Here are a list of the most important considerations for picking your first online casino.
Bonuses & wagering terms - Online casinos have a much lower cost base than their physical counterparts and the competition to get and keep customers are fierce. You should expect a decent incentive for joining of at least 50% extra on your initial deposit. The current typical bonus is £50 match (See casino bonuses)
Customer service - You should expect at least an email and freephone contact to your casino's customer services. Know that some casinos go a step further by offering a live 'chat room' feature on their websites.
Cash in terms - How long does it take to withdraw you winnings? some casinos will send you a pin by mail (as a fraud precaution) before you can withdraw any cash. Some will allow you withdraw instantly while others insist on you providing several forms of ID (at least on large payout's).
Banking costs - Some casinos will charge you for making a withdraw, but you should not expect to pay more than £1 per withdrawal. These terms are rarely made obvious but should be found when using the casino software (in the banking section).
Software - The 2 most common software's used by online casinos are Crypotlogic (owners of Wagerlogic) and Microgaming. Cryptologic casinos tend to offer better graphics, but Microgaming casinos (with Viper software) feature advanced betting features such as automatic optimal play. So newbies can use it to play Blackjack according to perfect strategy without having to learn it first.
Download or instant? - Many casinos offer download & non-download (flash/java) versions of their gaming software, as a general rule it is always worth using the download versions as they provide superior features. However if you are a Mac user the instant version may be the only option.
Payment method - Rest assured casinos are very eager to get your money into their accounts, and they accept many methods of payment. Note that some casinos will give you an additional bonus if you pay by a particular method such as Neteller.
Your method of payment can also affect the way casinos pay back your money when withdrawing, for example if you pay by credit card the casinos tend to return the amount you deposited back to your card but any profits/winnings will be sent as a cheque to you. Generally the simplest way is by debit card for UK players.
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