Playing online slots may seem a little odd is you’re a newbie – I’ve come up with the 10 commandments to playing slots which will help you enjoy playing online a lot more. Please bear in mind that these are recommendations and that everyone interprets things or acts different. Anyway, here we go:
1. Play slots at an online casino if it is legal to do so in your country
Playing any sort of casino game is legal in most countries so the chances are you will be fine. However, in the United States of America is it illegal to gamble online. They probably want to keep gamblers visiting places like Las Vegas! Anyway, check your favourite search engine if you want to know if you can legally gamble online. If you are from the UK, you have no problems gambling online as its legal and regulated.
2. Make sure the online casinos you want to play at are secure & trustworthy
Playing online at a rogue or bad casino is your responsibility. Parting with your money shouldn’t be something you do easily. You will find hundreds of casinos online so picking the right one isn’t always easy. The casinos found on Online-Slot.co.uk are certainly trustworthy and ‘good’ in my eyes but why should you take my word for it? Well, most of the casinos represented have a good reputation and advertise on TV. Small, fly-by casinos won’t have the budgets to do this for example.
The key is to read about the company behind the online casino (which we provide) – you can do this by visiting your preferred search engine (i.e. Google!) and reading the credentials on the online casinos’ websites. The good ones will give you information about where they are licensed, who audits their books, who is on their board or senior management and how to contact them. If you have any doubts, call them or contact them via Live Chat and ask them all the questions you like!
You can also check casino player forums – type in the name of the desired casino and see what comes up. If you only see bad things being written (such as non-payment issues) avoid them like the plague. However, unhappy players will come to forums to complain whilst happy players have no reason to complain. If you see good things, well, good for you!
If you can’t find what you’re looking for, become a member and post your question. I am sure other fellow casino players will help you out and point you in the right direction. Look out for members with a high number of posts as they will tell you they’ve been around a long time and therefore offer good advice. All in all, research is again the key to making sure you play slots at the right online casinos.
3. Play slots for free first
I highly recommend you play your chosen slot games for free first. Most casinos have an option to play the games for free before you play for real money. For example, I love the fact that you can play every single slot game for free at Mr Green Casino.
This gives you the chance to try the games before you part with your own money. Would you buy a car without driving it first? The answer is no! You might like to look of a particular slot game and deposit some money. When you come to play it, you might not like it giving you a bad experience. You could always move on to others but it’s good to make sure you’re happy from the off – this way, you will enjoy it more.
Lastly, all the online casinos represented on Online-Slot.co.uk have instant play versions of their casinos meaning that you don’t have to download any software to play for free. By the way, you can find lots of slots to play for free in the Online Slots section by the way!
4. Make sure you can contact your online casino
All the casinos you play at should be reachable in one way or another – that’s a must! They should provide both email and telephone support as a minimum really. The casinos on Online-Slot.co.uk offer freephone numbers for UK players which is always a big help as it’s free!
I personally like using the Live Chat function – this is an easy and interactive way to communicate with the customer support teams. You will get direct answers from a rep as well as have it in writing if there are any issues. Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions and the customer service agents are paid to handle this!
If you spot a typo or mistake on their website, let them know – apart from being good karma, you might be rewarded with some free chips or a bonus. Most players contact customer support in regards to their cashout requests – make sure you know how long they take to process them and what documentation is needed in order to withdraw your winnings. All the casino reviews have this information by the way!
In an ideal world, there would be no need to contact the customer support teams at the online casinos but you may need to do so to verify your documents or you cashout request. Be polite and ask clear questions. I’ve tested all the casinos on Online-Slot.co.uk personally and asked them awkward questions to see how they reacted. You can tell a lot by the way a company treats their customers so they’ve done well in my eyes. Some haven’t and won’t be found on this website.
5. Determine which payment methods your online casino offers
Depositing and withdrawing money from online casinos is quite an important aspect to playing slots (or any other casino game) online. You want to be able to deposit and withdraw your funds securely and as quickly as possible. I recommend you visit our section to read all about the various banking methods you have at your disposal (generally). This includes the advantages and disadvantages of each one and which casinos here at Online-Slot.co.uk offers them.
Let’s say you use NETeller as a banking method – you should look at the online casino you want to play at and see what the cashout times are for NETeller withdrawals. Casinos such as Mr Smith Casino process NETeller cashouts daily which helps (including weekends). If you use a credit card, they process cashouts once a day. Therefore you would get your winnings quicker using NETeller than a credit card.
Some online casinos charge you a small fee for withdrawing with a certain banking/payment method. All the casinos listed process cashouts with no fees whatsoever which is great but it’s worth checking (via their customer support teams). You should also look at minimum cashout amounts too – to be sent a cheque may require you to cashout at least £75 for example. They key is to know your banking options before you start playing.
6. Take up the bonus offer from the online casino that suits you
Welcome or deposit bonuses are a common way for online casinos to attract you to play their online slots. They also offer no deposit bonuses, free spins and loyalty bonuses to keep you happy (and ultimately playing). Determining which bonus offer to take is not always as easy as it may seem.
If an online casino doesn’t offer a welcome bonus of any kind, you should be concerned. All reputable casinos offer new players a welcome bonus and offer regular promotions and bonuses on an ongoing basis – check out the Slots News section for more details or the Exclusive Offers section for Online-Slot.co.uk only deals!
If an online casino offers a big bonus such as a 500% bonus, you should tread with care. More sure to read the Terms & Conditions of a particular bonus – look out for the maximum cashout, the wagering requirements, the eligible casino games, the casino games contribution and the things you need to do to avail the bonus. You can find out more in the two Casino Bonus Explained articles.
If you are new to slots and online casinos, I suggest you take up a no deposit bonus or a free spins offer. This way, you get to try the particular slot game or online casino without having to deposit. Mr Green Casino offer all new Online-Slot.co.uk readers £5 completely free – just register get playing. There’s also a 100% match deposit bonus up to £100 (i.e. deposit £100, get £100 free).
7. Slot games can differ from one casino to the next
Slots are identical at most online casinos – for example, playing the Game of Thrones at CasinoRoom is exactly the same than playing at Mr Green Casino. However, the payout percentage may differ between these 2 casinos. This is something you need to check out.
Another example is the Leprechaun’s Luck or Alice in Wonderland slots – they are progressive jackpot games meaning they have a jackpot associated with them. The jackpot amounts at Sky Vegas Casino will vary to the ones displayed at bet365 Games for example – this is because the jackpots are contributed by players of Sky Vegas Casino and bet365 Games respectively.
If you take Playtech powered slots, the Ultimate Power Marvel Jackpot will be exactly the same at bet365 Casino than it will be at Coral Casino. This is also the case with Microgaming powered jackpot slots like The Dark Knight where the jackpots are exactly the same at whatever casino offers them.
8. Protect your personal and financial information
Security is of upmost importance nowadays when you do anything online – you should read the Is Playing Slots Online and Fair article which looks at the ways online casino operators make sure your personal and financial information is safe.
Remember that if you play at an unsafe casino, your information could be compromised, sold or even misused. Read the privacy policies provided by the casinos and contact their support teams if you want peace of mind. When on an online casino website, look out for ‘https’ pages as this shows you that pages are secure and protected from hackers. The main page you should look for this is on the registration page by the way as this is where you can enter your details. You should also check the deposit page.
9.Play slots to win
The aim of playing slots online is to win! Well, you want to have a good time but it’s great if you come out winning. Make sure you stick to your set budget so that you don’t get carried away – this way you will only lose what you can afford to lose.
Don’t get caught in the trap of chasing your losses as they will only make you lose more. If you are losing or feeling a little tired, I recommend you take a break. You can then move away from playing and come back feeling refreshed and can therefore make better decisions. Don’t get angry at a particular game or casino if you lose because it will result in a negative experience. The chances are that you will lose whilst playing online so accept this and cashout when you have winnings you are happy with. Quitting when you’re ahead is very important.
10. Enjoy playing slots online
Unlike in a land-based casino, you will not be given free drinks whilst you play your favourite slot games. However, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy the experience. Play various slot games and at various online casinos – spreading your budget amongst a few casinos will save you from losing it all at one casino and will also keep you more focused.
The moment you stop enjoying playing, you should stop – simple! Go for a walk, go and watch the TV or take a few days from playing. This will recharge your batteries as such and make you think objectively about playing online.