Online casinos aren’t the same as land based ones. Unfortunately, some of them just aren’t very reputable. I try to keep a close watch on anything major and make sure that all the casinos on Born to Bet are safe to play at and treat players well. However, if you are going to play and you don’t know much yet I will tell you a few things you have to look for, good and bad. You have to realize though that online gaming is unregulated, and you have to be careful. There are a couple of casinos that are government controlled, but 99% of them aren’t.

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Software Providers

As detailed in a previous article, most online casinos don’t develop their own software, they license it from a software company. Some of these software providers watch their licensees very closely and make sure they treat players well. Others take a hands-off approach and look the other way. If you don’t know anything about them, please read the previous article and make sure that you check what software a casino uses before you deposit. It doesn’t take long but it can save you a lot of headaches later.

Don’t Bet the Bank

Whether it is online or land-based, casinos are tough to beat. Don’t bet your rent money. Bet what you can afford to lose and enjoy the game. I suggest playing cheap games and perhaps a few progressives and hope you win a big one. That’s not to say that you won’t win but you have to realize that sometimes you are going to lose and you have to be smart about it.

How Should I Deposit?

My first advice is that you can make your first deposit by check or money order, something easy. Play a while and if you decide that you are going to play First Time Casino Playersregularly than you need to pick an alternative payment option. Checks are way too slow and because of changes in legislation, credit cards work to deposit but you can’t withdraw your winnings. Personally, I feel Neteller is a great option. It is the preferred method of payment by most online casinos, there are no transaction fees, it is quick, you can fund it with your credit card or your bank account and you can even apply for an ATM card so you can instantly withdraw money at an ATM machine. I use Neteller myself and highly recommend it. If you want another choice, FirePay or Prepaid ATM are also decent options.


Find a casino that you like, make sure they are reputable and then just have some fun. That’s what it should be about.