Our Casino Tips section on CasinoRankings.com aims to provide you, the player, with the necessary information required to make your experience playing at online casinos as fun as possible.
Topics covered include essential facts about playing online and online casino betting, which players need to know about. Such as payment processors, withdrawal information, security document requirements, bonus wagering requirements, and more. If you have never gambled online before our Casino Tips resource will ensure you know what to expect when playing at an online casino.
For information concerning the software that the casinos operate on, please visit our dedicated Casino Software section.
1. Decide how you want to deposit money and withdraw your winnings
To be able to play at an online casino, you need the ability to fund your casino account and also be able to withdraw any winnings back to your bank or eWallet account of choice. This is a pretty important aspect of playing at a casino online. Additionally, you need to know what is required of you the first time you request a withdrawal from a casino.
This includes the type of security documents that you may be required to send to the casino to verify your identity. It is standard practice for all casinos to establish who you are to prevent fraudulent activity on their sites. All the casinos which we recommend on online casino reviewer are established reputable operations which are located and based in trustworthy, upstanding jurisdictions.
Our casino banking guide covers the standard and more traditional methods, such as bank cards. The various web wallet options such as Neteller and Moneybookers, which are available to players, are covered in detail.
2. Understand how online casino bonuses work before accepting an offer
All the online casinos that we feature and recommend on CasinoRankings.com offer a variety of welcome bonuses for players opening up a new account. Also, the vast majority of online casinos include loyalty programs, where players receive bonuses based on the amount they wager at the casino.
Bonuses can be a great way of topping up your balance and getting more playtime at the online casino you frequent. However, players need to bear in mind that when receiving a bonus that there are certain conditions attached to it, including a wagering requirement. ‘Wagering Requirements’ means you have to wager a certain multiple of your bonus plus deposit before cashing out. This can be as low as 10x or as high as 50x.
That’s why players must read the terms and conditions attached to any bonus before accepting them.
Many of the player complaints we encounter result from issues with bonuses offered by a casino. The bottom line is, make sure you armed with the necessary knowledge as to what a casino bonus or loyalty points entail before accepting them.
3. Use your real information when signing up for an account
Know Your Customer or KYC, for short, is the process used by online casinos to ensure players that sign up and register an account are who they say they are. If you have never played at an online casino before, you may find yourself in for a shock when it comes to withdrawing any winnings for the very first time.
As part of the Know Your Customer process, it is likely that the security team from the casino will email you within 24 hours of enacting your first withdrawal. They will invariably ask you to provide documentation in the form of a copy of a recent utility bill or bank statement, which has your name and address on.
Either form of documents you provide does have to match the details you provided when you opened up your casino account. Until the casino receives the requested records, your withdrawal will remain ‘pending.’
4. Play at only casinos that are licensed in a reputable jurisdiction
Another important aspect to be aware of is the actual licensing jurisdiction of the casino you are playing at resides in. We cover all the main territories where online casinos currently operate from. Not just the jurisdictions where the casinos we recommend reside in. Knowing the country of origin of the casino that you play on is essential, primarily if a problem arises, and you require third party assistance. All of the casinos listed as UK Facing have obtained a license from the UK Gambling Commission.
CasinoRankings.com is committed to only featuring those casinos which allow access to a third party such as the territory’s regulatory authority to make impartial decisions if and when required. This means there is an assurance of safety for players in the unfortunate event of resolving any dispute between player and casino property that may arise.
5. Stick with fast paying casinos
While there are nearly thirty upstanding online casinos that are reviewed and recommended here on CasinoRankings.com, the purpose of this Fast Paying Casinos page is to list those casinos which pay out the quickest. As foremost, a player at online casinos, there are two significant factors I take into account when choosing where I spend my money gaming online. These are the provision for quick processing of withdrawals, alongside security, trustworthiness, and reputation.
The variety and types of games on offer are important, as are the bonus offerings available, but I won’t play anywhere that resembles a sloth when it comes to cashing out. I want to play at a fast paying casino, knowing that when I cash out, I will get my winnings as soon as possible. If a casino can instantly take your deposit, then there is no excuse once a ‘Know Your Customer’ check has been performed, to hold onto what is rightfully yours, for any longer than is necessary.
6. Avoid reverse withdrawals (aka. quit while you’re ahead)
If you have read some reviews of the real money casinos featured on CR, you may have encountered the term ‘Reverse Withdrawal.’ Well, what does it mean, and why do I consider the reverse withdrawal facility a wolf in sheep’s clothing when it comes to the player?
This article covers in-depth as to why online casinos employ the reverse withdrawal facility for players and why in our view, reverse withdrawals are inherently bad for the player but very good for the casino. Hopefully, you will find this article of use, and as a result, it will help improve your overall experience playing on a casino online.
More importantly as well, by being clued up on how reverse withdrawals are implemented, you will ensure you don’t fall into the trap of utilizing such a facility.
7. Gamble responsibly
CasinoRankings.com is committed to supporting responsible gambling and therefore, will only feature casinos and online gambling sites whereby the operators of such support and promote responsible gambling. The purpose of our Responsible Gambling page is to provide a resource and links to other sites that support those individuals who may have a gambling addiction problem. While gambling online is a form of adult entertainment, we also realize that people can and do experience problems.
If you or someone close to you that you know has a problem with gambling, whether it be online or offline, then please read on. Covered on this page are simple questions which if answered honestly, you will be able to ascertain whether you have a gambling problem.
8. Know what to do if you aren’t happy with a casino
eCOGRA is hopefully, an organization that, as a player, you will not have to have contact with but provides a service for players, should a dispute arise between an eCOGRA certified casino and a player of said casino. Established in 2003, eCOGRA is an organization formed to protect players by addressing the need for fair gaming and responsible operator conduct.
Part of eCogra’s primary role is to resolve any disputes between eCOGRA certified online casinos and their respective player base that may arise. eCOGRA came into existence as a result of Microgaming and 888, realizing that there was no regulatory body ensuring industry-wide standards in the iGaming sector.
Now wholly independent of Microgaming and 888, eCOGRA is a non-profit making body overseeing online gambling bodies.