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Intro: A beginners guide to online Casinos
Written on Monday 22nd of October 2012

Where to startIntroduction to Online casinos

The popularity of online casinos has grown phenomenally since their introduction on the internet in the late 90's. With more and more customers logging onto Casino web sites, it can only keep getting bigger. This poses a problem for the newbie daring to enter this unfamiliar and exciting world, where do I start?

If you are a complete beginner to online casinos then it is a good idea to read up about them. A wide selection of books are available, giving help and advice on how to get started. Once you have a good understanding of what you are doing then you are ready to find a casino that suits you.

Opening an account with an online casino

The first thing you have to decide is which online casino  you are going to register with. Most reputable online casinos have a 'free play' area for you to try out. It is a good idea to check this out before whipping out the credit card. Being comfortable with the layout of a casino can make all the difference to the enjoyment of your online gambling experience.

Due to the large amount of competition on the web, online casinos will use a variety of offers and bonuses  to entice new customers onto their site. This varies from casino to casino,  and in some cases these bonuses can seem a bit too good to be true. Make sure you read the casino bonus section below before getting too excited about the prospect of a huge wad of cash to play with. There is no limit to how many online casino accounts you can open, it is down to how much money you have to play with.

Should I use an online casino with a Download or not?
Casino web sites usually come in two distinct formats 'download' or 'no download'. Certain online casinos require you to download their software program to your computer. Depending on the speed of your internet connection this can take up to 20 mins. With a no download casino you can play instantly in real time straight through your web browser using software already on your computer.

Being able to play instantly and not needing to download anything usually sounds the more tempting of the two options, especially to new users. However there are some major disadvantages to 'no download' casino web sites. They can be susceptible to glitches in the users software or network connection. They are also less likely to have features that are included on a download software program due to the reduced size of files that can be used whilst playing live.

It is a good idea to try both types of system out and certain online casinos offer both options. However experienced online casino players normally favour a download program. Once the casinos software is downloaded you can play at your leisure.

Make sure you check that your computer is compatible with the software the online casino uses. In the vast majority of cases it will be fine, however older models of computer will sometimes be unable to support the casinos software program. If in doubt contact the casinos customer support.

Making Withdrawals from an online casino
So you have had a great run and you want to cash in your chips at your online casino. That's fine, but be prepared that you may not get all your money back straight away. Online casinos vary on how they make payouts, usually you will be able to get the equivalent of your deposit back quite quickly. For the rest of your winnings you will have to be patient. You may be required to provide identification or enter a special PIN before they send you your winnings. Online casino sites will usually send you a PIN in the post. This is a unique identification number required to initiate 'cash outs'. It's a way the casino can verify you are at the address you registered with and to avoid fraud. To save you much hassle, it is highly advisable to provide the address you live at when registering with an online internet casino.

Casino Bonus policy

A Casino Bonus is usually offered by a casino web site as a way of enticing new players onto their site. This bonus can seem very attractive, just make sure you check the fine print before jumping in. First thing to be aware of is that all online casinos will require you to play the casino bonus before you can withdraw it, turning it several times over.

Casino bonuses will only be issued once by a particular casino, unless they have stated otherwise. If you try to re-register under a different alias this is deemed as 'Bonus abuse'. You can expect the casino to become very hostile towards this type of thing.

Be aware that online casinos offer a bonus out of their own pocket. If you go in and make a huge profit using your bonus then the casino may have clauses that prevent you being able to get all of this money back. Therefore it is advisable to your homework on a casinos bonus policy if you don't want to get caught out.

When assessing your options Betastic recommend gambling sites that offer bonuses that are fair and potentially rewarding. We don't add reviews for sites that have unrealistic bonus promotions.