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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Comment by: Bob Hathaway On: February 21, 2010
Absolutely always a good idea especially when learning a new game as many of you have mentioned in your comments.
Comment by: Nathan Black On: February 03, 2010
I love playing for free first just to learn about things and see how they work. Another good way of playing for free is to play in online casino tournaments that offer free rolls. You'll generally need a real money account to do so but still none the less it's a good way to try playing for free. Also taking advantage of no deposit bonuses is another good way to try playing online casino games for free!
Comment by: Kelly Smith On: January 28, 2010
I always try to take advantage of playing for fun or free / practice play before trying and playing at online casinos for real money. I think that it's the only real way to know for sure if you like the casino first of all but more then that trying new games and playing them for free first is always key and a good idea.
Comment by: Billy Minor On: January 25, 2010
As a way to learn a new games it uncontested that the best way to do so is to learn playing in fun mode at online casinos. That applied to learning to play games that you've never played in a land based casino as the knowledge is definitely transferable.
Comment by: m8351 On: January 15, 2010
Why would anyone not play for fun money there's no real loss to them other then their time. Anyways not sure I really get why people don't. I for one always play for fun and like most of you will also play just to learn new games or get into the bonus rounds in slots to see if I like new games before committing to playing them for real money.
Comment by: finatay On: December 23, 2009
Even when having played at the same casino for a long time whenever they release a new game I'll first play the game for free in practice mode before trying and playing the game for real money. It's a great way to get a chance to see the bonus rounds and features in addition to seeing how well the game pays out.
Comment by: sadie777 On: September 19, 2009
I always play for free play or practice mode when trying out new games or playing at a new online casino that's on a platform that I've never played on. I think that all casinos must have this feature available for players!
Comment by: Peter Cullen On: August 30, 2009
Free play is very much so a great way to get a hang of new games that you're not quite used to playing. I think that fully understanding and playing games for real money requires that you know how the game works and more importantly how to play it properly. I think that online casinos and the free play / practice play modes when played will help you get a better feel for things, understanding the rules and implementing your own strategies on how to win.
Comment by: Steve Brando On: August 09, 2009
I still enjoy playing at some online casinos for free including at one or two Microgaming and Cryptologic powered online casinos. I find that when playing for fun it really gives me the opportunity to learn these games well. Additionally the thing I like about these two software providers is that they both have very good features and help (well Microgaming especially) that really help you understand the games that are new to you.
Comment by: Smitty On: July 14, 2009
I always play new games for free especially if they're feature rich games. I like for example to see what a bonus round looks like before playing a slot game for real so I know what to expect. There's been times when I've played for free to get into the bonus round of a slot only to find out that the bonus round is very disappointing. Usually for those games I'll skip playing them and move onto a game that's more enjoyable for me!
Comment by: Juda On: July 07, 2009
There's one thing that can be said about online casinos that cannot for conventional land based casinos and that's the fact that when playing online you can take advantage of the free play to allow you to play for fun and realistically learn the games and get a full understanding on how to play. When I first started to play online I know that this was one of the biggest benefits to me. I had never for example played craps or really understood how to play. I was always intimidated to play at land based casinos as I didn't really want to look like a dumb blond. Anyways I've learned how to play craps, baccarat, pai-gow poker and a few other popular games found in land based casinos which has certainly been a help to me.
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I like to play for free as well but it does get boring after a while to be honest. I find that I can play for free in smaller doses and really only when I'm experimenting with a new online casino game that I've never played before such as one that's new to an online casino platform that I'm playing on or just to learn a new game for sake of learning a new casino game to play.