Getting Started

" Though the eventual goal of gambling both online and off is to win, win, win, you won't be able to do so unless you have a few guidelines to go by, especially if you are new. ""Newbies"", as new players are often called, can easily lose their money (often called a bankroll) in the blink of an eye because they are unaware of some of the differences between offline andonline gambling.

There are a few pitfalls that you can avoid while participating in online gambling that you may not have even know existed. Knowledge is a key part of winning in any gambling, but it can especially if you are gambling online, and even moreso if you are brand new to gambling online.

Below is a list of tips and tricks that even pros follow so that they can maximize their own advantage and minimize that of the casinos:


Do not bet more than you had planned on. Before you load funds into your online gambling account, you should take care to plan ahead how much you are willing to spend, and only spend that amount. If you have $200 in disposable income for your gamlbing entertainment, only bet that amount. Betting more can lead to further losses and start a domino effect, A domino effect means that you keep losing because you are throwing good money after bad and won't stop like you are supposed to. This can only lead to bad things in the end. Only bet what you initially said you would. Which leads to even more tips:

Do not bet your payouts. A payout in any casino, online or off, is what you won. If you set the money you win aside, then you are sure to leave with something in your pocket as opposed to none. Also, as referenced above, you should never gamble more than your predetermined amount. If your predetermined amount is $200, but you won $50 with that $200 and then gamble the fifty dollars, then that means you actually spent $250, which means that you went over your budget. This may seem insignificant, but when you add this up over more than one gambling session, the amount you went over your initial budget can add up quickly and lead to worse losses. Never bet your winnings.

Only load funds into your online gambling account once per gambling session. Let's say you use NeTeller to fund your account at your favorite online casino. Once you predetermine the amount that you are going to use for this particular gambling session, you can then send that amount to your account, but then no more! Even if you lose all the money, but think you can win the next bet, DON'T DO IT! Only send one payment per session, so you can assure that you don't lose your shirt.

Avoid alcohol at all costs. While most people think they can avoid this by gambling online (where there is not a waitress trying to entice you with free drinks), you would be surprised how many people equate gambling with alcohol and do it anyways, even online. Avoiding alcohol will help you make better bets and wagers, which will (hopefully) in the end make it so that you can win more or at least break even.

If you are getting the jitters about a particular bet, then don't do it. Often people will have a sinking feeling or even a feeling of remorse before placing a bet- this can mean a whole lot of things, and is almost never good. If you truly have a bad feeling about something, then you should not place the bet. Just avoid it altogether, for two reasons- one, your intuition may be right. Two, you will not feel bad later about placing the bet, whether you won or lose. Gambler's remorse is actually worse than 'buyer's remorse', because you can't return a bet or wager like you can a pair of pants or an appliance.

"" Besides the specific lingo for different casino games, there are terms used in the whole casino environment. Here, you'll learn the most important casino words used on the floor in brick-and-mortar casinos and in online gambling establishments.

Banker: The dealer in card games. In some games, players are allowed to act as banker.

Bankroll: A player's bankroll is the sum of money he/she has set aside for gambling activities.

Bet: To place a wager

Betting Limits: The lowest and highest amount you're allowed to wager at in a specific game.

Black Book: A list used in Las Vegas with people not allowed in the casinos.

Bonus: A sum of money given to casino players for various reasons. There is a diversity of bonus types: Sign-up bonus, refer-a-friend bonus, loyalty bonus etc. More info on different bonus variations

Burn Card: A playing card that is taken from the top of the deck and then is discarded.

Card Counting: A technique mostly used in blackjack. Card counters track and remember cards that have been in play and then raise the stakes when the odds are in their favor. Read more about card counting

Casino Advantage: The edge the house has on a particular wager.

Chemin de Fer: A card game similar to Baccarat

Chips: Token used in casino games instead of cash

Cold Streak: A long losing session

Color Up: To change smaller denomination chips to ones with higher value.

Croupier: French word for a casino dealer

Cut Card: A blank plastic card used to cut the deck in games like blackjack.

D'Alembert System: A betting system in which you raise the bet one unit when winning and lower one unit when losing.

Deposit: A transaction to an online-casino account, usually through credit card or online-payment services.

Drop Box: The tray on a gambling table where you put chips and chips etc.

eCOGRA: Abbreviation for e-Commerce Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance, which is a company that monitors casino and poker sites and assure that they offer fair games. Read more about casino security

Edge: An advantage over the casino and vice versa.

Eye-in-the-Sky: The surveillance cameras located above casino tables.

Flash Casino: A piece of online-casino software created with the programming language Flash. It allows you to play in the web browser.

Gambler's Fallacy: The incorrect belief that isolated events may affect each other. Read more about the Gambler's Fallacy

Gamblers Anonymous: A Group that supports people with gambling problems.

Hot Streak: A period with a lot of winning.

House: The casino or any other casino-game provider.

House Edge: The advantage the casino has on a wager.

Jackpot: A large prize for an uncommon outcome - usually offered on slot and video poker machines.

Long Run: The point where fluctuations, winning and losing streaks, have evened out.

Martingale System: A betting system in which you double your wager after every lost bet.

Mechanic: A cheating dealer

Multiplayer Casino: A casino that offers games where you play together with other real players and not just against the dealer.

Negative Expectation: A losing bet, in the long run, offers negative expectation. In the long haul, most casino games give players negative expectation.

Odds: The ratio of a specific event to occur. If your odds are 1 to 3, you will win 25% of the times.

Payoff: The payoff you'll get on a specific wager. Compare this with the odds to see how profitable, or unprofitable, a bet is.

Payout Percentage: This figure shows how much the casino will pay out in the long run. If a slot machine has 99.5 % payout, you'll on an average lose 50 cent on every $100 wagered.

Progressive Jackpot: A Jackpot with many slots or video poker games linked to it. When someone makes a bet in any of these machines, a small percentage goes to a collective jackpot, which can become really huge. Read more about progressive jackpots.

Punto Banco: European version of Baccarat

Rake: The money the house deducts from poker cash-game pots, usually around 5%.

RNG: Abbreviation for random number generator - a computer that randomly decides the outcome of a casino game.

Shill: A player employed by the casino who fills up empty seats.

Shoe: A wooden box used for holding playing cards at, for instance, a blackjack table.

Shuffle Tracking: A technique deployed by blackjack card counters, which can make them locate important cards.

Tournament: A game with several players, most common in poker. Nowadays, however, you can find slots and blackjack tournaments as well.

True Odds: The real odds for something to happen, which results in a break-even game between the player and the casino.

Vig: Abbreviation for Vigorish - a commission taken by the casino

Wager: A bet

Wild Card: A joker used in some card games that can be used to complete a hand.

" " How do I download a casino client? This is not as difficult as it might seem. Most casinos has step-by-step guides on how to download and install a casino client, and the only decision you have to make is where on your hard drive you whish to place the program.

Getting started - Download, Deposit and Play

How do I download a casino client?

This is not as difficult as it might seem. Most casinos has step-by-step guides on how to download and install a casino client, and the only decision you have to make is where on your hard drive you whish to place the program. For more information about this, read our article about downloading and installing casino software

Can I play online-casino games on my Mac?

Yes. Many of today's online casinos allow you to play directly in the web browser using no download software like Flash.

Can I play free casino games?

Yes. Almost all of today's online casinos offer play-money games. You only have to download the software and open an account (some casinos offer instant pay that doesn't require an account.) These games are a perfect opportunity for players to learn the rules and the practise basic game strategies.

How old do I have to be to play online casino games?

Usually, you have to be 18 to participate in real-money games, but some casinos only allow players over 21. There is, however, no age limitation on play-money games.

How do I make a deposit into a casino account?

Most casinos have a multitude of payment options. You can usually make a deposit with all major credit cards as well as a large variety of online-payment options such as NETeller, FirePay, Click2Pay etc.


Online Casino Security

How does a casino protect my private information?

Since you provide online casinos with much personal information, such as your credit card number, you want to be sure that this is handled with the highest of security. Fortunately, it is. All online casinos use some sort of encryption, and the best type is the 128-bit SSL encryption, which is used by most casinos. This is the same system most banks and credit card companies use.

Can I track my previous deposits and withdrawals?

Yes. Most casinos online provide players with complete transaction history. If there fore some reason would be a dispute between a player and the casino, both parts can study all past transaction.

Is the outcome of a casino game actually random?

Yes. All games in serious online casinos use random number generators (RNG). This makes every roll of the dice, every spin of a roulette wheel and every video-poker hand isolated events, not affected by the past or the future. Since a casino has an edge in the games, they don't need to manipulate the outcome. In fact, it would be an incredibly stupid decision. Study our article about random number generators to find out how they work.


General Question about Online Gambling

What is a casino's average payout?

When choosing an online casino, make sure you can find the casino's average payout. This will be displayed in percentage form - usually around 97%. This means that the casino has an average edge of 3% on every wager. Remember that this is all games combined, some games have a larger advantage and some a smaller.

Can I chat with other players in an online casino?

Yes. If you wish to chat with other players during the game, join an online casino that offers multi-player games.


What is a multi-player game?

A multi player-game is a casino game that allows more than one player to participate simultaneously - common in table games such as blackjack, roulette and craps. There are also casinos that offer private games. In these games, you are allowed to create tables and invite whoever you want. Study the [[LinkInternal:]]casino reviews[[/Link]] to find casinos with multi-player functions.

What is the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA)?

This is a US law passed in 2006. It is supposed to prevent the use of credit cards and other payment instruments to fund off-shore casino and poker sites. US players, however, can still play casino games on the Net. They only have to choose a site that still allows US players. We offer a complete list of US casino sites and US poker sites.

What is the gamblers fallacy?

The gamblers fallacy is the belief that random events affect each other and that the outcome of a particular event is more likely to occur because of what happened before. This is an incorrect belief, and random events - like a roulette spin or a throw of a die - are not affected by what happened in the past.

What is a progressive jackpot?

A progressive jackpot is a jackpot that increases with each coin wagered. A Progressive jackpot consists of many slots or video poker machines, and a small part of every player's wagers goes into a growing price pool. These jackpot can become huge and sometimes exceed $1,000,000.


Casino Bonus - Different Types of Casino Bonuses


What is bonus match?

Bonus match is the percentage that shows how a casino matches a new client's first deposit. Say that the mach bonus is 50%, and you deposit $100, then your bonus becomes $50 (0.5x100 = 50.) Note: Also remember to examine the max bonus.


What is max bonus?

The max bonus indicates the largest bonus amount you are able to earn. If a bonus offer is 200% bonus match, up to $400, your bonus is maxed when depositing $200 or more (2x200 = 400.)


What is no deposit bonus?

A no-deposit bonus is a bonus that a casino instantly pays out when a customer opens an account - no deposit required. The bonus conditions are somewhat different between casino sites, but usually the bonus amount has to be ""rolled over"" a number of times before a player is allowed to cash it out.

What are comp points?

Complementary points (comp points) are awarded to loyal players in most online casinos. When you participate in real-money games, you are awarded points. These points are then converted into real money or merchandise, can give you a higher VIP level etc. Visit casinos' homepages to find out if they award comp points and how these points can be used.

What is a refer-a-friend bonus?

As the name implies, this is a bonus you receive when you refer players to a certain online casino. When you refer a friend, and he/she makes a first deposit, you'll get a bonus. Usually this bonus is a fixed sum, normally $50-$100, but sometimes you'll get a percentage of your referral's first deposit.

What is a reload bonus?

A reload bonus works much like a sign-up bonus but is only offered to existing players. You make a deposit, and the casino will match it. Sometimes when you see a large first-deposit bonus offered on a casino's webpage, it is actually a combination of a first-deposit bonus and a number of reload bonuses.

When can I withdraw a casino bonus?

When you make a first deposit at casino site, you can sometimes instantly receive your first-deposit bonus. This, however, doesn't mean that you can withdraw the money right away. Usually your bonus has to be rolled over a number of times first. In our reviews, you can compare different casinos' wagering requirements.



Is there a water proof roulette system?

No roulette system works in the long run. The martingale system, however, theoretically gives positive expectation (under certain conditions.)

What is the casino's advantage on an American roulette wheel compared with a European?

If you have the opportunity to choose between an American and a European roulette game, always choose the European version. In doing so, the casino will only have a 2.63% edge instead of 5.26%. Study the roulette strategy page for in-depth information on how to maximize roulette profit and minimize the house's edge.

Do previous outcomes in roulette affect a new spin?

I can't emphasise this strongly enough: Each roulette spin is a random event; neither the past, nor the future, has any affect on a spin.



What is the casino's edge in blackjack?

Blackjack is a game where your decisions really matters. If you deploy the basic blackjack strategy, you are able to reduce the house's advantage to less that 1 %. But if you play randomly, the house edge has to be described with two figures.

In blackjack, do other players' actions affect your game?

No. Sometimes you hear players blame other players for making wrong decisions and therefore give the dealer a 21 he was not supposed to get. But remember that this player is just as likely to make the dealer go bust. In the long run, other players' actions don't matter.

Can I count cards in online blackjack?

No. The cards are randomly shuffled prior to each hand being dealt.

What is a blackjack tournament?

A blackjack (elimination) tournament basically works like a poker tournament. Instead of playing with real money, you play with chips, and your goal is to stay in the game as long as possible (not get eliminated). In regular blackjack, your opponents' actiond doesn't affect your decisions, but here they do. Study our article about blackjack elimination strategy to get the most out of your blackjack tournaments.


Slots/Video Poker

Why should I always play video poker and slots with max coins?

The standard slots/video poker machine doesn't offer a flat payout structure. The more you bet, the more times your wager multiplied when you win. Mathematically, it's therefore best to always wager the maximum amount allowed. This is usually also the case if the game offers a progressive jackpot. To qualify for the jackpot, you have to bet max.

Is a slots machine that hasn't paid out for a while more likely to pay out in the future?

No. A slots session is made up of a number of random events, which do not affect each other.

Can I get positive expectation in video poker?

On the contrary to most other casino games, certain video-poker machines offer players positive expected value. But how's that possible? The thing is that you need to deploy the perfect video poker strategy to get an edge, and since most players don't do that, casinos are able to give the knowledgeable players an advantage.



Which are the best bets I can do in craps?

Most gambling experts advice you to stick to the pass/don't pass and come/don't come bets. These wagers have very low house advantage. All types of proposition bets have a huge house edge and should be avoided at all costs. Study all craps odds and payouts.

Is it possible to control a dice roll?

It's not impossible, but it is very hard. There are a few craps experts, Dominic LoRiggio and Chris Pawlicki for instance, who have made a fortune by deploying, what they call, rhythmic rolling. This is, however, nothing the average gambler should try.

What words do I have to know before I start playing craps?

For someone who has never played the game before, the lingo by the craps table can sound like nonsense. People talk about hardways, yo bets, and box numbers. Study our craps glossary to learn all the important terms.