How to start playing online casinos safely

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Online gaming is a big business with billions of dollars being spent on it every year. Some players are looking for adventure games while others prefer puzzle or strategy games. Then there are those who like to play casino games, which include such classics as poker, blackjack, bingo, and slots.  Whichever is your preferred choice, if you have a digital device and an internet connection, you can play any of them anywhere, 24 hours a day.

If you are new to mobile gaming you may be wondering how to get started, especially in online casinos.

Compare the Sites

There are literally thousands of online casino sites and finding the right one for you can be a daunting task.  As well as having the types of games you are after, how do you know it is a legitimate casino? There are scam sites out there who will take your money and run, so be aware of this before you start. The safest way is to look at some of the best USA online casinos so that you can be certain they are genuine, reliable and will pay you out when you win.

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All online casinos have to be licensed to be allowed to operate, and if you go to one that you are uncertain about, you should look for its license details. You usually find these at the bottom of the home page and will be able to check if they really are licensed with the jurisdiction they say they are covered by. You can do this online, and if you cannot verify the information, steer clear as your money will not be safe.

Look At The Bonuses

Most online casinos offer a welcome bonus, and these can vary greatly from day to day. On a quiet day, they will increase their offer, just as they might decrease it if they are busy. The bonuses are either in the form of cash added to your account, free spins on slots or free games on others. Sometimes you need to make a deposit before you are awarded your bonus, and others you get for just becoming a member.

One of the advantages of the bonuses is that they allow you to play some games with risking any of your own money. The same basic rules apply to all the well-known games wherever you are playing, but each casino has its houses rules and etiquette that you need to follow. The bonus games let you learn these things before you start playing the games with your own cash.

This will make you more confident as, in some of the games, you will be playing with people from all over the world, and you do not want to be the one that gets something wrong because you are new to that particular casino.

Check Out The Payment Methods Accepted

Most casinos accept the standard bank and credit cards you would expect to pay with. Things like VISA and Mastercard are pretty standard, but some will also accept bank transfers, payments from a PayPal account and some other types of cards. You need to make sure the ones you want to join will accept your chosen deposit method.

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A few of them will accept cryptocurrencies as well, although generally only the better-known ones. Bitcoin is, of course, the main one accepted, but if you have a cryptocurrency wallet, you will find online casinos that will accept deposits from you. In fact, it is better for them because the money goes into their bank account instantly. With standard card and bank payments, although you are credited with the money straight away, it can actually take days to reach their bank account.

Learn About The Games

If you have never played poker, blackjack, bingo or any of the other casino games with real cards and real people, you may not have a clue where to start. Some of them need skills you can pick up as you play, but it is far better to learn at least the basics of the games before you start.

For instance, how many cards are dealt for blackjack, or when can you change cards in poker? When is the best time to give up on a hand and when should you keep betting on one? These are all rules and tactics that you can learn by playing the games with the bonuses you have been awarded, and there are also online tutorial sites that can help you. There is no limitation on the number of casinos you can join, so you will have plenty of options to learn about all the casino’s games.

Once you know more about the games, you will know which ones you prefer and will stand a much better chance of finding the perfect online casino site for you.

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