Online Casinos - Frequently Asked Questions
Betting in your local land-based casino is easy - you just walk in, buy some chips and let the dealer show you the rest. Online casinos can be a minefield, there are so many to choose from, with dozens of games and a range of limits, and with a bewildering array of deposit methods. And can you even play the games on your computer? If you're getting stuck with kick-starting your online casino journey, here's a handy list of some typical questions you may have.
Are Online Casinos Legal?
YES - if you live in the right jurisdiction. While some countries have totally legal, totally regulated legit on-line casinos, others outlaw online sites from operating within their borders (but still allow players to play on them) and some have banned online gambling altogether. We always recommend checking the laws in your country before committing. You can find out more here.
Do You Have to Play For Real Money?
NO - The beauty of online casinos is that - unlike many land-based ones - you can try out a whole range of games for free before committing real cash. So if you've always wanted to test out the baccarat or punto banco tables but were afraid of wasting valuable funds, you'll find plenty of play-money tables at the best sites. Doing so gives you a way of trying out the casino site itself, and also for getting to grips with the games and seeing if you enjoy them.
How Do Casinos Offer Welcome Bonuses?
Welcome bonuses are offered to players making their first real-money deposit. Bonuses may differ from site to site in the cash you can win, but on average you can make 100% of your money back on whatever you deposit. However, you will often have a strict timeframe attached to triggering any bonus and may find you have to 'play through' many games (perhaps 10-20x the amount of the deposit in bets) in order to win free cash from the casino. Find out more about how bonuses work here.
Do Welcome Bonuses Apply to All Games?
NO - and it's always a good idea to scour the casino's Ts & Cs to find out which games apply. For example, you may find that roulette and blackjack count towards a bonus but not slots. On another site, slots may count towards a bonus but only at certain limits. Think about what game you're going to be playing A LOT before you decide to sign up to a bonus offer.
How Easy is it to Make A Deposit?
Making a real-money deposit at an online casino is as easy as taking out your debit or credit card, logging on, and clicking on the 'Cashier' tab. From there you enter your card details (not forgetting the short CVV2 number on the back) and wait for the funds to arrive, often instantly. If you live in a jurisdiction that makes bank or credit card payments difficult, you may be able to deposit via a third-party e-wallet, or even by check. Find out more about how online casino deposits work in our guide.
How Many Games Will I Find at an Online Casino?
Simply - many more than you will find at a live, brick 'n' mortar casino. You could find anything from 50-100 video slots and a few dozen table games, with every classic format you know and love from your local casino. But as well as American Roulette and classic Blackjack, online casinos lend themselves to games you will only find on the web, like Multi-Ball or Multi-Table Roulette.
Do I Have to Download Software?
NO - Many of today's online casinos have both download clients and non-download, instant-play, software available. Download clients are a bit more solid and can be loaded up via your desktop. However, non-download software gives you the flexibility to play on the move via a web browser (where you have a good Internet connection) and play on platforms that may not support classic download software, like a Mac or smartphone.
Can I Play On My Mobile?
YES - Pretty much all modern casino sites support the growing market of mobile gaming. iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone smartphones are catered for, along with tablets such as Apple iPads. These allow you the flexibility to play anywhere you want, at any time of the day.
How Hard Is It To Learn Strategy?
This depends on both the game you want to learn, and how often you can play. The more practice you can put in, the quicker it is! To speed things up, have a read of our easy to understand strategy guides for the following games: