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The Ultimate Casino Guide
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Table of Contents
Step 1 2
The Casino Guide 2
Choose Your Casino 2
Intro To Online Casinos 2
Intro To Casino Bonuses 3
Whe...
Step 3 37
Place Your Bets 37
Casino Games 38
Asian Casino Games 39
Bingo 40
Card Games 41
Baccarat 42
How to Play Baccarat...
Step 1
The Casino Guide
Step 1
The Casino Guide
So you’ve finally gotten wind of the hottest trend in gambling? It’s true ...
Step 1
Intro To Online Casinos
casino suits you best. Online Casinos vary according to their Software, Games, Banking,
Bon...
Step 1
Intro To Casino Bonuses
We are going to explore the different types of Bonuses and the benefits of each in upcoming...
Step 1
Where Are The Best Bonuses?
Casino Bonuses
Gambling sites attract new players by offering Bonuses for signing up.
O...
Step 1
Casino Bonuses
As you can see, most gambling sites offer plenty more beyond the first few deposits. It’s pretty
sim...
Step 1
First Deposit Bonus
the original bonus.
What to Watch Out For
First time online gamblers in particular need to watc...
Step 1
Free Money Bonus
Nothing in life is free, apart from love and air, but a Casino Welcome Bonus is as close to Free
M...
Step 1
No Deposit Bonus
A No Deposit Casino Bonus is usually marketed as a type of Casino Welcome Bonus to attract new
cus...
Step 1
Welcome Bonus
These stipulations often depend on the type of Casino Welcome Bonus being offered, but one
requiremen...
Step 1
Customer Service at the Casino
Customer support represents an important aspect of any company,
and Online Casinos p...
Step 1
Customer Service at the Casino
To find out how we rank gambling sites based on customer service, explore our Online...
Step 1
Casino Payment Methods
check if your preferred choice is available where you live.
Many gambling sites give Bonuses...
Step 1
Casino Software and Games
Typical Classic Games found at Online Casinos include versions of Roulette, Blackjack, Ba...
Step 1
To Download or Not to Download?
Online Casinos divide into two different groups according to their
interface; Flash...
Step 1
Download Casino
Software download, check for recommended specifications to see if your computer meets system
requir...
Step 1
Flash Casino
the Casino. Using the correct browser plugins will optimize your gambling experience by making
Instant...
Step 1
Mobile Casino
Mobile Casino
Many Online Casinos offer Games for mobile and tablet devices.
Mobile Casinos come avai...
Step 1
Android Casinos
Players can download Android Casino Games at the Google Play website.
Those Android aficionados amo...
Step 1
Mobile Casino Apps
Gamblers must first download Mobile Casino Apps and play Casino Games including
Blackjack, Slots...
Step 1
Play It Safe
When signing up or placing real money bets, a gambling site will likely ask for private information.
Y...
Step 1
Casino Odds
When it comes to Casino Games, Random Number Generator
(RNG) software is used to keep the results unpre...
Step 1
eCOGRA Casinos
The company ensures fair gaming, customer privacy, safe banking transactions, and that winners
recei...
Step 1
Responsible Casino Gaming
addition, we promote best-practices within the online gambling community and encourage th...
Step 1
Responsible Casino Gaming
or face imprisonment. Gambling addiction can also break families struggling to pick up th...
Step 1
Responsible Casino Gaming
information to help.
Spotting A Rogue Casino
Online gamblers should beware of Rogue or Bl...
Step 1
Spotting A Rogue Casino
If an Online Casino doesn’t have easily accessible customer support, or the customer
suppor...
Step 1
Secure Online Casinos
visible customer support options to clear up any issues quickly and efficiently. You will als...
Step 1
UK Gambling Laws
In the United Kingdom, gambling is regulated under The Gambling Act 2005. The Department for
Cultu...
Step 1
UK Online Casinos
licenced in Gibralter. As the best of British know, we like to outsource and our Online Casinos a...
Step 1
UK Online Casinos
.
USA Gambling Laws
United States gambling laws vary from state to state.
Currently, online gambl...
Step 1
USA Gambling Laws
USA Online Casinos
Online gambling is currently legal in Nevada, Delaware, and New Jersey.
In Nev...
Step 1
USA Online Casinos
alongside the Atlantic City boardwalk. Now gamblers can access the best of AC right from their
c...
Step 1
Verification Requirements
In a lot of cases, you will not be asked to verify your identity as soon as
you register,...
Step 2
Casino Deposit
make an Online Casino Deposit and check if the gambling site accepts this form of banking.
Online Ca...
Step 2
Practice Play Demo Games
Practice Play Demo Games
Before you Deposit, you can play some Demo Games free at the Casi...
Step 2
Casino Registration
Now you should have a good idea about what goes into making an
Online Casino and how to choose ...
Step 3
Place Your Bets
Each gambling site offers many different types of Online Casino Games. Whether you enjoy the
spinni...
Step 3
Casino Games
The market is constantly growing and the best Online Casino Games will always have you coming
back for...
Step 3
Asian Casino Games
Sic Bo
Sic Bo, meaning dice pair, represents another Casino Game from China. Many Casinos includ...
Step 3
Bingo
Originally called “Beano” in the United States, its name changed after a winner accidentally yelled
“Bingo” i...
Step 3
Card Games
Card Games
Card Games are a must in any Casino, Land-Based or Internet-Based.
Card Games involve skill a...
Step 3
Baccarat
Baccarat
Baccarat is one of the world’s oldest gambling Card Games.
Online Baccarat is one of the most pop...
Step 3
Baccarat
England and South America before finally finding an audience in North America and Asia.
Baccarat Today
Onl...
Step 3
How to Play Baccarat
The winning hand in Baccarat is the hand whose sum is closest to 9.
Card values are figured di...
Step 3
How to Play Baccarat
achieved in three ways:
Aces count as 1
Face cards and 10s count as 0
If the sum of the hand g...
Step 3
Baccarat Strategy
Baccarat Strategy
The basic Baccarat strategy is to know your odds on each bet.
Baccarat is based...
Step 3
Baccarat Strategy
banker rather than the player though as this bet has a 1.36% House advantage and commission is
al...
Step 3
Baccarat Variations
Many of the variants are based on a slight change in rules and order of play. With our guides
h...
Step 3
Blackjack
Twenty-One’ in which the author detailed very carefully designed mathematics that allowed
players to coun...
Step 3
Blackjack Strategy
Both 10s and face cards have a value of 10. Therefore, you always have a higher
probability of r...
Step 3
Blackjack Strategy
never split on two 10s since you already have the high value of 20 and to consider splitting on ...
Step 3
How to Play Blackjack
reviewing actual gameplay.
Objectives
The objective of Blackjack is to have a hand of cards w...
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  1. 1. VegasMaster The Ultimate Casino Guide Read more guides, reviews and daily news at: www.vegasmaster.com
  2. 2. Table of Contents Step 1 2 The Casino Guide 2 Choose Your Casino 2 Intro To Online Casinos 2 Intro To Casino Bonuses 3 Where Are The Best Bonuses? 4 Casino Bonuses 5 First Deposit Bonus 6 Free Money 7 Free Money Bonus 7 No Deposit Bonus 8 Welcome Bonus 9 Customer Service at the Casino 10 Casino Payment Methods 12 Casino Software and Games 13 To Download or Not to Download? 14 Download Casino 15 Flash Casino 16 Flash Online Casinos 17 Mobile Casinos 17 Mobile Casino 17 Android Casinos 18 Apple Casinos 19 Mobile Casino Apps 19 Play It Safe 20 Casino Odds 21 eCOGRA Casinos 22 Responsible Casino Gaming 23 Spotting A Rogue Casino 26 Secure Online Casinos 27 UK Gambling Laws 28 UK Online Casinos 29 USA Gambling Laws 31 USA Online Casinos 32 Verification Requirements 33 Step 2 34 Casino Picked, What Now? 34 Casino Deposit 34 Casino Installation 35 Practice Play Demo Games 35 Casino Registration 36
  3. 3. Step 3 37 Place Your Bets 37 Casino Games 38 Asian Casino Games 39 Bingo 40 Card Games 41 Baccarat 42 How to Play Baccarat 44 Baccarat Strategy 46 Baccarat Variations 48 Blackjack 49 Blackjack Strategy 50 How to Play Blackjack 52 Games of Chance 55 Live Casino 56 Machine Games 57 Scratch Cards 58 Slot Machines 59 Table Games 61 Craps 62 How to Play Craps 64 Roulette 65 How to Play Roulette 66 Game Features 68 Bonus Rounds 69 Gamble Rounds 69 Progressive Jackpots 70 Slots Terms 71 Step 4 72 Claim Your Bonuses 72 Casino Promotions 72 Jackpots 73 Promotions Calendar 74 Promotion Rules 74 Tournaments 75 Loyalty Points and VIP's 76 Step 5 76 Cashing Out Your Winnings 76 Casino Withdrawal Methods 76 How Long Does It Take? 77 Are My Casino Winnings Taxed? 78 Casino Withdrawal Limits 79
  4. 4. Step 1 The Casino Guide Step 1 The Casino Guide So you’ve finally gotten wind of the hottest trend in gambling? It’s true – Online Casinos present the future of the gaming industry, and we’re here to help you get started. Let’s be honest, the world of Online Casinos just keeps on growing, and it’s difficult to know where to begin. That’s why we designed this step by step guide to walk you through the process from start to finish. Gamble Clever with VegasMaster’s Ultimate Casino Guide. Choose Your Casino With tons of gambling sites available, how do you even begin to decide which Online Casino is the right choice for you? This section gives gamblers a step by step guide to get started choosing an Online Casino. First, discover the ins and outs of Casino Software and Games, Bonuses, Customer Service, and Payment Methods. Then, learn about safe and secure gambling, local gambling laws, and ways to avoid getting scammed. Finally, when you’re ready to start playing, find out the best option for playing, either from your browser, mobile phone, or by installing Casino Software. Intro To Online Casinos Online Casinos allow gamblers to play Casino Games on the internet from either PC or mobile devices. Each Online Casino has one or more Software provider and offers different Games, Payment Options, Bonus Promotions, and Customer Support. Online gambling laws vary in different regions. Make sure to check the laws where you live before playing. Online Casinos represent a virtual or internet based version of the traditional brick-and-mortar casino. They allow gamblers to play Casino Games on the internet from either PC or mobile devices. Since the start of online gambling in the mid 90s, the industry has gained popularity around the world. Online Casino Parameters With so many Online Casinos available, gamblers may find it difficult to choose among the hundreds. Breaking down Casinos based on different parameters makes it easier to choose which 1
  5. 5. Step 1 Intro To Online Casinos casino suits you best. Online Casinos vary according to their Software, Games, Banking, Bonuses, and Customer Service options. Deciding what you are looking for in each of these categories will make it easier to select which Casino is right for you. To take a look at different online casinos, visit our Online Casino Section. Online Gambling Laws Although gambling on the internet has become increasingly popular all over the world, it still remains regulated or illegal in some places. Make sure to check the laws where you live to see which kinds of online gambling are legal in your region. VegasMaster has provided information regarding different online gambling laws. Read about internet gambling laws in the United Kingdom or check out our page about regulated internet gambling in the United States. Intro To Casino Bonuses Online Casino Bonuses are there to give you extra cash to play with. Remember, there are always terms and conditions attached to all offers! We will explore the different types of Bonuses available and their advantages. Online Casinos often provide various types of Bonuses so gamblers can maximize their winnings. Bonuses vary between different gambling sites. Some provide more generous Bonus packages, a better variety, or new offers more frequently. Choosing a Casino with a good Bonus package can make payouts even more rewarding. Bonuses make Online gambling especially lucrative because they often award more in payouts or match initial deposits. Therefore, choosing a Casino that rewards Bonuses and understanding the rules for each kind can really optimize your gambling experience. Types of Bonuses Casinos use special Bonuses such as the No Deposit Bonus, Welcome Bonus, and First Deposit Bonus to attract new players. The No Deposit Bonus represents the most popular Bonus which punters can claim without depositing any money. Welcome Bonuses give bonuses to players signing up with a casino for the first time. First Deposit Bonuses reward players for making their first deposit. Although most casinos offer some form of one or all of these Bonuses, they vary between operators. In addition, not all bonuses take the form of real or free cash, so remember to read rules and restrictions prior to signing up. 2
  6. 6. Step 1 Intro To Casino Bonuses We are going to explore the different types of Bonuses and the benefits of each in upcoming sections of the Casino Guide. We will also find out if Casinos really do ever offer Free Money Bonuses. Tell Me More Before choosing a Casino, visit the gambling site to review the Bonuses that they offer to new players. Often these sites will display a banner describing their offers to people signing up for the first time. Otherwise, explore the Bonuses and/or Promotions section of the gambling site to get an idea of how the Casino treats their players. Check if the casino offers generous packages to new players for making one or more deposits. These type of Bonus packages increase your potential to win more money. Where Are The Best Bonuses? Bonuses vary from Online Casino to Online Casino. Around the holidays is a great time to find the best Bonuses online. VegasMaster Forums will keep you up to date with the newest and best Casino Bonuses. Casino Bonuses and Promotions change depending on the time of year, current Tournaments and new Slot Machines. One thing is for sure, the best Online Casinos will always have an offer on for their customers, old and new. Keeping an eye out for the newest and most lucrative Bonuses out there will really maximize your Payouts. At Christmas time and around other major holidays, there is usually an overwhelming amount of the best Bonus Offers available at all Online Casinos, including giveaways of cars, gadgets, and even holidays abroad! We have a whole bunch of reviewed Online Casinos, typed by our own fair hands so you can be better informed on Bonuses, Withdrawals and everything else you could possibly want to know, so check them out here. 3
  7. 7. Step 1 Where Are The Best Bonuses? Casino Bonuses Gambling sites attract new players by offering Bonuses for signing up. Online Casinos encourage players to stay at their site with different kinds of Casino Bonus packages. Don’t forget each Bonus will have some Terms and Conditions attached to it! As mentioned in the Intro to Casino Bonuses section, Online Casinos attract new players by offering Sign Up Bonus packages such as the Welcome Bonus, No Deposit Bonus, and First Deposit Bonus. In this case, why not just sign up for different Casinos and cash out after receiving the initial Sign Up Bonus? In order to keep loyal customers, Online Casinos find ways to reward their players even after the first few deposits. Gambling sites encourage players to stay with them by offering new Bonuses as they continue to play. Some of the most common examples include: High Roller Bonus – Players receive a percentage Bonus for making large deposits. Loyalty Bonus – Gamblers earn points as they play, climbing VIP levels according to how much they deposit. After reaching certain levels, players receive more Bonuses. Match Deposit – Casino matches a percentage of the deposit, up to a certain amount. Payment Method Bonus – Casinos add an extra percentage Bonus when players make deposits using a certain payment method. Refer-A-Friend Bonus – This package rewards players for a referring someone they know to start playing at the Casino. Reload Bonus – Casinos award players for making more deposits. New Release Bonus – Casinos promote new games by offering Bonuses for playing. 4
  8. 8. Step 1 Casino Bonuses As you can see, most gambling sites offer plenty more beyond the first few deposits. It’s pretty simple: the more you play, the more you win. As a tip from us as VegasMaster, make sure to read the fine print for Online Casino Bonuses. In most cases, sites expect gamblers to wager a certain amount or play a number of times before being rewarded. Also Casinos may limit the amount you can withdraw after you receive a Bonus. Take time to check the “Terms and Conditions” or “Rules” for each Bonus so you can avoid any issues down the road. Click here to get the inside scoop on where and when to find the Best Casino Bonuses. First Deposit Bonus First Deposit Bonuses provide Bonuses to players for placing their first deposit at a gambling site. Online Casinos offer different versions of First Deposit Bonuses including a Match Bonus which matches a certain percentage of the initial deposit. First Deposit Bonuses have different terms and conditions depending on the Casino. Almost every Welcome Bonus at almost every Casino involves a carefully planned First Deposit Bonus. It’s pretty much a self explanatory title. First Deposit Bonuses are Bonuses you can receive only on your First Deposit at the same Casino. These include a few main types of First Deposit Bonuses, though every Casino has its own fine print that must be fully understood before signing up. Most Online Casinos offer Sign Up Bonuses for new players. Click here for an Introduction to Bonuses. Types of First Deposit Bonuses There are literally endless possibilities when considering Welcome Bonuses and First Deposit Bonuses. Every Casino takes their own spin on Welcome Bonuses to make their offer appear unique and more profitable for the player. Match Bonuses are a classic example of a common First Deposit Bonus. With a Match Bonus you will most likely be required to deposit money which the Casino will then match a certain percentage of and up to a certain limit. For example, let’s say that a casino offers a 150% Match Bonus on your First Deposit up to $1,000. If you deposit as much as $650, the Casino will deposit an additional 150% or in this case $975. While most Casinos offer some variant of a Match Bonus, the opportunities for different offers are nearly endless. Sometimes a First Deposit Bonus will even allow gamblers a chance to increase 5
  9. 9. Step 1 First Deposit Bonus the original bonus. What to Watch Out For First time online gamblers in particular need to watch out for the fine print that allows Casinos to make money from their First Deposit Bonuses. Most of the time, a Casino will ensure itself a profit by stating that a player must wager a certain amount or a certain number of times before being able to withdraw any winnings from the casino. All in all, you should be looking for the First Deposit Bonus that you prefer the most. While you will be obligated to wager a certain amount at the Casino, these offers will give you the biggest benefit in your gaming allowing you hours of playing time that wouldn’t have been possible without a First Deposit Bonus. Free Money Free Money Bonus Online Casinos like to Welcome you with Big Bonuses. It’s important to check out the conditions attached to this Free Money. Don’t forget about Wagering Requirements, or our Top List of the Best Casino Bonuses . While not all Online Casino Bonuses are created equally, you can safely expect Casino Bonuses will be present in most Online Casinos, large and small. The latest Casino Bonuses can usually be seen scrolling their way across the casino homepage and can also be found in your Log In area or personalised Lobby. The Welcome Bonus is the first indication of what’s on offer, but there are usually lots of other incentives to match what you are looking for from your Online Casino experience. There can be Free Spins on certain Slot Machine Games up for grabs, extra Bonuses for Depositing and playing different Casino Games and there may even be some failsafe Bonuses, where if you lose your First Deposit, you are reimbursed enough to give you another go on the reels or at the tables. There are usually great second Deposit Bonus Offers available too. What’s The Catch? 6
  10. 10. Step 1 Free Money Bonus Nothing in life is free, apart from love and air, but a Casino Welcome Bonus is as close to Free Money as you are ever going to get. It’s simple: deposit up to a certain amount, and get more money from the Casino to play with. Sometimes they will match your Deposit exactly, doubling your Deposit amount and, sometimes they will more than match it. You must be thinking that there has got to be a catch, right? The main catch is that you need to complete something called the Wagering Requirements. Think of it as the Casino lending you money so you can make money gambling. It doesn’t seem fair that you can just take them for Free Money Bonuses and then win against them and take the winnings as well. So you need to do what is known as playing through. This means that you will usually need to bet around 15 times the amount you have been given in Free Money Welcome Bonus Deposits in order to clear yourself to receive your winnings above and beyond the Free Bonus. When you think of all the Cashback offers you can take advantage of, it’s pretty much a Win Win situation. No Deposit Bonus No Deposit Bonuses award players with Bonuses without having to make any deposit. Casinos offer No Deposit Bonuses to attract new players, promote a new game, or reward loyal customers. Usually, gambling sites require players to place a certain number of bets before they can withdraw payouts. Possibly the most special type of Bonus offered at some online casinos is the No Deposit Bonus. By marketing this clever term, Casinos can draw in many customers who want to give gambling a spin, but are afraid of instantly depositing their own money that could potentially be lost. What are No Deposit Casino Bonuses? 7
  11. 11. Step 1 No Deposit Bonus A No Deposit Casino Bonus is usually marketed as a type of Casino Welcome Bonus to attract new customers, but it can also be used in promoting a new Game or just as a gift to a loyal customer. A No Deposit Bonus works just as the name suggests. You are given money into your Casino account without having to make any deposit of your own. Gambling sites usually require players to use this “money” as credit to play at the Casino. As Casinos are real businesses, they only present a No Deposit Bonus if they feel that it will be a profitable venture. For this reason, many Casinos offer no such Bonus at all, and the ones that do mostly require that you make a certain number of bets or bet a certain amount of money before withdrawing any winnings. For the most part, No Deposit Casino Bonuses are a simple concept and are very helpful to players looking to get their first taste of online gambling for real money. At VegasMaster, we show you where you can find the best No Deposit Bonus offers and invite you to try them out for yourself. Welcome Bonus Welcome Bonuses represent one of the most common Bonuses offered by Online Casinos. Welcome Bonuses usually have different stipulations and require players to a wager a certain amount before withdrawing payouts. Gamblers can expect to find different types of Welcome Bonuses at most gambling sites. Of all the different types of Bonuses and Promotions used by Online Casinos to draw you into investing your playing time at their gambling sites, the Welcome Bonus is the most prominent and possible the most critical to consider. An Online Casino Sign Up Bonus is offered in some form by every Online Casino as a way to provide you with extra playing cash on top of your original deposit(s). Welcome Bonus Stipulations Beginners beware! First time players who see a $10,000 Casino Sign Up Bonus may believe that receiving $10,000 from an Online Casino is too good to be true, and that’s because it is. Not to say that such a figure is a scam, it is only a half truth. Every Online Casino offers a Welcome Bonus and they tend to compete with each other for the biggest and most player beneficial Welcome Bonuses. Each Casino however, includes a large amount of small print attached to their Welcome Bonus, and these stipulations must be read carefully and understood completely before diving into playtime. 8
  12. 12. Step 1 Welcome Bonus These stipulations often depend on the type of Casino Welcome Bonus being offered, but one requirement that almost always exists when accepting a Welcome Bonus means that you have to wager a certain amount at the casino before you are allowed to make a withdrawal. Types of Welcome Bonuses Casinos generally choose a specific type of Welcome Bonus to market that lays down general guidelines that you can expect to see. Keep in mind however, that stipulations on these types can change from Casino to Casino. Many Casinos will offer to match your deposit up to a maximum amount or even add a percentage. For example, a casino offering a 500% cash Match Bonus up to $5,000 means that if you deposit $1,000, you are eligible to receive an extra $5,000. This would be considered a substantial Bonus that would usually require a high number or amount of wagers before allowing you to withdraw. Often the percentage is moved up and down while extra deposits can be added. A staggered cash match means that a casino will match say 100% of your first deposit, 150% of your second and 200% of your third. Sometimes Welcome Bonuses provide a theoretical number of Bonuses allowed for a certain amount of time after the initial deposit. For example, Mandarin Palace Casino offers a 52 weeks Free Spins Credit of $40 that is counted toward the initial Welcome Bonus package of $4,500. These are the basic numbers and types of Casino Sign Up Bonus you can expect to see when visiting a new gambling site. Remember that the casino will try to offer the best Welcome Bonus that they can in competition with other Casinos, and they will work hard to get you to take advantage of it. If you feel that their stipulations are unclear or you don’t understand them for any reason, contact customer service for details before making a deposit. Customer Service at the Casino Before signing up with a Casino, consider the customer support offered to players. Online Casinos will usually offer customer support via phone and email as well as an FAQ and information database on the website. Casinos with better customer service will offer Live Chat support. 9
  13. 13. Step 1 Customer Service at the Casino Customer support represents an important aspect of any company, and Online Casinos prove no exception. Should any questions or concerns come up during gambling (and inevitably they do!), it’s important to find Casinos with supportive staff standing by to help. Before joining an Online Casino, you should check the types of customer support options available. So what should you look for when it comes to customer support at gambling sites? All Casinos will offer some basic contact information such as a snail mail address or e-mail address. In addition, many will provide e-mail addresses for specific departments within the company so you can get in touch directly with the appropriate staff member. Most of the major gambling sites contain a FAQ section and database of information. This way you can research information to answer your question before contacting the casino staff. An Online Casino that offers superb customer support will go above and beyond by offering the most convenient ways to contact their staff. These sites provide international toll-free telephone lines available around the clock in the player’s language. The better Online Casinos will also provide 24/7 customer support via Live Chat in multiple languages. Before signing up, test the casino’s Live Chat support to see how quickly a staff member responds. Some gambling sites go as far as to provide chat support via popular instant messenger platforms such as Skype, ICQ, Windows Live Messenger, etc. 10
  14. 14. Step 1 Customer Service at the Casino To find out how we rank gambling sites based on customer service, explore our Online Casino Reviews. Casino Payment Methods Online Casino Payment Methods refer to different banking options for gamblers to deposit real money to place bets or withdraw cash winnings. Each Online Casinos accept different types of banking including credit and debit cards, eWallets and wire transfers along with prepaid cards. Each Casino Payment Method offers different benefits. Casino Payment Methods refer to various banking options for gamblers to deposit real money to place bets or withdraw cash winnings. Popular Casino Deposit Methods range from credit and debit cards, eWallets and wire transfers along with prepaid cards. Before choosing a Casino, decide which Casino Payment Options you prefer and find out if the Casino accepts this form of banking. In addition, check whether or not the Casino accepts your country’s currency. Each gambling site has a section for Online Casino Banking containing the information you need to know before placing bets. Benefits of Online Banking Each Casino Payment Method provides different benefits depending on your personal preferences. Some Online Casino Payment Options specifically focus on allowing users to makes deposits right from their mobile device. Others offer higher levels of security. For the sake of convenience, also find out if the payment service will work with your existing bank account. In addition, not all Casino Payment Methods are available in every country. Make sure to 11
  15. 15. Step 1 Casino Payment Methods check if your preferred choice is available where you live. Many gambling sites give Bonuses for making deposits with certain banking systems. Make sure to check on the site’s banking section to find out if you can receive bonuses simply for choosing a certain payment method. For an overview of Online Casino Banking, visit our Payment Section. Casino Software and Games Each Online Casino provides Games from one or more Software companies. Most Online Casinos offer a selection of different Games including Slot Machines, Table and Card Games, Lottery, Arcade, Instant Win, Live Dealer, and Progressive Jackpots. Try out different Software and Games to decide which you prefer. Online Casino Software Online Casinos usually provide Software from companies such as Microgaming, Playtech, NetEnt, Real Time Gaming, Cryptologic, and many more. Some supply exclusively from one Software operator while others offer Software from multiple providers. Each Software company has a general look to their Games and interface design which Casinos then customize. For more information regarding different Software operators, visit our Casino Software Section. Do All Casinos Offer the Same Games? Most Online Casinos offer a similar sele ction of the most popular Online Casino Games. Online gamblers can expect that a good Casino will have a variety of Slot Machines including both Classic Slot Machines with 3 or 5 reels along with Video and 3D Slots that have a large number of paylines, usually ranging from 20-40. 12
  16. 16. Step 1 Casino Software and Games Typical Classic Games found at Online Casinos include versions of Roulette, Blackjack, Baccarat, Craps, Poker, and Asian Casino Games along with Lottery, Arcade, and Instant Win Games such as Bingo, Scratch Cards, Keno, among others. In addition, many Casinos offer Progressive Jackpots usually for a Slot Machine in which the value of the Jackpot increases with each bet. When multiple players participate, these Jackpots can reach $1 million or more. Another popular option, Live Dealer, stream a croupier dealing a Table or Card Game in real-time from an actual Casino. Although most Casinos have the same variety of Games, they do not all have the same kind of Games or number of each. When choosing a Casino, consider which Games you prefer. Are you looking for a large selection of Slots with different themes or do you prefer traditional Card and Table Games? Most Casinos allow prospective players to browse their Games prior to registration. Take a look at the options available and decide if this Casino offers the kind of Games which interest you the most. If you do not have a particular preference, choose Casinos from larger Software operators such as Playtech or Microgaming which tend to offer enough variety in all gaming categories. For an overview of popular Online Casino Games, visit our Games Section. To Download or Not to Download? Online Casinos divide into two different groups; Flash Casinos and Download Casinos. Gamblers can play Flash Casinos right from their internet browser via plugins. Download Casinos require the installation of Casino Software before playing. 13
  17. 17. Step 1 To Download or Not to Download? Online Casinos divide into two different groups according to their interface; Flash Casinos and Download Casinos. Before you start playing at an Online Casino, you should consider whether you would prefer to play the Flash or Download based versions. Flash Casinos or Instant Play Casinos stream via browser plugins such as Adobe Flash or Java and do not require users to download Software to play Casino Games. Click here for more information regarding Flash Casinos. On the other hand, Download Casinos require the initial installation of Casino Software. Although, the user must first install the Software, Download Casinos tend to run faster than the Flash version. For more information regarding Download based Casinos, visit out Download Casino Section. Download Casino Download Casinos require the installation of Casino Software. Download Casinos tend to run faster than Flash Casinos. Before downloading, check if the computer meets system requirements for the Software. Many Online Casinos require their users to Download Casino Software before playing. Although, a “Download Casino” requires gamblers to install Casino Software before playing, they tend to run faster than Flash Casinos. It also seems that Download Casinos include a larger number of Game choices. In addition, Download Casinos always offer free Casino Software. Prior to choosing a Casino, make sure that the Software is compatible with your computer. Download based Casinos may only function on specific computer Software. Before the Casino 14
  18. 18. Step 1 Download Casino Software download, check for recommended specifications to see if your computer meets system requirements. After installing the Casino Software, most Casinos come equipped with a small number of Games ready to play. Unfortunately, many Casinos require additional download of the majority of Game options even after initial Software installation. Those who don’t have the patience to download Software and Games should opt for the Flash Version or Instant Play Casino. Even some of the leading Software companies still require gamblers to download Casino Software. Better gambling sites present both the Flash and Download based Casinos so their customers can choose which version they prefer to play. For more information regarding Download based Casinos, visit our Casino Section. Flash Casino Flash Casinos allows gamblers to play instantly right from their browser. Online Flash Casinos require updated versions of browser plugins. Some gambling sites offer both a Flash Casino and Download Casino. A Flash Casino, also known as Instant Play or No Download Casino, requires (you guessed it) no download, and gamblers can play them instantly right from their browser using plugins such as Adobe Flash, Adobe Shockwave, or Java. With little preparation required, No Download Casinos make the process of getting started even faster. Many online gamblers enjoy Flash Casinos because they can quickly start playing without installing Software onto their computer. Some Casinos even offer both the Flash version as well as the Download based Casino. In this way, players can choose which they prefer while still able to access the Casino. Players may choose not to install Software for a number of reasons: They do not want to risk downloading malware with the Software. The computer has a low memory capacity or an old operating system. Their computers do not support the Casino Software. They use a computer the blocks Downloads while at work, a hotel, or airport. System Requirements Before choosing an Online Flash Casino, you should check whether your current system will run 15
  19. 19. Step 1 Flash Casino the Casino. Using the correct browser plugins will optimize your gambling experience by making Instant Play Casinos run faster and graphics appear properly. No Download Casinos often require certain versions of browser plugins. You may simply need to download or update browser plugins to run the Instant Play Casino. Read the recommended specifications to make sure your computer meets browser requirements. The New Instant Play Casino As previously mentioned, Flash Casinos run via a web browser plugin. Currently, more gambling sites do away with this type of system, opting for newer technology. It seems almost exactly the same as they enable gamblers to play instantly right from their browser. However, these Instant Play Casinos use a different, more sophisticated technology. Get the inside scoop on different No Download Online Casinos and visit our Casino Section. Flash Online Casinos O nline casino flash play is a popular option for players who don’t like to clutter up their computer’s hard drive space. There are plenty of no download casinos to choose from and in many instances, casinos will have both options available to you. This leaves the decision to download or not in your hands. A growing number of online casinos use flash that can be played on your mobile or tablet. All that’s need to play flash casinos on your phone is the latest flash software and either Wi-Fi or3G. There is also the option to connect to live flash casinos so you can interact with a dealer for that realistic casino experience and many of the live casinos we review using your computer, tablet or mobile. Mobile Casinos From social networking and photography to banking and budgeting, people rely on smartphones for almost everything these days. Now gamblers can add mobile casinos to the mix! Whether your favorite game includes Video Slots, Progressive Jackpots, Table Games, or Card Games, playing mobile casinos presents a great option for players to place bets while on the go. 16
  20. 20. Step 1 Mobile Casino Mobile Casino Many Online Casinos offer Games for mobile and tablet devices. Mobile Casinos come available either as a mobile app or as a Flash Casino. Mobile Casinos function on some or all Apple, Android, Blackberry, and other smartphones and tablet devices. Many Online Casinos now offer popular Casino Games for mobile and tablet devices so players can place bets from anywhere, at anytime. As is the case with playing on the computer, the Mobile Casino must also work in compatibility with your mobile device and software. Mobile Online Casinos come available in either Flash version or as a mobile app. With Flash Mobile Casino Games, gamblers can simply access the game via web browsers from their mobile device. Mobile apps, on the other hand, require users to download an application of the casino. Before choosing a Mobile Casino, consider which version you prefer. Remember to also check that the Mobile Casino is compatible with your device. Most Mobile Casinos function on some or all Apple, Android, Blackberry, and other smartphones along with iPads and other tablet devices. However, if you are interested in playing on your phone, check to ensure that the Mobile Casino runs on your specific smartphone or tablet. Take the world of online gambling with you in your pocket with Mobile Online Casinos. Now punters can get the Vegas experience anytime from anywhere with mobile casino games for iPad, iPhone, iPod, Android, tablet, Blackberry, or other devices. Players can access Blackjack, Slots, Progressive Jackpots, Live Dealer, and more right from their smartphone casino app or browser. Android Casinos Many Online Casinos offer Games for Android smartphones. Gamblers can play Android Casinos Games via Wi-Fi or Data access from their mobile devices. 17
  21. 21. Step 1 Android Casinos Players can download Android Casino Games at the Google Play website. Those Android aficionados amongst us know there’s an app for almost everything nowadays. From banking, to being able to check what’s on telly tonight, to socialising, it can all be done on a tablet or smartphone. Now, those who like to bet on Blackjack or spin a reel or two on the Slot Machines without wanting to be stuck in one place can play on the go with an Android Casino. Whether it’s during your morning commute to work, when you’re stuck in rush hour traffic, or when you’re bored on your lunch break, all you need to do is connect via Wi-Fi or 3G (or for some of those lucky people, 4G) and log in to your favourite casino to start playing. With such high demand for our favourite websites, pages and games to be available to play on mobile, an android casino is a must have so you can keep up with your winnings on the go. There are plenty to choose from, so let’s get spinning those reels! Those looking to browse Android Casino Apps can do so at the Google Play website. Apple Casinos Many gambling sites offer Mobile Casino Games for Apple devices including iPhones, iPods, and iPads. Players can download Apple Casino Apps at the App Store. Whether you prefer to gamble right from the palm of your hand with the iPhone Casino or opt to sit back, relax, and place bets with the iPad Casino in your lap, Apple Casino provides a convenient option for gamblers to place bets from anywhere, at anytime. Out and about and ready to hit Jackpot? Check out these options and bring the Las Vegas experience wherever you go! The Casino for iPad, iPod, or iPhone brings the thrill of gambling right to your fingertips. If it’s spinning the Slot reels or Roulette wheels, iOS Casino allows punters to play popular Games wherever they want. iPad, iPod, and iPhone Casinos all retain the same high-quality graphics coupled with the convenience of playing at any location. Gamblers looking to download Apple Casino apps can visit the App Store Download Site. Mobile Casino Apps Mobile Casino Apps allows gamblers to play Casino Games from their smartphones or tablet devices. 18
  22. 22. Step 1 Mobile Casino Apps Gamblers must first download Mobile Casino Apps and play Casino Games including Blackjack, Slots, and more. From booking vacations to bartending, nowadays there’s an app for everything! Finally, gamblers can add Casino Apps to the list of must have applications. Players can easily find some of their favorite Games conveniently available on Mobile Casino Apps for smartphones such as iOS, Android, and other devices. After downloading the Casino App, punters can get the Vegas experience whenever they want. Put the world of online gambling at your fingertips with a Casino App. Whether you prefer to spin the Slot reels or play high stakes on Blackjack, a Mobile Casino App provides an exciting and convenient option for gamblers with the same high quality graphics. Play It Safe Gamblers should always consider safety and security when placing real money bets at an Online Casino. Players should check a gambling site’s certifications, fair gaming policy, and the type of verification details required to place bets. Keep betting safe and fun by understanding local laws and learn to prevent illicit or problem gambling. Now that you have an idea of all the different things that go into making an Online Casino run, find out whether the Online Casino you want to play at is safe, secure and worthy of receiving your deposit? In this section, you will learn what makes a secure Online Casino, what an eCOGRA Casino is, what Casino odds are all about, and the gambling laws in the United States and United Kingdom. Security Measures Just like land-based casinos have security systems to make sure everything runs smoothly, Online Casinos also provide security measures to keep you safe. We’ll discuss those measures more here, and we will outline how to spot Rogue Casinos and how to stay safe, secure and happy while you gamble online. 19
  23. 23. Step 1 Play It Safe When signing up or placing real money bets, a gambling site will likely ask for private information. You may feel wary of providing personal or financial details, but don’t worry! Read about the Verification Requirements of Online Casinos so you won’t come across any unsettling surprises. Dangers of Online Gambling It seems you can’t mention the word gambling without some shady connotations. Truth be told, most of us Vegas Masters know how to handle ourselves and budget properly when placing bets. Just in case, it’s good to review our Responsible Casino Gaming Section in order to stay smart and safe – and most of all – have fun! Casino Odds A house edge, also known as gambling odds, is built into every Casino Game to keeps results fair and random. Online Casinos use Random Number Generator (RNG) software to make sure Casino Games have unpredictable results. So, how do honest Online Casinos make their money? A house edge, also known as gambling odds, refers to a built in profit on every bet you make. This way, Online Casinos can remain in business, while still giving you the opportunity to gamble and win big money. In order to keep the results of your betting fair and random, Online Casinos use software, mostly developed by third parties and occasionally developed in house, to provide fair gaming odds to players. The house edge is smaller in Table Games, so there is more chance of the player winning. Random Number Generator 20
  24. 24. Step 1 Casino Odds When it comes to Casino Games, Random Number Generator (RNG) software is used to keep the results unpredictable and keep things fair. However, Slot Machines have the highest house edge, so are the most difficult casino game to win on. Contrary to popular belief, a Slot Machine cannot tell the difference between maximum and minimum bets. The wager amount does not change the results of a game. It only affects how much a player may win or lose. So, are Online Casinos rigged? No, but there is a house edge built in to every Casino Game with software to ensure that the odds of winning are fair and the casino can still make a profit, so when you do win they can afford to pay you your prize money! eCOGRA Casinos eCOGRA (e-Commerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance) ensures fair gaming, security, and prompt payouts from Online Casino operators. An eCOGRA Casino refers to a gambling site that has voluntarily chosen to abide by the professional standards of the reputable organization, eCOGRA. eCOGRA assists gamblers in claiming a dispute with any of their certified Casinos. Based out of London, eCOGRA (e-Commerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance) functions as an independent entity serving to protect players. 21
  25. 25. Step 1 eCOGRA Casinos The company ensures fair gaming, customer privacy, safe banking transactions, and that winners receive their payouts accurately and in a timely manner. eCOGRA has received a UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) approval and has been in business auditing the field of Online Gambling since 2003. Why Choose an eCOGRA Casino? eCOGRA approved Casinos are trustworthy Online Casinos that are pride themselves on safety, fairness and responsible gambling. An eCOGRA Casino is one that has voluntarily chosen to abide by the demanding standards of this respected organization and to show professional conduct. When a gambling site receives an eCOGRA Seal of Approval, players can expect prompt payouts, security of personal information, fair game results, and honest Casino operators. In addition, should you encounter any issues with an eCOGRA Casino, the company offers assistance in disputing any misconduct. So the question here really is, why not choose an eCOGRA approved Casino? Have you experienced any issues with an eCOGRA Casino? Visit their Policies and Procedures Section to claim a dispute. Responsible Casino Gaming VegasMaster fully supports responsible gambling and encourage those who struggle with Problem Gambling to seek help. Punters should check local online gambling laws before placing bets. Many Online Casinos offer bet limits so players don’t bet more than they can afford. In order to avoid scams, choose an Online Casino that observes strict security measures and has a trustworthy reputation. We, at Vegas Master recognize the harm in problem and underage gambling and encourage those who struggle with these issues to seek help immediately. In 22
  26. 26. Step 1 Responsible Casino Gaming addition, we promote best-practices within the online gambling community and encourage those who have experience scams or fraud to speak out against these institutions. Remember, stay smart and safe when betting online, but most importantly – Have fun! Online gambling should remain within the parameters of the law and stay fun and safe for all players. First of all, online gambling is regulated or illegal in some places. Before placing bets, make sure to check the laws to make sure it is permitted in your region. Visit our section regarding Gambling Laws in the United States or read our page about United Kingdom Gambling Laws. Bet Limits Gamblers should make sure they don’t risk too much when placing bets. Many Online Casinos give punters the option of setting bet limits to reduce the risk of losing more than they can afford. These limits only allow gamblers to deposit, wager, or lose the pre-set amount during a daily, weekly, monthly period. This way gambling remains safe and fun. Should you be interested, check whether the casino allows their players to request pre-set betting limits or self-exclusion. Problem Gambling For millions of people, online gambling provides an entertaining and easy way to make money without even leaving home. However, when it comes to betting online, things aren’t always fun and games. It’s important to understand the dangers of online gambling in order to keep things safe and enjoyable. Sure, when conducted responsibly, gambling online serves as an entertaining and rewarding hobby, and at times, a profitable profession. However, for what some regard as a harmless, good time, can lead others down a path to ruin. This hobby sometimes develops into an addicting habit that ruins lives and tears families apart. In January 2013, Jack Keylock, a 22-year-old from Gloucester, England received an 18 month jail sentence after committing robbery in order to pay for his debts from online gambling. Keylock, who came from a respectable, law abiding family, broke into a hotel and two homes stealing up to £35,000 worth of property. The judge presiding over the case told him, “I suspect there is some truth in the fact that you got yourself into debt by gambling – gambling which is all too easy to embark upon these days probably because of the amount of advertising on TV and the amount of internet gambling available to anyone unwise enough to make use of it.” Unfortunately, those struggling with problem gambling exhibit similar desperate behavior as Jack Keylock. Problem gambling behaves in the same manner as any addictive drug requiring a constant fix. It can affect family life as the gambler resorts to reckless actions to finance or cover up the problem. They lie about the problem or steal in order to feed the habit. Many lose their homes 23
  27. 27. Step 1 Responsible Casino Gaming or face imprisonment. Gambling addiction can also break families struggling to pick up the pieces and cause divorce over the financial issues that come as a result. Online gambling can lead to other addictive behaviors that form as a result such as substance abuse in order to try and forget problems caused by gambling in the first place. This also leads to health problems as well. Underage Gambling The availability of Online Casinos makes gambling all too easy to access. Today’s youth is more technologically savvy than any past generations, and their high exposure to the internet could increase susceptibility to online gambling. However, the inability to effectively monitor internet activity makes it difficult for law enforcement to regulate. Online Gambling – Scams and Frauds Those who participate in online gambling must also be wary of scams. As with any enterprise that involves large amounts of money, there always exists a risk of criminal activity. Online Casinos deal with cheating and theft just as the actual casinos do. Online gamblers should watch out for fake Online Casinos that scam gullible victims into joining. These situations not only lead to losing money, but many face the threat of credit card and identity theft. Sometimes, even legitimate Online Casinos aren’t safe, and run the danger of either defective security or highly-advanced cyber criminals. Therefore, online gamers must make certain that the Online Casino they play in has strict security measures to guarantee protection of their account information. Avoid Online Casinos without the proper technology to effectively protect their customers’ personal information. Online gamblers should also look out for game rooms that refuse to pay winnings. These rooms want players to keep betting until they have spent a lot of money, and they will not pay the player their winnings until they have spent a specific amount. Make sure to read a Casino’s terms and conditions regarding player withdrawals before signing up in order to avoid this type of scam. Online gamblers can take simple measures to avoid scams. Choose an Online Casino that observes strict security procedures and has a trustworthy reputation, and avoid gambling sites with doubtful practices. Visit online gambling review sites in order to determine which sites are legitimate and which are fraudulent. If you or someone you know suffers from problem gaming, we encourage you to contact gambling support organizations. Gambling Help Online and Gamblers Anonymous provides counseling and 24
  28. 28. Step 1 Responsible Casino Gaming information to help. Spotting A Rogue Casino Online gamblers should beware of Rogue or Blacklisted Casinos that steal players’ winnings. A trustworthy Online Casino will have supportive customer service and information available regarding signing up, depositing, or play. Conduct a search online to see what others are saying about a gambling site. Just like in any industry, you have businesses with good practices and ethics and businesses that are just out to make a buck, whatever the cost. Rogue Online Casinos unfortunately do exist, but it is easy to avoid being scammed, especially if you have read our advice. Now, things can always crop up when it comes to paying out winnings, or applying Bonuses to an account, but a secure Online Casino will be prepared for issues arising and have procedures in place to help resolve them. Rogue Casinos give the online gambling industry a bad name by trying to get out of paying players their winnings. Customer Support 25
  29. 29. Step 1 Spotting A Rogue Casino If an Online Casino doesn’t have easily accessible customer support, or the customer support staff can’t answer simple questions, that’s a sure sign of something wrong. Decent online casinos usually have an FAQ page, where you can find out a lot of information to help you with any issues regarding signing up, depositing or playing. Their support staff will be happy to address any concerns you have and will make sure you understand any wagering requirements for bonuses or promotions. Do a Background Check Sometimes, simply taking a good look at the Casino’s website will show you whether they are to be trusted or not. Players will sometimes have complaints about an Online Casino and a quick search online will bring them up, but a blacklisted Online Casino will usually have a lot of negative reviews and comments that haven’t been addressed by support staff or the casino representatives. As with any business, those new to a field might make mistakes and not have the foresight to solve them instantly, so it is entirely possible that a blacklisted Online Casino will make good and will learn from its mistakes and be able to provide quality customer care and prompt payout of winnings. Secure Online Casinos Secure gambling sites usually have accreditations from certain associations. Safe Online Casinos will protect the players’ personal and financial information with encryption technologies. P128-bit SSL (Secure Socket Layer) Digital Encryption is a must have at any reputable Online Casino. Playing at a trusted Online Casino is very important, both for your financial security and to make sure that your experience is as enjoyable as possible. Online Casino security is of great importance to a reputable, trustworthy Casino. You can expect to see an eCOGRA certification, an accreditation from the GWPA (Gambling Portal Webmasters Association), and 26
  30. 30. Step 1 Secure Online Casinos visible customer support options to clear up any issues quickly and efficiently. You will also notice reputable and well-known payment method logos apparent on a safe Online Casino website, showing they work with your chosen Casino. These are all signs of a well chosen Online Casino that puts their players first. Protecting Your Information The best Online Casinos just want to provide great service and an atmosphere to keep you, the customer, happy. At these trusted Online Casinos, you can count on your personal data remaining safe from prying eyes and not being sold to third parties. Most importantly, you can count on your Casino activity being monitored with software designed to keep the odds fair (more on Casino Odds here) Any reputable online casino operator is expected to secure all data via a P128-bit SSL (Secure Socket Layer) Digital Encryption. This will ensure the safety and the confidentiality of all private information as well as gaming and banking transactions. The technology developed and used by banks keeps all the information you hand over 100% safe and secure. In addition, it is reasonable to expect the Online Casino you choose to have the option to provide your card details via a Freephone number, after you have already registered and indicated you wish to deposit. UK Gambling Laws British Parliament passed The Gambling Act 2005, permitting Online Gambling. Violating The Gambling Act 2005 may result in criminal prosecution. British Citizens can bet in Online Casinos, as well as on Sports Betting Sites. Regulated UK Gambling 27
  31. 31. Step 1 UK Gambling Laws In the United Kingdom, gambling is regulated under The Gambling Act 2005. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has a branch called The Gambling Commission that deals with all things gambling in the UK. In 2005, an Act of Parliament allowing gambling Online in the United Kingdom made some changes to the Gambling Laws of old. Structures were put in place to ensure protection for children and vulnerable adults, in addition to bringing the whole booming industry to heel. The Gaming Act of 1968 was the last time this industry had been taken into account and some major updates were due. The 1968 Act covered land-based Casinos only, as the internet was still a NASA space station away. As of 2005, all local online UK casino’s are required to provide the gambler with a safe user experience and you, as the gambler, are required to uphold UK Law with regards to your over Internet money wagers. The legal gambling age in the UK, for both land based and Online Casinos, is 18. If players break The Gambling Act of 2005, they can be prosecuted under the full penalties of the law. The law also states players must provide correct and accurate banking data when opening an account. Falsifying data, or attempting to misrepresent data can also lead to criminal prosecution. UK Gambling Sites and Games When it comes to Online Casinos, the notion of Fair Play is staunchly upheld. Random Number Generators (RNG‘s) must be used in order to provide players with completely fair chances and Odds of Winning. Each Casino has its own specific terms and conditions outlining acceptable behaviour, language, Gambling Abuse and Gambling Addiction. If you break a specific Online Casino’s terms and conditions, your account access may be blocked. Sports Betting, just like Poker and Online Casino Gaming is legal in online UK Casinos and for UK citizens. However, players are not allowed to fix games so as to be assured of winning a return on their wager and any attempt to do so may lead to prosecution from both the Casino and the British Government. UK Online Casinos Online Gambling is Legal in the United Kingdom as per The Gambling Act 2005. Most British Gambling sites are based outside of the United Kingdom. UK Online Gambling generates £2 billion each year and is still growing. Online gambling is legal under the Gambling Act of 2005 in the UK. Discover all legal online casinos in the UK with VegasMaster. Most of the Online Casinos us Brits love to play are actually 28
  32. 32. Step 1 UK Online Casinos licenced in Gibralter. As the best of British know, we like to outsource and our Online Casinos are no different. It’s nothing to do with the licencing, as The Gambling Commission regulates the industry and hands out licencing for both land based and Online Casinos; it’s more to do with the weather probably. If only some of my old favourites, like The Casino at the Empire in Leicester Square, Soho and the Sportsman Casino in Marylebone were in sunnier climbs! The Jurisdictions Gibraltar is a British territory in the south of Spain. Gaming operators love working here as it has some serious offshore banking credentials. Ladbrokes was one of the first British companies to take advantage of the sunny perks and set up there in 1998. As of today, 18 online gambling licences have been issued in total. 32Red and Bet365 are just two of the larger UK focused Online Casinos in Gibraltar. Alderney is a British Channel Island that is self-governing under the British Crown and is home to the AGCC – The Gambling Control Commission, formed in 2000 and consisting of 4 members, one of whom is the Chairman. The Channel Islands are notorious for being one of the world’s leading offshore finance centres. They have the infrastructure that supports Jackpot Party, Paddy Power Games, Circus and Virgin, to name but a few. The AGCC takes pride in being unbiased when it comes to politics, and are transparent in their dealings. Malta is one of the leading gaming jurisdictions. It is an island near Italy in the Mediterranean that has been issuing online licences since 2000. Licences are issued for 5 years and ComeOn , Roxy Palace and Inter will all have to abide by the local laws and proper British behaviour in order to have their licences renewed when that time is up. The Market UK Online gambling is £2 billion market and it is continuing to grow, showing no signs of slowing down. In 2012, it was 80% ahead of figures in 2008. Online gambling brings a sheen of respectability and sophistication, coupled with the fact it is completely legal to gamble Online in the UK. More and more people are able to engage in their gambling whims in between their day to day lives, without having to set aside time to venture out to the Casino and change their chips at the door. Online Casinos have a Bonus Trick up their sleeves too – placing themselves in the above jurisdictions means that they do not pay tax on their earnings and can plough the money back into the end user experience. This means all sorts of nice, big jackpots and cash prizes for players. One thing is for sure, the British public love their legal online gambling and show absolutely no signs of slowing down. Looking for Casinos available in the United Kingdom? Check out our list of the 10 Best UK Casinos 29
  33. 33. Step 1 UK Online Casinos . USA Gambling Laws United States gambling laws vary from state to state. Currently, online gambling is legal in Nevada, Delaware, and New Jersey. The US federal government allows each state to regulate or prohibit the practice within its own borders. Nevada and Louisiana represent the only two states that authorize legal Casino-style gambling statewide. Both state and local governments impose licensing and zoning restrictions. All other states that allow Casino-style gambling restrict activity to small geographic areas such as New Jersey’s Atlantic City. Some states restrict Casinos to “riverboats“, large multi-story barges usually moored in a body of water. As sovereign nations, American Indian tribes have used legal protection to open casinos based on the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988. Although gambling is legal under US federal law, significant restrictions exist in regards to interstate and online gambling. With state-run lotteries included, almost every state allows some form of gambling. However, Casino-style gambling is much less prevalent. US Online Gambling Laws: Where Things Get Tricky Internet gambling in the United States falls into a legal grey area. Technically, US law forbids Online Casinos throughout most of the country. However, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIEGA) does not specifically outlaw online gambling, but prohibits financial transactions involving online gambling service providers. Even though the UIEGA doesn’t explicitly prohibit internet wagering, the Justice Department has still interpreted the law to outlaw most internet gambling. In 2011, the FBI shut down the three largest Online Poker sites concurrently arresting and charging eleven people including the sites founders. Charges included violation of gambling laws, bank fraud, and money laundering. So Where Can I Play? Current US Online Casino laws however do not prevent individual states from passing legislation overriding federal court rulings. As a result, state by state laws vary with some allowing horse betting while prohibiting Online Poker or Casino Games. As of today, three states have officially legalized gambling online: Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware and are developing their local Online Casino industry. Many other states including California and Pennsylvania have legalized online gambling proposals in the works through respective legislatures. 30
  34. 34. Step 1 USA Gambling Laws USA Online Casinos Online gambling is currently legal in Nevada, Delaware, and New Jersey. In Nevada, only Online Poker is legal. Online Poker, Table Games, and Slots are legal in Delaware to residents only. New Jersey permits Online Poker and Online Casino Games such as Slot Machines and Table Games. Legalized online gambling represents an emerging and still relatively new industry in the United States. Internet gambling was banned by Congress in 2006, but states across the US now hope to relax the rules. United States online gambling laws are debated and can vary from state to state. Certain states such as Nevada, Delaware, and New Jersey have started the process of legalizing and regulating Online Casinos,and it is expected that regulation will continue on a state by state basis. In early 2013, Nevada became the first state to permit residents to play Poker online for money with states across the country following such including Delaware and New Jersey. Want some suggestions? Check out our run down of the 10 Best USA Casinos. Local Online Legalized Gambling Laws in Delaware In 2012, Delaware State Governor Jack Markel signed the state’s legalized online gambling legislation, the Delaware Gaming Competitiveness Act of 2012. The document legalized internet gambling other than Poker to include Table Games and Slots. However, Online Casinos must operate on an intrastate basis only, meaning that only Delaware residents may play. Online gambling sites include the popular Delaware Online Casino as well as Poker sites such as Bovado Poker, BetOnline, Carbon Poker, Sports Betting, Sportsbook, and LockPocker, Legalized Online Poker Sites in Nevada The Nevada Gaming Control Board issues a 30-day license to allow websites to compete for customers, with UltimatePoker.com the first to go live. UltimatePoker represents a subsidiary of Station Casinos which operates 16 Casinos across Las Vegas. Under the conditions of the Nevada license, players must be at least 21 years old and residents of the state. Currently, the state only allows Online Poker. New Jersey Joins the Online Casino Bandwagon When it comes to gambling, most people associate New Jersey with the Casino hotels and resorts 31
  35. 35. Step 1 USA Online Casinos alongside the Atlantic City boardwalk. Now gamblers can access the best of AC right from their computer or tablet device. On November 21, 2013, New Jersey opened its borders to regulated online gambling including Online Poker as well as Online Casino favorites such as Slots, Blackjack, Baccarat, and more. Since then record numbers of accounts have been opened in the state, and the industry continues to grow. New Jersey gambling sites require players to be 21 years old and physically located within state borders to play the casino. NJ internet gambling laws do not require players to be a resident of New Jersey. Law also forbids players with certain criminal convictions from playing, and failure to obey the law could result in landing on an exclusion list, fines, or jail time. Verification Requirements It is completely normal for an Online Casino to ask gamblers to verify their identity. Verification requirements often include providing personal information such as date of birth, form of ID, address, or other proof of identity. Gambling sites will also ask for financial information regarding banking cards. Personal Information So, what will you be asked to provide in order to verify your Online Casino account? It is completely normal to be asked for your full address and a working telephone number. Your date of birth is also a must so they can make sure you are over the required gambling age of 18. In some cases where online gambling is newly legal or regulated, you may be required to speak to someone on the telephone before you can deposit. This is so Online Casinos can secure themselves against identity theft and make sure you are who you say you are. Financial Information 32
  36. 36. Step 1 Verification Requirements In a lot of cases, you will not be asked to verify your identity as soon as you register, but when you make your first deposit. As a rule of thumb, you will be asked the same sort of questions as you would in order to open a bank account, including having to supply documentation such as your passport, driving license and photocopies of the front and back of your credit or debit card. There may also be a need to show a copy of a utility bill in your name. If you are asked for proof of your credit or debit card, online casinos will just want to see your name on the card and the first and last 4 digits of the card number. You should block out the middle digits and your CVV2 code. Step 2 Casino Picked, What Now? Ok so you’ve chosen a Casino? Now what should you do? Don’t get overwhelmed trying to figure out how to start playing. VegasMaster will guide you through Casino Installation, making your first Deposit, and Registration. This step by step guide will make sure you start playing as quickly as possible. Casino Deposit Before you Deposit, make sure you have tested out some Demo Games. Check out if your chosen Casino accepts the payment method you want to use. Find out if there are any charges or Bonuses for using a certain banking method. After playing Demo Games, most players decide to play with real money. Before doing so, gamblers should understand the differences between Online Casino Deposit Methods and select which service they prefer. At most Casinos, punters can make Online Casino Deposits using Credit Cards, Debit Cards, eWallets, Wire Transfers, and Prepaid Cards. Decide how you would like to 33
  37. 37. Step 2 Casino Deposit make an Online Casino Deposit and check if the gambling site accepts this form of banking. Online Casino Deposit Limits Gambling sites have different rules and restrictions when it comes to making Online Casino Deposits. Before placing bets, check with the Casino’s Banking Section in their Lobby. Online Casinos may require minimum payment’s or limit deposits made with a certain payment method. They may also charge fees or award Bonuses for choosing a certain banking method to play with them. Verifying Online Casino Deposit Methods Most Online Casino Deposits transfer instantly so you can begin playing for real money immediately after making your Deposit with an Online Casino. However, certain payment methods require you to verify bank account details to ensure security, and players should consider this when choosing a banking service. Casino Installation After you register, you can download the Casino or play in your browser. Some Online Casinos will require you to download their Software before you register. Instructions for installing an Online Casino are clearly written and help is always available from Customer Support. With registration now complete, the time has come for you to install your Online Casino choice, or play directly in your browser. Please note, some Online Casinos do give you the option to download or install before registering, but the steps will be clearly shown and you will just need to follow the instructions on screen. It is entirely possible that your favourite Online Casino will not offer a downloadable version and you will have to play online in your browser instead. There are different benefits to playing an Online Casino in flash, or HTML5 as opposed to downloading the Casino Software, namely that you will not have to download updates or have your computer memory cluttered up. As covered in To Download or Not To Download, you will need to ensure all your Computer Software is up to date if you are installing an Online Casino. 34
  38. 38. Step 2 Practice Play Demo Games Practice Play Demo Games Before you Deposit, you can play some Demo Games free at the Casino. You can test your gaming strategy and see what you like to play most. This is a chance for you to maximise returns on your future bets. You’ve registered and installed the Casino of your choice. Now before you start spinning the reels and placing your bets, you may want to play Demo Games to help you get the hang of how to win your bets and maximise your profit. So Where Can I Play For Practice? We have free Online Casino Games available here for you to check out. You will get a taste of what it is actually like playing on different Casino Software, including graphic styles, Bonus Features and what all those different buttons do. This is an invaluable chance to give the Games a go with no financial obligation and see what your tastes run to. Some of you will love the thrill of the Table Games, some of you will be satisfied with the Slot Machines and their wild Bonus Rounds. You won’t know unless you try. Always Be Prepared It’s an exciting new world you are entering, so be prepared! It is easy to hit the wrong button and make a bet you didn’t intend to when it comes to playing Slot Machines Online, so it is better to Practice Play free Online Casino Games until you are totally comfortable placing your bets in real money. Testing your gaming strategy out will result in a better return on your investment in the future. Once you have got some practice in, it will be time to Deposit. Casino Registration After choosing a Casino, you will need to fill in a registration form that includes personal information. During registration, you will choose a username and password. Make sure to fill in your correct postcode and date of birth. This information may be used when making a deposit or withdrawing payouts. 35
  39. 39. Step 2 Casino Registration Now you should have a good idea about what goes into making an Online Casino and how to choose the right one for you, depending on what you are looking for. You know that a regulated Online Casino is your safest bet and have an idea of whether you want to download a Casino or play in your browser. You know how to spot a good, trustworthy Online Casino and what you can expect to be offered. Now let’s cover the important information you will be asked for when registering and the installation of Software itself. We covered what you will be asked to provide in terms of verifying your account, but signing up or registering for an Online Casino is a lot simpler. You just need to fill in a simple registration form, indicate you have read the terms and conditions and make sure to provide a phone number or email address you can be reached on. It is important to use the same name for registration as will be on your deposit and withdrawal method. This is so you will be able to prove you are the account holder and will make sure depositing your bets and withdrawing your winnings goes a lot quicker and smoother in the long run. Most registration forms for Online Casinos take a few moments to fill in. It is important to choose a username and password you can remember and make sure to store it in a safe place. Sometimes you will be asked to answer some security questions which will be used by the casino in case you forget your password and need to reset it. Make sure you have the correct postcode attached to your address and have given your accurate date of birth. This information may be used when it comes time to deposit with your preferred Casino Payment Method, or withdraw your winnings. Step 3 Place Your Bets 36
  40. 40. Step 3 Place Your Bets Each gambling site offers many different types of Online Casino Games. Whether you enjoy the spinning reels of Slot Machines or prefer playing a Gentleman’s Game of Baccarat, our guide to Online Casino Games will get you ready to start playing like a pro. Most Online Casinos offer a selection of classics found at brick-and-mortar Casinos including Machine Games, Table Games, Card Games, and Asian Casino Games. In addition, gambling sites have added Lottery and Instant Win favorites like Online Bingo and Scratch Cards. Some gambling sites include Live Casino Games which stream croupiers from actual Casinos. In this section, we’ll also go over different Game Features like Bonuses, Gamble Rounds, and Jackpots so you can make the most of your bets. Casino Games You don’t need expensive flights to Vegas. A quality Online Casino with good Software will provide winning entertainment. There are Casino Games to suit all tastes, and there are Live Dealers too! Read on for Game Guides. Online Casino Games mean one important thing: no more expensive flights to Vegas for a couple of days of fun! Some complain that internet gaming is missing the atmosphere found in a real Casino, but the best Casino Games Online make up for this. If you’ve picked a Casino that uses good Software, Casino Games can be just as enjoyable and profitable when sitting in front of your home computer as they are in real Casinos. Best Casino Games Online at VegasMaster In this section of VegasMaster, we will guide you through the most popular Online Casino Games, while explaining to you just how they work and where you can find them. From the famous Games of pure Chance like Slot Machines, to the more strategic card games like Blackjack or Baccarat, VegasMaster is the perfect place to get started learning how to play Casino Games. What to Expect in an Online Casino Game Any good Online Casino Game is going to make you believe you’re in a real Casino. In fact, some people prefer online gaming because of the quiet and comfort of being at home, and the high quality game play that is provided thanks to new technologies. Certain Software solutions are helping the market move into the 21st century by offering 3D games. Other advancements have also been made in the Online Casino industry, like Live Online Casino Games where you play with a real Live Dealer! 37
  41. 41. Step 3 Casino Games The market is constantly growing and the best Online Casino Games will always have you coming back for more. Here you will find guides to all different kinds of internet Casino Games no matter what your taste or flavor. Asian Casino Games Many Online Casinos offer Asian Casino Games such as Pachinko, Mahjong, Sic Bo, and Asian themed Slot Machines. In Online Pachinko, gamblers must catch balls cascading down a machine for prizes. Online Mahjong requires players to complete suits of tiles for prizes playing against a computer or other online players. In Sic Bo online, players roll dice and win prizes for landing on winning combinations. Gambling has been a long standing tradition in the Far East. In addition to traditional Western Games, many Casinos and gambling sites feature a selection of Asian Casino Games such as Mahjong, Sic Bo, and Pachinko. Pachinko The Japanese Game, Pachinko, represents a popular Asian Game found in Casinos. In Pachinko online, players shoot balls into a machine which then cascade down through a dense forest of pins. The object of the Game is to catch as many balls as possible with the pins to win prizes. Mahjong Mahjong represents a traditional Chinese Game that involves four players situated around a table. Each player draws and discards sets of tiles per turn with the goal of making four or five tile melds, or winning hands. Typically with Online Mahjong, gamblers must assemble complete suits of tiles to win prizes while playing against the computer or real players. Punters can play Mahjong online through gambling websites for fun or with real money. 38
  42. 42. Step 3 Asian Casino Games Sic Bo Sic Bo, meaning dice pair, represents another Casino Game from China. Many Casinos include Online Sic Bo as a popular choice in which players roll three dice and receive payouts for certain outcomes. In Sic Bo online, gamblers roll a computerized set of dice and win prizes for landing on winning dice combinations. Asian Themed Slots Punters looking to play Asian Casino Games online can find plenty of choices available at most gambling sites. Asian Games such as Sic Bo, Pachinko, Mahjong, and more represent popular options for gamblers. In addition, Online Casinos often feature Asian themed Slot Machine Games with titles such as the Bruce Lee Slot, Geisha Wonders Slot, and the Emperor’s Garden Slot. To play Asian Slot Machines with themes inspired by the Far East, visit our list of Best Asian Slot Machines Bingo Bingo is a Game of Chance in which players match randomly drawn numbers with combinations of numbers on a card. People play variations of Bingo all over the world with different card dimensions and numbers of balls in the Game. Many gambling sites offer electronic Online Bingo which involves a Random Number Generator. Bingo Bingo represents a Game of Chance in which players match randomly drawn numbers with combinations of numbers on cards. In North America, usually people play Bingo Games with 75 balls on a 5×5 card. In the United Kingdom, Australia, and South America, they typically play a 90-ball version on a 9×3 card. Other variations include either 30 ball Bingo on a 3×3 card or 80 ball Bingo on a 4×4 card. 39
  43. 43. Step 3 Bingo Originally called “Beano” in the United States, its name changed after a winner accidentally yelled “Bingo” instead of “Beano” Bingo traces back to 1530, to an Italian Lottery Game called “Lo Giuco del Lotta D’Italia” which is still played. The Bingo Game made its way to France in the late 1770s and became “Le Lotto”. It later became popular in Germany in the 1800s. Once it migrated to the United States in 1929, it was called “beano”. The name changed after someone accidentally yelled “Bingo” instead of “Beano” during a Game. Online Bingo Many gambling sites contain electronic versions of Bingo online. Unlike balls used in a regular Bingo Game, Bingo Games online involve a Random Number Generator (RNG). In addition, players can make use of different features including the Auto-daub which automatically marks down numbers as they appear. Online Bingo Games often include chat rooms so that gamblers can interact while playing. In addition, some gambling sites offer Bingo online for either PC or mobile devices. . 40
  44. 44. Step 3 Card Games Card Games Card Games are a must in any Casino, Land-Based or Internet-Based. Card Games involve skill and strategy and can be very rewarding. We’ll explore the different Casino Card Games available to you in this section. The Casino Card Game genre is a basic requirement for companies trying to offer a full gambling experience. This genre of Casino Game forms the heart of any real Casino Floor and all Internet Casinos offer some version of the most popular Card Games. From Video Poker, to the Game of War, large numbers of gamblers are drawn to specific Casinos in large part to take part in the strategy or thrill of their favorite Card Game. What is a Casino Card Game? Our goal in this section of VegasMaster is to help you answer this very question. Our veterans have gone into detail on all the Online Card Games you’ll find in your favorite Casinos. Learn how to play them, what the best strategies are and get tips from the VegasMasters. An Online Casino Card Game ought to be reminiscent of the real Casino experience. The guides in this section will teach you how to play each and every Card Game and also let you know which Software offers the best versions. Find out which Casino offer your favorite Card Games in the Online Casino Section. 41
  45. 45. Step 3 Baccarat Baccarat Baccarat is one of the world’s oldest gambling Card Games. Online Baccarat is one of the most popular Games in Online Casinos today. As one of the world’s oldest gambling Card Games, Baccarat has earned its reputation as a gentleman’s game. Throughout its history it’s been favored by royalty and through the evolution of technology it is now most popular in its high tech version as Baccarat online, especially in Asian Casinos. Baccarat has become one of Asia’s highest-grossing Casino Games, thanks to wealthy gamblers who bet tens of thousands of dollars each hand. Baccarat Origins The word ‘Baccarat’ reflects its deep cultural history meaning ‘zero’ in Italian where it originated in the Middle Ages. It’s helpful to know the rules to Online Baccarat in order to understand the significance of zero in the game, but in short the name is relevant for the large number of cards that count as zero in Baccarat. Over time Baccarat was adopted as a pastime by French royalty where the rules were changed slightly into the variation “Chemin De Fer” still alive today. Eventually the game would be spread to 42
  46. 46. Step 3 Baccarat England and South America before finally finding an audience in North America and Asia. Baccarat Today Online Baccarat is far and away one of the most popular Games in Online Casinos today for several reasons. One would be its cultural connection and recognition as a game relevant to the upper class and high rollers despite the fact that the traditional Game involves very little strategy beyond knowing your odds. It has partly gained this stigma in modern culture due to its appearance in cinema with films like James Bond in which Baccarat was featured in several cases as his favorite game, and let’s face it, anything Bond does is cool. Known as “The Gentleman’s Game”, Baccarat is James Bonds’ second-favorite evening pastime. Another main ingredient that makes gamblers want to play Baccarat online is its simple rules and therefore straightforward strategies. But in the end, many are drawn to Baccarat for its atmosphere of sophistication and gentlemanly anticipation. Want to be like Bond, learn the strategies and all from your own home? With the guides in this section you can also learn to play Baccarat online. How to Play Baccarat In the Baccarat, the dealer deals two cards to himself and two to each player sitting around the table. 43
  47. 47. Step 3 How to Play Baccarat The winning hand in Baccarat is the hand whose sum is closest to 9. Card values are figured differently in Baccarat so that the sum can never exceed 9. Baccarat is a gentleman’s Game, but this gives you no excuse to be intimidated by this simple Casino Game. While the Game does have a large following of gamblers with deep pockets many people love the Game for its feeling of class so feel free! If you’re going to a Casino you may want to consider the addition of a suit jacket to enhance this feeling, but playing Baccarat online is comfortably done in your underwear from the comfort of your own home. Learning how to play Baccarat is quick and simple as there is no in depth strategy to work out in order to be a winner. The rules of Baccarat ensure that the Game is based 100% on chance which means that basic knowledge of the classic Game is enough to get you started. Basic Baccarat Rules In a real Casino, several players are seated around the Baccarat Table together like in Blackjack, but there are never more than two hands of cards dealt in Baccarat. The dealer deals two cards for himself, this hand is known as the banker’s hand, and two cards for a hand for the player. No matter how many people are seated at the Baccarat table, there is only one hand for the player. The next and most important Baccarat rules are the three different bets you can make based on these two hands. The winning hand in Baccarat is the hand whose sum is closest to 9. However, if the banker’s hand wins, this doesn’t mean that the banker wins the money. It is up to you as the player to bet on the winning hand. According to all Baccarat rules, you can place your bet on the hand of the banker, the hand of the player, or on a tie. If for example you place a five dollar bet on the banker’s hand and the banker wins with a total sum of 9, than you will win 5 dollars as this bet pays 1 to 1. Bets on the player’s hand also pays 1 to 1 while a bet on there being a tie pays 8 to 1 or 9 to 1 depending on the version of Baccarat. Another important thing to remember when learning how to play Baccarat is that the casino will take 5% of your winnings as commission. In the example mentioned above you will actually receive winnings of $4.75. The Finer Points While these are the basic Baccarat rules that you need to get started, there are a few finer points that will give you a complete understanding of the popular game. Firstly, card values are figured differently in Baccarat than in other games like Blackjack. Cards 2-9 are counted as they are and the hand can never reach a sum of more than nine. This is 44
  48. 48. Step 3 How to Play Baccarat achieved in three ways: Aces count as 1 Face cards and 10s count as 0 If the sum of the hand goes over 10, the true value of the hand can be found by removing the number’s first digit. For example, if a hand contains a 9 and 8 the sum of the hand ought to be 17, right? Wrong. There is no such thing as a bust in Baccarat and therefore you remove the first digit of 17 bringing the hand total to 7. Banker’s Baccarat Rules Learning how to play Baccarat is similar to Blackjack in at least one way. The banker, or dealer, works by a strict set of rules that guarantees fairness. Each hand is originally dealt two cards, but each has the possibility of reaching three total cards. The addition of a third card to either of the hands is decided by the rules of Baccarat which the banker is obligated to follow, so don’t ask the dealer to hit you because if he doesn’t, someone else at the table might. In any case, if one of the hands stands at a total of 8 or 9, this is called a natural and no cards are drawn. If there is no total of 8 or 9 on the first draw then the banker will add a card to the player’s hand only if the hand equals 5 or less. The banker’s hand however adheres to rules that are a bit stricter. The banker will automatically add a third card to his hand if: The banker’s hand equals two or less The banker’s hand equals three and the player’s third card was anything other than 8 The banker’s hand equals four and the player’s third card was anything other than 0,1,8, or 9 The banker’s hand equals five and the player’s third card was 4,5,6, or 7 The banker’s hand equals six and the player’s third card was 6 or 7 The banker will always stand if his total is 7. If the player doesn’t receive a third card then the banker will also stand on 6. No hand can ever have more than three cards. As a beginner, you can trust the dealer to remember the complicated math but playing Baccarat online first is a great way to get used to the rules yourself until you feel confident and comfortable playing socially. 45
  49. 49. Step 3 Baccarat Strategy Baccarat Strategy The basic Baccarat strategy is to know your odds on each bet. Baccarat is based on trying to make the most out of your money instead of winning a lot all at once. Unlike Poker, Baccarat doesn’t involve bluffing or hiding cards. Some of the most common questions I receive from friends and gambling beginners come from people who want to know how to win at Baccarat and what my most successful Baccarat strategy is. Unfortunately, there aren’t very many Baccarat strategies that will improve your chances. Baccarat is a Game of Chance and the best thing you can do to make your money and therefore your fun last longer is to understand your odds. While I do have a few helpful Baccarat tips to help you win more often, each person tends to form his/her own approach to the Game that they are comfortable with and enjoy the most. Unlike Poker, Baccarat strategy is basic and based on trying to make the most out of your money instead of winning big all at once. Both the banker’s and player’s hands are laid out face up on the table for everyone to see meaning that bluffing or hiding your cards has no part in Baccarat strategy. You cannot decide to take an extra card or stand as in Blackjack. This is decided instead by traditional Baccarat rules which the dealer is obliged to follow. This means that you can only put your bet down and hope for the best. Know Your Odds So what does that leave you to work with? Again, the only control you have is to know what your odds are on each bet so that you can make the most out of your money. Betting on the banker’s hand gives you the best odds with a 1.17% House advantage, but with only a 1 to 1 payout. After the 5% Casino commission this comes out to even less. Most prefer to bet on the 46
  50. 50. Step 3 Baccarat Strategy banker rather than the player though as this bet has a 1.36% House advantage and commission is also taken from winning this bet. The third bet and the one with the worst odds is the tie. At a House advantage of 14.12%, this is the least favored bet despite its 8 to 1 or 9 to 1 pay out. If you’re lucky enough to get this bet right however, the payout is well worth it. In the end it’s up to you to decide what bets are worth it for your wallet and which you can and can’t afford. Baccarat Variations There are several versions of Baccarat from different parts of the world. The differences between variations are minor. As a very old gambling Game with its beginning in the heart of European culture, several prominent Baccarat variations have arisen. As it spread through countries and across continents the Game evolved to match its users’ different cultures and social needs. After arriving in France from neighboring Italy, Baccarat was adopted by French royalty and many of the varieties that considered to be European date back to French innovation and attempts to make the game more fresh and interesting. These variations include classics like ‘Chemin De-Fer’ and ‘Baccarat en Banque’. The other large period of Baccarat reformation was its later appearance in North America where versions such as Punto Banco, also known as American Baccarat, were created. Punto Banca is notable for its popularity in world renowned American Casinos in Vegas, Reno, and Atlantic City. Though based on the same logic of betting on a hand of cards to reach the sum of 9, each of these variants are unique and dynamic catering to a wide audience of gamblers from all backgrounds. 47
  51. 51. Step 3 Baccarat Variations Many of the variants are based on a slight change in rules and order of play. With our guides however, these minor changes can be understood and mastered in time for your next visit to your favorite Casino on or offline. Blackjack Find out some more about the history of Blackjack. Learn about different varieties of Blackjack. Get in the know about Blackjack strategies. Modern day ‘Blackjack’, sometimes referred to by its older name ‘21’, is the result of centuries of gaming evolution with beginnings reaching farther back than anyone can confirm. As one of the few Casino Games that requires careful thinking and a well developed strategy in order to win, ‘Blackjack’ is one of the most studied and most enjoyed Games in the Casino both in Vegas and Online. The earliest records of similar Games from which ‘Blackjack’ could have developed begin from the early 1700s. Some believe that it derives from Spain where records have been found of a then popular Game of social strategy called ‘Ventiuna’ or ‘21’. Others think it more likely that the Game so many are familiar with today is derived from the French ‘Vingt-et-Un’ or ‘21’ which was also popular around the same time period. Similarities can easily be recognized with other French Card Games like Chemin de Fer. All these versions have in common a similar system of card value and objective to reach a sum of 21 with the player’s hand. Whatever the case relating to the origins of ‘Blackjack’ Online, the Card Game was brought to North America with French colonists sometime after the French revolution. ‘Blackjack’, then still known as ‘21’ had found a home and began to thrive in North America. When Las Vegas first legalized Casinos, many establishments drew interest to the ‘Blackjack’ Tables with a Bonus Payout of 10 to 1 to any player who received the Ace of Spades and a Black Jack. Known as a ‘Blackjack’, the name of this fabled hand stuck to the whole Game. Throughout its history ‘Blackjack’ has split into several variations, each country or region having its own popular form. Blackjack’s popularity has been partly due to its strategic intrigue and social element. Later, throughout the 1900s, several significant attempts were made to find the perfect strategy in Blackjack to turn a profit with every card. The most successful of these was Edward O. Thorp’s breakthrough book in 1966 ‘Beat the Dealer: A Winning Strategy for the Game of 48
  52. 52. Step 3 Blackjack Twenty-One’ in which the author detailed very carefully designed mathematics that allowed players to count the cards in a deck to know which card was coming next. Several other large attempts have been made at beating the Dealer, but with the recent evolution of Blackjack Online, cheating has become much more difficult if not impossible as counting cards is irrelevant against the computer Dealer. If you’re into discovering the strategic depth of Blackjack for yourself, then our guide on strategy and useful tips is the perfect place to get you started. Blackjack Strategy Blackjack strategy involves understanding odds to turn the house edge in your favor. Blackjack has different game play options that can improve a player’s strategy. Blackjack is a highly loved Game in large part for being one (if not the) most strategy oriented Casino Games in existence. Instead of trusting to fate, a good player can carefully form his own personalized Blackjack strategy that will turn the house edge into your advantage. While there are very developed and specific strategies for winning at Blackjack, like counting cards, these are very involved and often difficult to understand. For you beginners out there, I want to present to you strategic ideas that will help you mold your own approach to the game. There is no need to be intimidated by strategy; all it takes is a little logic. Blackjack Strategy: Important Points Before we dive into Blackjack strategies for specific moments and decisions, there are a few general points that need to be made and remembered: 49
  53. 53. Step 3 Blackjack Strategy Both 10s and face cards have a value of 10. Therefore, you always have a higher probability of receiving a card with a value of 10 than any other number. The Odds of pulling a 10 value card out of one deck of cards are 30.8% to be exact. Pay attention to the Dealer’s hand! What you can estimate to be the likely outcome on the Dealer’s side will greatly affect the outcome on your own. Remember that the Dealer does not CHOOSE what happens to his own hand. He plays with a strict set of rules so you don’t need to worry about playing against the Dealer. Think instead that you are playing vs. the Odds and with a little skill you can turn them in your favor. With these points in mind, you won’t find it difficult to begin understanding to how form your own Blackjack strategy. To help you further, let’s get into step by step gameplay and discuss some of the existing schools of thought on each move and decision. Blackjack Strategies: The Player’s Options During gameplay, the player has several important choices to be made in which lie the majority of Blackjack strategy. Hit and Hold Many different theories exist on when to hit and hold. Charts created by veteran players show their most successful Blackjack strategies where the hit or hold on specific cards. What can be agreed by everyone is to gauge what the possible outcomes of the Dealer’s hand are. If the Dealer starts with low cards try to think two or even two hits ahead. Consider the Odds that he will get at least one card with a value of ten in these hits and try to estimate whether he will most likely bust or come up short of 21. Guessing what the Dealer will have can allow you a much more educated decision on whether or not to hit or hold your own hand. Split The split in a little used Blackjack strategy as it is relatively rare compared to other options and there are even rarer cases in which you will want to use this ability. The general consensus is to 50
  54. 54. Step 3 Blackjack Strategy never split on two 10s since you already have the high value of 20 and to consider splitting on 8s and 9s as this provides a good chance of two hands of 18 or 19 and can double your winnings. Insurance Most strategists insist that insurance is a foolish bet and shouldn’t be considered. If you do make the bet however, and the Dealer does have a Blackjack, you will be well glad that you took the risk. Double Down Doubling Down is a Blackjack strategy that can easily double your winnings but should be used in specific circumstances only. If you have an original hand of 10 or 11 for example, you may want to consider doubling down as you have a good chance of finishing with 20 or 21. Surrender Like in real combat, surrendering is a tactic that should be viewed as a last option. However, let’s say you’re playing with 3 or 4 hands and they all come out with numbers like 15 or 16. The dealer has a 10. His Odds of hitting 20 or 21 are much higher than yours so you may want to consider surrendering on at least some of your bets in order to save your money for a better opportunity. Basic Blackjack Strategy In the end, forming your own basic Blackjack strategy is a simple matter or using logic and considering your Odds. If you take into consideration all the points mentioned above, your strategy will only solidify itself with every game and you’ll feel productive and pleased even if you didn’t come away with extra money lining your wallet. After all, gambling is about the fun, and nothing is more fun than creating a well thought out gaming strategy. If you are seeking more help however, feel free to check out or helpful tips that may make Blackjack a more productive monetary venture. How to Play Blackjack Learning Blackjack rules is fairly simple. Learning how to play Blackjack well is a completely different manner. This guide should just help you get started with all you need to know about the Rules of Blackjack so that you can get started at your favorite Casino. Blackjack Rules: Important Points To begin with, there are a few general Blackjack Rules that need to be understood before 51
  55. 55. Step 3 How to Play Blackjack reviewing actual gameplay. Objectives The objective of Blackjack is to have a hand of cards whose sum is equal to or closer to 21 than the Dealer’s but never goes over 21. If your hand exceeds 21 this is called a bust and you automatically lose your bet to the house. When you place your bet, you are actually betting on your own chances (and ability) to have a hand closer to, but not over, 21 than the Dealer. Card Values The sum of 21 is reached by assigning a value to each card and then adding up the values in each hand of cards. Cards 2-10 are equal to themselves meaning that an 8 counts as eight and a 9 counts as nine. All face cards equal 10. An ace equals either 1 or 11 depending on your choice which will be discussed later. Suits Suits like Clubs, Hearts, or Spades have absolutely no bearing on the card value or any other aspect of gameplay. Dealer Rules While there are a variety of decisions you can make in regards to your own hand, the Dealer must follow a list of set rules, so keep in mind that you are using strategy to beat the Odds, not the ability of the Dealer. What is Blackjack? Blackjack is the name given to a hand of two cards that reaches the sum of 21. This can only be achieved by receiving an ace and a card with a value of 10 in your original hand. These are the most important Blackjack rules to remember before placing your bets, but keep in mind that Blackjack is a game of strategy and there’s more that you need to know so that you can make the best decisions possible, so let’s get into the Game. How to Play Blackjack: Important Decisions Blackjack begins with each player receiving a hand of two cards. These hands can be played face up or face down depending on the variation of Blackjack you are playing. The Dealer also receives two cards, the first of which is face up. 52

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