Online Casino Playing Guide
Playing casino games online used to be fairly simple 8-10 years ago. While the process has generally stayed the same over the years there are now hundreds of more casino games available and online casinos you can play at. Here is a quick guide on how the get the most “bang for your buck” when it comes to playing casino games online.
The first and most important aspect of online gaming is finding the right place to play at. A good casino will go the extra mile to offer you the best support team, the best promotions, and the best variety of high quality games you can play. My favorite online casinos include: Cherry Red, Bodog, and Go Casino, but there are dozens of different options to choose from. The best way to choose a casino is to make the minimum required deposit at 3-5 casinos you are interested in, play a few games, E-Mail the support team a random question and see what experience you enjoy the most. It is hard to recommend one casino in particular because everyone looks for different things, as long as you are playing a reputable casino you will have a good time. Be sure not to fall for over the top initial deposit bonuses. Many smaller casinos like to promise players a 100-400% match on your first deposit up to $2,000 or more. You will have to play through the bonus at least 20 times to unlock it and certain games, such as blackjack may not qualify. All in all, ignore potential bonuses when signing up with a casino, they do not become profitable by giving away thousands of dollars to every new player they come across.
Another huge aspect of online casino play is obviously which games you decide on playing. Most casinos these days try to push their customers towards slot games, they have a fairly high house edge and it is possible to play 300+ rounds in an hour, which means the casino will likely take your bankroll before you even realize it. It is best to stay away from slots early, you want to get your feet wet with lower house edge games at first. I recommend blackjack, if you are familiar with a blackjack strategy card and you know when to double down, split and surrender blackjack can have a house edge of less than 5%. This microscopic house edge will actually give you a chance to succeed. It is important that you know the exact rules of the blackjack game you are playing. You need to make sure you are playing 3 to 2 blackjack and it is always important to know for strategy purposes when exactly a dealer hits or stands.
There are hundreds of other games available so it is definitely a good idea to branch out and experiment with a variety of games. Here are general ground rules to play by:
1. Never play a casino game online that has a house edge of over 3%. There are simply too many quality online games that actually give players a chance to waste your money on games that are all but guaranteed to run your bankroll dry. This still leaves you with plenty of options including: European roulette, blackjack, certain bets in craps and certain slot games along with many others.
2. Make sure that you know the ins and outs of each game before you wager real money on them. For example, until recently I did not know that the house winning one hand in Pai Gow Poker and splitting the other counted as a win for them while the player winning a hand in Pai Gow Poker and splitting the other counts as a tie for the player. This slight detail proved to be the difference between having a profitable session of playing to breaking even. You are sure to fine little details such as this in almost all of the games, including the major games that you think you are familiar with.
3. Statistics, house edge, bankroll management… They all matter, however in the end it is all about enjoying yourself and having fun. There are two ways to do this, the first way is to only wager money that you can afford to lose, trust me, it helps to take the sting off of a losing session. The second way to have fun is to play games that you deem to be interesting, I do not see the appeal in playing roulette while others may not like playing craps. If it is not fun to you do not bother wasting your time with it!
Once you know where you want to play and which games you want to play, an important overlooked aspect of the online gaming industry has to do with banking. Depositing and withdrawing your money from a poker room can be a headache, especially if you are a player located in the US. There should be 5-10 different methods available to make deposits online; I suggest you go with a credit card deposit. Credit card deposits are processed almost immediately and they do not require you to sign up for any new online bank accounts. Be sure that you do not let high interest rates get to you, even if you are a profitable player the 10-30% rates credit cards charge along with fees can really put a dent in your bank account. There is no clear cut front runner as far as a withdraw method goes but a wire transfer, check or any online payment method are all solid options.« Online Casino Bonus Guide Online Slots Guide »