Nothing beats the thrill of playing real-money casino games on the net. While free-play games give gamblers the opportunity to get used to the rules, real-money casino action lets you win potentially huge amounts. Online, real-money casino games can be played for just pennies, unlike the big minimum stakes in a land-based casino. That means players of all budgets are catered for.
And if you set up a real-cash account, you can boost your budget by accessing a great bonus or prize offer. The hardest decision you’ll have to make is deciding what casino to play at.
What Are Real-Money Casinos?
All online casinos offer slots and table games where real money can be wagered
All online casinos offer slots and table games where real money can be wagered. The minimum stakes on most games will be much lower than at a bricks n’ mortar casino. And if the site has lots of traffic, you may find some pretty impressive progressive jackpots with big prizes. There’s no need to gamble a fortune at internet casinos; all players can earn handsome returns if they pick the right games and employ sensible bankroll management.
Bigger gamblers can find high-roller rooms and even Live Dealer games that let you take on a human croupier on your machine. Live Dealer, or ‘Live Casino’, games tend to have stakes more in line with a land-based casino.
Stakes And Jackpots
You may find slots that let you spin the reels for as little as 1p
At many online casinos you may find slots that let you spin the reels for as little as 1p. Now compare that to a land-based casino where the minimum spin on the same slot may be as much as 50p. Online roulette is available from most developers, with inside bets from just 25p and outside bets usually starting at around £1. In a land-based casino, those minimum bets will be around £1 for inside wagers and £5 for the even-money bets like Red/Black and Odd/Even.
The beauty of online casinos is that some games have “linked” jackpots called progressives. These have special prizes pooled from portions of each wager. The slots or video poker jackpots are triggered at random or when a special payline is hit.
Making Deposits And Withdrawals
Deposit times and fees vary from casino to casino
Real-money casino play is possible by keeping an account on-site. The account can be loaded up funds from a debit/credit card or an e-Wallet. It’s usually possible to transfer cash direct from your bank account too. Deposit times and fees vary from casino to casino, and also depending on where you live. If you are depositing at an online casino based abroad, you may have to incur currency conversion charges. Credit card providers will almost always charge you to transfer “cash” to a gambling account.
Cash-outs can take anywhere from 1-5 days to clear (depending on where you live and your cash-out method). Again, some fees may apply but a lot of online casinos will waive charges even if your payment provider doesn’t.
Accessing Bonuses And Loyalty Programmes
Casinos will try to attract new players with welcome bonuses
With so much competition online, casinos will try to attract new players with welcome bonuses. Welcome bonuses generally work as ‘match bonuses’; that is, the casino will equal your first deposit 100%. The match percentage is always displayed clearly on the casino homepage before you register an account.
There are many bonuses and promotions that online casinos offer to keep you gambling:
Welcome Bonus: A generous promotion reserved for new players. The bonus offer will tend to be bigger than regular promotions. An initial deposit is matched 50-200% by the casino. In return, the player must gamble the deposit amount several times over (typically 25-50 times) before receiving any bonus cash.
Reload Bonus: Again reserved for real-money players, a reload bonus works the same as a welcome bonus. A deposit is matched by the casino if the player “plays through” enough games in a set timeframe. The match percentage is usually smaller than in a welcome offer, around 25-50%.
Free Spins: A free spins bonus is a mix of free-play and real-money gambling. Slots players can enjoy a few free games on a selected slot. Whatever the player “wins” is held by the casino until a wagering requirement is met. For example, a player winning £50 may have to gamble the winnings 25 times before it gets released.
Staying Safe At Real-Money Gambling Sites
Look for evidence of a respected license
Online casinos are unique in that money can be stored on sites almost indefinitely. There is no “purchase” but rather an account that is deposited into and withdrawn from. As such, casinos need to be treated like online banks. Players need to be sure that their funds are safe. Always make sure real-money casinos segregate funds (i.e. keep their customers’ money apart from any prize money) so that winnings can always be paid out.
Also look for evidence of a respected license. Gaming jurisdictions issue licenses to sites that can guarantee security measures to protect funds. Payouts are also tested to ensure they are accurate and timely.