Beginner's Guide To Online Casino Sites

Are you new to the whole online gambling experience? If so, getting started might seem a little daunting. But the good news is that playing at online casinos is actually a simple process that anyone can master in no time. That's why we've created this beginner's guide to online casinos. If you were looking for one page that will get you up to speed on how to gamble on the Internet, this is it.

We are going to show you:

How to choose a great casino game that suits you

How to make your first deposit in an online casino

Casino promotions and how to get your hands on that bonus

Getting Started: Downloading the Software

Quick online casino facts:

  • Most online casinos offer several hundred games to play, ranging from classic such as blackjack, to new variations such as multi-ball roulette.
  • You don't have to play for real money. All online casinos offer the opportunity to play for free and get used to games.
  • Most online casinos offer a wide range of banking options, allowing you to choose how you get your money into, and out of, a site.
  • Welcome bonuses are real. Yes, an online casino really will reward you for signing up and playing.
  • Liver dealer games give you an experience that is as close to a regular casino as possible, without you having to get in the car and drive to one.

If you're looking to play at an online casino, you're going to need the software that will bring the games to your computer. This starts by choosing a gambling site you want to play at. There are hundreds of safe and secure casino sites available to you in New Zealand, and we think we've recommended the best of the bunch for you here.

Once you're on the casino website, you'll probably see a couple of different options for playing there. First, there may be a downloadable software client that you can install to your computer. These programs are usually designed to be used on Windows computers, though there are certainly workarounds that will allow you to use them on other operating systems (such as using Boot Camp to run a Mac in Windows mode, or emulation software like Wine for Linux users).

There will likely also be a second kind of software known as "instant play". This version of the software is browser-based, allowing you to play your favourite casino games through your web browser. This version of the software is perfect for those who use operating systems other than Windows, as well as those who don't want to install casino software onto their computers (or want to play on someone else's computer). While it's often said that this version of the software may have fewer games than the downloadable software, but in the modern online casino landscape, these differences are usually minimal.

Once you have software, you'll have the opportunity to play in the casino. However, you'll first need to make an account. The account creation process is free and usually required in order to try the games in the casino. You'll simply supply your name, address, and phone number, choose a user name and password, and then it's time to get started.

Game Selection: Finding What You Want to Play

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Game selection

The specifics of the casino interface will depend on the type of software you're using, as well as which casino you've chosen to play at. However, there are some general tips we can give you to help you find what you're looking for.

Typically, an online casino will divide their games up in a few rather standard categories:

  • Slots: This will be the casino's collection of pokies (usually called slots in most of the world, which explains the name). You may further be able to specify the kinds of pokies you're looking for by deciding between three and five-reel games, or by singling out machines that have progressive jackpots or other features.
  • Table Games: This encompasses all of the games that take place at tables in a land-based casino. This includes blackjack, craps, roulette, and baccarat, as well as variants like Pontoon and proprietary games like Three Card Poker. It's worth noting that traditional poker (in other words, poker played against other people at a table, like Texas Hold'em or Seven Card Stud) is not included under table games in most cases; if your casino has an associated poker room, it will be listed separately.
  • Video Poker: This is the area where you'll find (of course) the video poker machines. Most online casinos offer you a number of different video poker games like Jacks or Better and Deuces Wild. You may also be able to play each game in either single-hand or multi-handed versions.
  • Specialty Games: This category has various names at different casinos, though "specialty" is a common one. This pretty much covers everything that doesn't fit into one of the above categories, including popular games like keno and scratch cards. This will often also include games such as bingo-based games, virtual horse racing, and other simple games that may appeal to casual gamblers.

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