Gambling and gaming online

Anyone who is used to gambling or playing games such as poker, blackjack, roulette, bingo, or slots in a bricks-and-mortar casino setting should have no problem playing these games online. Indeed, there are likely to be some interesting variations of these games when playing on the internet.

Just as most gamers have a favourite casino, betting shop, or bingo hall, the first step is to decide which gaming website is going to fit the player’s individual needs the best when making the decision to gamble online. There are plenty of sites to choose from, and many of these offer enticing bonuses and incentives, such as matching initial deposits or bets, to get punters to sign up.

Additionally, many gaming and gambling sites offer an extensive selection of their games for free – using play money – which allows new players to become accustomed to the online environment and comfortable using the software. The hope, of course, is that the individual playing the free games will eventually open an account and start playing with real money. When someone does open an account it is simply a matter of depositing funds using a cash or credit card via a secure online transaction.

One bonus for people who have never played casino games before is that gaming websites usually publish the rules for the games on the site, and many have areas which offer tips and strategies for winning play. By reading these rules and instructions and then testing out what they have learned in the free part of the online gaming site, players can give themselves an excellent advantage right from the start.

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The internet gives gambling a new direction

Gambling and betting on the internet continues to gain popularity. Whether people are looking to engage in casino games such as poker, blackjack, or roulette, play bingo, or place a bet on a football match, it can all be done via the World Wide Web.

Because these activities have been recreated online, it has given gambling a new direction and opened gaming up to millions more people than ever before. All of the games and betting activities that were traditionally carried out in-house in places such as casinos, betting shops, and bingo halls are now available online. While these brick-and-mortar establishments certainly still exist, the internet has given gambling and gaming a new dimension; to play, it is now simply a matter of switching on a computer, laptop, or mobile device and visiting the appropriate website.

Perhaps the most convenient part of internet gaming is that it can be done almost anywhere, including from the comfort of the individual’s own home or, if they have access to a mobile device such as a tablet or smartphone, while out and about. An added convenience is that while land based casinos, bookmakers, and bingo halls have set opening and closing times, online gambling and gaming takes place round the clock, seven days a week.  When gambling online, the bother of having to dress up before going to the casino or bingo hall – as well as the time it takes to travel there – is eliminated.

One thing that used to be missing from online gaming was the social aspect; a trip to the casino, bingo hall, or betting shop offered the opportunity to interact with others. Understanding that this social aspect is an integral part of the gaming experience for some individuals, many betting websites provide a chat facility which allows players to interact with fellow gamblers from around the world.

One major advantage to gaming online is that it offers new players the chance to learn the rules of the various games before playing them for “real” money, as most gambling websites publish the rules for their games somewhere on the site. Also, many sites give players the opportunity to play for free, which allows them to become accustomed to the online environment before deciding to risk their money.

Check the bonuses

Just about any online casino will give you a sign up bonus and although being offered £100 for nothing may seem too good to be true, it might just be, so check. There will naturally be terms and conditions attached to the money, it may be that you have to match the mount and use you money first, bonus schemes vary from casino to casino so check it out first.

Many online casinos also run a loyalty scheme which is paid out on a monthly basis, normally this is paid out only when you have played, or wagered a set amount each month, so again check out the terms, these can be very attractive and certainly worth having. Whilst some online casinos pay the bonus each month, some only pay it out once to a new player signing up in the month.

Not all online casinos offer this, so if you find yourself playing on a regular basis each month and your casino does not have a monthly bonus scheme, find one that does and rewards you for your regular custom at the tables or slots. You will find plenty that do reward you and often this monthly bonus is far better than a sign up bonus, so even though a casino amt offer monthly and no sign up bonus, you could be better off, check around and paly with the casino money.

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Casino Tips and Advice

The best piece of advice anyone can give you and perhaps this is the most important tip of all, that is never chase your losses; doing this will only bring you down, both in the short and long term. When it comes to casino games you need to realise your limit, online casinos will always tell you this, so follow their advice. Make sure you set a deposit limit which you’re comfortable with, most online casinos worth their salt will have this facility.

Get to know the rules, may seem pretty obvious, but it may surprise you to know that there are some players out there who are not following this one simple guideline, bear the following in mind; know the rules to the games you are playing.  For example blackjack has several variations, each one played with a different amount of decks and different rules.

Once you’ve found an online casino you like, you should next find out whether this will give you a welcome bonus, most of them do and some are far better than others in the amount that they will offer. Also see what the requirements for getting this bonus cash is, for example how much you need to wager before you can withdraw the deposit.

Keep well away from the drink when you are gambling, everyone warns about this, but decent casino players will tell you that it bodes well to stay clear of alcohol. Not only does it cloud your judgement, but it also erodes your inhibition.

Everyone opens the online casino hoping to win money, nothing wrong in that, but only a fraction of players manage to really hit the big time, so always keep your expectations realistic, you are there to have fun, that’s what it is about.

Mobile casinos

The growth of Smartphones has meant that more people than ever are now playing games on their phones in the same way as they do on their computer at home. There are some differences, such as the choice and quality of game graphics, but most people are quite happy and enjoy the gaming experience.

Playing casino games on your phone is now very popular and naturally you have to download the casino software for your mobile, but it only takes a few minutes and the space it takes up on the phone is usually quite small, rarely more than a few kilobytes. Transferring money through a mobile phone is safe too, as all transactions are encrypted as normal banking business.

All the popular casino games are available to the mobile user including roulette, Roulette, blackjack, poker and slot machines are seen to be the most popular, but as with the online casino, much more is available for those that want them. The software is compatible with most of the mobile phone operating systems including iOS, Android, later BlackBerry models and Windows, which is shortly to include Symbian, following the takeover of the Nokia brand.

Check with your favourite online casino, or check out on the internet for a casino tha you can download to your mobile and fill in the time on the train, in the airport or during a lunch or coffee break. Playing at the casino on your mobile is fun, don’t miss out.

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Gaming on the move

Probability a hugely successful company bringing entertainment gambling into the mobile era has recently launched its first 100-line high definition slot. The game has a jungle adventure theme and can be played at just 1p a line for a chance of jackpots of up to £20,000. There are one hundred ways in which a player can win their Mythical Mayan Adventure, which invites players to unlock hidden free game features when three scattered mythical Mayan Warrior symbols are discovered during play, allowing them to find a fortune.

This launch follows on from the highly successful game first seen in July where users have a chance to play roulette on their high end Android and iOS devices. The Probability team has built this entirely in HTML5 using a completely new framework developed in-house introducing the most advanced, feature-rich, Roulette experience available on mobile and includes many features never before seen on mobile versions of this Casino classic.

Probability has 20+ games in its lobby covering slots, casino and bingo and the HD games launched recently are upgrades of existing Probability titles which have had proven success.

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Playing tips for online casinos

Online gambling and casinos are taking off in a huge way and it’s not difficult to see why. It’s a fun way to spend your leisure time, can be rewarding if the pay-out is good and can keep your mind a little more active. If it’s something you’re considering dipping into for the first time, here are a few tips to help find your way around.

Make sure that you’ve checked around to make sure you’ve got the best deal. Every other advert you see on television and every other website you click on will be offering you a ‘fantastic’ deal on their site. But just because you’ve seen them everywhere, it doesn’t mean you’ll get the best for your money. But also ensure that they are reputable, because it goes both ways – just because they are cheap, doesn’t mean they are the best. Pick a cheap one, but one that you know the name of.

Choose your game wisely. Ensure that it’s one that you understand and know the rules of. It’s no fun to just throw your money at something while trying to figure out how to play. There are plenty of online tutorials, so learn the rules first. Take your games one at a time; get to know one thoroughly before trying to start learning another one.

Be careful with your time and money. Everybody knows that gambling is addictive, but they never think that they themselves will become addicted to it. Start out by setting yourself a specified amount of time to play or an amount of money, and stick to it! Don’t get greedy if you start winning – set a low and a high limit. If you drop below a certain amount, you’ll stop; if you reach a certain amount, you’ll take it and leave.

Always make sure to read the print, particularly on any offers, deals, promotions and bonuses. Remember the old saying that if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Like anything, getting money on a gambling site takes hard work, they don’t want to give you something for nothing.

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A quick guide to roulette

Roulette is one of the oldest casino games but remains one of the most popular and exciting today.  The earliest version was designed and played in France in the 18th Century and the name means ‘little wheel’.  The game draws influences from other early wheel games from England and board games from Italy and France, one of which was also called roulette.

A casino roulette table has the wheel on one side and the betting area on the other.  The wheel tilts inwards and contains a ring of numbers 0 – 36 which are coloured alternately red and black.  The wheel is spun and a ball is released in the opposite direction. The object is to bet on the number on which the ball finally lands.

Once the wheel has been spun, the players place their bets by placing their chips on the betting area.  The betting area is arranged so that players can place their bets on individual numbers, a combination of numbers, odd or even numbers, or on red or black numbers.  A bet on an individual number pays out at 35 to 1 whereas an odd/even or black/red bet pays out at 2 to 1.

Roulette, like all casino games has rules and etiquette.  The croupier must keep the wheel spinning at all times, they will mark the number where the ball landed and new bets may not be placed until the marker is removed.  What is more, in casinos, players must each use different coloured chips to distinguish their bets from one another.

Which casino games will you choose?

There are literally hundreds of different casino games on offer.  Most of them can be played online through gambling websites, which is perfect for people who enjoy gambling in their own controlled environment.  Below is an overview of some of the most popular and commonly found casino games.

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is the most commonly played casino game in the world.  Also known as twenty-one, the aim of the game is to try to accumulate cards which total as close to twenty-one as possible.  In the event of exceeding this number, then the player will go bust and will lose.

Roulette is one of the most recognisable casino games in the world.  The game is very simple.  The player must place a chip on a specific part of a table, with each section representing a different ratio of pay-out.  The dealer then places a ball into a spinning device that has a collection of the table numbers on it.  If the ball lands on the same number as the chip then the player wins a pay-out.

Slots are found in virtually every casino.  Most slot machines will differ from each other, allowing players to have a change of scenery throughout the duration of their play as they can move between the machines. To win at slots, the player has to place a bet and then either push a button or pull a lever to spin a collection of reels that contain various pictures.  If these pictures line up in a certain order then the player will win a pay-out.

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Casino slots can be a great way for people to pass some time and win a bit of cash in the process.  One of the best things about slot machines is the sheer amount of choice that players can take advantage of.  Most slot machines will be based around a theme, which makes them visually appealing.  They will also heavily vary in jackpot amounts and buy in rates.

The rules

Most casino slots will have the same rule system.  They will require the gambler to place a bet and then either pull a lever or push a switch.  This will cause a number of reels to spin; usually between three and five. These reels will each contain a collection of images.  If the reels stop and the images line up in a specific order then the machine will give the player a pay-out.

Playing online

People who enjoy gambling can play slot machines over the internet.  There are a large amount of different slot machine gambling sites out there that will allow users to gamble real cash.  One of the benefits of using an online slot machine service is that they will give players the chance to test their skills and practise with fake money before they risk playing with real cash.  This can be a great way to figure out what to expect and to make sure that the rules are fully understood.

When people gamble online, they will usually have to deposit money using a credit or debit card.  This money can then be used to gamble.  When real cash is won the player can usually be paid in a variety of different ways.  Most websites will be able to send a cheque directly to the user, whilst some can simply place the cash back into their account using a wire transfer.