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Q: What are Odds of Casino Games?

The casino odds are set up to ensure the money moves from the players to the house. There are two type of odds the best odds and the worst odds. The best casino odds in Roulette, Blackjack and Craps

By betting exclusively on either reds or blacks, players secure an almost 50/50 chance of winning. That means that for every time they win a game, they lose another. American Roulette tables have two green squares, however, meaning the odds are just slightly worse than one in two.

The main problem with playing Roulette this way is that it can be slow and tedious. The odds of having a specific number rolled are slim, but a 36 to 1 win is far more exciting than continuously breaking even.

Unlike Poker, Blackjack has a fairly simple set of rules, and the only person players need to worry about is the dealer. Most players will win at least 4 in 10 games, but not even counting cards will bring the odds of winning above 50%.

Normally, playing craps results in fairly poor odds, but there is a way to break even. This is done by layering bets. When players places multiple bets on the same number, (up to 10 is allowed), the dealer awards winning based on the exact odds of that win occurring. If a gambler places ten times odds on one number and plays for an eternity, they will walk out with the same amount they started with. Any other setup, and they will lose in the long run.

The Worst Odds at the Casino: Slots and Keno

Slot machines and Wheel of Fortune provide many things: flashing lights, buzzing noises, and the cheerful clatter of spinning dials. What they do not provide is any decent chance of winning. The absolute worst odds come from penny slots. For devoted slot machine users, the best odds come from the maximum bet on the most expensive slots, but winning is most likely not on the menu.

In Keno instead of winning one and losing one, for every game a gambler wins, they will lose more than two. If anyone is getting rich playing this game, it's the dealer.

Q: Can I really gamble with real money online?

Yes you can really gamble with real money at online casinos provided it is legal in your country or state. First you have to look for a reputed online casino then check their terms and conditions and promotions they are offering. Many online casinos will ask you to set up your account or register with them or download their software to play.

For "real money" wagering, you will be required to either purchase "chips" or set up accounts with a specified deposit amounts. Payment is typically made using credit or debit cards, money transfers, or other forms of electronic payment. When you are registered with the casino, you have the option to choose from variety of games. You will also find games like blackjack, poker, slot machines, and roulette at most of the online sites for you to enjoy.

Q: Is it legal to gamble online?

The answer to the question in most of the cases is Yes as many countries allow online gambling and have issued licenses to numerous online casinos. But if you are playing at the United States for some regulation on gambling the legislation has been introduced and even have banned gambling over the internet.

However, the proposed legislation has not targeted the casual player gambling from their home, but rather the individual casino operators who accept real money wagers. Despite efforts to ban it, online gambling has become a billion dollar industry, and it is estimated that the majority of online gamblers in fact, reside in the US.

As of today, three states have officially legalized online gambling: Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware although only Nevada has sites actually up and operating. Many other states including some biggies like California and Pennsylvania have online gaming proposals grinding through respective legislatures.

For more information on the legal issues concerning online gambling, we recommend visiting the following sites: Internet Gaming Commission, Gambling and the Law.

Q: Do many people actually gamble online?

Yes there are million of people who gamble online. One cannot have the exact figure of the online gamblers but analysts according to their gambling rates study found approximately 1.6 billion people gamble during any given year with over 4.2 billion having gambled at one time or another. Although gambling is simply one form of recreation and fun for many people, studies have shown that for 4% to 6% of gamblers it can become a compulsion or addiction.

Q: Are online casinos fair and honest?

Yes online casinos are fair and honest to some extent. The fact is, that the odds of the games are always in favor of the house, and thus there is no need for casinos to cheat their players. Additionally, each time a game is played, the gaming software uses a random number generator to randomly produce the results. Many casinos advertise that their games are tested for fairness by independent auditing services, such as SafeBet, or other major accounting firms. These reports can are often displayed on the individual casino operators' sites.

One of the easiest ways but not always a standard means of judging the legitimacy of a casino site is how they represent their website. Legitimate casinos will always spend money, effort and time to make their online site presentable to their online players and will reveal pertinent information that will show they are licensed.

Also the online casino site must offer a privacy policy and must employ a 128 bit encryption technology that promotes secured online transactions to their online players.

Q: Do I have to be an adult to play?

You must be 18 or older to wager real money. Some sites may even require you to be at least 21 years of age.

Q: How do I choose an online casino?

Online gaming has become a multimillion dollar industry and there are thousands of casinos at the web daily that offer games to play. So the question arises which one to choose from. There are five parameters you should check when choosing an online casino

Online security

If you are serious about gaming for real money then its best to invest some time in checking to see if the site you are visiting is secure. The best way to do this is to check whether the URL is http:// or https://, as an https:// site is a site that is encrypted by an SSL certificate. Another indication of whether a site is secure is an unbroken padlock that is displayed in the corner of the browser window.

Reputable payment methods

When gaming online you always need to ensure that you are conducting transactions through a trusted and reliable payment service provider. A reputed gaming establishments will use services such as MasterCard, Visa, PayPal, Neteller or other voucher or ewallet facilities that are internationally recognised.

Licensed and regulated

A lot of online casinos are licensed and registered entities and have received a seal of approval from a governing or regulatory board. Look out for different bodies that govern these sites and enjoy stress free gaming at a site that guarantees fair play and fast payouts.

Selection of games

Most online casinos offer a choice between browser based and downloadable gaming. Both options allow players to access hundreds of games at any time and reputable gaming software is always a good thing to look for. Names like Playtech or Microgaming guarantee quality and offer world class gaming and top quality software. Avoid downloading games from suspect sites as you may pick up a virus accidentally.

Customer Support

Also look for the online casino’s customer support and the way they deal with customers. See our Casino Reviews section for detailed evaluation of a number of online casinos.

Q: Do I need to download software to play?

Not necessarily. Some casinos offer no-download (usually Java or Flash based) versions of their casino games. However, the download games are usually higher quality with better graphics, sound and animation.  Typical download times range from 25-45 minutes for 56k modem connections.  Often times casinos will let you choose which games you want to download, allowing for smaller file transfers and thus faster download speed.  Check out our Casino Reviews to find out which of the sites we promote do not require software download. 

Q: How do I purchase chips and get started?

You can purchase casino chips once you have registered with the casino with your first deposit.

Chips used by casinos come in a custom design with custom colors, and have the denomination and the name of the casino on the face of the chip.Chips used in tournaments are usually much cheaper because the chips have no cash value.

They are also much simpler in design and usually only have a single color. At high-profile tournaments, however, such as the World Series of Poker, they use custom-designed chips.Now think of a casino like any other shop or service that you might pay a visit to. While

playing table games most of the casino wish that you buy casino chips to play for a longer duration. You place the cash at the table and the croupier will give you the same amount back in chips and you can then gamble at will with them. For most of the games, you can take the chips you received at one table and use them on another table, although a lot of roulette tables have individual chips that can’t be used at any other games. But if you get chips at the blackjack table and you want to play another game, the chips are good to be used elsewhere in the casino.

You can also go to the casino cashier, or “cage”, to buy chips. It’s the same as getting chips at the table, just hand over your cash and you’re sorted. That being said, it’s a bit more time consuming than simply getting the money changed at the table, especially if there’s a queue of people.

Q: How do I collect my winnings?

This varies from casino to casino. Many casinos will credit-back your winnings via the same purchase method you used, but sometimes only up to the amount you have deposited. 

Additional amounts will usually be sent by check, bank draft, or wire transfer.  Electronic transfers are often accompanied by a fee, either from the casino or your banking institution.

Q: How fast will I usually get my winnings?

Again, this varies by casino, so consult the FAQ page of the site you're playing at.  Most will issue payouts within a few days of your request.  Electronic transfers are usually processed in a few days, but standard mail may take much longer, being that payments are often coming from overseas.

Q: Can I "test-drive" the games before actually risking money?

Yes, you can have the casino game as test drive and play for fun first. There after you can choose whether you wish to play for ‘real money’ or not.  In the fun play mode you have the same gaming experience except that no real money is involved in the betting and gaming.

With this option being offered by many of the online casinos you can first set your hand on the game and learn how to play them before moving on to real money. You can also check out our casino games rules and strategies page and our free games page for you to practice or just play for fun!

Q: What games are offered?

At present, most sites offer the basic five: slots, blackjack, roulette, craps, and video poker to play online.

Gambling Problems

Q: What is problem gambling?

Each player at the casino gambles and plays in its own way. Neither are their problems the same. Some people develop gambling problems suddenly, others over many years when they go beyond their normal play at the casinos for fun and entertainment and indulge in an gaming addiction.

There are many reasons why a gambling problem may develop. For example, some people

develop problems when they try to win back money they have lost, or because they like to be “in the action.” Others have many life stresses that make gambling a welcome relief. Problem gambling is not just about losing money. Gambling problems can affect a person’s whole life.

Gambling is a problem when such an addiction of gambling and gaming affects your work, school or other activities It harms your mental or physical health and hurts you financially.

Many a times such problem gambling damages your reputation and you find yourself surrounded by problems with your family or friends

Q. Are pathological gambling and compulsive gambling the same thing?

Yes they both means same. Pathological or Compulsive gambling is being unable to resist impulses to gamble, which can lead to severe personal or social consequences.

Also known as gambling disorder, is the uncontrollable urge to keep gambling despite the toll it takes on your life. Gambling means that you're willing to risk something you value in the hope of getting something of even greater value.

Gambling can stimulate the brain's reward system much like drugs such as alcohol can, leading to addiction. If you're prone to compulsive gambling, you may continually chase bets, hide your behavior, deplete savings, accumulate debt, or even resort to theft or fraud to support your addiction.

This kind of gambling is a serious condition that can destroy lives. Although treating compulsive gambling can be challenging, many such kind of gamblers have found help through professional treatment.

Q: Is someone who gambles a lot a pathological gambler?

Not necessarily. Many people who gamble frequently are simply people who enjoy gambling as entertainment. Generally these people set aside a predetermined amount of money for gambling, gamble for fun rather than for the "certainty" of winning, recognize that they are likely to lose, and don't bet more than they can afford to lose.

Q: Can you have a gambling problem without being a pathological gambler?

Much as it's possible to abuse alcohol without being an alcoholic, it's also possible to have gambling problems without being a pathological gambler -- someone can go out and lose a lot of money at a casino after being denied a promotion, for example. Often this sort of problem resolves itself without professional intervention. Pathology is determined by both severity and frequency of the problem.

Q: Who becomes a problem gambler?

Problem gamblers can be of any age irrespective of its gender, caste, color or religion. The National Opinion Research Center study described in the last section found that youngadults, ethnic minorities, and people with little education were slightly more likely to have

serious gambling problems, but the differences shown were not very large. Please visit our Forum to find answers from experienced gamblers.