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The beginners guide to online gambling at casinos.

Before you venture online to gamble at an online casino, familiarise yourself with the words you will encounter. There is nothing worse than not understanding what you are betting on. We have also included a basic ethic here (the 10 commandments). If you are online to get rich quick, if you are looking for guarantees, then this game is not for you. That doesn't mean there are no lucky people but it does put your odds of being one of the lucky few into perspective.

As a beginner, we have also provided some game playing strategies which you can access on the left hand menu in the casino games section.

Finally, we would really want to emphasise that even quite serious gamblers make the mistake of not reading the terms and conditions. Please be aware that freebies, bonuses, and other offers, always come with conditions attached. Please always read the terms and conditions very carefully to avoid any dissapointment at a later stage. Good luck and welcome to our beginners page.



Your first visit to an online casino

  • First, make sure that you have the right gear: a valid credit card (or alternative banking method as below), a PC, and an Internet connection. If you only have a Mac or Web TV, you are unfortunately going to struggle with very limited choices. You can try Slotland though! :-)
  • Pick the casino you find most appealing. For a sneak peak at the casinos games, go to the "preview" page on the casinos web site. When you find a casino you like, go to the casinos "download" page. The casino may offer more than one software version, so select the version you prefer. Click the "download" button, but remember to take note of where you choose to save the file on your hard drive so you can find it later! When the download is complete, find the file in the directory where you saved it. Double-click on the file icon to run the setup program, which will guide you through the installation process. Just respond to the questions and choose where to store the casino program on your hard drive. Check your e-mail to see if you have received a key code. If not, wait another 5-10 minutes. You will need this key code to initially unlock the casino program.
  • Start the casino program. Enter the key code you received by e-mail in the indicated field. (Don't worry, you will only need to do this the first time you run the program.). To practice the games just for fun, choose "For Fun" when you start the casino program. Then select the game you wish to try on the main menu. If you are unfamiliar with a game, you can always refer to the "Help" section for game rules and a few helpful hints. If you have already gotten a feel for the games and sense that luck is on your side, choose to play "For Real." Register to become a casino member by filling out the form and clicking the "Ok" button. Proceed to the casino "Cashier" to deposit betting money into your casino account. There are usually several deposit methods available, so choose the most convenient. This process can take a bit of time because the online casino operates with great security (mainly to protect you!).
  • At this stage you get to receive a bonus (available in terms of the casinos bonus offers). Remember that NO casino will simply give money away with no protection for themselves. They will normally require you to play your bonus sum a certain number of times before allowing a cash out. Read and understand these terms and conditions before accepting the free cash and playing. If you feel the terms are too onerous, simply ask them to NOT credit you with a bonus (I have a number of high roller players who do NOT use the bonus option). With money in your account, you are now ready to pick your favorite game and play to your heart's content.
  • If you have a question or should encounter a problem, contact the casino's support department by e-mail, fax, or phone. You will find this information on the casino's web site on the "Contact" page. Live help is also a feature on many casinos (it's like a chat feature).
  • Cashing Out - When you are finished playing for the time being, your betting money can be safely stored in your casino account until your next gaming session. If you wish to cash out some or all of the money stored in your casino account, go to the "Cashier" and click on "withdrawal." Select a withdrawal alternative and follow the instructions.
  • Although the lack of free drinks at a virtual casino is a drawback, there are several good advantages to gambling on the Internet:
    - Instead of free drinks, you can get free cash (is this a win or what!).
    - You can play in your pajamas.
    - You can play 24/7.
    - No need to travel.
    - You can insult the dealer as much as you like.
    - You can go to the bathroom in the middle of a game
    - NO PARKING PROBLEMS
    - NO POSSIBLE VEHICLE THEFT!
  • Hints:
    - Remember that you probably play in the "For Fun" mode differently than when you play with real money. Your playing style may change, but the games and odds remain the same.
    - When you cash out, be prepared to wait a while before you get your money. The length of the wait depends on the efficiency of your postal service, where you live, and the withdrawal method you choose. If you run into any problems or the wait seems unreasonably long, get in touch with the online casino's support service. Remember, these people were hired to help you, so don't hesitate to ask questions!

Armed with these tips, you are ready to log on and enjoy the wonderful world of Internet gambling.
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Banking Alternatives

It has come to our attention that players are experiencing difficulties in depositing funds into Casino accounts. Below you can find a brief summary of your alternatives. We recommend NETeller. Not only is this our own prefered method but the casinos also like it and reward NETeller deposits with some really good bonuses. This does NOT mean the other methods are less efficient, it simply means that we consider NETeller to be a great choice. We cover the NETeller method in detail below the summary. Your range of options include:

  • 900Pay - Make deposits through your phone line if you have a long distance service. At your casio of choice, simply click on the 900Pay option and be directed to the their secure site.
  • ACH - Available only to USA bank account holders. A form of electronic check that first needs to be cleared. The only disadvantage with this method is that it can take up to 8 days for payments to be cleared.
  • Central Coin - It is a personal account that you can fund with your credit card. The payment with Central Coin allows you to transact anonymously.
  • Citadel - Citadel Commerce brings to you an Internet Check service that clears faster than than ACH. Easy to use and not expensive.
  • Gaming Card - By invitation only. High Rollers will love this. Brought to you by PaySpark. Extremely flexible and secure. Experience quick payouts and big transaction limits.
  • NETeller - The highest rated and easiest to use of the e-cash / e-wallet programs. Enormously popular and you will often receive extra bonuses just for using a NETeller card!
  • Prepaid ATM - One of the most flexible means and also VERY powerful. Enjoy total anonymity. Highly rated *****
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