Whenever you decide to do some online gambling, logging on to an online poker seems to be the most straightforward answer. The internet is loaded with online casinos these days, so you don’t even have to do a whole lot of research to find yourself at the roulette table as soon as possible and start rolling.
That may be the case at first sight. The big question though, is what exactly you want to play these games for? If you only want to do it for fun, then it’s really simple: log on to the first online casino you come across, and hit their play for fun tables. It won’t cost you anything, and you’re going to get the exact same level of service as you would at real money games. Most people however, do not gamble solely because it’s fun. They do it in order to make some money. If this is your objective too, just hitting the first online casino that comes up, is no longer an option.
Successful online gambling is about small edges. The industry is excellent at creating such small edges for its players then hiding them left-and-right, so that not everyone will take advantage of them. If you’re a serious online gambler, you need to locate these edges and then you need to put them to work.
Also, as soon as real money comes into the equation, whether you play at a fair online poker or one that couldn’t give half a nickel about integrity, becomes an altogether different problem.
With that in mind, the very first thing you have to be on the lookout for, when searching for an online casino to play at, is that it is indeed a honest and fair one. You can do that by locating the casino first, making sure you like it, and then reading up a bit on it, on gambling forums and blog posts. If a casino has ever scammed an online player in its existence, you’re sure to find some kind of online trace of that incident. If you don’t find anything, chances are, the casino is secure.
Once that’s out of your way, check out what financial benefits the casino offers you in terms of sign-up and other bonuses. Do not be dazzled by a very generous bonus offer. Always keep in sight that bonuses are not exactly money per se. You have to work (play) in order to have those bonuses redeemed. What’s the use of signing up to a huge bonus if you never really stand a chance to have it unlocked? Better settle for a smaller one that you can actually handle.
Always check what the conditions for redeeming your bonuses are.
When you’re done with that and you still like the casino you chose, study the games a bit. I don’t mean you should study them rules-wise. Check out what the house edge is on each of them. Different casinos have different house edges on their games. Online poker is the only place where there is no house edge (that is, if you do not consider the poker rake a house edge). See if the casino offers American as well as European roulette. (European carries a much reduced house edge)
As soon as you find all the above factors satisfactory, then should you start playing.