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New to online casinos and gaming? Here you will find the information you need to make your experience as safe and fun as possible...

Below you will find some of the most frequently asked questions about getting started playing at online casino...

Are online casinos safe?

All the casinos listed and reviewed on this site have been checked out and played at by us. They provide a very safe and secure online environment in which to play all your favourite casino games. Most online casinos have their payout rates monitored by independent companies to ensure your safety and fairness. The biggest of these independent companies is PriceWaterHouseCoopers, you'll usually find a link on the main page of the casino linking to the monthly reports published by PriceWaterHouseCoopers this ensures fairness in the games you play.

How to play the games

Most casinos allow you 2 ways to play their games, you can either download their software and then install it onto your computer or play them online using their 'flash' games. You will find the casinos give full and excellent instructions on how to use whichever method you choose. There are pros and cons with both types it will depend on your personal preference what you choose, we explain how each type works below.

Download Software

Choosing to download the casinos software onto your computer is just like installing any other piece of software onto your computer. You will be asked to download a file onto your computer, sometimes you will be given the option of installing a basic package or a full installation. The full installation can be a large file and could take quite a while to download depending on your Internet connection, the advantage is that it will contain all the games that the casino offer. If you go for the basic package it will be a smaller file and thus quicker to download and install - you will find that it contains a selection of the most popular games for that casino, if you later find that you want to play a game that's not included then the software will download that game for you.

The advantages of downloading the casino software onto your computer are that the graphics and configurability are superior to 'flash' online games giving you more control over your playing experience, also there is less or no lag when playing the games.

Flash Games

More and more casinos are offering instant gaming without downloading and installing their software package onto your computer. To do this they generally offer 'flash' games, these use a special plugin on your Internet browser made by Macromedia ( this is coming already installed on more and more browsers ) - some casinos will use JAVA based games as well. These games allow instant access to the casino games on any computer, so you could play using your account on someone else's computer even if they haven't got the casinos software installed.

Generally you will find that the graphics and customisation options are not as good as on the download version of the software, also you may find that you do not get the full amount of games that are available on the download version, although it will include all the most popular games.

Free Play

Before you play for real cash it's best to practice and get a feel for how the casino software and the games work. With most casinos you get the option to 'play for fun' - the casino will give you a bank of 'fun money' normally around 5000 credits for you to use on the all the games. This is a great way to practice and get learn how the casino works without risking your own hard earned cash. You normally get a separate 'fun' account with different login details to an actual 'real' account but the software and games are exactly the same as the 'real' cash casino. When you have had a play and are happy finding your way around the casino and it's games then go ahead and open up a real account.

Bonus Cash

One big appeal of the online casinos is that they give you FREE CASH to play at their casinos. How many land based casinos do you know that will give you FREE money to play their games!!?? This normally comes in the form of a 'match bonus' - you put in an amount and the casino will give you the same amount for FREE. I.e. You will find a casino that advertises up to £50 bonus match on first deposit - this means that if you put in £50 when you first open your account the casino will match your deposit and give you £50 for FREE. There will be terms and conditions that have to be met to receive your FREE cash and also on how you can withdraw any winnings made using the FREE cash, PLEASE READ these terms and conditions and make sure you understand them BEFORE depositing any money

You will normally find that you have to 'play through' the bonus money so many times before you can withdraw any money made from it. The terms and conditions will say something along the lines of 'play bonus cash X15 before withdrawal' this means that before you can withdraw any winnings from the bonus money you must bet it to the value of £750 - this may sound a lot of money to bet but it's surprising how quickly all your little bets add up and reach this figure. There are normally restrictions on what games are allowed to be played to meet the 'wagering requirements' again PLEASE READ and understand the terms and conditions - you will find that there will be a list of games allowed or games not allowed - i.e. Roulette, craps , sic bo NOT allowed - this would mean that any money you used on these games would not count towards the total to meet the requirements.


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