Online casino gaming can be a fun, exciting and sometimes quite profitable way to spend your time. If you have only played games of chance in a live casino, or at home with your friends, you may be wondering how to get started playing at online casinos. These casinos want your business, so most sites are very user-friendly and make it easy to get started. Here’s how.
The first thing you need, obviously, is a computer. Since you are reading this article, you probably already have one. You should consider if your current computer is going to meet your online gaming needs. Is your screen big enough? This is important with regard to being able to see clearly what you are doing, but also because you eventually might find yourself playing multiple games at the same time. Ask yourself if this is a possibility and if it is, will your screen support such a thing? Also consider if you want your online gaming to be on a computer that others in the house will not need to use, or that you can have in a quiet room where you can focus on your play.
Next you’ll need a good Internet connection and Web browser. Again, you probably have these already, but you want to make sure that you have a connection that isn’t likely to be lost or interrupted during a key moment in a gaming tournament or hand.
The next step is to download the gaming software. There are a number of different online casinos to choose from, so feel free to browse a little bit until you see one that looks interesting. When you do, there will be a guide that will help you download what you need. This software doesn’t generally take up that much space, so go ahead and download a number of different casinos until you find the one that really suits you. Be sure the site you choose is licensed and reputable. It helps if they have been around for awhile or you know people who have had a good experience on the site.
Next, figure out how you are going to transfer money. There are a number of options, including intermediary sites, direct transfer from your checking account and credit card payment, although many United States credit card companies will not allow transfers to online casinos because of their concerns about local laws regarding Internet gambling. Once you have decided, a cashier link on the site will help you go forward transferring money to your online account.
Finally, learn the game. If you are going to be playing for real money, your experience will be better if you know what you are doing. There are many online and real world resources for learning the various casino games and most sites offer a “play money” feature where you can get the hang of the game before putting real money out there. The more comfortable you are with the game, the more you are likely to enjoy it.
When you’re ready, click on the icon that should appear on your screen once the software is downloaded. There will be clear menus directing you to your game of choice. Have fun and good luck.
Tom Shannahan has been playing poker since he was 16. He grew up watching his father play with friends once a week. He currently writes part time for Pokerlistings.com where you can find more great information about how to Play Poker and various Poker Games.