The future is here, and online casinos have officially arrived. Although they’ve been around for years, since around 2010 the industry has taken off as gambling laws and society’s collective opinion have begun to shift.
Online casinos provide a fantastic opportunity for gamers to develop their skills in both popular and lesser-known casino games. Additionally, there a range of perks, such as bonuses, that makes the online version a truly viable alternative to the casino downtown.
Although the benefit is clear, there are still mistakes being made by players using online casinos. In this article, I’ll explain what you should avoid when you log on.
1 – Not Looking Around for the Best Option
One of the major positive aspects of online casinos is that you hundreds (maybe more) options right at your fingertips. If you’re settling for the first online casino that shows up in your Google search, there’s a good chance you aren’t utilizing the one that’s best for you.
If you’re asking what makes one better than the other; think about your personal preferences. First, determine which type of game you want to play. If, for example, your answer to that would be blackjack, then you should be looking around for the highest-odds blackjack option you can find. This may not be true of physical casinos, but online casinos offer games with even more favorable odds than their physical counterpart. It’s on you to seek them out and take advantage.
If you’re a fan of slots, there are plenty of higher RTP options that you simply can’t find in a physical casino. Do a few minutes of brief research and you’ll put yourself in a position to be successful.
Another component of online casino gambling to consider is the platform itself. Something as simple as the usability of the website can have a huge impact on your overall experience. My advice would be to try out a handful of different sites and see what you feel most comfortable using.
2 – Not Taking Advantage of Bonuses
We’ve been trained to recognize certain things as “too good to be true,” and avoid them accordingly. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and the skepticism is still largely justified in most cases. Any time business offers what essentially amounts to free money, it’s only logical to be a bit wary.
Online casinos, however, buck this trend (at least partly) with the “bonuses” they offer on their sites in order to gain your loyalty.
Think about the competition a regular casino faces in your city. Chances are, there aren’t more than 2 or 3 comparable gaming establishments within an hour’s drive. Now think about an online casino – there are literally hundreds (if not more) options available within the time it takes to scroll through your search results.
What does that equation mean for gamblers? Online casinos are willing to pay to earn your business!
Commonly known as “bonuses,” many online platforms offer incentives for both new customers, and customers who have shown their loyalty. These can take shape in the form of free entry into tournaments, cash deposit matches (seriously), and other creative perks that keep you coming back for more.
My suggestion is to always take advantage of the online casino bonuses that are offered. Gambling is difficult enough as it is, and any time you can get a little help you should take happily accept.
3 – Not Doing a Quick Background Check on the Website
Don’t let this section make you feel hesitant about trying out online casinos. The vast majority of them are completely secure and trustworthy, and you shouldn’t have any problems. With that being said, just like anything else, there are a few bad apples.
Most online casinos have a fair amount of user reviews, which are a great place to start if you’re concerned about the quality of a site. If you want to take things a step further, there are even sites dedicated to rating the “trustworthiness” of an online gambling platform.
Let’s Face It:
Any time you have to give out sensitive information like a credit card number, or deposit money onto a website, you should be doing a little research before moving forward. Online casinos are no different.
If you dedicate even just a few minutes of your time prior to going all-in with a gaming site, you can save yourself from a ton of headaches. If you find that after your research you’re still a little bit concerned about a particular site, just move on to another, there are plenty of other options out there that you can feel confident about.
At the end of the day, if an online casino gets a reputation for being unsecure and putting users at risk, it won’t last very long. That means that these websites do invest heavily in security measures, so rest-assured that your money will typically be very safe.
4 – Not Reviewing the Cash out Policy Before Playing
If you feel like up to this point in the article there are really no downsides to online casinos, I hate to break this news: online casino payouts can be a less-than-ideal process.
At your local casino, cashing out is a quick and easy process. No wait time is required, no minimum number must be met, and there are very rarely, if ever, fees associated with the transaction.
Real money online casinos should clearly lay out their policy in regards to cashing out, and gamers should be aware that they may have to meet certain criteria before getting their money. For example, some sites require a minimum dollar amount be wagered before you’re allowed to deposit your winnings into your account. In other cases, it might simply be that you get one free cash-out per month, and must pay a fee if you do it more frequently.
The policies that sites have in place aren’t convenient, but they are completely understandable. Without revenue generated by food, drinks, and other hospitality amenities, the money has to come from somewhere else.
The convenience offered by online casinos comes at a price – albeit a relatively small one. If this could be an issue for you, simply review the site’s policy before you deposit your money and begin gaming.
5 – Not Knowing When to Quit
As you might imagine, the easy access to online casinos can be a problem for some gamblers. No longer do they have to get dressed, get in the car, and drive downtown to place a few bets. All it takes is a laptop or mobile device and they can be putting down wagers in minutes.
This isn’t inherently a bad thing. In fact, most would argue it’s actually a benefit of online casinos. However, it does increase the importance of knowing when to quit.
Just like in a regular casino, if you find yourself up a good deal of money, keep in mind the old adage of “quit while you’re ahead.” If you start falling behind, remember proper bankroll management and live to fight another day.
Getting greedy after a few good days of gambling, or getting desperate after some tough losses, can be all it takes to throw of your entire casino gambling strategy. Take a long-term approach, and recognize when it’s time to log off for a few days.
Advances in technology have made online casinos more efficient, more secure, and quite frankly, more entertaining than ever before. They’ve become such a good option for gamblers that physical casinos are at risk of losing business to their digital counterparts.
Although there is a tremendous opportunity to make money and have fun doing it, it’s important to recognize that there are some drawbacks of online casinos that you won’t find at the real thing. As long as you’re aware of what these potential pitfalls could be, you should be able to avoid them.
If you haven’t tried online gaming in the past, do some research and decide if it could become a part of your overall gambling gameplan.
Michael Stevens has been researching and writing topics involving the gambling industry for well over a decade now and is considered an expert on all things casino and sports betting. Michael has been writing for GamblingSites.org since early 2016. ...
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