When casinos started going online in around the mid 90’s, the audience they attracted to play were typically gamblers who used to play at normal casinos and enjoyed the benefits of playing their favourite games at home or computer geeks who were aware of the new online casinos and adept at using the latest technology. In the last 18 years that audience has completely changed. Online gaming sites enjoy a year-on-year growth of 17 percent and online gaming is somewhat equally divided between genders, at 58 percent male players and 42 percent female players.
With so many gaming sites now online, it can be difficult to decide which sites are genuine or can offer the player the best game play and end result. What should you look for on a website before you start to play?
1. How does it look? When it comes to a website, first impressions do count. A reputable site will have good graphics and you shouldn’t be bombarded with pop-ups. If a site is firing popups at you constantly then they are over saturated with advertisements.
2. What’s their opening offer? Many online casinos, bingo sites or other online gaming sites offer bonuses to attract new players to their casinos and to keep their existing players. It may be worth shopping around to see what the best offer is for you. Reputable online gaming websites such as Grosvenorcasinos will offer incentives such as a £20 new player bonus; other websites may offer a ‘No Deposit Sign Up’ bonus where you do not have to start play with any of your own money. Ensure you read the terms and conditions of the offer before you accept.
3. What can you do if you have a problem? There is no difference between chatting on a gaming site and on a chat site, so apply the same sensible rules you would there. You have a responsibility to keep your personal information secret in the online game, in the profile and in chat (name, address, telephone number, mobile number, private email address, picture), even if people ask for this. Although it can be tempting to reveal more than you normally would in online friendships, especially if you feel you have created a genuine relationship with another player, giving out personal information can make you vulnerable. If you have taken all the precautions you can or if another player is making you feel uncomfortable, ensure the website has the facility to complain or have another player removed.
4. Google them. Google the name of the website and take a look at some reviews written by other players to get a good idea of the type of games offered and online community there. This will also show up any suspect website, which you should avoid.
5. Are you compatible? Reputable gaming sites also have the latest software to ensure that the games are exciting and of high standard. Also, winners are selected randomly, which leaves no chance for any fraud. Ensure that your system has the requirements to run that gaming site’s software.
Matt Rawlings is a writer based in the UK with a keen interest in the latest trends and technologies