If you have never gambled online, finding your way through online casinos can feel daunting. When you google the term “online casino” more than five hundred million hits will come up, but not all of them are worth your time or money. In this article, we are going to give you a beginners guide to online gambling and what you should pay attention to when selecting an online casino. Daniel Bennet, a Canadian iGaming expert is giving us his insights. Daniel – of whom you can read more about – is a passionate gambler and knows the nooks and crannies of the business.
Choosing an online casino
Playing in online casinos is perfectly legal in Canada, however, you should make sure that the casino you are about to sign up to is licenced. It can be licenced in Canada, like Cookie Casino, or in one of the common offshore jurisdictions such as Gibraltar, Malta, Curacao or Panama.
When a casino is licenced it means that they are regularly audited and they comply with local laws and regulations. You can usually check the licensing information on the bottom of the casino’s landing page.
As part of the how-to online casino selection before signing up always read reviews of the casino from independent review websites. Experts rate casinos on different criteria such as payment options, bonuses, game variety, reliability and user-friendliness. You can also read reviews that other punters left. If a casino gets lots of bad reviews because of difficulties with cashing out or tricky promotions it is wise to stay away from them.
There are two main ways to gamble online. You can play on a laptop/PC or on a mobile device such as a tablet or smartphone. If you prefer to play on your smartphone you can either use the app of the casino (if they have it) or the mobile-optimized versions of games.
Choosing the games
The best online casinos will have hundreds or sometimes thousands of games on offer. A good casino will offer a wide range of games from video slots to blackjack, bingo, baccarat, live-dealer table games and perhaps sportsbook.
The quality of the games has improved very much in the past 10 years and some slot games rather resemble cool video games with their superb graphics and sounds. Live-dealer games are also very popular as they take players closer to the brick-and-mortar casino experience. Through live video connection, you will be looking at an attractive dealer with whom you can communicate via text.
Top game providers such as NetEnt, Evolution Gaming or Playtech provide excellent and fair games and if you are after quality you should select games that were developed by some of these guys.
Since casinos compete with one another they will all offer some bonuses. It is very common to offer deposit bonuses that are tied to your initial deposit. For example, if you deposit CA$100 you can get another $100 or even $200 added to your player account. This sounds amazing, but before you jump in always read the small print as the wagering requirements can differ. You might have to wager your money 50 or even 70 times before you are allowed to cash out.
One of the best ways to gamble online for new players is by using no-deposit bonuses so you can get some practise before you make your first deposit. Alternatively, you can start by playing free games or demo games to get the taste of the game and get an idea of how easy or difficult it is to win with it.
Most online casinos will have a variety of ways for you to deposit. Debit and credit cards are usually accepted, however not all Canadian banks will allow transactions to gambling sites. For example, Royal Bank of Canada will not allow Visa and Mastercard transactions to gambling sites. What you can do is transfer money to an e-wallet or get a prepaid card. Most casinos accept e-wallets such as Neteller or Paypal and some will also accept cryptocurrency deposits.
Newbie gamblers need to check out a few things before they commit to a casino. Licencing information, reviews, game selection and deposit methods should be reviewed before you make your decision.