Beginner’s Guide to Online Gambling

So you want to try online gambling. Or maybe you’ve already tried it, but got overwhelmed by all your options and didn’t really know what to do. Or maybe you’re in two minds about whether online gambling is right for you, and want some more information about what’s involved.

We can help with all of this. Our beginner’s guide to online gambling is a complete introduction to betting and gaming over the internet. It covers all the basics that you really need to know, and lot more too. We tell you how to get started, and do our best to ensure that you’ll have a positive experience. All the information and advice provided comes from experienced online gamblers who know exactly what they’re talking about.

Let’s start with one of the most important pieces of advice we have to offer. It’s something we repeat often throughout this beginner’s guide, and indeed throughout this entire website:

Be careful when choosing which gambling site to use.

This is obviously the first thing you need to do to get started, but it’s not something you should rush into. There are lots of options available to you, and there’s much to be gained from picking the right option. We can help you to do that, as you’ll discover shortly.

With that out of the way, let’s move on. Our beginner’s guide consists of a number of individual articles. Each one covers a specific aspect of online gambling in detail. Some of these will be of more interest to you than others, but we recommend taking the time to read through them all. If you have a particular question that you want answering right now, you can refer directly to our online gambling FAQ for beginners. We’re pretty sure that you’ll find what you’re looking for.

Alternatively, please read on. Below you’ll find a complete list of the articles featured in this guide, along with a brief overview of each one. Then we’ve provided five key gambling facts you should be aware of, and some online gambling myths you shouldn’t fall for. We finish up by discussing the various different types of gambling you can do online.

Online Gambling Articles for Beginners

As already mentioned, there are several individual articles within our beginner’s guide to online gambling. Here’s the full list of them.

You’ll get the maximum benefit from these articles if you read them all in the order they are listed above. But you’re obviously free to go straight to something that particularly interests you if you prefer.

A brief overview of each one of these articles follows.

Why gamble online?

This article is especially useful if you’re not sure about whether or not online gambling is right for you. It details all the main advantages of using the internet to gamble, such as the following.

To make sure we provide a balanced view, the article also discusses a couple of significant disadvantages of online gambling. It’s important that you’re aware of these downsides before deciding to deposit your money online.

Choosing a gambling site

This is perhaps the most practically useful article in our beginner’s guide. It starts by explaining why it’s vital that you choose the right gambling site, and why you might want to consider using more than one site. Then there’s some helpful advice for actually deciding where to sign up.

There are also some details of the various gambling sites that we recommend to our readers, along with information on why we choose to recommend them.

Online gambling deposits & withdrawals

After you’ve chosen a gambling site to join, you’ll need to deposit some funds online. In this article we explain how you can do this, and discuss the various options that are available to you. These following are some examples.

We explain the pros and cons of each deposit option too, which is useful information when deciding the best way to get your money online. We also talk you through how to withdraw any money you might win at gambling sites.

Online gambling bonuses

The bonuses available at gambling sites represent one of the biggest advantages of gambling online. You can get a lot of extra value from these if you’re smart. You need to fully understand what they are and how they work though. Which is precisely what you’ll learn in this article.

We talk in detail about sign up bonuses, and the various other types of bonus that sites offer too. We also provide details of the loyalty schemes, promotions and special offers you’ll find at most gambling sites.

Importantly, we also explain about the terms and conditions that are usually associated with gambling bonuses. It’s imperative that you’re aware of these and know how to interpret them correctly.

Online gambling safety

There are a few reasons why some people are reluctant to gamble online. One such reason is that it’s not safe. This is a valid reason to some extent, as there are some risks involved. But these reasons are not especially difficult to avoid. If you’re careful then it’s relatively easy to ensure your safety when gambling online.

In this article we address the most common safety concerns. We explain why some of them are actually nothing to worry about, and offer plenty of useful tips for staying safe.

Simple tips for gambling online

You should try to form good habits from the moment you start gambling online. This will ensure that you have the best possible experience, and can even improve your chances of making money.

It’s not hard to form those habits either. You just need to make sure that you get the basics right. Following the tips in this article will help. You’ll make good decisions right from the start and avoid the common mistakes that so many beginners make. Following the simple tips in this article will help you with all of this.

Responsible gambling

The subject of responsible gambling is maybe the single most important subject that we cover on our entire website. It’s something that EVERYONE who gambles should be familiar with, regardless of whether they have any problems with their gambling or not.

It’s fair to say that most people who gamble do so responsibly. But it’s equally fair to say that all gamblers are at risk of losing control at any point. That’s the nature of gambling. The excitement of winning and losing is part of the appeal, but it’s also what makes it so easy to get carried away. Even for the most disciplined and sensible gamblers.

We strongly recommend that you read through our responsible gambling article before starting to gamble online. It features some tips for staying in control, and highlights the signs that might suggest things are getting out of control.

Brief history of online gambling

It’s perfectly possible to enjoy online gambling without knowing its history. It’s interesting to learn how it all started though, and how it’s all evolved over the years. That’s why we’ve put this article together. It’s purely informational, but well worth a read.

Gambling Facts You Should Know

There are a few facts that every gambler should know. Regardless of whether they choose to gamble online or in some other way. It’s simply a good idea to be as fully informed as possible. Some of these facts might seem blatantly obvious to you, but you might be surprised at just how many people are unaware of them.

So let’s take a look at what we believe are the five most important facts about gambling.

Gambling is Extremely Popular

Gambling is enjoyed by people from all walks of life, and from all over the world. It’s an incredibly popular pastime. It’s also completely socially acceptable in most cultures.

Why is this so important? Because some people feel that they should be ashamed of their gambling, or that it’s something that others will frown upon. This is crazy. Providing you gamble responsibly, and with money you can afford to lose, there’s absolutely no reason why you should be judged. A small minority might choose to judge you anyway, but that is their problem and not yours.

Gambling is a form of entertainment like any other. If you choose to spend some of your spare cash on it then that’s entirely your decision. There are millions of other people who do exactly the same. There’s no need to be ashamed or worried about what others think.

Gambling Involves Skill AND Luck

It’s a common misconception that gambling is all about luck. It isn’t. Not in a general sense. There are some forms of gambling that are entirely luck based, such as playing the lottery for example, but many of them involve some level of skill too.

You can choose to rely solely on luck if that’s your preference, and it can be a lot of fun to put your fate in the hands of chance. That’s actually one of the more exciting aspects of gambling in fact. But there’s a lot to be said for being able to influence your gambling results too. Especially if your primary goal is to make money.

You’re Likely to Lose Money

We have a responsibility to be very clear about this. Most gamblers lose. That’s 100% fact. And it applies to all forms of gambling. This is why it’s so important to only ever gamble with money that you can afford to lose. You should never gamble if you HAVE to win, because there’s a very good chance that you won’t.

You won’t necessarily lose every time you gamble of course. But, realistically, you will lose money overall. You need to be prepared for that.

You CAN Win Money

This appears to contradict the previous fact, but it’s still a fact nonetheless. You can definitely win money from gambling. There wouldn’t be much point if there wasn’t. Even when the odds are firmly stacked against you, there’s still a chance of winning. All casino games have a house edge, but with a bit of luck you can go on a winning streak and beat that edge in the short term.

And try telling a lottery winner that you can’t win money from gambling. They’ll laugh at you as they drive their expensive sports car back to their mansion.

You don’t have to rely on luck either. Some forms of gambling involve skill too, as we’ve already mentioned. In fact, the skill element is significant enough with some forms of gambling that you can actually put the odds in your favour and win money over the long term. Sports betting and poker are the best examples of this. They can both be very profitable if you’re prepared to learn all about the strategy involved and put in some hard work.

Gambling Can Be Addictive

We touched on this already when we talked about responsible gambling. The thrills and excitement that gambling has to offer are great, but the downside is that it’s possible to get addicted to them. Most people assume that gambling addiction is all about the money, but that’s not actually the case. It’s often the “buzz” that people get addicted to, and it can happen to anyone.

You simply MUST be aware of this. Only a small percentage of people suffer from problem gambling and addiction, but it’s still a risk to consider. If you think you’re someone that is especially at risk, it’s probably best to avoid gambling completely.

Common Online Gambling Myths

We’ve looked at some gambling facts, now let’s look at some gambling myths. There are lots of these floating around, and some of them get repeated so often that they’re widely accepted as true. This is especially true of online gambling in particular. There are three myths in particular that many people choose to believe, and we’re going to dispel these for you right now.

Gambling sites are fixed

Online gambling is a multi-billion dollar industry on a global scale. It’s not surprise that, with so much money involved, the industry attracts its fair share of crooks and rogues. So, yes, some gambling sites ARE fixed. That’s the unfortunate reality.

But the vast majority of sites are not fixed. Most of them are reputable and honest operations that provide a completely fair service. They don’t NEED to be fixed, because they can make plenty of money without cheating or defrauding their customers in any way.

Some people are never going to believe this to be true. And that’s fair enough. Anyone who wants to think that the whole online gambling industry is crooked probably shouldn’t be gambling anyway. Because sensible gambling requires rational thought, and it’s not at all rational to think this way.

You never get paid your winnings

Again, this is true of a very small selection of gambling sites. There are some rogue operators out there who take a different approach to cheating their customers. Rather than run a fixed site, they just choose not to pay out winners instead. Or not the big winners, at least.

But do you know what? These sites don’t tend to do very well in the long run. Most people who get cheated in this way don’t stay quiet. They post on forums or review websites, and word soon gets out. And once you get a bad reputation in this industry, it’s very difficult to recover.

This is why it’s so important to use websites such as when choosing where to gamble online. We keep close track of which sites can be trusted, and which sites can’t. We make absolutely sure that we only ever recommend sites that are honest, reliable and trustworthy.

Reputation is very important in this industry, and sites that can’t be trusted don’t keep hold of their customers for very long.

Online gambling is illegal

This myth gets repeated time and time again, and lots of people believe it. It’s a very broad statement though, and simply isn’t true as a standalone fact. What is true is that online gambling is fully legalized and regulated in many countries around the world.

Even in those countries where online gambling ISN’T fully legalized, it’s very unusual for there to be a law that explicitly makes it illegal to use a gambling site. Most online gambling laws are actually aimed at the people and companies who operate such sites, not those who use them.

Obviously it’s a good idea to check your local laws before gambling online. Especially if you’re worried that it might be illegal. But don’t just fall for this myth and just assume that you’re going to breaking the law. There’s a very good chance that you won’t be.

The Different Types of Online Gambling

There are several forms of gambling available on the internet. This is one of the great advantages of gambling online. There are so many different options available that you’re very likely to find something that you either enjoy or can make money from. Or, ideally, both! And, of course, you’re not limited to one single form of gambling. You can engage in as many different ones as you want.

The following forms of gambling are especially popular online.

There are several gambling sites that offer all of these. Using such sites enables you to play casino games, bet on sports, and play poker all from a single online account. This is obviously very convenient, and means you can easily try something new if you fancy a change. Other sites specialize in just one particular type of gambling. There can be advantages to using those sites too.

Other forms of online gambling include the following.

It’s a good idea to learn all about the various forms of gambling at some point. Just to give yourself the option of trying something different. You don’t need to be an expert before experimenting with a new form of gambling, but remember that you are going to be putting your own money at risk. So it’s a good idea to at least learn a few basics first.