Everybody makes mistakes, so why should gamblers be any different? They aren't. You've surely made your fair share of bad moves in your online gambling career - especially as a newbie. Remember your rocky iGaming starts? Well, today we're going to a look at some of the most common (rookie) mistakes made at online casinos and, if we happen to strike a nerve, make sure to let us know.
#1 Registering Using Fake Credentials
All right, here's how this goes. You're new to the iGaming world and all you want is to remain 100% anonymous. Legit. Naturally, you decide to sign up at an online casino using a fake name. Not legit at all. Hence, you've got yourself a problem.
"Never register using fake credentials, as every reputable casino will double check your details before paying out your winnings."
You see, every reputable online casino has to verify your personal details before paying out your winnings. So, if you say you're Donald Duck who lives at 15 Yemen Road, Yemen, you can kiss your money goodbye. Unless your name really is Donald Duck and you do live at 15 Yemen Road, Yemen. Otherwise, you should register using your real name and personal details and rest assured that every legitimate casino will keep your private info safe from third parties at all times.
#2 Picking an Untrustworthy Casino
Speaking of legitimate casinos, always pick those. Yes, that may be a given now, but as a rookie you might have very well made the mistake of choosing an unlicensed casino and thus risked your safety and, by proxy, funds.
So, how can you be sure a casino is legit? For one – always remember to check its gambling license. Additionally, read the Terms and Conditions carefully and if, on top of everything, said casino belongs to the esteemed group of Certified Casinos, you're definitely in safe hands.
#3 Failing to Check Which Payment Methods Are Accepted
This is another common mistake and it can be attributed to players' enthusiasm upon registering – who can remember to check something as trivial as payment methods when the design of the casino is so spectacular and the assortment of online slots is so diverse and vast? Well, you should.
It's quite logical, really. If you want to make deposits using Skrill, you'll need to play at a Skrill casino. Same goes for PayPall casinos, Neteller casinos – you get the idea. Always pick casinos that accept your preferred payment method – that way there won't be any nasty surprises later on.
#4 Failing to Read the Terms and Conditions
Reading T&C's may seem like a proper drag – even to an experienced gambler, but trust us: you do not want to make the mistake of skipping the Terms. Ever. Fail to get acquainted with the T&C's and, if you run into some problems regarding your withdrawals, gameplay or bonuses and it turns out it's all been plainly stated in the Terms, you're not going to like your odds. Basically, kiss your complaint goodbye.
"Prevent any future trouble with online casinos by carefully reading the Terms and Conditions."
To sum up: always take your time to peruse the Terms and Conditions, read the fine print and thus prevent any future trouble that may arise from your lack of knowledge.
#5 Not Knowing How Online Casino Bonuses Work
There are plenty of other gambling mistakes we could be listing here today, but we absolutely cannot skip this one as it's one of the most common mistakes made by (new) players. Claiming free cash, attractive welcome bonuses and casino Free Spins sure sounds like fun, but you should always know what exactly you're getting and how you're going to get it.
Namely, in order to understand how casino bonuses work, you should always check the percentage bonus match, the wagering requirements and whether there are any slot restrictions. While you can get all this info in T&C's, a nifty and quick way to get the necessary particulars is to check our Online Casino Bonuses page – we make sure not to skip any important details.
Your Online Gambling Mistakes?
All right, your turn! Are you guilty of making any of the gambling mistakes we've listed? What other rookie slipups would you add to the list? Tell us all about the mistakes you've made at online and mobile casinos, no matter how embarrassing - we're waiting for you at our forum and we won't judge, promise!