Take Advantage of Free PlayBy: Rick Balding, Monday October 27th 2008
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Online gambling is in the news as being one of the most popular activities on the Internet. Many people who come across references to it want to try it out. Locating and accessing online casinos is very simple. The problem is that these first time players are not familiar with the rules, strategies and procedures of online casino games. There are of course books and articles on the Internet but these can help only up to a point. The proof of the pudding is in the eating. There is no substitute for playing. If these novice players start wagering with real money from the beginning they will lose heavily and many will give up the idea of online gambling. The online casinos will lose potential customers.
Therefore in the mutual interest of both new players and themselves online casinos allow players to play games for free. Players are required to register at the online casino but can choose the play for free option. The players can then select the game they want and are given a number of credits to play with. Obviously these credits cannot be cashed. If the player loses all the credits he can reload the game and start afresh.
New players should not take playing for free lightly. It should be treated as a stepping-stone to real money wagering. There are several issues that new players need to sort out while playing free games. The first is to understand and learn the rules of the games and the variants available in each game. The next thing is to understand the mechanics of playing, which simply stated is which button to click when. This is the easiest part because online casino games are extremely user friendly with highlights and prompts. The difficult part is mastering strategy, especially in games like blackjack and video poker where wrong moves drastically reduce the expected payouts. Care should also be taken to understand and practice bankroll management. The new players should treat the free play credits like their own funds and stretch the given amount to the maximum.
Online casinos have of late introduced one more step between playing for free and real money wagering. This is the no deposit bonus. A bonus is offered to those players who sign up at the online casino for the first time to enable them to try out the different games. This bonus is not that lavish so players should play with minimum bets so that they can try out maximum games. This is something that the players should not miss out. If players have played free play games conscientiously and have taken care to learn the lessons required then they are bound to enjoy real money wagering.
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