How To Gamble Online – 4 Important Tips

November 12th, 2012 by admin Leave a reply »

How to gamble onlineIt’s interesting to note that many people do not know how to gamble online. This is especially true for those who want to gamble online for real money. We will attempt to answer many of these concerns in the following:

The world of online gambling began in 1994 in the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda. This nation passed what is known as the Free Trade and Processing Act, allowing various organizations to open online casinos. What started as 15 online casinos has now grown to more than 1,400, offering the convenience to casino lovers everywhere to gamble from the comfort of their own homes. But exactly how do you gamble online and do so safely? That is what we will try to explain, and hopefully, all of your questions will be answered.

1. Is Online Gambling Legal?

It is illegal in most of the United States to gamble online, however, there are some states that do allow it. It is also illegal for online casinos to operate in the United States. If you get caught doing so, any money you win can be taken from you. Getting caught is difficult, though, because you are gambling online from home. There is, however, a catch. Most online casinos are located in approximately 70 different countries where these operations are allowed. The United States does not have the authority to prosecute these casinos because they are out of their jurisdiction. In most cases, U.S. players who *do* get caught are not prosecuted either. Unfortunately, if you choose a shady casino and do not receive your payout, the U.S. cannot fight on your behalf.

2. Choose the Right Casino

Choosing the ‘right casino’ is not as simple as it sounds. If you reside in the USA, you will want to make sure they accept players from the United States. You also want to ensure they have the games you want to play, such as Blackjack or Poker. A great way to try a casino is to gamble online free to begin with.  Most offer their games in this manner and this can help you decide if the particular casino you choose is right for you.

Although gambling online is fun, this industry is sometimes not regulated by anyone. This means they can make any promise they want and renege on it at the last minute. To prevent this, do a reputability check. If the casino you chose has been blacklisted, avoid it. You should only choose casinos with a stamp of approval from eCOGRA, a self-appointed watchdog for the online casino industry.

The software you must download to access the casino is another biggie when learning how to gamble online. This is what runs the games. The best out there includes Microgaming, Playtech and Cryptologic.

Finally, make sure the casino offers a variety of payment methods. There is good reason for this which we will get into in a moment. However, you *must* make sure you have more than one or two options available to you. This is your money we are talking about.

3. Set Up a Payment Account

Before you can begin gambling online you must have an account to receive and send money. You must send them an initial deposit to make your first bet. Unfortunately there are some hang ups with this.

If you have a credit card, most companies will not allow you to use it if they believe it is for online gambling. And most companies are now catching on to this. The same is true for banks and debit cards. While a direct transfer can be made to your bank account from the casino when you win, most banks will not allow it if it is from an online casino. So what other options do you have?

For starters, you can open an off-shore bank account, but this can take a while. You may ask for a check which is delivered to you by courier. You then receive a tracking number via email. There is also the option of opening an account with a transfer fund service such as Click2Pay. This is just like PayPal, another company that does not cater to online gambling. Aside from Click2Pay, there is eWalletXpress.

4. Read the Terms of Agreement

Every online casino has terms of agreement you should read and agree to before you begin your online gambling adventure. You must adhere to their age limit; for most it is 21, however, some allow players who are 18. In some cases you may be required to send them a copy of your drivers license and a utility bill to prove your identity. This helps them verify your age while protecting you at the same time. All of this needs to be done before you send your deposit and begin playing.

Gambling online can be fun, and a great way to make some extra cash. You need to take all the precautionary measures you can, though, to ensure you are happy with your casino, safe from legal issues and actually receive the money you win. We hope this has answered some of your questions about how to gamble online but if there is something we have missed, please let us know and we will try to find an answer for you.

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