings that are above the amount of bonus. There are also bonuses which insist you to play for certain amount of money before you can withdraw.
My suggestion is that never choose a casino on how generous bonus they offer, because in the very end you’ll always lose a bit. After you’ve made sure that the casino is reputable, the biggest argument when choosing a gambling place should be the atmosphere. I rarely play blackjack to win big, but I enjoy the crowd sitting at the blackjack table when playing with or against them. That’s what it is – entertainment, socializing!
* Avoid SPAMMERS
You can rarely see a spamming gambling business nowadays. Anyways, there are some affiliates using this tactic to get players. It’s a shame – these cases should be reported immediately.
* About WITHDRAWING
Always study carefully withdrawing terms. There are some casinos out there who don’t want to pay you right away, giving you all sorts of reasons. Well, don’t believe any of them. If the amount is reasonable, you should receive your winnings right away via Neteller, Paypal or Moneybookers – unless you want to receive the money with Wire Transfer or paycheck, this takes more time.
If you like the casino and plan to stay their customer for longer time, always test their withdrawing speed with smaller amount of money. If you notice any problems, quit playing there and if you’re kind enough you’ll drop me a line about those stinky manners.
… and there are few things more
* LEARN THE GAMES before playing them
This may also come as little primitive, but there are some games out there that demand a above average knowledge of the game – not everything in the casino makes you a living “97% slot machine”.
I myself was very lucky, because when I first went to casino to play blackjack, I didn’t know any rules, but that didn’t stop me to win big. After I had made five times the amount I started with, I was sober enough to withdraw the money. Few days later I started learning the game and got really hooked. I haven’t doubled my 8+6 against the dealers ace ever since… 😀
It’s a bit awkward and strange when total newbie sits at casino table and starts asking silly questions.
Situation is a bit different in online casino. Newbie won’t annoy anybody there, only thing is that he/she may lose money because of little or no knowledge of the game. Even if you win with your inadequate skills, you should take in mind that you would have win bigger if you had more knowledge of the game.
Quality internet casinos are not interested of you losing your money quickly, because you probably would quit playing there! Loyal players, who win some / lose some, but keep coming back, are the root of this business.
* Don’t let strangers near your computer
This also might become as extremely logical thing to do, but there are still people who are not aware enough! Letting your drunken friends fooling around with your computer is one thing, but even more bigger threat is if your computers gets infected with scumware that saves your passwords and gambling habits.
* Other recommended action (which I don’t use)
Some casino watchdogs advise players to make a copy of their passport or drivers license as a jpg file. They also recommend to keep the copy of utility bill and credit card handy.
They say it’s needed before depositing to the casino – you should send e-mail with this data to the casino, doing this you avoid sending your credit card information or banking information separately each time. Some online casinos request this information before sending out your winnings. It is more convenient to get this thing settled BEFORE you hit a lucky strike and start winning, because waiting winnings to appear in your bank account can sometimes be a pain in the A$$!
* Is the casino licensed?
To qualify for a license, an online casino must meet certain standards set in the country where the site is hosted. License fees start from about $50,000 and are usually valid for at least 2 or 3 years. According to estimates, some 20% of online casinos don’t have licenses. Here’s the golden rule: If they’re not licensed, don’t play there!
* Does a reputable accounting firm certify the payouts?
A casino that values its good name will commission an accounting firm to audit and report on the percentages of payouts. pussy888 PriceWaterhouseCoopers, for instance, reviews the historical payouts to gamblers by Microgaming and its licensed casino sites. You can usually read the reports on the casino websites.
* Does the casino belong to a reputable watchdog organization?
There are watchdogs and just plain dogs; you can’t trust all of them. Many times the so-called “watchdog” is nothing more than an online advertising gateway to a group of casinos. If the watchdog organization is any good, it will prepare a set of best practices that must be observed by all participants, including casinos, software dealers, casino portal sites and online gamblers.
Here are a few more things you should check out before you start gambling:
The important gambling message boards should reflect trust and faith in the casino.
Any online casino should be affiliated to a physical, non-digital casino.
There should be a self-labelling system for users to rate the contents of the casino site.
The recognized and well-known casino portals should support the individual casino website.
A casino that intends to succeed in the long term will go to the trouble of building a well-structured site supported by reliable software.
It will be monitored by an accounting company, and of course it will be licensed.
This is the type of casino that doesn’t have to crook its customers to make a profit. It’s the type of site operated by owners who honestly and professionally work to entrench a trusted and popular brand name.
Online casino is a derivation of the land-based traditional casino, also known as virtual casinos or gambling sites and providing diverse games or a single one depending on the website operation, franchise, etc. The online casino offers generally better odds than land-based casinos for games such as slot machines where the chances of winning are regulated by the house, the so-called house advantage.
On August 18, 1995 the world’s first online casino debuted, Internet Casinos, Inc. (ICI) operating with 18 different casino games and for the first time offering also online access to the National Indian Lottery. However, since the early days ICI operates out of the Turks and Caicos Islands, outside the United States to avoid government prosecution.
Also, in the mid 90’s, two other online casino’s made their debut claiming to be the first; The Gaming Club and Intertops casino and sports book, which in fact launched the first online sports book before Internet Casinos, Inc.. Building a reputable service with reliable payouts, high security, efficient customer support, and serving a large number of customers excited with this new gambling modality, the online casino succeeded.
The spring of 1996 brought into the gambling scene a second sports book planning to launch an online casino as they did. The Interactive Gaming & Communications Corp. (SBET), soon becoming a publicly traded company listed on NASDAQ. The financial success of this online casino is not only the internet, but also the acceptance of bettors’ sports wagers via telephone calls to Antigua on a toll free line via satellite.
Due the American gambling laws of regulations, the online casino industry has been developed mainly from the Caribbean Islands nations, as well as from Asian and European countries where even governments have also entered the business holding their own gambling sites, like Liechtenstein’s government operating an online international lottery, not only in German but in six different languages to drive international traffic.
Atlantis, was the first online casino based in Great Britain and licensed by the Isle of Man, an inspirational fact that made Sol Kerzner, its owner, develop a new concept in online gambling; the thematic online casino.
Today, this online casino has become one of a kind offering from five-figure slots payouts and progressives, offering free trips to Atlantis, the Paradise Island in Bahamas, and property of Mr. Kerzner. Atlantis was also the first casino recognizing the importance of players introducing the VIP program, exclusive for London Club’s Members.
According to Rolling Good Times Online, a popular gambling magazine, currently there are 452 gambling-related sites on the internet with thousands of subsidiaries, affiliates, franchises and co-branded sites, and the overall market for online gambling is estimated at approximately $49 billion worldwide on average.