Beginner’s Guide to Casinos
The world of online casinos is absolutely massive, there’s no denying that. With brand new casinos popping up all over the place, and existing casinos constantly trying to compete with each other to attract and keep their players loyal, it can be very overwhelming.
But, having said all of that, online casinos still attract millions of players around the world every single day. There’s just something pretty special about making your first ever online bet, no matter how big or small, and winning money whilst having fun playing your favourite games (and discovering brand new games at the same time!).
The world of online casinos is fun and exciting, but we understand that for a total beginner it can be quite overwhelming and somewhat daunting choosing your first ever casino to bet your hard-earned money with. After all, there are so many to choose from, how do you decide which one is best for you?
We truly understand all of this, which is why we have put together an exclusive beginner’s guide to online casinos, giving you all the information you need to start out and have the best possible gaming experience.
We’ve also included some serious tips on how to stay safe and secure when online gambling; the majority of online casinos are 100% legit, but we would be lying if we said there weren’t a select few that were fake and not the ‘real deal’. For this reason we have put together an article on how to spot fake casinos.
Gambling addiction is also a very serious issue that needs to be taken into consideration if you’re thinking about starting to gamble at an online casino. Most players know when to draw the line and make sure they keep things under control but for some, that’s easier said than done. We want to do everything in our power to make sure you stay safe and responsible when gambling, and that’s exactly what we’ve done.
So, if you’re a beginner to the world of online casinos and have a lot of unanswered questions about where to start, read on!
What actually is an online casino?
For the real beginners out there, we thought we’d start out with the basics and explain what an online casino actually is (just in case you weren’t 100% sure!).
An online casino is essentially a gambling mechanism based on the internet, that allows people to play and bet real money in a virtual environment. The majority of our online casinos will allow players to play their games without actually betting any of their own money – this is a great way for players to try things out first and see how much they like it, without having to immediately commit to using any of their own money. Especially useful for newbies, if you find a casino with this feature it will definitely give you a taster without having to seriously use any of your money (so look out for it!).
The majority of our online casinos host a wide variety of games including slots and table games, such as Poker, Blackjack and Roulette.
Are online casinos safe?
We can honestly say that, throughout all of our experience, we have never come across an online casino that wasn’t legitimate. All of our casinos are 100% safe and secure, and will never compromise your personal details or bank account information.
However, whilst we would all like to think that every single online casino out there is squeaky clean, there may be some that are not how they appear.
- When browsing through the site of any online casino, check to see if they have a gambling license by a trustworthy place.
- If they ever ask you to give your card details before you have even selected to make a payment, this could be a red flag so make sure to be on your guard.
We have an entire separate article all about spotting a fake casino, so check that out if you would like any more information!
But suffice it to say, the majority of online casinos you will find will all be completely safe, and you will never have to worry or be concerned about your money or personal details being hacked, stolen, or compromised.
Are online casinos as fair as land-based casinos? Will I lose out on more money in the long-run if I play with an online casino?
Contrary to popular belief, pay outs from online casinos are often actually higher than land-based casinos!
It’s not rocket science to realise that it is so much easier for players to leave an online casino if they are not satisfied… They simple exit by the click of a button! This is why online casinos are generally more generous than land-based casinos, and offer higher pay outs, because they know that competition is high and that players are surrounded by choice 24/7.
If you want to compare the pay outs between online casinos to get the best deal for you, check out pages such as ‘terms and conditions’ or ‘payment terms’ (every online casino will be slightly different, but if you browse properly you will be sure to find the page you need!), and you will be able to read up on their payment methods there.
But, regardless of which online casino you choose, it is highly likely that their pay outs will be significantly better than if you were to go to a land-based casino. So, don’t be fooled by stereotypical un-true views, and use this information to your advantage when choosing your first ever online casino!
Are online casinos fixed?
In exactly the same way as land-based casinos, there is always an element of risk when you place a bet at an online casino. It would be mathematically impossible for you to win every single time, and it is a lot more common to lose than to win. Probably not a nice statistic to hear but it’s just the reality, and very important that you grasp this and are okay with it before you begin betting real money at an online casino.
Too often do beginners launch themselves full-throttle into their first online casino, bet a lot of money through excitement, then become extremely disappointed if they don’t win anything and accuse the casino of being ‘fixed’ or ‘fake’.
We can 100% guarantee that none of our online casinos are fixed and if you do find yourself losing, it’s just the luck of the draw. However, there are of course plenty of chances to win as long as you choose your best-performing games and practice your strategy beforehand.
On a more serious note, it is still so important that you understand the facts about online gambling and realise that losing is a major part of it. If you don’t, this could lead to your betting becoming compulsive and out of control, which could lead to a serious gambling addiction if you’re not careful.
So, be on your guard and don’t take it too seriously! Online casinos are all about having fun after all and, if you were to win a big sum of money, take it as a fantastic added bonus to your gaming experience!
Will the games at an online casino be as good as land-based casinos?
The world of online casinos is continually expanding and becoming more advanced, including its games. Every single day software developers and coming up with brand new exciting and innovative games for players to enjoy.
If you love the thrill of dressing up in your best clothes, having some champagne, and heading down to your local casino for a night of harmless gambling, then perhaps online casinos might not be for you. However, what online casinos do give you is the ability to play your favourite casino classics from the comfort of your own home (and even better pay outs as earlier mentioned!).
As we’ve said, online casinos are constantly getting better when it comes to developing their games, offering high-quality experiences to all players. The concept of classic table games will always remain the same as land-based casinos, and the amount of slot games available at a lot of our online casinos is simply second-to-none.
It all depends on personal taste, so we can’t really answer this question for you. But, considering a lot of online casinos now have ‘live dealer’ games that really make you feel like you’re part of the action, transforming you to a Vegas-inspired setting from the comfort of your own home, we can comfortably say that yes, games at online casinos are certainly as good as land-based casinos (if not even better!).
If you’re a beginner and slightly apprehensive about where to start in your online casino journey, you now have all the important information you need to get going!
We hope we have answered a lot of your questions and corrected some untrue online casino ‘myths’ along the way, and we wish you all the best in having a safe and responsible gambling experience.
Go and check out some of our online casinos for inspiration – we know you won’t be disappointed!