How to Play at an Online Casino
Getting yourself on the member’s list of an online casino is easy. All you need to do is sign up, and if you want to play for free from this point onwards, you have real money casino quality games at finger tips.
Many casinos today operate with Flash, HTML5 and Java coding technology. What this means is that you can play from your mobile or desktop device via a web interface without having to download a casino application.
On the contrary, should you prefer to play via a casino app, then there are plenty of online casinos out there that also allow you to download an app.
Most casinos offer you the choice to play on an app or on a web interface. With casinos offering both app play as well as web browser play options, you can choose to play via the app on one of your devices, and via the web interface on another device.
Here are some casinos you can use your mobile on, and play via your browser:
After you sign up for an online casino via an app or browser, you have 2 choices:
- Play for free
- Play for real money
In this guide we will walk you through:
- How to sign up to an online casino
- How to make a deposit
We will also cover how you can use bonuses and promotions to increase the amount of cash you have to play with at the casino you choose to sign up to.
Play for free on multiple devices
You can play free games via your desktop, Mac, Smartphone or tablet all available across all the well-known operating systems.
Play for real money
If you are looking to play Slots, Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, Craps, Casino Hold’em, Scratch Cards or even LIVE dealer casino games for real money, then you will need to make a deposit.
Note: LIVE dealer games are not available for free play.
Play across multiple devices and operating systems
Once you have signed up to an online casino you will be able to play across multiple devices and operating systems using the same user ID and password.
What this means is that if you own an iPad, an Android Smartphone, and a Windows desktop PC, you can install the casino app or play from the casino’s web browser using the same account across all your devices. The same casino balance will show because you will be playing from the same account.
The only difference you may notice is that some operating systems and devices will not have the full suite of games available. For instance, if you play from a desktop, you will have a far wider range of games available compared to playing on your Smartphone.
Older casino games were not originally designed with mobile play in mind, and they have yet to be converted to function on mobile.
How to Sign Up for an Online Casino
There are 5 easy steps to signing up for an online casino. You can subtract 1 step, which is downloading the casino app if you prefer to play via your web browser using flash and html5 technology.
Step 1: Visit the Online Casino’s Home Page and Sign Up
Before you download the app, you should sign up for the casino first. Most online casinos will offer you a browser version or a download option once you have an account with them.
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You will usually need to provide the following details when signing up:
- First Name
- Last Name
- Email Address
- Date of Birth
- Accept Casino T&Cs
- Confirm you are over 18
Step 2: Create a Username, Password, and Security Question
You will be asked to create your account, and a security question. All of these details will be used as security checks if you lose your password, username, or if you request support from customer services whereby the support agent will need partial access to your account.
You will usually need to provide the following details:
- Security Question
- Some casinos request a PIN
Step 3: A few last details
Providing your address, occupation, and mobile number are important. Online casinos are 100% concerned about security and so these details may be requested as a security check when you seek help from customer support.
You will usually need to provide the following details:
- Mobile Number
- Occupation (Although not all casino will request this)
- Occupation (Although not all casino will request this)
- Bankroll Currency
Step 4: Login to Your New Casino Account
Once your account has been created you may need to confirm your email address, but this is not the case with every online casino. You can usually go right ahead and log in to access the web based games as well as the option to download.
Step 5: Download the App
If you have decided you would rather use a mobile app ( Please note not all countries can use casino apps from Google and iTunes, so I recommend using above method instead of an app), but if you decide to use an app, then all you need to do is click on the app download button at your online casino. For desktops and laptops, you will need to choose where to download the app to please see below desktop install.
- iOS – you will be redirected to the Apple Store
- Android – you will be redirected to the Play Store
- Mobile Install
When you choose to download a casino app, you will be directed to click ‘install’ as you would with any other app that you install on your smartphone or tablet. The app will seamlessly install itself in the background, and when it has finished, it will add a shortcut to your phone.
- Desktop Install
You will find the download for desktop in one of 3 places:
- It will be available after you log into the web browser’s casino lobby
- It will be on the home page in the footer or as a menu option
- It will be on the site map (Most casinos promote html5 browser play, so they do not make the desktop download location obvious anymore)
For the desktop install you can choose where to save the downloadable app .exe file. Once you have chosen the folder, the setup.exe file for the casino will be available in the folder you save it to.
Follow the steps install the app:
- Double Click to install the app
- Click ‘Run’
3. Choose your language and click Continue
4. Wait for the App to self-install
(Note some apps will ask you for a file location to install the app)
- Log in to your new casino app and start playing games for free, or read on to see how to make a deposit.
How to Make a Deposit
Making a deposit is easy if you have the right payment methods available to you. Every casino will have different available methods to deposit. Make sure that before you sign up, you have one of the available deposit methods.
Here are some of the most common deposit options:
- VISA/Mastercard Credit Card
- VISA Debit or Debit Cards
- E-wallets: Neteller, PayPal, Skrill
- By Phone
- Wire Transfer
- Internet Banking
- Adding a payment method in the cashier section
To add a payment option to your newly opened online casino account, all you need to do is go to the cashier section in the lobby.
This should be obvious to spot as the casino wants to make it easy for you to deposit cash into your casino account. You will be presented with a list of payment options and an amount to deposit in the currency you chose when you signed up for your account.
- Card Payments
For card payments, you will be asked for additional ID. Once this has been set-up, all your deposits using your chosen card payment method will be instantly credited to your casino bankroll.
- A copy of the front and back of your card
(You can blank out some of the numbers)
- A utility bill with proof of your address
- Government verified ID
Using e-wallets is easy, and most of the time you do not need to send additional ID for varication because this has already been done with the e-wallet company. However, you may be asked for at the very least a government ID.
- Most other payment methods require a government ID
- Confirming a deposit
Once your method of payment has been set-up, all you need to do is confirm your deposit and you will have cash in your casino account and will be set to play real money games on the virtual casino or over at the LIVE Dealer Suites.
Making a deposit at an online casino really is as easy as that.
How to Use Your Bonus Codes
When you make a deposit, you can also use bonus codes that have been offered by the casino. These can be Welcome Bonuses if you have just signed up for a new account, or regular promotion bonuses.
Online casinos love giving away free cash. Forget land-based casinos because they rarely give you much to play at their casinos – maybe you will get a free £10 chip with a Social Media promo or if you are a regular member, then occasionally you will be treated.
Though, land-based casinos never seem to come close to the online casinos when it comes to treating punters with a flurry of opportunities to ramp up their bankroll with free cash giveaways.
- Claiming Your Welcome Bonus
Some casino will offer you the Welcome Bonus when you make a deposit; while others, you will be required to enter the bonus code at the same time you make a deposit.
Look out for Welcome Bonuses that are split into 3, 4, or even 5 parts. You will need to go to the promotions section and get the bonus code ID, which you will use alongside your deposit. If you cannot find it on the promo page, then the code will be in the terms and conditions section of the Welcome Bonus code.
Here are some examples:
- 100% Welcome Bonus: 1STWB100%
- 2nd Welcome Bonus 50%: 2NDWB50%
- 3rd Welcome Bonus 50%: 3RDWB50%
- Regular Bonuses
Once you are a fully blown member of the casino keep checking for regular bonuses and promotional offers. Some casinos will send you offers via text and/or email; while, others will have a section on the casino that is dedicated to regular bonuses offered daily, weekly, monthly, and seasonally.
Free spins for slots players, free credits for all players as well as deposit match bonus deals. Most of the time these come with a bonus code that is required to be used in conjunction with a deposit.
Here are some examples:
- 50% Deposit Match Bonus: 50%MATCH
- 20 Free Spins: 20SPINS
- 20 Free Credits: 20CREDS
All you need to do is use the bonus section provided in the cashier’s area where you will be making a deposit.
Recommended Games to Play
Once you are a full casino member, you have access to the majority of games to play for free except for the LIVE Casino. However, if you have deposited cash, then you can play any of the games on the casino using making real money bets.
LIVE Dealer Suites
Arguably the most popular section of any LIVE casino is the LIVE dealer suites area. Ditch the Random Number Generators and get stuck into the real thing with web cams streaming LIVE dealers, croupiers, tables, and most excitingly, LIVE results in real-time.
If you are looking for an authentic casino experience, LIVE dealer suites are the answer. They are available to be streamed to both desktop and mobile devices giving rise to their increasing popularity.
- LIVE Dealers
- LIVE Tables
- LIVE Results
Games available to you will be dependent on the LIVE dealer suite that your online casino is hooked up to.
There are 5 main LIVE Dealer Suite providers:
All of these LIVE dealer suites have an amazing range of tables available. In some online casinos more than one LIVE dealer suite provider will be present. All the above mentioned LIVE dealer suite providers have been known to team up and offer their LIVE games back-to-back on the same online casino.
You will find each one of these LIVE dealer suites offers an array of LIVE Games:
- LIVE Roulette
- LIVE Blackjack
- LIVE Baccarat
- LIVE Casino Hold’em
- LIVE Texas Hold’em
- LIVE 3 Card Poker
- LIVE Caribbean Poker
- LIVE Dreamcatcher
You will find that there are mix of European and US style Roulette tables or Roulette with 2 balls, Bonus Pairs, and other Blackjack variants, plus Baccarat comes with No Commission, Speed, and Mini Baccarat styles of the game.
- Double Ball Roulette
- European Roulette
- American Roulette
- Blackjack Bonus Pairs
- Blackjack Multi-Hand
- Baccarat No Commission
- Speed Baccarat
The LIVE dealer experience is as real to life as being at a land-based casino with the ability to bet your chips directly on the tables. The cards are real, the roulette and dreamcatcher wheels are real, and the feeling of being sat a live table is real as LIVE dealer suits bring land-based game play to your screens.
VIP tables for High Rollers
We highly recommend the LIVE Dealer VIP tables for high rollers as they offer the chance to get down some huge bets. VIP tables come in different VIP categories with some starting as low as £50 per bet and other taking bets as high £15,000 a shot all via a web cam.
It really does not get much better than this, and we highly recommend giving the LIVE Dealer Suites a shot!
Video, Classic, and Progressive Slots
Slot players are by far the most spoilt for choice at any online casino. Every month new slots are being released by NetEnt, NYX, Microgaming, QuickSpin, Playtech, and other big name online casino developers.
Many online casinos have more than 1 of these software developers contributing games to their slot sections. Therefore, with multiple slot developers all releasing 1 or 2 new slots for desktop and mobile play every month, the slots sections are some of the busiest in the casinos.
Which slots do we like the most?
- Demolition Squad: is a great slot because it has a super high RTP rate
- Planet of the Apes: A new fun game replicating the successful blockbuster movie
- Wild Toro: It was voted as one of the best slot designs in 2017
- Starburst: Simply because so many players swear by this slot
- Divine Fortune: One of the most modern jackpot games
- Guns & Roses: Won the best slots award 2017
- Game of Thrones: Just because the series is a huge global hit
- Jackpot Jester Wild Nudge: High RTP of 98% and mixes in a classic slot fruit machine
Virtual Table Games
Some of the virtual table games at the online casinos have a ridiculously high RTP. If you are a Roulette, Blackjack, Baccarat, Poker, or even a sharp shooting Craps fan, and you have your strategy optimised, then you could be playing forever with some of RTPs the online games offer.
Which table games have the highest RTP?
- Atlantic City Blackjack: Comes with a 99.65% RTP
- Bonus Blackjack Gold High Limit: Another high 99.62% RTP
- Pontoon Gold: Play a classic card game with a 69% RTP
- Multi Wheel European Roulette: Play 8 wheels on 1 board with a 97.30% RTP
- Baccarat:99% RTP in one Asia’s most popular card games
- Vegas Craps: Sharp shoot your way to riches with an RTP of 98.64%
- Texas Hold’em Bonus Poker: Test your poker skills versus the house at a 99.47% RTP
- 3 Card Poker – Multihand: 3 cards, dealer Vs player, multiple hands, and a 96.24% RTP
For poker fans, Video Poker is the ultimate test getting down to the old ways of 5-Card Draw battling it out in the same way poker was played back in the Old West in the USA. Video poker comes with tons of fun thanks to wild cards, bonus pay-outs, and high RTPs.
Our favourite video slots:
- Bonus Deuces Wild: Land poker hands with deuce wild cards giving you a 99.15% RTP
- All Aces: No other game can beat its massive RTP of 99.92%
- Deuces and Joker: 07% RTP with 10 plays, 100 Plays, deuces, and joker wild cards
- Jacks or Better: Land a hand higher than a pair of jacks to win with a 99.54% RTP
Slots and Blackjack Tournaments
Slots players and blackjack players can look for an online casino that offers them the chance to play their favourite game in a tournament race versus other players. Just like in the poker rooms there are buy-ins, prize pools, and pay-out positions for those that make it to the final spots in the tournaments.
- Low to high stake buy-ins to play slots or blackjack tournaments
- Beat the bubble and make it to the cash spots to win cash
- Moderate to potentially huge prize pools
Why Play at an Online Casino?
If you are looking to kill some time no matter whether you are at home with access to your PC, or if you are on the move on your mobile, and you love casino games, then online casinos are great fun.
Firstly, you don’t have to play for real money. All the online casinos we recommend have free play sections on both their web browser and downloadable app versions. Free games are also available whether you play on your laptop, desktop, Mac, smartphone, or tablet. Plus, all the free games are the same versions the real money players are playing on giving you online casino gaming that does not cost you a penny if you don’t want it to.
Secondly, if you do want to play casino games for real money, there is no need to go through the expense and hassle of going to a land-based casino. All the action of a brick and mortar casino is available via LIVE Dealer Suites or Virtual Casino Gaming. The RTPs at the online casinos and the choice of games is far superior.
Next, when you play at an online casino, you are always given the red-carpet treatment. Unlike land-based casinos, you will be given tons of free cash because that’s just what online casinos love to do – help you to keep on playing. On the other hand, land-based casinos cannot wait to take your cash as quickly as possible and turn you out, so they can free up their floor space.
Another great and valid point to be made about online casinos is that they cater for low stakes players as well as for high rollers. If you want to bet £0.10 per spin on the slots or £500 a spin, you can. If you want to place low stakes £0.10 coups on Roulette games or lay down a unfearingly high £15,000 wager, it is all made possible online.
Plus, every time you place a bet, you will be treated to loyalty points that build up for extra cash, bigger and better bonuses, make a trade for tournament tickets or merchandise that includes electronics, fashion accessories, and apparel.
It’s super easy to get started at an online casino:
- Sign up
- Play for free
- Make a deposit to play real money games
- Get even more cash using Welcome Bonus Codes
- Keep topping up your bank roll with regular bonuses
- Play virtual or LIVE dealer games with high RTPs
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