Online Casino: Not just an alternative

June 11th, 2012 Blackjack, Poker

For avid gamblers looking for a quick fix, the online casino is the best alternative to driving to the nearest game. But that’s not the only perk of online gaming: you also get access to free bonuses and play with a wider range of opponents. And if you’re the risk-averse type, there’s also the fact that you can play for free.

“Free” is a loaded term, of course, especially in anything online. Most free online casinos have restrictions known as “playthroughs,” which basically means that you must wager your bonus a number of times before you can cash it out. On many sites, the requirement is 20 to 30 games. This means if you are offered a $100 bonus, on a site with a 20x playthrough restriction, you must bet a total of $2,000 beforehand.

That being said, online casinos are still a good alternative to the real thing. Some people even make their living out of online gambling, and a lucky few have made a fortune out of it. But for most of us, the perk isn’t so much about money as it is about convenience. Not all of us have the time to go to a brick-and-mortar place every time, and casino websites let you get into the game right away. Others go to an online casino for the variety: they like to play with people of different skill levels and try out different tricks without worrying about the social aspect of face-to-face gaming.

And as is the case in a real game room, you’re not limited to one game: you can play poker, roulette, blackjack, you name it. Some sites offer a larger selection of games and variations than others, but on a typical online casino you’ll find enough variety to keep things interesting. On a playthrough system, some games are worth more than others, so keep that in mind if you’re new to the site.

Eventually you might want to play with real money. You’ll want to do this on a reputable site–there may be dozens out there, but not all of them are worth your time. It doesn’t take much time to look up a website and read a few reviews, or to be on the safe side, look for contact information and ask your questions over the phone. The more established a site is, the more you can trust them with your money (and personal information).

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