The world might seem a very complex place these days. Thankfully there is a good deal of simplicity in one part of it – the online casino world!
Online casinos want you to play their games. So they make their games easy to play. And they make their games enjoyable!
That’s not to say there aren’t things to learn and precautions to take when you play online casino games.
Always play safe online casino games!
The first thing you should do before you play at any site, even before you hand over any personal details to a site, and certainly before you give a site any money is make sure that the site is safe to use.
There are lots of ways to check this. These include: looking for an HTTPS secure browsing sign in the address bar if you’re using a browser (and you should use the safest browser you can, and always have good antivirus, and maybe payment protection browsing in place).
You should also check the reputation of the site in online review sites – good quality, independent ones – and maybe at gamblers’ forums too. Game players love to talk, and sites that are outright scams are soon outed in the gambling community.
The site you want to play online casino games at should be good quality, well designed and well mapped out with good graphics and performance. It should have plenty of help options – and feel free to check if they work – and good signposting for them. It should ideally have a street address that you can check, in the same legal jurisdiction that you are in.
A good set of established payment partners on the front page and during the sign-in process is also a good sign.
With this in mind you should keep your wits about you when it comes to offers that look too good to be true.
Always play legal online casino games!
A lot of these checks will be taken care of by the licensing authorities in your country. So the first safety check should be that the site you’re using is licensed to be played by you in the place you are using it.
So as soon as you know a site is safe to browse you need to check that it is properly licensed. You should always take the extra step of actually clicking through to check the license with the authority – a logo on a site is not enough – and you should always check that you meet the legal requirements of the site yourself.
A safe honest site will have nothing to hide, and will have no problem in you check it out.
All of these precautions should be sailed through by most legitimate sites.
The next thing to do is to check yourself.
We know gamblers find all this sort of advice boring and even patronising, but we make no mistake in repeating it.
Gambling is fantastic entertainment, but it can also get out of control. So make sure you’re playing casino games in a way that protects you.
Don’t play when you’re intoxicated. Don’t play when you need money for something else. Don’t play if you’re unhappy or upset. Stop if you feel wrong about something.
And finally we come into the picture. You need to be informed! You need to know the rules of the game you are playing – not just generic but specific. You need to know the terms and conditions of the site you’re playing at and what to do if you need help.
And we can help you to do that.
Why play free casino games?
The first and most obvious reason to play a free casino game is because it’s free!
That’s a good start. But do consider the points we’ve raised above about using up your “free lives” by signing up with a company that may subsequently offer a better welcome bonus that you can no longer claim. And also remember that “free” will come at a cost of your personal information, and you should never sign up to anything that you aren’t sure is completely safe.
But after all that, you should definitely dive in.
Forewarned is forearmed as they say, and playing casino games for free is a brilliant way to level up your skills and power.
Casino games are often centuries old, and they can have demanding and complex rules. Even when the games are relatively simple there’s an awful lot of etiquette and jargon around a game like baccarat or roulette.
When you’re learning you make mistakes. And when you make mistakes it’s better to do it in a no-risk environment.
There’s a wonderful film about a crazy French man who walked a tightrope between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre called Man on Wire. Notable in this film is the fact that despite his insane courage and dedication to thrills, Philippe Petit, if first filmed FOR MANY HOURS TIGHT-ROPE WALKING ABOUT 1 METRE ABOVE THE GROUND.
That’s the equivalent of playing a free game of roulette or having your first spin with 1,000 coins staked on your lucky number.
This is especially true when you play at a new site or on a new type of game. You might feel you know a game, but there are so many variations on even the most common games – both in rules, and in game operation – that you should be sure that you know exactly what is happening on the actual game you’re going to play.
Live casino games can be fast and furious. You don’t want to miss a round when you’re on a good streak or find yourself leaving bets to run that you want to change.
The knowledgeable casino player is always the one who wins in the end!