Casino Guide for Beginners
As a new player in the vast world of online casinos, it’s important to know the basics of games and processes. This is why we offer information from the beginning, starting from choosing a casino to making your first deposit and withdrawal. After you learn this, you’ll be able to easily play at any online casino.
Choosing a Casino
Other than personal preferences, you’re going to want to pick a casino based on a variety of reasons- game selection, software, promotions, and most importantly security. A safe and fair casino is obvious to spot if you know what you’re looking for.
What to Look For:
- Verisign Trusted or proof of SSL-encryption
- eCogra Safe & Fair seal or TST/GLI reports on tested RNGs, and reported payout percentages
- Responsible Gaming statement with information about support for gambling issues
- Clickable links on the bottom. Anyone can post images on the bottom of a website.
- Google the casino name to see if players have good things to say abou that casino or if they are on a blacklisted (you can go over to our blacklisted casinos first).
Downloading casino software isn’t any different from downloading any program from the internet. You click one of the many available download buttons and then follow the instructions from the installation wizard.
Once the program has officially been installed you’ll be able to access the casino suite from a shortcut on your desktop. If you don’t want to download the casino to your computer, you can always choose to play instant play (flash games) directly through your browser.
Registering to a Casino
Tip: Before you register, many casinos will let you preview their instant play games for free. Unless you’re familiar with all of the types of software providers and different types of games, take advantage of this opportunity and play a few free games.
Registration itself is free but you can only play games for real money once you’ve registered and made your first deposit. The casino will ask you for some information such as your name, country, email, password, phone, birth date, and address. Answer the information accurately. If you don’t, then you won’t be able to receive any of your winnings.
How to deposit and cashout?
The specific process of deposing and withdrawing funds depends entirely on the casino but the good news is that they’ll walk you through every step of the process.
Methods: It’s to the mutual benefit of both the casino and the player to have a large selection of payment methods including debit & credit cards (VISA, MasterCard), pre-paid cards (Ukash), e-wallets (Moneybookers, Instant Banking, EntroPay, EcoCard, Click2Pay, ClickandBuy, EZIPay), instant bank drafts, and wire transfers.
How Long? Nearly all credit, debit and e-wallets will immediately deposit funds into your casino account.
Methods: Typically there are fewer payment options for withdrawals than deposits but you’ll still have a variety of options including debit and credit cards (VISA), e-wallets (Moneybookers, EcoCard, Click2Pay,ClickandBuy, EziPay), bank draft, and cheques. If you choose a debit or credit card, you can receive only up to the amount that you deposited. The remainder will have to be transferred via a different method.
How Long? Processing times also take longer but usually not more than a few days and the exact amount of time has more to do with your financial institution than it does the casino. Most casinos will hold the withdrawal request for 24-48 hrs before it’s officially approved. You can cancel your request during this time if you change your mind about withdrawing your funds. After your request is approved it’s sent to your chosen payment method. Credit cards tend to take 3-5 business days.
Keep in Mind: The first time you withdrawal funds you will almost certainly be asked to fax, scan or send certain documents (copy of a driver’s license, utility bill) in order to verify your identity.
To learn more about the different banking options, be sure to read our payment methods aritcle.
If you can’t find some of this information on the banking section, (or sometimes referred as payment methods) of the casino’s website, look through the FAQs or contact customer service directly. For special conditions on withdrawals it’s also a good idea to browse through the terms and conditions on the site.
An important aspect of this is the feedback given by our users and so if you encounter an online casino with dubious practices please do not hesitate to write us and we will investigate the matter further. In addition, if you have anything you would like to bring to our attention we are always happy to hear from our customers. Please write! Looking forward to hearing from you!