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The Best Advice for Gamblers at All Games and Stakes

By: Ryan Alders, Thursday April 3rd 2014
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A lot of the time we get caught up in the specifics of what we're doing that we forget to pay attention to the fundamentals. The fundamentals are what they are because they happen to be the most basic and most important foundations of an activity. Online gamblers are guilty of this as much as anyone, and we want to give you some reminders of basic things to look out for when it comes to your gambling no matter what stakes you play or what types of games you happen to be a fan of.

When it comes to anything that involves money changing hands online, you have the potential for identity theft and the loss of your funds. While online casino sites will often provide tools and advice for keeping this from happening, it's ultimately your responsibility to look after yourself for the most part. We often skip over the fundamentals like having a difficult password to guess and having a special email address that we never give out or use at all except for our online gambling accounts. However, these are two of the most important and effective things that you can do to stop your information and money from being stolen.

Another big one that we tend to ignore is that it's often worth the time and effort to try to maximize the value that we get from promotions and loyalty programs. The comp points that are earned in loyalty programs can easily give recreational players anywhere from $25-50 worth of value each month, and that's considering a below-average volume of small stakes play. That's a few hundred dollars a year that you could be gaining just by focusing on a single site and using their loyalty program.

Finally, the last thing that we want to touch on is the basic signs of problem gambling. If you find yourself having a hard time when it comes to turning down opportunities to gamble, or if you find yourself placing bets online when you really feel like you shouldn't, then you might be dealing with compulsive gambling habits that you will have a very hard time keeping under control on your own. All major online casinos offer resources to help with this sort of thing, and they help to keep you anonymous so that you don't feel like you're being outted in some way.

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