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There’s nothing better than being prepared and knowing what to expect, so the following information is aimed at preparing new players like yourself and helping you to become fully aware of what you will need when signing up to an online casino. Once armed with this knowledge, you will be better prepared when you attempt to sign up to a casino and therefore you can be ready to play on your favourite game in the real cash mode in no time at all.

Some online casino sites offer several different welcome bonuses and they allow you to choose which one you would prefer the most, so before you attempt the registration process you should take a good look through exactly what each one is actually offering and then consider which one you think would be more suitable. This will save you time when signing up for the first time and you won’t feel as though you have been put on the spot when you have to make your decision.

If you do decide to sign up, you will need to make sure that you have your personal details ready including your address as well as other contact details such as a preferred email address and preferred telephone/mobile number etc. These details are required by every casino gaming site and they must be entered when filling out the online application form. Also, be prepared to enter a new username that will be used every time you log in to the casino, plus you will also need a password for your new account.

Your chosen username may already be in use by another player, so you could even have a backup one (or two) ready. When you do sign up for the first time, you will be given a unique account number, so try to make a note of this somewhere. It doesn’t matter if you forget this information or lose it because you can quite easily contact the support should you need recover these details, but to avoid having to contact the support you could just file them somewhere safe.

While you are registering an account, you could also be downloading the casino software. By the time you have finished filling out the online application form, the casino download client should have successfully installed onto your computer. Now would also be a good time to select your preferred banking method and make your first deposit.

To make this deposit (and to make your first withdrawal) the personal information that you supplied must be verified by the casino. This will prove your identification and that you are of legal age (normally 18 or over), so be expected to provide a recent utility bill that has your name on such as an electric bill, plus a scanned copy of your passport or driver’s license. Having these few pieces of info ready can save you a great deal of time and frustration.

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There are numerous online casino bonuses available for players today. These bonuses are otherwise known as online casino promotions. An online casino bonus is basically something beneficial for the player and it usually helps boost a player’s bankroll. However, not all casino bonuses are cash-related, as the following information reveals.

The standard online casino bonuses are welcome bonuses and there are three main types of these. Some online casinos offer just one of these deals. Some casinos offer two of the following deals, whereas the extremely generous sites offer all three deals or at least give players the option to choose from one of these exciting special offers.

These main welcome bonuses (sign up bonuses) will either be a No Deposit Bonus, a Matching Deposit Bonus or a Free Play Bonus. The No Deposit bonus is a small cash gift that allows players to play in the real cash mode. This free cash bonus is normally credited to a player’s account when their account has been activated for the first time.

The maximum length of time this bonus cash should take to arrive could be as long as 48 hours. If it has taken longer than 48 hours to appear as available funds, you should contact the support to find out where your bonus is.

A Deposit Bonus is basically a casino bonus that will reward you simply for making a deposit into your account. If the welcome bonus is a 50% matching deposit bonus worth up to $200, this means that you could deposit up to a maximum of $200 and you will receive an additional $100 on top of your deposit (so a total of $300 in your account). Most online casinos offer a 100% matching deposit bonus, which means that you are basically doubling up straight away. Read through the T’s and C’s carefully, because there is usually a minimum deposit amount and a maximum deposit amount to qualify for this bonus.

Online casinos with free play bonuses usually credit the players account with anywhere between 500 and 2000 casino chips. You will then be given anywhere between 60 minutes and one entire day to try and turn these starting chips into a profit. Anything that you do manage to win will then be yours to keep (usually up to the maximum of $100).

Other casino bonuses that are on offer give players the chance to earn double or triple loyalty points by playing on certain games at selected times. Players can also win entrance to tournaments through many of today’s casino bonuses, as well as prize giveaways where you can win luxury holidays or the latest gadgets. It seems as though online casino bonuses today just seem to keep getting better and better.

While playing on one of Microgaming’s latest online video slots called The Dark Knight, one extremely luck player from New Zealand hit the big time when he won a staggering £24,000 (approximately $37,637.90). It wasn’t just the amount that was so significant, what made it even more special was that player Jake S. won this huge sum of money after just a £0.60 stake (which is almost $1.00).

After having been on the slot for just over 20 minutes on July 29 (Sunday), Jake S. managed to trigger the Bonus Wheel Feature while playing this recently released branded slot at 32Red Casino. The Dark Knight has 5 reels and there are 243 ways of winning per spin, plus it has the innovative Cinematic Spins™ feature.

There are four different Progressive Jackpot prizes to play for in the real cash mode with each one ranging from between 10.00 and 1,000,000.00+ coins. This is where the lucky New Zealander managed to make it to, and where he netted himself the second highest prize (the Major Jackpot).

Very little else is known about the player, but he did manage to send an email into 32Red Casino which read…

“I chose my hero and the wheel just kept spinning and spinning, eventually creeping along to the turquoise slots and hitting the MAJOR progressive jackpot for £24,804 which is almost $47k in New Zealand. It was such a shock and I really don’t think it has sunk in yet.”

32Red is a trusted Microgaming and CTXM powered online casino that offers several different secure platforms. Licensed in Gibraltar, this site is one of 10 stylish portals owned by the same operator, 32Red Plc.

Various currencies are accepted here and players can display the site in one of almost 15 different major world languages and you can also choose from a number of different trusted banking methods.

This huge win shows once again how large these payouts really can be and from playing with just a relatively low stake which most average players can afford. If players from your country of residence are not restricted from signing up here, you will receive a £32 bonus with every £20 that you deposit into your account.

You could then play on The Dark Knight, either here or at various other Microgaming powered online casinos and then play for the game’s Mega Jackpot, which has now reached more than £1.3 Million (approximately USD$2,037,960.00).

All you have to do to see what banking methods are available at an online casino or similar gambling portal is to visit the cashier section. The logos of each banking method may also appear somewhere on the homepage (usually towards the bottom of the page), which saves you having to visit the cashier section. It’s always a good idea to check the actual cashier section though because there may be more options available than are actually advertised on the homepage.

Some of the methods that are available will allow you to deposit only. This means that you can quite easily add funds into your casino account, but you will have to find an alternative method when you want to withdraw your winnings. The majority of online payment solutions allow you to withdraw and deposit, but it’s usually the prepaid cards that process deposits only.

If you already have a deposit/withdrawal method set up that you would like to use, it would be a good idea to check that the casino does actually accept your preferred method prior to signing up with them. This will save you from having to sign up to a different method when the time comes to adding funds into your account or taking your winnings out.

e-Wallets have become increasingly popular over the past five or so years. They are particularly popular with online gambling enthusiasts and they allow players to quite easily transfer funds from A to B, almost instantly. e-Wallets generally don’t charge too much, if any charge at all. If you are charged for depositing or withdrawing, you will hardly notice this tiny amount.

Other popular methods of moving funds to or from your online casino account are via the use of credit and debit cards. You can generally use cards such as Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, Solo, Switch, Laser, Diners Club, Amex and more.

Most of todays trusted online casinos are protected with the latest encryption technology, which means that all transactions are processed within a secure environment, plus the great thing about using any of today’s banking methods is that transactions are fairly rapid. There generally isn’t any waiting around.

The best thing to do would be to read up about a particular method that you may be interested in and then weigh up your options. What may be a more convenient method for you may not be so convenient for the next player. You may also find that when you use a particular method, you may receive some kind of additional cash bonus. This promotional offer is generally known as an Alternative Payment Method bonus.

One good way of gauging the integrity of an online casino operator is to find out which country or territory the website is licensed in. These particular areas are commonly known as licensing jurisdictions and are usually where the online casino (or other similar portal) actually operates from.

Some of these licensing jurisdictions impose tougher controls over their licensees, which is why we say it important to know where a gambling site is licensed. Not all of these licensing jurisdictions around the world are therefore equal in terms of their levels of standards of regulation they offer.

Some of the lower tier licensing jurisdictions that are known to impose little or no controls over their licensees are Belize, Costa Rica, Anjouan/Comoros and Panama. Generally, when players have encountered some kind of issue with the casino or when they are trying to resolve a dispute, nothing is resolved. This doesn’t mean to say that you cannot trust a gambling portal that holds a license from one of these jurisdictions, but this does seem to be where most of the rogues have operated from.

As we move up through the tiers of licensing jurisdictions, again based on levels of standards they uphold and how strict they are over their licensees, we come to areas such as Malta, Kahnawake (Canadian Mohawk Territory), Antigua and also Curaçao (in the Netherlands Antilles).

Online casinos and other similar sites that operate from these jurisdictions can generally be trusted. They still don’t quite meet the exceptionally high standards that the highest tier enforces over their licensees. Therefore we advise the player to try and make an informed decision prior to actually opening an account with one of these portals. Very few rogue casinos have been known to conduct business while operating from one of these jurisdictions, but it has still been known for one or two to slip through the net.

The licensing jurisdictions that consistently prove to impose strict controls and heavy vetting procedures over their licensees include places such as Gibraltar, the Isle of Man, the UK and Alderney, which is a Channel Island. It is almost impossible to list an operator that cannot be trusted from one of these jurisdictions. In fact, most of the leading online casino sites operate from these jurisdictions.

One main thing that players must be aware of though is that some casinos have lied about where they are licensed. They have actually falsley used the logo of one of these top-tier jurisdictions when in fact they are not licensed there. This is why we always recommend that you either visit the jurisdictions main website itself to double check, prior to sign up with them and to avoid potentially being scammed by the casino.