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A guide to online casinos

A guide to online casinos
Written by Medhaavi Mishra

Online gambling is a hobby that is becoming more and more popular, both in India and in the rest of the world. For many, this is an entertaining way to wind down after work or a fun way to kickstart the weekend. Online gambling is on the rise in India, and if you’re interested in dipping your toes into the world of online casinos,, there are a couple of things you need to know before you get started. 

In this article, we’re going to give you as a reader a brief overview of the most important bits and pieces to be aware of and what you need to know before you get started in playing. We’re going to go over how to choose an online casino to play at, what different games are available, and how to ensure that you gamble in a responsible manner when you do get started. It’s also incredibly important to start out slow when you first begin playing at a real money online casino, to ensure that you understand how everything works from a practical sense.  

How to pick a good casino to play at 

This is something that, surprisingly, can be somewhat tricky. But if one knows what to look for, the selection process becomes a lot simpler. Regardless of what types of games you are interested in there are a couple of things that are universally a very good idea to keep track of and to look for when choosing where to gamble. 

Look for a license  

This is one of the most important things to look out for to ensure that you turn to a platform that does things by the book. A license is issued by the local state authorities where the casino is registered and ensures that they follow all rules that are imposed on online casinos to ensure that they are not taking advantage of customers. 

Catalogue of games and possibility to play using an app

After you’ve found a casino that has all of their paperwork in order, it’s time to take a closer look at what kind of games they have on offer. Even if fancy bonuses and the like are a lot of fun, it’s practically worthless unless you find interesting and entertaining games to find. If you’ve never gambled before it’s wise to pick a casino that has a broad selection of games for you to pick and choose between. By doing this you can, with time, find interesting and entertaining games that you would like to play.   

It’s also wise to choose a casino that offers up an app to use with your smartphone. By doing this you ensure that you can gamble while on the go, and even if this is not something that you are interested in currently, you never know how the future might look. An app makes it incredibly smooth to gamble using your phone, and many players actually prefer this over traditional websites.  

Different games to play 

There are many different ways that one can gamble online. Due to the increased popularity for online gambling all over the world, the industry has kicked into high gear trying to come up with as many different ways to gamble as possible. Below are a couple of examples of the different games you can play, but this merely scratches the surface of the offerings available today.

Classic casino games

Many classic casino games are several centuries old but continue to entertain casino players even in the present day. Games such as blackjack and roulette offer up a classic gambling experience and are preferred by players who aren’t interested in the more modern offerings one can find online. 

Video slots

Video slots are by far the most popular way to gamble online, and it’s easy to see why. These slot games are easy to learn and to play. They are a perfect choice for those looking for something relaxing and entertaining when they gamble, without having to spend too much time thinking about strategies and the like. Video slots also often come with fun and entertaining animations and soundtracks that blend together with the game to maximize entertainment value. 

Live casino

For those looking for an authentic casino experience from the comfort of their own home, live casino is the best option. Live casinos are something that has exploded in popularity in recent years. It’s an incredibly popular way of playing among many gamblers. At a live casino the players follow a real dealer through a livestream while making the choices in the game from their own devices. This in turn leads to an experience that is unlike anything else that can be found online.

Betting on sports

Betting on sports is not technically a casino game, even if many online casinos do offer up the possibility to bet on Indian sports as well as foreign leagues. Betting on sports is for many bettors a fun way of adding some additional excitement to an already exciting game and can be something that adds another level of involvement with the game in question. T20 cricket is by far the most popular sport to bet on when it comes to Indian preferences, but many also dabble in betting on international sports leagues frequently.  

Responsible gambling

Gambling can be a fun hobby, and there is nothing wrong with having a hobby that you spend money on from time to time. But gambling needs to be done in a responsible manner to ensure that your personal finances don’t receive any unnecessary strain. We have listed a couple of things to keep in mind to ensure that you always gamble in a responsible manner.   

Make a gambling budget

This is a simple and effective way to make sure that you never spend more money gambling than you can afford. The budget can be constructed in a number of different ways, but the most common way is to decide on a sum of money that you can afford to spend each month. By doing this you get an excellent overview of how much to gamble each month and never run the risk of spending more than you can actually afford to.  

How much money you can set aside for gambling each month is something that differs wildly from person to person. The most important thing about the budget is that you make sure that you can stick to it and never fall for the temptation to start gambling for more than what you decide from the beginning.  

Always treat gambling as entertainment

The old cliche that the house always wins exists for a reason, and it’s very important to always keep expectations in check. Sure, one can always come away from a gambling session having made some money but the advantage is always in the hands of the casino. Therefore it’s very important to always treat gambling as a form of entertainment and not as a way to make money.  Instead it’s better to look at online gambling in a similar way to renting a movie or going to the cinema. One should always treat gambled money as lost the second it’s deposited into a gambling account.

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Medhaavi Mishra