Online Casino Gambling
The basic definition of online
gambling is gambling or wagering on the internet. In most
cases, online gambling takes place in virtual casinos where
online gamblers can wager as they would in a land-based casino.
There are two main types of online
gaming sites: Webbased and download.
Webbased gaming sites require a high bandwidth and use browser
plugins such as Flash, Shockwave or Java. Webbased sites are
generally slower than downloaded casinos and don’t offer
the same quality images, animation or sound. The main advantage
of these types of online
casino sites is that no download is required to play at
Download based gaming sites require some form of downloading
(either from the website or from a CD, which will usually
be provided by the casino on request.) Downloading the software
allows the player to play without compromising their bandwidth.
When downloading the casino, the software connects to the
casino service provider without browser support. These casinos
are usually faster than webbased sites and generally provide
better images, animation and sound.
Thanks to the introduction of live
video streaming software, live and download casinos are now
becoming more popular. Many online casinos
now offer this ‘live gaming’ experience, meaning
that players are able to interact with actual games that are
being played in a land-based casino environment. This technology
allows players to connect with casinos around the world.
casinos offer bonuses, promotions or competitions to entice
potential online gamblers to sign up. These offers usually
take the form of free sign-up bonuses, bonus giveaways, special
offers or prizes. When taking advantage of these offers, always
read and understand the terms and conditions attached to the
offer – online casinos reserve the right to blacklist
‘bonus-abusers’ and you may find that you are
banned from the site if you do not adhere to the terms and
conditions of the bonus offers. Other reasons casinos may
blacklist you include, but are not limited to: opening more
than one casino account per household or computer, using some
else’s credit card, disputing/threatening to dispute
credit card charges, suspected fraud. Once you have been blacklisted,
it is at the casino’s discretion to allow you back onto
the casino site. As a general rule of thumb: do not get blacklisted!
Other casinos are unlikely to allow you to play on their site
if you have been blacklisted at another casino site.
Always make sure that you only
gamble at reputable sites. There are various factors that
determine whether an online casino is reputable or not, but
here are some common signs to look out for:
• Are the terms and conditions
clearly displayed on the website? A reputable casino will
clearly display their terms and conditions. It is your responsibility,
as the player, to ensure that you read and understand the
terms and conditions of the casino before signing up with
the casino. Terms and conditions differ from one casino to
the next so it’s important that you are fully aware
of the terms and conditions of the casino you have taken an
interest in. Remember that casinos reserve the right to blacklist
players that do not adhere to their terms and conditions.
• Is customer support available?
Most online casinos offer a 27/7 telephone line, email facility
or online chat facility. It’s always a good idea to
‘test’ the support facility – send an email
or call the toll free number to ensure that customer support
procedures are in place. The support team should be more than
happy to assist you with any queries you still have at this
stage. In any event, the customer support information should
be readily available on the casino website.
• Do they list the payout
results of their previous games? Casinos should generally
list the previous results as this gives potential players
a good indication of what can be expected. Beware that these
lists are just an indication and in no way a guarantee of
what will be won.
• Do they have a valid licence?
Always choose a casino that has a valid licence – licensed
casinos are usually more trustworthy than their unlicensed
counterparts. If you are unsure whether the casino is legitimate,
get in touch with them and find out.
• Do they provide company
information on their website? A reputable and trustworthy
casino should have an ‘about us’ or ‘company
information’ section on their website. The casino should
be willing to provide information regarding items like their
management structure, history and software provider used.
Some commonly used software providers are Playtech, Migrogaming
and Real Time Gaming. If you are not sure about the software
provider, do some research first. Casinos that are reluctant
to give out certain company information should be avoided.
It’s usually a good idea
to follow the recommendations of online casino/gambling guides
when choosing which casino to play at. The members of these
websites always try the casinos themselves before recommending
them to potential players.
Once you’ve chosen the casino
you would like to play at, you’ll need to download the
software. The download button is usually found on the homepage
of the casino website. Once you have installed the casino
software, you will be asked to create a casino account. Casinos
usually offer a ‘play money’ mode and a ‘real
money’ mode. The play money mode allows you to try the
casino features without wagering any real money. A real money
account, allows you to gamble for real money. Before you are
able to play for real money, you will need to deposit money
into your casino account. To load money into your real money
account, simply go to the cashier section of the website and
choose your preferred payment method. Most casinos offer a
sign-up bonus so you will have some extra credit available
to get started with – make sure you take up these offers
and familiarise yourself with the terms and conditions.
A vast amount of information
can be found on the Internet about gambling online, online
casinos and the best online casinos available on the internet.
If you are unsure about anything relating to online gaming,
visit some advice websites first. Make sure you are comfortable
with the website you choose and remember to gamble responsibly
– responsible gamblers know their limits and know when