[en]Online gambling is becoming more and more popular worldwide, as the internet becomes more easily accessible and opinions towards gambling more liberal. Online gambling is also becoming more recognisable not only as a leisure pursuit for those who fancy a little flutter, but also as a training ground of sorts for those not yet confident enough to try their luck in a real casino, or who do not have the time or resources to perhaps go to Vegas for example.

It should be said, as with all things, gambling online in an online casino is something that should be done with care and caution. There are many options available to the online gambler, with the majority of sites offering games with both play money and real money. It is important to remember that gambling should be fun but handled responsibly. You should always decide the amount of your bankroll before starting, and never dip into funds which have been allocated for the necessities and practicalities of daily living.

Tip One: Before starting, make sure you know your reasons for online gambling – are you logging on to play for a few hours of fun, or because you are planning on making that Big Win? It may well be that you fancy a combination of both. Whatever your reasons, make sure that you set a realistic goal in advance. It is unrealistic to expect that your initial stake of $100 will be transformed into $10,000 of winnings, but it is not unrealistic to be able to double your money to $200 with some smart play.

Tip Two: Remember Common Sense and stay in Control. Most online gamblers (and casino gamblers too) often make losses because they do not stick to their initial goals, succumbing to greedy play instead. The thrill of winning is a powerful feeling and many gamblers let greed take over when they have a good run. To avoid this, you should set realistic limits and know when to draw the line and stop, whether this is while you are on a high point or on a low point.

Tip Three: Ensure that you understand the rules of the game BEFORE you play. Unless you are confident that you understand how the game is played, and how the winnings are made, don’t attempt to risk your money playing it.

Tip Four: Bonus Terms

Online Casinos often offer the player bonus terms as an encouragement to play. In order to understand the bonus terms however, it is important to do a little research, as they can often be very confusing. Take into consideration the following things:

Wagering terms can be changed by the casino – the casino can change the amount you must wager before discreetly removing your bonus. This action is annoying and somewhat immoral, but is not illegal practice.

Check the rules for withdrawing your initial deposit, as bonuses can be locked if the player makes a deposit to earn the bonus, and then withdraws the deposit immediately afterwards.

Minimum hand limits – the casino can often set the level of the initial wager per hand (e.g. $20 per hand) in order for you to earn the bonus.

Game restrictions – you should bear in mind that not all games that are played will contribute to the aggregate amount wagered by you, in order to earn your bonus.

Check the details of which multiple offers can be used in conjunction with each other.

Tip Five: do a little research into the online casino’s reputation. Nearly all online sites will claim to be “the best” or “the oldest” or “the most trusted” and in most cases it’s true that the longer a site has been in operation, the more trustworthy it is. As with all products offered to any consumer however, the reputation is based on customer service, and with the popularity of message boards and recommendations, it’s easy to do a little investigation into finding the most reputable site for your needs.

Tip Six: As a final point, it’s worth noting the kind of software being used by the online casino. Reputable and trusted vendors include Microgaming, Boss Media and CryptoLogic. In addition, if the online facility is also supported by a land bases operation, then there is a greater chance that the site will operate on professional and fair ethics.[/en]