So you fancy a flutter online, but you have a few concerns right? That’s perfectly understandable, particularly with the huge choice of online casinos and gambling sites out there. You may also have a few concerns about the safety of your personal information and credit card details. Again that’s perfectly understandable, particularly with some of the scare stories in the press about internet fraudsters. Hopefully then, this article will help to allay some of your concerns and help you get started in this fun and profitable pastime.
Is it Safe?
This is probably the most common concern expressed by potential online gamblers. The answer is most definitely yes, provided you choose a reputable and established online gambling site. Look for software provided by one of the major casino software providers such as Microgaming, RTG (RealTimeGaming), Playtech, Boss Media, Cryptologic/Wagerlogic, Parlay Entertainment, iGlobal Media, Grand Virtual and Odds On. These software providers rigorously test their software to ensure that it is safe and hack proof, and ensure that your personal information is rigorously encrypted and safe. Any banking information is inputted over a secure connection, meaning a hacker will never be able to access your data. Because of the rigorous security measures in place, entering your banking information is just as safe as banking online with your normal bank. There are also several other excellent casinos who are not powered by the above software, but who are equally trustworthy. Look for a secure connection when entering personal information, this may be denoted by a little padlock icon in the corner of your screen, if you are in a normal browser window a secure connection url will show up as https: the s denotes that the connection is secure.
I don’t want a casino to know my credit card info, are there any other ways to make a deposit?
Yes there are many other ways other than credit card to make a deposit. One of the most popular is Neteller – http://www.neteller.com which is an online wallet specially designed for online gambling. When you sign up for a neteller account, you receive an account number, a secure Id and a password. The secure ID acts like a pin number, you will not be able to use your account without it. You can deposit funds in your neteller account by credit card, debit card or bank transfer and you can withdraw your funds via a special free debit card issued by neteller. Thus you can not only deposit at casinos but also withdraw your funds. There are many other ways to make deposits without using a credit card, Paypark, Click2Pay, Ecocard, Moneybookers, Ukash, to name a few. For more details on banking deposit methods see the extensive article at http://www.prizewin.co.uk/deposit.html which covers alternate depositing methods in detail.
How do I withdraw my winnings?
Your winnings can be paid via many methods depending on the particular casino – you can choose which you prefer. One of the fastest is via Neteller, which if you sign up for the free neteller debit card then you can withdraw your winnings instantly.
So Is It Necessary to have one of these Neteller accounts?
No not at all, there are many other ways to make deposits and receive your winnings.
I have Paypal can I use that?
Unfortunately, when eBay acquired Paypal, they banned all gambling transactions. However there are many other alternatives which work just like Paypal who do accept online gambling
How do I actually sign up at a casino?
There are two types of casino – browser based or flash, and download software. The downloadable versions tend to have the best graphics and variety of games, they are generally about a 5mb download, and then you download whichever games you wish to play. If disk space is limited or if you don’t want software permanently installed on your PC then you can choose an instant casino or flash version. Many casinos let you choose between downloadable and instant play versions.