Online Gambling: Top FAQ for Betting & Playing

Online gambling is so easy in 2017. You can sign up for an account in minutes, and be playing for real money as soon as you register a card. There are hundreds of games to choose from at a range of stakes. You can play slots from 1p a line, roulette from 25p per spin, or hit the progressive games and go for a multi-million pound jackpot.

Getting started is easy, but what if things go wrong? And how can you stay one step ahead of the casino? Our team answers the top frequently-asked questions for online gamblers.

What Kinds Of Games Can I Play Online?

Online casinos offer everything you’d expect to find in a land-based casino, and much more. Good casinos have hundreds of slots as well as popular table games like roulette, blackjack, and baccarat. Most casinos also have scratchcards, virtual racing, and a selection of dice games like craps in their lobbies.

How Are Online Casinos Different To Land-Based Ones?

The range of games is much bigger at an online casino, and the minimum stakes can often be much lower. The same video slot at a land-based casino may have higher stakes than its online counterpart, depending on the establishment. Online, you will also be able to deposit with a range of banking methods and access some excellent welcome bonuses.

Is It Easy To Set Up An Account?

Yes. You will have to enter your address and phone number, as well as create a unique username and password. You will be emailed a confirmation message to complete the set-up. Read the terms and conditions first to make sure you know what is involved with opening a gambling account.

Do I Need To Download Any Special Software?

Not always. Many online casinos let players enjoy table games and slots via their web browser. These ‘instant-play’ games are quick to load and don’t take up valuable hard drive space.

Can I Gamble On My Mobile Or Tablet?

Yes. Mobile casino apps can be downloaded via the App Store or Google Play Store, or direct from the casino homepage. Games and casino lobbies are adapted to fit the players’ touch-screens. Mobile games can work in Flash or HTML5, which are perfect for mobiles. It’s important to have a decent data package or Wi-Fi connection to ensure a top experience.

Do I Have To Prove I'm Over 18?

No, and some casinos let all web surfers open casino games in their browsers unless gambling sites have been blocked. When you make a withdrawal, however, licenced casinos will ask for age verification (like a passport or driving licence) before activating the cash-out.

Can I Play Games For Free?

Yes. Most sites have ‘play-money’ versions of their games. They are great if you want to learn the rules without committing any of your bankroll.

What Kind Of Stakes Will I Find?

Most online slots can be played from as little as 1p per payline. Roulette and blackjack can be played from as little as 25p (for a roulette ‘inside’ bet) and £5 for outside bets. Blackjack can usually be played from around 50p a hand. Look for the ‘Pro’ versions of table games for higher stakes. Progressive table games and slots sometimes allow total bets up to £500.

How Do I Make A Deposit?

Casinos allow deposits using a range of methods, including debit and credit cards, e-Wallets, and bank/wire transfers. You may need to register a card first to avoid any fraud, but deposits can be instant. Most casinos (but not all) won’t charge for loading a gambling account.

Is It Possible To Cash Out Gambling Winnings?

Yes. Withdrawals usually take longer than a deposit as casinos add a processing period onto transactions. This also gives players the chance to “reverse” the withdrawal request. Cash-outs take around 3-7 working days, depending on the method.

What's The House Edge?

Every game is designed with a long-term “house edge”, the theoretical advantage that the casino has over players. The house edge varies from game to game, so it’s good to find games that offer the best returns for players.

What Are The Best Games For Odds?

Blackjack and baccarat tend to have the lowest edge, with slots and American Roulette the highest. Some slots have a house edge as low as 2% (i.e. for every £100 bet, £2 is taken by the casino) but these are AVERAGE figures. Of course, players can get lucky and hit the jackpot before losing their bankroll.

For casino games, roulette has a house edge of 2.7-5.26%, but individual numbers (“inside bets”) can pay out 35/1. Many big online slots have prizes worth 10,000x the player’s stake, and progressive jackpots can be much, much higher.

Are Betting Systems Good To Use?

There are many staking systems available, but most are flawed. Systems like the Martingale rely on an almost-infinite bankroll in case of a long downswing. However flawed systems are, they can fun to try out with play-money games if they are available.

How Can I Earn A Gambling Bonus?

Casinos offer new players a ‘welcome bonus’ which you have the option of taking. They usually need players to make a deposit (although some don’t) and reward free cash as long as they meet the “play-through” requirement. Casinos also offer ongoing promotions to regular players who gamble for real money.

What Happens If My Connections Goes Down?

In most cases, if your internet goes down mid-game, you will be able to resume your game at the same point once your connection is back up. If your internet goes down during a Live Casino game (where you play against a human croupier) you will be allowed to resume the game in a traditional online version.

If I Have A Complaint, What Can I Do?

Casino sites should have helpful customer support who are knowledgeable and who can answer your queries. If you have a serious complaint you can contact the casino’s licensing body, who sometimes have assigned dispute representatives to deal with the problem. This can include incorrect payouts, disputes over being blocked from a bonus, or suspicions over software.