Introduction To Gambling Online
For those of you new to online gaming, this section provides all the information you need to get started.
Please remember that we only give you general information and guidelines. Every casino has its own set of rules and procedures, which you should familiarize yourself with before starting to play.
Below are links to various sections of this page. To get a complete picture, it is best to read all the information on this page from beginning to end. It will only take a couple of minutes, but it will be well worth it.
On Gaming in General
Placing bets has always been a popular past time. No doubt, a simple game becomes infinitely more exciting when real money is on the line. Those of you who have gambled in real casinos know what we're talking about. Time flies when you gamble, and you don't even realize it until afterwards. Even if you've never been to an actual casino, we're sure you have gambled at some point in your life. If you've ever bought a simple lottery ticket, then guess what? You've gambled.
Not long ago, if you wanted to wager bets legally in the U.S., you had to make a special trip to either Las Vegas or Atlantic City. Accessibility used to be a major problem for enthusiastic gamblers. That changed in the early 90's, when numerous U.S. states began to allow casino-style gaming in an effort to stimulate their local economies. Today, 48 out of 50 states allow some form of gaming.
With the advent on online casinos, accessibility to gambling took another giant step forward. With online casinos, people no longer need to make trips to remote gambling locations in order to wager and have a good time. For the first time, people can actually place bets from their own home, from anywhere in the world. Using the Internet, online gamblers can play the very same games they would play in a real, live casino.
The popularity of online gambling has soared in the very short time it has been available. Today, it is a multi-billion dollar industry that continues to grow as the number of Internet users increase.
Online casinos have become rather sophisticated in recent years. Contrary to what some people believe, online games are not simple, humdrum computer games with a betting option. Nowadays, online casinos boast spectacular sound and graphics. They are multimedia gaming experiences that are every bit as fun as playing in a real casino. And to top it off, just about every game you can find in a Las Vegas casino can now be played online. To give you an idea of the wide array of options you have in online gaming, here is a list of some of the games you can now play for real money over the Internet:
Craps, Blackjack, Slots, Baccarat, Roulette, Video Poker, Mah Jong, Red Dog, Sic Bo, Battle Royale, Pai Gow, Pachinko, Bingo, Caribbean Stud, Jacks or Better, Jokers Wild, Deuces Wild, Keno
Most casinos also offer a Sportsbook that allows you to place real sports bets online. If you like horseracing, you can place bets online and watch the races LIVE on your browser using streaming video technology. Such examples make it obvious that online gaming has truly become a serious gambling option, and a compelling form of entertainment.
Two Ways to Play
There are generally two ways to gamble online:
1) The first way is to download the casino's free software onto your hard drive. Most casinos have their own software which you can use only to play at that particular casino. Downloading the free software is really not as time-consuming as you might think. In general, it is pretty fast and easy. Most casinos offer software that is only 4-5 megabytes, which means, for most computers, it would take only a few minutes to get the program. It's well worth the wait since you will be able to play a whole slew of online games once you are done downloading. And you'll be amazed at the quality of the graphics and sound.
2) The second way to gamble online is by playing the no-download games offered at many casinos. The no-download versions usually utilize JAVA applets in order to work (don't worry if you don't know what JAVA applets are). The games offered in the no-download category are typically blackjack, slots and video poker, among a few others. The selection of no-download games is much smaller, and the graphics and sound quality do not live up to the full-download versions. Nevertheless, for those who want to begin playing immediately, this is a great option.