Online Casino Beginners Corner

Don’t quite know where start? Try the easy step-by-step casino guide.

Choose a casino.

It’s best to try “beginner friendly” casinos for your first online gaming experience. Any of the casinos listed on are a safe bet because they are regarded as customer focused, licensed casinos known for generous payouts and quick answers to any questions. There is no mystery to casino gambling, just check often to discover which casinos offer the biggest payouts and the most free cash. As you gain experience gambling online, you may decide to try some high stakes casinos.

Download the FREE software. Most casinos require you to download free software in order to begin gambling on the site. (Some offer free casino games for you to try first.) Enter the casino site and look for a “download” link. Download the software and start the installation wizard by clicking the downloaded file and follow the easy on-screen instructions. A full download with a 56k modem usually takes 10 to 30 minutes. Set up a real player account. Start the casino software and follow the registration steps to set up a real player account. You need to register a real player account to provide the casino with your contact information, so they can forward your winnings. (Always think positively!) As soon as registration is complete, you’ll be provided with a username and password. Be sure that you write it down and keep it in a safe place for future visits!

Try out the casino games.

Online casinos offer just about every game currently offered at traditional land-based casinos. They permit you to try out their casino with “demo” money, which means you can play for free to test out the games for as long as you like. If you’re ready to play for real money and real casino action, go to the next step. If you have any concerns about downloading casino software, it is perfectly safe, as long as your computer has the hard disk space. It does take a while, usually 10 to 30 minutes. As an alternative, many casinos offer a ‘flash’ version of the games which allows you to sign up and play much more quickly.

Play for real money.

All casinos accept a variety of deposit methods to fund your account. Now that it has become difficult to use your credit cards, and PayPal is no longer an option, you can use options such as NETeller, FirePay, Western Union, 900 Pay or a bank wire transfer.

Claim your welcome bonus.

As a welcome offer to new players, many online casinos give a cash bonus on your first deposit. While it shouldn’t be your sole decision when choosing where to play, it’s nice to try out different games with these bonuses. You always have to wager a certain amount of chips before making a cash withdrawal. (This prevents abusers from putting in money and taking it out along with the extra bonus money without actually playing. After all, fair gaming should work both ways!) Always check the casino website for full bonus terms and conditions.

Note: A “no deposit bonus” means you do NOT have to buy any chips to play. All you have to do is register as a real player. Some casinos may ask you to register a credit card. But you do not have to purchase anything.

Withdraw your winnings.

Check the casino website for specific details about their payout procedures. Most of the time you will be paid by check or wire transfer. Since most casinos are located outside the U.S., mail delivery can take a week or two. However, you will have plenty of options available to you, including express check delivery, or you can have your NETeller account credited almost immediately after making your request.