Welcome to easy gambling.com's guide to online gambling. Our intent is
to present the world of online gambling to you in an honest light (which
may be a refreshing surprise), and show you how easy it is to find some
The world of online gambling is full of two types of players, and unfortunately
they are usually one of two extreme. There are the people so paranoid
about security that they couldn't dream of trusting an online casino with
their personal information, and then there are the people who aren't paranoid
enough about security and give out their information to quickly, without
checking the casino out first. Both of these extremes harbor good qualities,
but a balance between the two is where the most informed people usually
So is this to say that security is the only variable worth considering
when considering gambling online? Not at all, but I do hope to make the
point that proven security is a necessary attribute of any casino you
choose to play at. Lets clear up any confusion here first. Yes it is safe
to put your credit card number in a form online, if you trust the company
you're dealing with. When it's not safe is when you don't check out the
casino ahead of time. Look on message boards and similar places for things
people have said about them. You'll soon find that bad casinos are talked
about more than good casinos. But don't let this be your only factor in
determining a place to play, many large casinos have had problems in the
past with bonus abuse, but you can be pretty sure if a casino has been
around for four or five years they are doing something right.
I may be a bit on the conservative side, but I'm still weary of the online
casinos out there that don't require a download to play. Most online gambling
sites will require that you download and install their software (or combo
the processes by using Microsoft's 'install from web' feature) before
going through the proper sign up process. After downloading the gambling
software, you will have to install it as you would any other piece of
software. Some online casinos make you input your personal information
at this point, while others wait until the casino has fully installed
and is run for the first time.
It's not unusual, upon starting up the software for the first time, to
be presented with the choice to play for real money, or to play for free.
Some casinos only offer limited versions of their games for free play,
try to find one that offers unlimited free play, so you can practice on
the games that are exactly the same ones you play for real money.
The sign up process may seem a little more involved than you would like
it to be when you choose to play for real money, but keep in mind these
web sites are trying to establish a relationship of trust with you. When
people want to gamble online for real money, it only makes sense that
you will have to give the casino your mailing address, in case you win.
How else would they mail you a check? Beyond you having to trust the casino
though, the casino has to trust you. Many, many instances of online casino
patrons abusing the bonus offers made available have made the casinos
just as weary of you as you are of them. Put in the correct information
here, obviously, or you just might hit a jackpot and then not see a cent
of it. Actually getting paid for a win will only happen if you've been
up-front in the sign up form.
Even before you finish signing up (because hey, giving up my credit info
isn't something I do lightly, and neither should you) you should give
the casino you're trying out a friendly phone call. If the casino doesn't
have a toll free number for you, umm, consider a different casino! This
first phone call is pretty important; not only should you get the details
of the sign up bonus they are offering (sure you should be taking advantage
of a sign up bonus, it's free cash!), which is important to understand,
but you can also get a good sense of the level of customer service. If
the casino's customer service appears good, you can have a little more
faith in the casino as a whole.
Take the phone call as an opportunity to get some more bang for your
buck. Often, much like in a land based casino, asking a few questions
when gambling online might get you something extra. Simply start out by
getting the details on their sign up bonus, then ask if there is anything
more they can offer you. Tell them you've downloaded the software, but
haven't signed up and deposited yet. Don't overdo it though, you don't
want them to think you are a bonus hunter, then they wont like you very
much and wont do anything extra for you. Getting on the phone with a casino
you're used to playing at can also be a good thing. Online gambling establishments
can naturally track your play in the same way a regular casino can when
you are part of their slots club. This means if you play at a particular
casino a fair amount, you might be able to get on the phone with a 'pitboss'
and get yourself a comp of come kind. No it wont be a free meal, but it
might be a nice cash deposit in your account!
See? Online gambling isn't that tough! All you need is a little introduction
to the concept, and you're on your way! Try visiting any of the casinos
advertised on this site, and you shouldn't have any trouble getting started.
If you do though, be sure to , unless of course the casino's customer service would
be more appropriate.