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. Following these suggestions will help you to
find the best online
Be aware of and abide by your local laws
Internet wagering is not universally sanctioned by all local law enforcement
authorities. Check with your local authorities before signing up with
any online wagering operator to insure you are not violating local laws.
Watch domain names
Avoid domain names with a slash preceded by a popular free web host
(geocities.com/casino) or internet service provider (members.aol.com/gaming).
Sites that claim to legally accept online wagering
always have unique domain names such as
http://www.casinodelrio.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
Avoid gambling websites who link to partner programs.
Many online wagering operators offer partner programs. Partner programs
are set up by the casinos and sports books to pay back a percentage
of the house win to the site that referred you in the first place. Partner
programs are effective for the operators because they get free traffic
and almost always, the traffic is not audited for accuracy. When an
operator does not audit traffic by a third party, this allows the operator
to claim he is paying out a certain percentage to the partners when
in reality, the operator is paying only a fraction of what he claims
to be paying. If the operator is taking advantage of the partner, he
may take advantage of the end user - you!
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.
Some gaming portals unknowingly link to known problem operators. Stay
away from gaming portals who are linking to problem operators.
If a gaming portal does not publish their position or policy regarding
helping you with problem operators, best to avoid them altogether.
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
Only visit online gambling sites from reputable
gaming portals such as 777 Gambling
There are a few organizations on the Internet whose mission is to help
watch and govern the online gambling industry. One of these organizations
is the Interactive Gaming Council (IGC) (http://www.igcouncil.org).
The IGC has been largely responsible for establishing fair and responsible
trade guidelines and practices that enhance consumer confidence in interactive
gaming products and services.
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,
Does the operator have a toll free number?
If so, test the number before signing up with them. Does the number
work? Were you placed on hold? How long are you on hold for? Are the
representatives friendly? Do they speak your native language? If the
operator doesn't have a toll free number, try their email address for
support (see below).
Does the operator have customer service via email?
If so, test the email address before signing up with them and prior
to wagering any real money. How long does it take to receive a response
email from the operator? Was the representative friendly? Could you
understand their writing style? All reputable online casino and sports
books should have customer support via email. If the site you are interested
in does not have email customer service, be very wary of doing business
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
So many users fail to take advantage of transaction logs and many problems
can be avoided if you watch your transaction log. Many casinos and sports
books now offer transaction logs. A transaction log is an electronic
paper trail or recording of every single transaction at the casino or
sports book. Every time you place a wager on a craps game, a card game,
on a slot machine, or in a sports book, it is logged. Most operators
will give you access to this log.
Check your log BEFORE you place any wagers at
the casino or sports book
Make sure you understand the transaction log and have access to any
features it offers you. Test the log. Go out on the casino floor and
place a small wager at a game or place a small bet in the sports book.
Then go back to your log and make sure the transaction is there. If
your log is not working properly, STOP betting with that operator and
use their customer service number or email to let them know your log
isn't working. Make sure you have access to the log in real time. If
the operator won't give you real time access and you have to wait to
see the transactions in the log, this is a good sign to wager elsewhere.
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
Note this important rule! Always screenshot your winnings along with
your transaction log! If you have a dispute with a casino, you cannot
prove you have won a payoff if you don't have the screenshot to back
up your claim.
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
In almost all cases of users not being paid or in delays of payments,
the reason for the delay was because the user failed to follow the cash
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
Make sure to keep detailed notes of who you spoke to at the casino or
sports book, who you sent email messages to, etc. If you have a problem
with an operator and you have been exchanging email with a support representative,
you need to be able to show those emails and/or prove to whom you have
been speaking with. Email is obviously better because it's easier to
store and refer back to. Anytime you speak with a support representative
on the phone, always record whom you spoke with, as well as the time
and date. Ask for a first and last name of the representative. If the
representative will not give you a last name, ask for their phone extension
Watch message board forums for comments from other
Many gaming portals have message board forums which allow users to post
public comments regarding online casinos and sport books. Take advantage
of these resources because you can learn allot about which casinos to
avoid just by paying attention to word of mouth.
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.
Your rights are limited
Remember that your rights are limited. Users have been kicked out of
a casino or sports book for various reasons and they don't agree with
the decision of the operator. You have no exclusive rights to wager
at any casino or sports book. If the operator wants to kick you out,
it is their right to do so. The operator has to look out for their interests
and if they don't like how you are playing, they can ask you to leave.
Due to the size of the Internet, there are unfortunately going to be
a few operators with unethical business practices. Being armed with
good information can steer you away from these bad casinos, and to the
sites that are around to provide you with a fair, fun, and profitable
experience. Therefore, always stick to gambling sites that are listed
at 777-gambling.com. Good luck, and play it smart!