Online Casinos FAQ’s
Online Casinos FAQ’s
This is our online casinos FAQ page. You could be forgiven for thinking the world of online casinos is confusing, especially if you are a beginner. Here we set out to answer some frequently asked questions regarding online casinos.
What are Sign Up Offers and Casino Bonuses?
Nearly all online casinos will want to entice new players. There are two ways which they do this.
Firstly they may offer frees spins in slot machines, most will offer between 10 and 20 spins. You will normally get that when you sign up and it will probably be on a selected machine, perhaps with a lower payout rate.
The second thing they might do is offer a bonus to new players. They will often match you first deposit up to a limit. You need to be aware that these bonuses will come with wagering and play through requirements.
Read about online gambling problems.
Are Online Casinos Safe?
Yes, they are if they have a 128 Bit SSL Certificate. This Certificate ensures you have the same level of security as you would using an online Bank. Banks use the same security system; the information provided to the website is encrypted and locked down on the server. The only individuals who can then access your personal information are those authorised to do so.
You also need to make sure that your personal login details are secure and cannot be accessed by any other person but yourself. You also need to abide by the casino rules regarding security, in case you have a problem.
If a casino has been properly licensed it will be secure because their security systems are vetted before the Licence is granted.
Are Online Casino Games Rigged?
No is the answer. It is not possible to rig an online casino because they use a RNG technology. RNG or “random number generation” is integrated into the casino software. This software is accessible to experts and can be checked at any time. Rigging an online casino is beyond the realms of probability. Any casino exposed to rigging would lose its Licence so it would be pointless.
Who Licenses and Regulates Casino Games?
The Licensing Authority will regulate the online casino on a regular basis. Most online casinos are licenced in places like Malta, Gibraltar, or in the Caribbean. Do not be put off by that, those Authorities were set up with very stringent requirements and procedures. Most online casinos will also have an independent audit from time to time to ensure that the operating software and RNG is operating fairly.
Beyond the Licensing there is an independent and respected organisation known as eCogra. They audit casinos to make sure they are safe, secure and fair. The reputable online casinos are proud to display the eCogra seal of approval on their website. It is a highly respected accreditation within the industry.
Read more about online casino licensing.
How Do Casinos Make Money?
An online casino is pretty much the same as any other business; it cannot exist without making money. The house will always have the edge but the payout rates are regulated. You might be interested to know that the payout rates for online casinos are higher than those of a real Casino because their overheads are lower. Typical payout rates are above 95% for some slot games and maybe closer to 100% for Poker. The casinos make their money from the bets and wagers, not the deposited money.
The odds of winning are based on mathematical probability so the house always has the edge. That edge varies from game to game. It is always 100% less the payout rate.
Which Games Have the Best Odds?
You may like to know that not all games have the same odds. Table games like Poker and Blackjack have better odds. Slot machines have the lowest odds.
Is it Possible to Count Cards Playing Online?
Yes, you can because the game is exactly the same. It is legal so long as it is a mental activity and no devices are used to assist. It is worth remembering that Online casinos have the right to terminate your account in the same way that a real casino can ban players. So if you are a Mentalist be careful.
Do Casino Systems Work?
By systems, we mean methods of increasing the winning rate of a player. Many players have tried to defeat casinos, some systems being famous because they appeared to work at the time. The truth is that the house will always have the advantage in the long-term.
Using an online casino is completely random due to the certified software so over time you will lose, even if you have a lucky streak.
Read about the Martingale system.
Do I Have to Download the Casino Software?
In the early days of internet use it was common that you would need to download software to you PC. That was because early internet speeds were slow by today’s standards. Some online casinos do still offer a download version. However, these days most people play using a PC browser or a mobile phone and tablet App.
Online casino play can be Windows or Mac software, or Apple and Android Apps for mobile devices.
Read more about online gambling software.
Are My Personal Details and Credit Card Number Secure?
If you are playing at a reputable online casino with an SSL Certificate you details will always be secure.
An online casino will not be licensed unless it has safe payment methods. Most casinos have many different type of payment methods using ewallets such as Paypal, Skrill, Neteller, echeck, euteller and many others. In addition they will probably accept most debit and credit cards.
Read more about online casino payment systems.
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