A Quick Newbie Guide to Online Casinos

If you are a newbie and have never played at an online casino but would like to give it a whirl, you probably have a list of questions. I know I did, such as the differences between land based casinos and online casinos, while many say there are not very many differences, there are.  While most are subtle differences, you should have a basic understanding on how online casinos work before you take the plunge.

Online casinos have been around for a while, and as internet connectivity continues to improve so do the games. To play at an online casino you will need some kind of computer, preferably a newer Mac or PC,   while some of the games will work on older computers the faster the better. The other thing you will need is a high speed internet connection, how fast? I have been very successful with a 2 megabyte connection, sometimes I wish my connection was a little faster but with a 2 Megabyte connection it works just fine.

The casino games

There are basically 4 kinds of casino games, mobile casino games, flash or instant casino games, Live dealer casino games and downloadable casino games.

Instant or no download casino games

The instant or no download casino games work with your web browser and use the flash plugin, therefore there is no need to download any software. You can use just about any web browser such as Internet explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, one of the advantages of these game is they are not generally platform specific, in other words as long as you have the required plugin you can play them with a Mac, Windows or Linux computer.


Download Casino Games

Download casino games are usually focused for PC computers running Microsoft Windows, the advantage of download casinos is that you have many casino games available to you. This lets you take full advantage of what the casino has offer, including the Live dealer games. The only difference obviously is that the software needs to be downloaded and installed on to your computer which some people might not be comfortable with, in my opinion if it’s a reputable online casino it is perfectly safe.

Live Dealer Casino Games

Live dealer casino games are the newest form of online casinos, Live dealer casinos are the closest thing to actually being in a land based casino, to join a live casino you need to use the download version of the casino software, once you have downloaded the software and sign up,  you can then log in to the live dealer casino games. Once you log in  you are presented with a list real Live dealers,  also called croupiers, you can there choose your dealer, the games offered through the Live casinos are Baccarat, Roulette and Blackjack.

The environment of the live dealer casino games can vary.  Some live casinos actually can be found in a real casino with other players, while other casinos have their own lobby with their dealers. When you play at a live dealer casino you have the ability of real time communication with the Dealer/croupier using a chat window, the dealer communicates with you in real time live from the casino making this one of the best online casino experiences thus far.

Bonus options

In a land based casino in the past we were compensated with free drinks, buffet coupons etc.  In an online casino, the equivalent is the bonus options, you will notice that many casinos offer new signup bonuses or match bonus options enticing you to sign up. In most casinos you are not required to use the bonus option.  If  you do choose the bonus option, please note that most bonus options require you to play through a certain amount of times before you can withdraw your money.


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