So, you’ve decided to go online, pull out your credit card and make a deposit to an online casino. You’re feeling lucky, the stars have lined up, you feel like today is your day! And while it might just be, there are things you should consider and mistakes you should avoid.
First of all, there’s the question of safety. Make sure the casino you’re visiting is legitimate, there are many scam sites out there. Check for certificates/licenses from reputable gambling authorities like MGA or Curacao. These are usually found at the footer of the casino page.
Also, try and read reviews of the site you’re visiting to make sure it’s both legit and a positive experience. There are so many casinos online, all similar yet you should take your time and find the one perfect for you. Whether you’re looking for a greater variety of games or a well-picked-out choice of only a dozen, there’s a site out there that’s made for you.
There are some common mistakes people make you should try to avoid.
Thinking That You’re Due to Win
One of the most repetitive mistakes people make is thinking that they’re due to win after a certain number of tries. Although you should take your time to research which site is right for you, what you should know is that there is no set pattern in winning/losing in these casino games. There is no set time the machine will start giving out wins, you just have to realize that everything is totally random. You can play 100 times or 100.000 times, the chances will be the same every time. When you have that in mind, it’ll be easier to decide when to stop playing and give it a rest. This brings us to the next big mistake.
Not Knowing When It Is Time to Quit
It’s not easy, when you’re having a winning streak, every click seems to be the hand of Midas, turning into gold, and then inevitably at some point, you start losing. The feeling of euphoria switches slowly to something different, you’re in a state of mild delirium, dripping cold sweat while your stacked-up winnings start diminishing, and you just can’t decide to call it a day. The thing you should know is that you won’t regret it, there’s always the next session, but setting limits for yourself is of crucial importance when you start gambling. The best thing to do is determine a specific figure you’re willing to lose, and stop when you reach it.
To be blatantly simple, when it stops being fun, stop playing.
Playing While Intoxicated
You’ve seen it in movies, friends go out, have a couple of shots too much, and end up on a flight to Las Vegas, where they’ll proceed to have some crazy expensive fun. The fun lasts through the night but when they wake up, regret kicks in. One of the worst things you can do is gamble while drunk, or under the influence of other substances. When your judgment is impaired in any way, you can end up making all the wrong choices with your money that you’ll end up regretting later. You should also avoid playing if you haven’t slept in a long time. Always make sure that you’re in the right state of mind when you start playing, gambling is not just a game. You may end up losing so much that it affects other aspects of your life. Then you feel drawn to trying and recovering your losses by playing even more and go down in a never-ending spiral of losses.
Not Reading the Terms
Most online casinos have constant promotions and bonuses to offer, whether to reel you in to start playing or afterward to keep you in the game. The welcome bonus is appealing, varying from one casino to another, you can either win bonus cash, matched deposit, or free spins. The problem is that many people don’t read the terms and conditions on how to play and what the process of withdrawal is with these bonuses. You could end up depositing a huge amount of money in order to collect a certain bonus, and realize it’s different than it seems.
For example, you deposit 1000$ and you get a bonus of 2000$. Sounds too good to miss out on, right? Well, you should consider that, when playing with the said bonus, you will have to meet certain wagering requirements in order to withdraw it. You may be required to make a 30x wagering (which means to turn 60000 with these 2000$) in order to withdraw the first amount.
So read up, be careful, and don’t get hot-headed, patience means everything here. There’s always tomorrow, don’t get carried away with all the shiny games and numbers.