Online gambling and iGaming in general is undergoing a huge boom, and the money involved in the sector is staggering. The online casinos are getting better and better as they increase their levels of service and content available, and the prizes are more lucrative than they have ever been.
However, although it’s easy to find an online casino, it can be overwhelming knowing which one to choose.
Carry out your due diligence
The important thing to bear in mind here, is that each gambler is unique. Your personal requirements from an online casino will be totally different to another gambler’s. This means that the first thing to do before signing up is personalise your search.
This means doing a bit of due diligence on a number of sites to see if they’re licenced by the UKGC and to see if they can offer you the service you want. Yes, they may have a good range of slots games, but what are the bonuses like? Is there a rewards system? Are they offering a welcome package or loyalty incentives? What are the withdrawal terms and conditions?
A good idea is to contact the casino directly. Any casino worth its salt will be delighted to help you out with any doubts.
Watch out for red flags
Unfortunately, we live in a world where scammers and fraudsters are technologically savvy. There are some sites out there set up to scam you for your money under the disguise of being bona fide online casinos. Keep your eyes open and if you see anything suspicious, don’t give out any personal information.
Again, check to see whether the site is licenced by the UKGC. Online casinos licenced by this governmental body will help to protect your money if anything goes wrong.
Also expect to verify your age. Underage gambling is a problem the government are trying to crack down on so you’ll need to prove you’re over 18.
Setting up an e-wallet
Once all the due diligence and the formalities of signing up are completed, you will have to deposit money into your e-wallet. Yes, you can play on demos and freebie games for a bit, but most people want to get started sooner rather than later. After all, in your mind you’ve probably already spent most of the money you’re hoping to win!
Depositing cash into an e-wallet is pretty straightforward. You’ll just need to provide photo ID and proof of address (usually a bill dated from the last 3 months). Don’t despair if it seems too bureaucratic, the more measures in place at this point is a good sign. It shows the online casino is taking their role seriously.
Choose your game wisely
As stated above, it’s sage advice to spend some time on the freebie or demo games first, just until you find your feet. You can hone your skills and find what you’re most comfortable with. Then, when it’s time to start wagering from your e-wallet, you’ll know you haven’t just dived in at the deep end!