Traditionally you would have to go to a casino to gamble money, or a bookmaker to place bets, but with the advances of web technology we are now able to gamble from the comfort of our own homes. If you fancy a flutter online or a game of free slots, check out our beginner’s guide to gambling online below!
Why do you want to gamble?
There are two reasons that people gamble – one is for fun, and the other is to make it a regular side-line. Whatever the reason, if you follow our beginner’s guide to gambling online, you will be able to set yourself up with the maximum chances of winning by following these easy steps.
1. Gambling is not a career
It is important to note that despite what you may read on the subject, it is virtually impossible to make a living out of gambling.
Gambling is an extremely risky way of earning a living, and if your gambling goes out of control, then you could potentially end up losing a lot more than just physical assets like your home or car – people with gambling addictions often end up falling out with their families and spouses/partners over their problem, and some are literally left alone and destitute. You really do not want that to happen to you!
2. Only gamble money you are prepared to lose
Set yourself a realistic budget for gambling that you can afford to lose, and do not EVER go over that budget, despite how attractive potential prizes can be!
Many people unfortunately make the mistake of gambling even more than they are supposed to in order to chase their losses (this is the practice of gambling more money in the hopes that their winnings can help them break even or make a profit).
When you reach the end of your budget, regardless of whether you have made a profit or not – you simply walk away. Stick to this very important golden rule, and you will be fine.
3. Record all of your transactions
Even if you are occasionally gambling just for fun, you should make a record of all of your transactions. Why? Because you will know at any given time how much money you have gambled, how much money you have made or lost, and it will also help you to keep your gambling under control.
You can use a spreadsheet to do this, or even pen and paper if you want to do it the old fashioned way!
4. Don’t gamble until you have received any new account or promotional bonuses
Often, online gambling sites will entice new users by offering a bonus whenever they open an account, or perhaps for an important event.
Sometimes it is theoretically possible to gambling using just a new account bonus without physically depositing any of your own cash.
In any event, make sure that the bonus is confirmed in your account before you start gambling.
5. Keep a copy of any terms and conditions
When you open a new account with an online casino or bookmaker, make sure you save a copy of the site’s terms and conditions to your computer. Sites often change their terms and conditions, so if you come across any problems in the future then you can refer back to the terms you originally agreed to.
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