Complete Guide to Gambling

It would be reasonable to assume that everyone has a basic
understanding of gambling, as the main concept is pretty
straightforward. Gambling in its purest form is the act of
risking money on an uncertain outcome with the chance of winning
money in return. However, there’s more to it than that.

Gambling is actually a very broad subject. You could spend
years studying it and still only learn a fraction of what there
is to know. Hopefully that doesn’t steer you away from gambling
altogether, because although there might be a lot to learn, it’s
definitely worth it. That’s precisely why we’ve put together
this comprehensive guide to gambling and provided you with a ton
of useful information and advice.

If you’re a complete beginner, you’ll find everything you
need to know to get started. Or if you’re already a seasoned
gambler, there’s still plenty of information that you might find
useful. If you’re interested in online gambling, then we’ve got
you covered on that front too. We tell you the best places to
bet and play online, and help you identify what sites are best
for you.

For more details on everything we have to offer in this
gambling guide, please continue reading down the page.

New to Gambling?

If you’ve never gambled before, or are relatively new to gambling, we suggest you take a look at the following article before anything else.

Got a Question?

The GamblingSites.org FAQ answers a comprehensive range of commonly
asked questions about gambling in general, online gambling, and this site.

FAQ

About This Guide

The purpose of this guide is to teach you everything you
could possibly want or need to know about gambling. That’s quite
a claim, given how extensive the subject is, but we’re confident
in our work. We’re constantly improving and adding to the guide
too, as we aim to make this the most comprehensive guide to
gambling you’ll find anywhere on the web.

Our primary focus is to make sure you enjoy yourself while
gambling. We want to make sure that you gamble responsibly, but
that you also give yourself the best possible chance of winning
some money. Please be aware that we can’t guarantee we’ll help
you win untold riches. There’s certainly the potential to win
money from gambling, but there’s always some risk involved too.

In order to make it as easy as possible for you to find
whatever information you might be looking for, we’ve divided
this guide into several sections. Two of the most popular
sections are our collection of articles on the basics of
gambling, and our introduction to online gambling. There’s more
information about what these sections cover below, but if you
want to jump straight to either one of them you can use the
following links.

Gambling Basics

Is Gambling Really Worth It?

Find out if gambling is really worth the risk, and if it’s the right pastime for you.

Making Money From Gambling

Is it possible to be a winner in the long run? We think so, and we can tell you why.

Dos and Don’ts of Gambling

Gambling the right way is about habit forming, so get it right from the start with these tips.

The Different Types of Gambling?

There are several different types of gambling, and we’ve explained all the main ones.

Online Gambling

A lot of the information you’ll find on GamblingSites.org is
about online gambling. This is because the internet is where we
do most of our betting and gaming, and one of our goals is to
help our readers have the best possible online gambling
experience.

The basic principle of gambling, in all its forms, is largely
the same regardless of whether you are gambling on the web or in
any other environment. There are some key differences though,
and there are certainly a few things you should know before you
start gambling online. We cover these in the following articles.

Introduction to Online Gambling

An important part of helping our readers have the best
possible online experience is by making sure they know where to
do their betting and gaming. We do this by ranking the top
gambling sites in various categories. Our rankings are based on
a wide range of factors, and we only ever recommend sites that
we have used ourselves and know to be reputable, safe, and
trustworthy.

Top Gambling Sites by Type

Top Gambling Sites by Region

More Top Gambling Sites

More Gambling Information

In the following sections of our guide we deal with a range
of additional gambling related topics. Some of them are included
because we thought you would find them interesting, while others
cover information that you really need to know. Remember, we’re
always adding to our guide so please check back soon if you
don’t see anything here that grabs your attention right away.

Regional Gambling Laws & Regulation

The laws relating to gambling vary greatly around the world.
In some regions, gambling in all its forms is completely legal
and fully regulated. In others, gambling of any kind is
explicitly illegal and punishable by law. In many regions, the
laws are somewhere between these two extremes.

The fact that different countries have different gambling
laws isn’t really a problem by itself. What can be a problem,
however, is the fact that in many countries the laws are very
unclear. It can be difficult to know for sure what’s legal and
what isn’t. This is especially true when it comes to online
gambling.

The gambling legislation in some countries is very outdated,
having been created long before the internet existed. This can
make it difficult to interpret how certain laws relate to online
betting and gaming. Online gambling also presents the issue of
jurisdiction. If you are sitting in front of your computer in
the United States, using a gambling site that is based in Costa
Rica, which set of laws will apply to you?

All in all, the legalities of gambling are very confusing.
That’s why we’ve put together a guide to regional gambling laws
and the relevant regulation that applies. It covers the legal
state of gambling in regions all over the world, including a
state by state analysis for the United States.

Online Gambling History

Online gambling may still seem like a relatively new
phenomenon to many, but it’s actually been around for nearly 20
years already. It has a fairly short history, but it’s still
important to learn it nonetheless. We’ve compiled a detailed
history of online gambling, which includes histories of specific
gambling sites and other companies within the gambling industry.

Biographies of People Involved in Gambling

In this section we’ve provided biographies on a wide range of
people involved in the gambling world in some way. There’s
information on pioneers in the online gambling industry, casino
tycoons, famous gamblers, professional poker players, gambling
criminals, and many more. These biographies take you into the
life of influential gambling legends of the past and present,
making for a very interesting read.

Gambler’s Fallacy

The gambler’s fallacy has resulted in the downfall of many
gamblers. It’s the mistaken belief that random events are
somehow affected by what has happened previously. Thinking in
this way can be disastrous for a gambler. In this section we’ve
explained why in detail and provided information on a number of
popular progressive betting systems that are essentially based
on the gambler’s fallacy.

Gambling Math

You don’t have to be a math expert to enjoy gambling, and you
don’t even need to fully understand the role that math plays.
It’s worth noting though, that math is involved in basically
every single aspect of gambling. Understanding its role can give
you a significant advantage over other gamblers, and it can even
improve your overall chances of winning. If you’re interested in
finding out more, then we invite you to take a look at this
section.

Virtual Reality Gambling

Online gambling has been through a lot the past few years.
Live dealer casinos were a huge breakthrough in online gambling
technology, but as we all know, technology stops for no-one.
Here we unpack virtual reality and everything you need to know
about how it pertains to the online gambling world.

A Final Point

If we could only give you one piece of advice, then it would
be to always be prepared to lose when gambling. Most gamblers
win money here and there, but in the long run the majority of
gamblers will be at a loss. This is why it’s very important to
only ever gamble with money you can afford to lose. If you’re
having fun and not spending money you need for other things,
then losing it doesn’t really matter. It’s basically just
spending money on a form of entertainment but
it’s very important to always gamble responsibly.

With that being said, it IS possible to be a long term winner
from certain forms of gambling. There’s no magic system that
will guarantee consistent profits, but you can be successful if
you are prepared to put in the time and effort to learn the
necessary skills and strategies required. This guide will help
you do just that.

Warning: Gambling Is Addictive

Gambling should be fun, but it can become a habit that is difficult to control.
If you ever feel like you might be addicted to gambling you should stop immediately
and seek help. The following article contains information on dealing with gambling
addiction.