Everything You Need to Know About Online Casinos
Making bets in an online casino is a piece of cake, although it still requires a bit of background information to make a process safer and more comfortable. On this page, I have collected answers to the most frequently asked questions. Read them, and you’ll learn how to choose a perfect online casino, how to make a deposit or withdraw your winnings, how to claim a bonus, and so on.
⚙️ Online casinos — how do they even work?
Whatever happens in online casino games, whether you are winning or losing, happens thanks to or because of the RNG — random number generator that works automatically. It makes it impossible for players or a casino to tamper with the results, at least as long as you play in a reliable casino with legal software and non-pirated games. As for the games, they are transmitted in real-time, which requires advanced servers and strong data protection technologies. That’s why any self-respecting online casino spends a big share of its income to keep those technologies maintained and constantly updated.
⚖️ How do I choose a safe online casino?
Today, I can tell a reliable online casino from a scam at first glance, but it took me years of experience and a number of bitter mistakes to learn how to do it. To save your time, money, and nerves, always pay attention to the following aspects:
New Zealand online casinos are not locally licensed as the country doesn’t explicitly allow online bets. That’s why it’s especially important to choose websites licensed by reputable international institutions such as UKGC, MGA or Curacao e-Gaming — if something goes wrong, there will always be someone to have your back.
Games is what we are here for, and games in the casino of your choice should be fair, licensed, and made by more or less well-known providers. It’s better if there are some products created by industry leaders like Microgaming, Evolution Gaming or NetEnt as these companies carefully monitor who they are working with and never let their games be used by shady casinos.
Make sure a casino you are going to choose looks good and is easy to navigate. First of all, it would be just more pleasant to use, and, secondly, developing a high-quality website costs a lot which means the company that operates the casino is ready to invest money in it and is not going to disappear in a day.
💷 How to make an online casino deposit?
To make real money bets, you need to transfer the money from your bank account to your casino account first. A good online casino will let you choose among several possible depositing options so you can pick the one that’s available in your area and convenient to use. It can be:
✅ A credit or debit card.
It’s one of the most popular ways of making online gambling deposits as it’s fast and doesn’t require any additional knowledge — you just use a card for payments like you’d do in any online store.
Online payment systems like Skrill or Neteller can be found in almost every online casino, and they are also extremely popular among online gamblers due to their safety and short processing time.
More and more casinos are introducing cryptocurrency as a banking option, so now you can make your casino deposits using Bitcoin or Litecoin for maximum security.
Remember that there is always a minimum and maximum deposit amount that varies from one casino to another. You can check it in the casino’s T&C or ask the customer support service.
🏧 How long does it usually take to withdraw the wins?
The withdrawal time depends on several factors. First of all, a casino itself can regulate withdrawal terms, ask for additional KYC procedures, etc. This information should always be clearly described on the T&C page. Besides, the time you’ll have to wait depends on the banking method you use — while e-wallet transactions are usually pretty fast, it will take longer to transfer your winnings to your credit card. And, finally, the amount of money you are trying to withdraw also influences the speed of the transaction. Small amounts can usually be withdrawn within minutes or hours at most, but the lucky jackpot winners will have to wait a little bit longer, sometimes up to a week.
💸 Are my online casino winnings taxed?
As online gambling is not properly regulated in New Zealand yet, there are no laws that would require paying taxes on your online casino winnings. So no worries, all your money will stay yours.
💰 What is a casino bonus?
To cut it short, casino bonuses are what I love online gambling for. Even though they are just marketing promotions aimed at attracting more players to a casino, they can be quite useful and lucrative. Depending on a bonus type, you can get a pack of free spins, bonus money to spend on a specific game, or whatever else a casino could come up with to cheer you up and make your gambling process more fun. But don’t forget: terms and conditions are always applied.
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🎁 What kinds of casino bonuses are there?
Online casinos are doing their best to invent new kinds of promotions, but all of them can actually be divided into four main types:
✅ A deposit bonus
Also known as a welcome bonus, a deposit bonus can only be claimed by a new player who never made bets in the casino before. In most cases, this bonus multiplies your first (sometimes also second and third) deposit: you pay NZ$100, claim a 100% deposit bonus, and get NZ$100 more, ending up with NZ$200 on your casino account.
✅ A no-deposit bonus
This bonus is not as popular, and it’s definitely less generous, but its main advantage is that it’s given to a player with no previous payments required. Sometimes, you can get it as a “thank you” after registration or as a birthday gift from a casino. A no-deposit bonus rarely exceeds NZ$15.
✅ Free spins
As you can guess from the name, this bonus is aimed at pokie fans. You can get a pack of free spins as a part of welcome or a no-deposit bonus, or as a separate promotion.
✅ Loyalty bonus
Every casino wants you to stay as long as possible, and that’s why loyalty bonuses exist. If you decide to commit to a casino and become a part of its loyalty program, you’ll be getting bonus points for your bets and deposits that you can later exchange to money, free spins, merchandise, etc.
🔁 Wagering requirements — what are they?
Getting bonus money for free sounds cool, but you should know that there is a pitfall hidden, and it’s called wagering requirements. You won’t be able to withdraw the bonus money right away, otherwise, online casinos would go bankrupt. Instead, you’ll need to wager your bonus a specific number of times. For example, if you claim a NZ$100 bonus with 25x wagering requirements, you’ll have to bet it 25 times until you can withdraw the money.
🎲 How to create my account in an online casino?
Creating an account in an online casino is easy and won’t take you longer than a couple of minutes. First of all, choose a casino you trust. You can pick one from my lists or use my selection criteria to find one yourself. Then, hit a “sign-in” button and follow the instructions on the screen. You’ll be required to fill in some personal information and confirm your email address.
🎯 How do I win in an online casino?
Even though there is no way to hack a casino to win the jackpot, there are some tips you can follow to increase your chances of winning and cut your losses.
- Always check the casino’s T&C before making the first deposit or claiming a bonus;
- Sign up to a newsletter to stay aware of new offers and promotions;
- Play free demos first. Once you find a game you are 100% comfortable with, stick to it.
- Plan your gambling budget and never exceed it.
- Try several betting strategies and find the one that works for you.
- Always stay focused and concentrated on the game.
🎮 Can I play gambling games for free?
Yes, most of the casino games, except for the live-dealer ones, are available to play for free as free demos. You can find them in online casinos or right here on my website with no registration or downloads. Even though free demo games won’t bring you any wins, they are perfect for refining your gambling skills, testing different betting strategies, and deciding which games are worth spending real money and which you don’t like.
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🎰 What are the most popular gambling games?
A list of games varies from one casino to another, but there are several basic products you’ll find on every gambling website.
Pokies are famous for being super-easy to use — you don’t require any skills or knowledge as the game does everything for you. Besides, they are also very diverse. Whether you are a fan of classic fruit machines or horror games, you’ll be able to find a pokie of your dreams.
A good online casino will offer you all three kinds of roulette — French, American, and European. They are all worth trying but don’t forget that the American version has a much lower RTP.
If you like cards but want to play something less complicated and risky than poker, Blackjack is a perfect choice. All you need to do is to remember how many points each card brings and try not to exceed 21.
📜 How is online gambling regulated in New Zealand?
Unfortunately, online gambling in New Zealand is not regulated in any way. It means there are no locally-licensed online casinos and you won’t be able to address a problem legally if something goes wrong during your gambling process. On the other hand, it means that all the international online casinos are open for you and ready to accept your bets — just make sure you choose the reliable ones.
❌ Why do you put some casinos into a blacklist?
During my long years in the gambling industry, I have developed a strong set of quality criteria. I want my casinos to be safe and reliable, offer a lot of games with decent RTP rates, have a variety of payment options and promotions. I spend a lot of time looking for such casinos to share with my readers and, of course, I come across the websites that can’t meet my requirements. Sometimes, these are just low-quality casinos with a lot of complaints from players, sometimes, these are pure scams. Whatever they are, I always put such casinos into my blacklist so you and other players can stay away from them.
I hope this article was helpful for you, and you found the answers to all of your questions. If there is anything else you would like to know about online casinos, please don’t hesitate to ask me using a contact form.
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