Mistakes cost you cash. Here is a list of the 10 most common mistakes online gamblers make and how to avoid them.
1. Choosing the wrong bonus
There are different types of cash bonuses, so choose the right one for you. If you are a high roller, don't choose a 100% match that caps at $50. And if you plan on betting small, consider staying away from a 20% bonus in favor of a casino that awards a plush first-timer bonus on top of their deposit match.
2. Playing the wrong casino
Software can be too little or too much for your computer. If your computer is new, enjoy full-featured software like InterCasino's Global Edition or Microgaming's Viper Software. If you have an older computer with a slow connection, consider flash, java or older download versions. Experiment.
3. Choosing a casino based on bonus
There is more to a casino than free cash. Different software manufacturers can drastically change your gaming experience. Get a feel by downloading play for fun versions of CryptoLogic, Microgaming, Boss or Playtech and find a package you enjoy playing.
4. Ignoring the wagering requirement
Keep track of how much you have left before trying to withdraw your bonus. Avoid simply hoping or assuming you've bet enough to get your cash and stay clear of frustration and arguing with your casino.
5. Blaming the software
Every time players hit a losing streak, it seems they can't wait to complain about rigged software. I've seen more than my fair share of baffling losing streaks at land based casinos. Don't blame the computer if your casino is reputable and publishes their payouts.
6. Forgetting basic strategy
There is no excuse for not playing basic strategy when you are sitting in front of your computer with no pit boss to hassle you. Don't forget to find a chart that corresponds to the game you are playing.
7. Playing too quickly
Games on a computer move quicker than in a land based - pumping up the house edge. Play card games on a multiplayer table and limit your hands.
8. Ignoring alternate deposits methods
Casinos will often give bonus cash (above and beyond match bonuses) for deposits made by methods like wire transfers, ACH and third-party methods like NETeller, FirePay, 900pay, Citadel and TeleBuy. Many of these methods make getting your winnings quicker by eliminating the need for a check.
9. Forgetting your homework.
Not all casinos are created equal. Be sure to research message boards and gamblers grumbles lists before you play. And check to see if they publish audited payouts.
10. Trying games you don't know
It is easy to play new games in online casinos: there is no waiting for a table and no waiting at the cash machine. If for example you're unfamiliar with the subtleties of Pai Gow, play in practice mode until you get the hang of it.
Here is a list of some of the best online casinos we can recommend for practising your skills at for free or for playing for real money:
> Platinum Play
> 7 Sultans
> Colosseum Casino
> Desert Dollar