Online casinos are extremely popular these days and they will rise in popularity indefinitely. Reasons for that are simple. They are easy to access, from any part of the world using any device and they offer thousands of games. However, for beginners, all this may be overwhelming and you will probably need guidance. The only guide you will ever need is ahead or better said below.
Online casinos: What are they and how they operate?
We can spend a thousand words on explaining what an online casino is, but we won’t. An online casino is basically a website designed in such a way users can play all the games available in land casinos. Players at the online casinos are called gamblers and we will refer to them using this term!
When you visit one site of this kind, you can see welcome page, with major games and also main categories of games. That will be explained a bit later. From that page, you can play any game you like and you can switch between categories, read the latest upgrades, and follow the promotions and more.
You may have heard of the phrase ‘house always wins’’. This is an example, an online casino is the house and yes, they have better odds than you. However, this doesn’t mean you cannot win. There are millions of gamblers winning every single day. Luck has an important role in all of this, but tricks, knowledge and skills have an even more important role.
Bonuses available at the online casinos
One of the most important things to consider when starting with online gambling is the bonus or better said bonuses. These are promotions each and every online establishment will offer at some point and all of them offer even better bonuses for new players. There are several types, explained below.
- Free spins
Free spins is a type of bonus for slots. This is a type of game available in all online casinos and the most popular at the moment. Free spins are therefore as the name suggests. You get 10 or 15 free spins to try on a slot and you can win using the bonus only.
- No deposit bonus
No deposit bonuses are the most appealing of them all, simply because they are ‘’free money’’. Here’s how they work. As a new player, you create an account at an online casino. They will reward you by adding $5, $10 or free spins or all combined to your account. This is no deposit bonus. You can use the bonus immediately.
- Deposit bonus
These bonuses are gained when you deposit the funds. They are usually something like ‘’100% bonus match up to $200’’. This means that if you make a deposit of $100, the casino will match that bonus and give you an additional $100 (100% match) and you will play with $200. But, it is limited to $200 so no matter how much money you deposit, the maximum bonus is as specified.
- Daily or weekly bonuses
These bonuses vary and they cannot be generalized. You can expect free spins, better match bonuses, promotions for a specific game and etc.
Cashback isn’t typically a bonus. It is a promotion in which casinos give you back 5% (more or less) from the total amount of money you have spent on gambling.
Almost all bonuses come with wagering requirements. This is something like 30 times your stake or etc. It means that you must place 30 bets in order to be able to withdraw the money.
Games available at online casinos
Here is the main section. We all like online casinos specifically for the number of games available there. Almost all online casinos offer the following types of games:
- Slots (3 reel, 5-reel, progressive jackpots and more)
- Table games (poker, roulette, blackjack, baccarat)
- Live casino games (usually table games in virtual form)
But, many new online casinos also offer:
- Sport betting
- Video poker
All you have to know is that after you are done with creating your account, you can play any of these games. They are all present on the main page and your only task is to click and load a game you like. For beginners, slots are the simplest. Pay close attention to the progressive slots. They generate the jackpot according to the number of bets and players in the network (casino or casinos). Jackpots can reach millions.
Depositing funds and withdrawing winnings
Two, important and actually mandatory parts of using an online casino are depositing the funds and withdrawing the winnings. Obviously, to start gambling you will have to deposit funds. Winnings have to be withdrawn. Let’s explain how this works for newbies and what to look for.
When you create an account, you will have to deposit funds using one of the common payment providers. The most obvious choices are credit and debit cards, PayPal, Skrill, Neteller and etc. You can also deposit funds using bank transfer but it is a long process. After you are done with depositing, funds will be in your account and you are ready to gamble.
To withdraw the funds, you can use a shorter list of methods than the ones available for depositing. The most common alternatives in this case are credit and debit cards, Neteller, EcoPayz, Entropay, eCoin and many others. Here we can add that there are withdrawal times. They apply on withdrawals only, not on depositing. To withdraw funds using credit or debit cards, you will need 6-48 hours. EWallets are the fastest and they are processed within 12 hours or even quicker. Bank transfers can take up to 5 days. Pending time can be issued by an online casino and it is generally between 6 and 48 hours. Include all of these times when you are withdrawing the funds so you know when the funds will be available on your account.
The final word
In this guide, we have explained what online casinos are, how to start gambling and also on which things to pay close attention to. Make sure you play games you understand and do that at online casinos that are available in your country.