Like with most things in this world, the same is with playing games online. You will find disadvantages but also advantages. The advantages of playing online are that you don’t need to make a trip to a casino and also you can avoid the casino environment. You don’t need to tip the dealers, you can eat at the table, you can smoke or not, and much more. And besides this, you can play with novice players and make lots of money off them.
The disadvantages of playing online mostly revolve around the fact that it is possible to run into a poker software that is not safe. This page is not to convince you that you would be better off playing at online or in a land based casino, but it will offer you some good advice on how to avoid bad poker software. After this it is up to you to decide where you want to play or not at online casinos.
One of the first advices is that you should collect as much information as you can about the site you want to play at. To do this you can take advantage of the free message boards offered by online casinos, where you will read the comments of other players about gambling sites, promotions, gambling software providers and gambling in general. This way you will soon get a very good idea of which gambling sites to avoid.
It is recommended that a player visits a site that is an IGC Member, remembering to confirm the membership status on the IGC Member Page. If the IGC logo is displayed but the site cannot be found on the IGC Members page then contact the IGC to confirm the status of the site’s membership.
A player should consider entering gambling sites directly, and be wary of entering via partner programs. Most of the reputable gambling portals write original reviews of the sites for review by players before they wager online.
If you are looking for good gambling sites check out the ones who can afford to advertise on large gambling directories and then compare that information with what the information that can be found on the message boards.
Usually when you enter your information to a site in order to play for real money, a reputable operator will want to check if you are the person you claim to be. This is not a bad thing and usually only reputable online casinos do this but anyway, we want to make sure that your information is not given to persons that may commit frauds so before you give any details of your credit card or bank account, check the site over carefully for the following:
1. IGC membership.
2. Player support details in case you need some assistance or want to ask a question (write these down with your player details before play).
3. The name of the software provider (write this down).
4. The name of the e-cash provider.
5. Where is the website licensed? Make sure you keep this on your records.
6. The auditor of the casinos payouts and name of the company verifying the random number generator (if available). actions aimed at ensuring fair play.
7. Have a test run or two – try small amounts before you decide to bet big (eg deposits and payments).
Another normal standard offered by good gambling sites is the twenty-four hour support with telephone and email contact addresses and toll free lines. No response on the phone, or no response to an email within 24 hours, is not a good indication; you should consider looking elsewhere for another website for your online entertainment.
It is also recommended that players look for a physical postal address on the website in conjunction with a (digital) email address. This adds another level of comfort to your experience, seeing that the operation has a physical entity and is more than an email address on the surface that can easily be set up and operating from any location.
Always carefully read the rules governing the promotion to make sure you follow them to the letter. Gambling sites are quick to disqualify players who do not. Pay particular attention to the number of times you are required to wager a deposit or a deposit plus bonus before qualifying. Read the rules carefully to avoid conflict and stress at a later stage.
Good quality gambling sites will generally offer, “play for free” games on a site so that you can try out the games and get used to gambling on a PC. Most will also offer extensive information on the rules and how to play each game. Sites that do not offer this facility to players should be treated with caution.
Once you are comfortable with gambling online and have registered at a gambling site you will probably at some stage receive marketing emails offering various incentives and promotions to play. Gambling sites do this to attract new business.If email advertising is utilized, careful consideration should be given to whether the operator has a permission-based e-mail opt-in, and of course, an easy ‘unsubscribe’ mechanism for players.
If you feel you have been treated unfairly or badly by a gambling site, which carries the Interactive Gaming Council logo, you can lodge a complaint online at www.igcouncil.org (Contact link) and impartial IGC executives will adjudicate it and if indicated, mediate on your behalf. If the gambling site is not a member of the IGC there are several “watchdog” sites and player organizations to which you can turn for support if you have a just complaint, and you can of course complain to the licensing authority concerned as well. In all cases we recommend that you escalate a complaint beyond the general support to the Management. The vast majority of complaints can be resolved at that higher discretionary level, thus saving you time and effort.