Sometimes, you just get the feeling that the world of online gaming is a bewildering cacophony of flash banners, pop-ups, overloaded menus filled with too much information, and a confusing array of too much promotions and bonuses. This will surely leave you in a dizzy state, trying to make sense of all these online gaming stuff, when all you want to do is play some casino games or spend a few hours at your favorite card table.
Knowing where to go and how to begin playing online will save players a whole lot of time and money, and it will also allow them to enjoy their gaming experience more. People would think that picking out a gambling site from the myriad of options on the Internet is a simple affair. Perhaps they select their first casino based on who gives the highest payouts, or which one gives the highest stakes. While these factors certainly play a major role in helping you choose your online gaming venue, there are a few other important aspects to keep in mind, some of which may be neglected.
Payouts – Since every casino wants to be in on the “Top Ten” list of online casino reviews, finding an online casino with the highest payouts may be a bit difficult. The best thing to do in this case is to go to a well-established gambling resource website and read their reviews for the casinos listed there. You can also check out the winner lists at your favorite casino site, if you already have one in mind. As a rule of thumb, all the better gambling sites have these lists. Plus, if they are a member of the Interactive Gaming Council (IGC), they are required to be truthful of their advertising, which can add more confidence to your decision making.
Downloads – If you’re like me, you don’t like to spend several minutes of your time downloading software without having any idea what they’re getting. And that includes casino software. To help you out, the better casino sites feature a “Preview” page where you can view screenshots or even short videos to give you a better idea what you’re downloading. Some online casinos even provide tutorials for beginners that are just learning how to play. Downloading a software for 10 minutes and realizing that you don’t like it after all can be annoying, to say the least. The “Preview” section will show you beforehand what you’re getting, so look for it and use it before you start downloading.
Licensing – There has been some heated arguments over this issue, but basically, it all comes down to the casino itself. Regulating online casinos can be tough, since it’s pretty much a voluntary compliance issue with them. The casino decides whether or not it wants to be licensed and regulated, or not. For example, an online casino buys a license in Antigua costing $100,000. Now they can say they are “licensed”. But mind you, there will be no more follow-ups and no compliance rules to obey. They don’t have to do this licensing thing at all.
So where does that leave you? Fortunately, there is an organization of online casinos called the Interactive Gaming Council, or IGC. The IGC members are all required to follow their “Ten Points of Conduct”, which requires member casinos to be legally licensed, submit themselves to fair play testing, and maintain strict privacy controls over their clients’ financial information, among other things. Membership is still voluntary, but being an IGC member shows good faith on part of the casino, so the player can get some comfort from this.