When you gamble in a land-based casino, in most cities rules are generally the same – except Vegas, which usually has slightly different blackjack rules for the Strip and downtown. For the most part, you can be pretty confident that you will not have to meet various terms and conditions other than age and perhaps dress code.
However, when gambling online, every casino seems to have different rules – whether it is the terms of play when receiving a bonus, cash-out rules, proof of identity, etc. In order to protect your investment, it is extremely important to read the terms and conditions posted on their website before you gamble.
The most important thing to check is the conditions for cashing out winnings. Casinos vary greatly in paying winnings – some may only offer the option of paying you by check, while others offer anything from Western Union and wire transfer to checks, express mail drafts and even online debit cards and methods such as Infinia or NETeller. Some casinos charge for certain types of payments, others are free. Some tell you checks take 4-6 weeks for payment, others will Fedex payments to you so you have winnings within 3-5 days.
Confusing, isn’t it?
Take extra care when studying these conditions – this will save you a lot of time and trouble later. The most frequent complaint by an online gambler inevitably involves slowness or non-receipt of payments, so make sure that the casino you choose to gamble at is using some recognized institution or transactions processor to handle their payments – Firecash (although they recently encountered some hiccups) is generally considered to be safe and used by a number of the larger casinos.
Avoid any casino which uses the Bank of Nevis for check payments, as this bank has been blacklisted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) – most banks generally follow the recommendations of the OECD, and as such checks issued by the Bank of Nevis will probably not be honored.
The second important thing to look out for is the terms and conditions under which a bonus is granted. At the better casinos, you will usually only be required to wager the amount of the deposit plus the amount of the bonus once through before you may cash out the proceeds. Some require that you play through the money twice – and some as many as SIX times before you can cash out. Try to avoid those – you will generally end up giving back the bonus and a sizeable amount of your deposit unless you should get lucky and hit a slots jackpot, for example.
Also, as discussed in an earlier installment, do NOT open multiple 먹튀검증 accounts at casinos – this is nothing short of fraud and you can and may br prosecuted for this type of activity. Although this warning is not often posted on websites, it is generally accepted that multiple accounts, especially when using multiple identities, is considered abuse.
The author of a web gambling book, Bill Haywood, recently supported the opening of multiple accounts using different identities in a message forum, calling casino owners nothing better than used car salesmen and implying that they are deserving of such manipulation. It just goes to prove that you should not always trust those who are hypocritical of the very industry from which they make their money.
Once you’ve sorted though that information, the last important thing you should check before proceeding to gamble is the rules of the game you intend to play – typically this is more important at table-type games such as blackjack, Caribbean Stud and baccarat than it is at slot machines and video poker. These rules are often not the same as you are used to getting in Vegas, although many of them claim to comply with Vegas rules.
A final note – though payout schedules and strategies are not “fine print” per se, it is important as a gambler to find the best rules in order to maximize your potential winnings. Especially important is to see how video poker pays out – information sites like The Wizard of Odds (http://www.thewizardofodds.com) and GameMaster (http://www.gamemasterlist.com) provide useful strategy and profit potential information which can help guide you in your gambling exploits.