ONLINE CASINO GUIDE
Different Types of Online Casinos
There are a number of types of online casinos at
which you can play. Many of them are Java-based and
load directly in your browser. Some of them use Flash
or Shockwave, which also runs in your browser but may
require the Flash (or Shockwave) plug-ins available
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Both of these types are usually referred to as no-download
casinos, even though you have to download graphics
and sounds every time you play. The biggest advantage
of a no-download casino is that it can be played on
most computers and operating systems, and many of
these will also work on WebTV.
Then there are the downloadable software casinos,
which will only run on Windows-based platforms. File
sizes generally range from 5-15 megabytes, so you
should make sure you are definitely planning to play
at this casino before investing the time to download. If
you run Windows, I recommend that you stick to these
download casinos. They are generally more stable
and secure, and once downloaded minimize
communications between your computer and the casino
game server, making them ideal for those of you with
One of the biggest advantages to online gambling is
the wide availability of bonuses that online casinos
offer. Some casinos give you money right off the bat
for you to test out their games. Others require you to
make a deposit in order to receive a bonus, which is
either a percentage of your deposit added to your
account, or a fixed amount received for an exact
deposit of X dollars.
How to Make a Deposit
For example, Casino A might give you $10 free just for
downloading, and $40 additional when you make your
first deposit of $100 within seventy-two hours.
Casino B may offer you a bonus of 25% of the amount
you deposit up to a certain limit.
The reason that online casinos can offer bonuses like
this is simply because they have a much lower overhead
cost. Less staff, less equipment, no construction
required, etc. And on top of that, they make you wager
your deposit (and usually your bonus) at least three
times over before you can collect your winnings.
It is very important that you read the terms and
conditions which are either posted on the web site or
included in your email offer : how many times you must
wager the deposit and the bonus, the validity period
of the bonus offer, and which games you can or cannot
play in order to ensure your winnings are valid.
So youíre ready to make your first real money
bet? There are usually a number of methods by which
you can send the casino money.
How to Play the Games
Firstly, thereís your credit card: Visa and
Mastercard are commonly accepted by nearly every
online casino. However, many of you in North America
may find that your credit card purchase will be
This is not because the casino doesnít want your
money; itís because of a regulation at credit card
companies, which forces the merchant (the casino) to
identify the transaction as 7995: the purchase of
tokens for the purpose of Internet Gambling. Most
banks in the US are afraid to accept these high-risk
transactions and automatically reject the purchase.
If this is the case, you have two alternative methods
of using your credit card : by opening up an account
at either PayPal or FirePay. You can tie your credit
card to these accounts and the purchase will be
identified as a pseudo-cash transaction instead of
Internet Gambling transaction. These two methods are
now the most common ways by which North American
residents deposit money into online casinos - and in
some cases casinos will offer an additional bonus if
you make a deposit by one of these methods.
Many casinos also offer incentives for making a
purchase by Western Union - you can use your credit
card to send funds by Western Union online, or you can
always go to your nearest Western Union agent and hand
over cash. Some casinos will even allow you to deposit
money by other methods such as ACH (which is basically
an electronic check), or by wire transfer, Neteller or
Most casinos offer a pretty good selection of table
games. At the very least, you should be able to find
blackjack, baccarat and roulette online; many casinos
offer additional table games like Caribbean Stud,
Craps, Red Dog, even Casino War and Three Card Poker -
but sometimes the names are slightly changed.
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Video poker is one of the more popular gambling games
- while a few casinos only offer one or two types of
video poker, the best casinos may offer as many as 10
to 15 different games, and some even offer multi-hand
video poker and progressive video poker games.
And then there are slots: hundreds, perhaps even
thousands, of different slot machines. Whether itís
single-line, three-line, 9-line, 3- or 5-reel,
progressives, bonus games, you name it, theyíve got
it somewhere on the Net. The best are the progressive
slots, which often pay more - and hit more frequently
- than the progressives youíll see in Vegas. The two
largest portals that feature these games are Jackpot
Madness and Jackpot Mania.
All of these games are simple to learn - usually just
a click or two - and they play as fast as, or faster
than, land-based casinos. Some are multi-player, some
are single-player; but after you take a break for
dinner, or perhaps take the dog out for a walk, there
will always be a seat waiting for you when you come
That depends. There are still rogue casino
operators out there that are looking for a quick kill
but they are in the minority. Most online casinos
today are honest, reputable and make payments in a
Online Gambling is Fun!
Online casino gambling is here to stay : itís
fun, always available, and you have more of a chance
of winning than you do at a land-based casino. So get
your snacks and a few beers ready, turn on your
computer, log on to the Internet and start up your
favorite casino software - pretty soon youíll need
to travel to Vegas to get away from your computer,
perhaps paid for with your online winnings!