Safe Play: The Newbies Guide to Getting Started in Online Gambling
With technology improving itself each year, the world of online gambling can parallel the fun and excitement found in a stand-alone casino. But just like in a real casino, you don't want to jump into gambling without a few tips and strategies to help maximize both your profits, and your fun. Before you deposit any money in an online casino, online sportsbook, or related real money wagering site, read this article and follow these guidelines to give you the head start to becoming a winner.
Be aware of and abide by your local laws
Watch domain names
Sites that claim to legally accept online wagering always have unique domain names such as casino.com. All reputable online wagering operators have their own unique domain names. If you are entering a wagering site that claims to offer online gambling and the site address (URL) is a domain from a free host such as geocities.com, tripod.com, or angelfire.com, you should be very wary, and look for a different site.
Avoid gambling websites who link to partner programs.
We should state that not all partner programs are corrupt but we do know of quite a few that are very unfair. We do not knowingly link to known operators with corrupt partner programs because they are too often subject to complaints.
Web sites who link you to operators through partner programs are looking for fast money and they most likely will not come to your aid if you don't get paid what you've rightfully won. So it's best not to enter new casinos and sports books through partner programs. So how can you tell if you are entering a casino through a partner program? The answer to that question is a bit technical. The short answer is to never enter a new casino or sports book from a search engine or gaming portal you can't trust.
Use gaming portals you can trust.
777 Gambling only links to reputable casino and sports book operators. If we learn from our users that an operator is treating users poorly, we will contact the operator to determine what is going on. If we can't resolve a problem and we feel the operator is a threat to the public, we will remove the operator from this web site.
Only visit online gambling sites from reputable gaming portals such as 777 Gambling (http://www.777-gambling.com)
The IGC has established a Code of Conduct that is a voluntary standard to which its members have agreed to adhere. Although there is always some risk in regards to online gambling with any operator, your risk is greatly reduced when you patronize operators who belong to the IGC. To view the full list of active IGC members, visit www.igcouncil.org/members.
Does the operator have a toll free number?
Does the operator have customer service via email?
Look for operators who offer toll free customer service via the phone and prompt and courteous support via email. If you can't get good service over the phone or via email, take your business to a site that is committed to providing good customer service.
Take advantage of transaction logs
Check your log BEFORE you place any wagers at
the casino or sports book
Transaction logs help to keep everything fair so that both you and the operator know exactly what is occurring in your account. Make sure to always monitor your transaction log and watch it closely to avoid surprises.
Once you have access to your log, learn how to save it. You can capture data from a log in many ways:
First, you can copy and paste data by selecting the text and then copying and pasting to any word processor or text editor. On a PC, you can select the text with your mouse, key Ctrl+C to Copy the text, switch to your word processing software, and key Ctrl+V to Paste the text from the log.
You can also capture your data by taking a screenshot of your screen while it is displaying the transaction log. To capture a screen on a PC, press the Print Screen key, which is located above the Insert key on your keyboard. Then, switch to a painting and drawing program (like Corel Draw, Corel PhotoPaint, or Jasc PaintShopPro) or a word processing program (like Microsoft Word, or Corel Word Perfect) and paste the image by keying Ctrl+V on your keyboard, or clicking the Paste button on that program's toolbar.
Always screenshot winnings
If you ever have a dispute, make sure you let the operator know you have a screenshot to prove yourself and your winnings. Operators know that word travels fast on the Internet. If you can prove an operator has treated you unfairly, the site operator should know that you will let the world know of your problems.
Understand and follow cash out instructions carefully
The operator of the casino or sports book needs to make sure you are who you say you are. It is completely legal for the operator to require that you FAX them release forms, identification, copies of your credit card, or whatever kind of documentation the operator requires so that you can be paid properly.
Keep in mind that online casino and sport books are also a risky venture for the operator. Therefore, cash outs must be done carefully so that the operator is not taken advantage of. Operators have their cash out procedures in place for good reason, so follow their instructions carefully and you will get paid your winnings. Most importantly, make sure you clearly understand cash out instructions PRIOR to making a deposit with an operator. If you do not like the operator's cash out policies, you can then choose to wager elsewhere before you get into a bad situation.
Finally, when cashing out, do not assume the casino operator received the information they asked for. Follow up with the operator via the phone and email to insure they received the requested documents and are processing your claim.
Keep a paper trail
Watch message board forums for comments from other
On the other hand, remember not to believe everything you read. Some users will complain about an operator when the operator hasn't really done anything wrong.
If you see only one complaint about an operator, it is usually safe to assume the complaint might be due to a miscommunication between the operator and the user. If you see multiple complaints from many different people all about the same operator, that's when you should start paying attention.
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