May
18
2019

Getting Started in Online Gambling

So you fancy a flutter online, but you have a few concerns right? That’s perfectly understandable, particularly with the huge choice of online casinos and gambling sites out there. You may also have a few concerns about the safety of your personal information and credit card details. Again that’s perfectly understandable, particularly with some of the scare stories in the press about internet fraudsters. Hopefully then, this article will help to allay some of your concerns and help you get started in this fun and profitable pastime.

Is it Safe?

This is probably the most common concern expressed by potential online gamblers. The answer is most definitely yes, provided you choose a reputable and established online gambling site. Look for software provided by one of the major casino software providers such as Microgaming, RTG (RealTimeGaming), Playtech, Boss Media, Cryptologic/Wagerlogic, Parlay Entertainment, iGlobal Media, Grand Virtual and Odds On. These software providers rigorously test their software to ensure that it is safe and hack proof, and ensure that your personal information is rigorously encrypted and safe. Any banking information is inputted over a secure connection, meaning a hacker will never be able to access your data. Because of the rigorous security measures in place, entering your banking information is just as safe as banking online with your normal bank. There are also several other excellent casinos who are not powered by the above software, but who are equally trustworthy. Look for a secure connection when entering personal information, this may be denoted by a little padlock icon in the corner of your screen, if you are in a normal browser window a secure connection url will show up as https: the s denotes that the connection is secure.

I don’t want a casino to know my credit card info, are there any other ways to make a deposit?

Yes there are many other ways other than credit card to make a deposit. One of the most popular is Neteller – http://www.neteller.com which is an online wallet specially designed for online gambling. When you sign up for a neteller account, you receive an account number, a secure Id and a password. The secure ID acts like a pin number, you will not be able to use your account without it. You can deposit funds in your neteller account by credit card, debit card or bank transfer and you can withdraw your funds via a special free debit card issued by neteller. Thus you can not only deposit at casinos but also withdraw your funds. There are many other ways to make deposits without using a credit card, Paypark, Click2Pay, Ecocard, Moneybookers, Ukash, to name a few. For more details on banking deposit methods see the extensive article at http://www.prizewin.co.uk/deposit.html which covers alternate depositing methods in detail.

How do I withdraw my winnings?

Your winnings can be paid via many methods depending on the particular casino – you can choose which you prefer. One of the fastest is via Neteller, which if you sign up for the free neteller debit card then you can withdraw your winnings instantly.

So Is It Necessary to have one of these Neteller accounts?

No not at all, there are many other ways to make deposits and receive your winnings.

I have Paypal can I use that?

Unfortunately, when eBay acquired Paypal, they banned all gambling transactions. However there are many other alternatives which work just like Paypal who do accept online gambling

How do I actually sign up at a casino?

There are two types of casino – browser based or flash, and download software. The downloadable versions tend to have the best graphics and variety of games, they are generally about a 5mb download, and then you download whichever games you wish to play. If disk space is limited or if you don’t want software permanently installed on your PC then you can choose an instant casino or flash version. Many casinos let you choose between downloadable and instant play versions.

But I’ve never played at a casino before; I don’t understand some of the games.

All casinos have a built in help file which show you the rules and how to play the game. In some casinos you can actually set the auto play button to play the game for you ensuring you play to perfect strategy. Also you can play the game for fun before you start to play for real money so you can learn how to play without risking your cash.

How do I know the games are fair?

If a casino has been around a while the chances are its games are fair – after all it wouldn’t stay in business very long otherwise!! All the big software manufacturers rigorously test their software for randomness and fairness and many publish their payout percentages on their sites. These are usually audited by external auditors, so you can be assured that these are accurate. In addition you can request play logs, these are provided for you automatically on Microgaming and Playtech casinos, so you can check your hand history and winnings/losses.

But I’m worried I will get addicted

The vast majority of people who play online play recreationally and never develop a problem, but for a few people gambling may become an addiction. This has often spurred vehemous attempts by anti gambling campaigners to ban online casinos. However to put things into perspective, more people abuse alcohol than gambling yet no-one is campaigned to get alcohol banned. Like anything, if you play sensibly, know your limits and never spend more than you can afford, then gambling shouldn’t become a problem. If you or someone you know has a problem, please seek help from agencies such as gamblers anonymous

I see a lot of casinos offering bonuses and special offers – how do I know if im getting a good deal?

Like any industry, the casino industry is competitive and in order to compete, many casinos offer special offers and bonuses. It can be confusing for the new player to navigate their way around these offers – and of course there is no obligation on the part of the player to accept these bonuses – if there are added automatically when you make a deposit you can always request that any bonus is removed from your account before you begin to play. However many players like bonuses as they give them a bit extra value for their money, although you should be aware that there are always terms and conditions attached to bonus monies. Always check the rules regarding the bonus on the casino website before you play, if necessary take a screen shot by pressing CTRL + PRTSC, so you can refer to them later. There are two different types of bonuses – no deposit bonuses which require no purchase to be made and deposit bonuses which are depending on your making a purchase at the casino. These may be in the form of a percentage of your deposit, or a fixed sum, and may be sticky or not – a sticky bonus stays in your account and cannot be withdrawn although you can withdraw your winnings from it. No deposit bonuses are the casinos way of giving out free samples – kind of like a try before you buy, but because these are costly for the casinos you will find many restrictions regarding games you can play and how much you can cashout from them.

So you’ve addressed my concerns -let’s go
Good luck and happy gambling!

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May
10
2019

Gambling History: How Far Back Do Gambling Games Go? Possibly With the Egyptian Pharaohs

At what period in history did people start to gamble? The exact period is unknown but believe it or not, pairs of dice have been found in Egyptian tombs over 4,000 years old! Also, gambling games were played in ancient China, where Poker is thought to have originated. In 1492 during the Columbus landing, Native Americans were sports betting on the outcome of a game resembling LaCross. So when did it all start in America? Read on.

Early America

Gambling in America started with the first English settlers in the 1600′s. Their traditions included card games that were part of the aristocratic lifestyle. However, when Puritans colonized in Massachusetts Bay they had the freedom to create their own culture which included hostility towards gambling. They outlawed the possession of dice, cards, and gambling table games in their communities. Nevertheless, gambling prevailed in other localities. Many English colonists considered gambling to be a suitable form of entertainment.

The Revolution

The colony of Virginia was the first to realize that lotteries could raise capital for local governments. Eventually all 13 colonies were raising lottery revenue. Proceeds helped build Universities like Harvard, Yale, and Princeton. Lotteries also funded churches and libraries. Founding Fathers George Washington, Ben Franklin, and John Hancock were promoters of specific lotteries for public works projects. When the Revolutionary War started, the Continental Congress voted for a $10 million lottery to finance the war.

Westward Ho

During the early 1800′s the taverns and road houses allowed dice and card games, creating the first version of casinos. As America’s population began to increase, casinos became more lavish. The Mississippi River was a major trade route where merchants and entrepreneurs brought their cash. Gambling on riverboats became a favorite pastime and New Orleans became the gambling capitol of America. In 1849 gambling followed the pioneers to California during the gold rush. Gambling establishments began to flourish there and west of the Mississippi, including Nevada. In the late 1800′s Roulette was adopted from France and the Slot Machine was invented.

Much of the public viewed gambling as a social ill because it was linked to alcoholism and prostitution. Reformers convinced jurisdictions to shut down the Dens of Iniquity. Most states discontinued lotteries as well. Riverboat gambling dried up with the advent of the railroad. By the end of the century only Nevada allowed gambling.

20th Century

In 1910 Nevada finally shut the door on gambling, which left horse race wagering the only legal entity in America. In 1912 Arizona and New Mexico were granted statehood under the condition that gambling remain outlawed. During the 1920′s prohibition era, the public’s thirst for gambling matched that of alcohol. Casinos went underground along with the speakeasys. In 1931 Nevada legalized gambling again and remained the only state to do so until the latter half of the century. Gambling flourished underground as organized crime made heavy investments in Nevada, and prospered by controlling off track betting and the numbers lottery.

During the 1950′s the U.S. Senate investigated organized crime’s link to illegal gambling. Eventually the mob departed Las Vegas. States put bookies out of business by legalizing off track betting and numbers games. Atlantic City approved gambling in 1976, the Indian Gaming Act was approved by congress in the late 1980′s. Dockside riverboat gambling made a comeback, racetracks installed slot machines while Las Vegas reinvented itself by building mega resorts during the 1990′s.

Century 21

The American Gaming Association reported that there are 832,988 slot machines spread out over 1,151 casinos and racetracks across 44 states with more on the way. It appears that the American culture’s thirst for gambling matches that of the Egyptian Pharaohs! America has embraced gambling as an acceptable form of entertainment.

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