Step 1: Before you play
If you’ve ever visited a brick-and-mortar establishment, you’ll be familiar with the identity verification process that precedes it. The front-desk employee will ask you to present a valid ID as you enter, and you’ll also need cash or source of payment on hand. Similarly, online casinos require such information, though not necessarily on sign-up. Typically upon withdrawing your first winnings, you’ll be requested to email a photograph of your ID, a proof of address (for example, a utility bill or bank statement) and the payment method used to deposit. Thankfully, doing this is usually clear-cut and the operator’s support team is on hand to provide assistance.
The next thing to think about is the gadget you’ll choose to gamble on. Whether your device of choice is a powerhouse Alienware PC or the latest Huawei smartphone, experiencing the full effect of any game calls for some solid hardware and software. In addition, a stable broadband connection to support the HTML5 tables and streams you’d like to bet on is also necessary, so check that your Plusnet or Sky package is up to scratch.
Perhaps most importantly, consider the time and money you can allocate to gambling. While it’s easy to get caught up in all the excitement, your experience will only continue to be gratifying if it’s enjoyed within your means. Honestly assess your downtime and disposable income as these two aspects are the foundation of every decision you’ll make from here on out.
Step 2: Before choosing the casino
Once you’ve got the fundamentals in place, the real fun can begin. First up, is finding the right place to play, and we’ve gone ahead and reviewed a number of live casino sites to facilitate your decision-making process. They’ve been streamlined into facts - including the number of providers and games available, the bonuses and promotions on offer, their VIP programme and so on - that can be juxtaposed against one another. When an operator piques your interest, leaf through these aspects in detail in its casino review.
Step 3: Before selecting the game
If you gave step one some thought, you now know how many hours you can spend playing live games, but do you know where you’d like to spend them? We’ve categorised the main types found online as roulette, blackjack, baccarat, other card games and game show. If you’re new to the scene, start with our manuals for an understanding of how each one works and then go to our game reviews to see what’s actually accessible to you, with a clear recommendation on why (and where) you should give it a go.
Step 4: Before picking the provider
The minds behind the tables on screen are collectively referred to as game providers and they’re responsible for their quality, quantity and variety. Use these guiding prompts such as “Land-based or studio environment?”, “Standard games or exclusive titles?”, “Low or VIP stakes?” to develop your preferences. Once you’ve got an idea of what you’re looking for, suss out which software suppliers match your criteria in our provider reviews with suggested places to play.
Step 5: Getting started
Now that you’re familiar with what’s available, it’s time to take your pick and sign up. When you’re ready to do so, go back to the casino review of your choice and press the Play button. From there, you’ll be led to the operator's sign-up page to create your own account. The process is usually divided into around three pages with each stage asking you to input personal details such as your full name, number and email address. Tip: Be sure to register with the correct welcome bonus and mark ‘yes’ to receiving promotions if you’re interested.
Seal your registration by following the confirmation email or entering a validation code, and as soon as that’s in order, you may benefit from a live casino welcome offer. Whether you deposit now or not, familiarise yourself with the Bonus T&Cs as well as the site in general. And, keep your phone nearby as their outbound team may call you to thank you for joining and offer something extra too.
Step 6: While you play
Once you’ve bumped up your account balance, select the surface you’d like to settle on. Whether you choose Evolution’s Dream Catcher or Authentic’s Double Wheel Roulette, there are a few things to keep in mind that apply across the board. If you skipped this step earlier, we do recommend a glance at our game guides. They’re more than just a thorough introduction but also an ideal companion as you wager.
Be mindful of the etiquette of the tables and show respect to the dealer and other players as you stake. For your convenience, rules, payouts and other statistics are scattered around the user interface, and they’re pretty intuitive to find and hide as you prefer.
Remember that you’ll more than likely have the option to bet on different devices. Most operators worth their salt have dedicated live casino apps for both Android and Apple so you can play as you please.
Step 7: If you hit a glitch
Imagine this: you’re about to land a big return as you’re playing roulette using the Martingale system and suddenly your screen goes black and once you connect to the stream again, the croupier’s already onto another round. Instead of feeling frustrated, you have two options - either speak to the dealer or provider’s live support directly through the in-game interface. They’ll be able to advise you on what happened during the round you missed. But if you’re after more thorough information on what went wrong, you can contact the operator’s customer support team (usually through phone, chat or email) with specifics including the game and time you were playing, the device you were using, and so on. They should be able to get back to you with a comprehensive reply on what happened and maybe some compensation for the inconvenience too!
Step 8: When you win
When the little ball lands in your bet pocket or the dealer turns over a twenty-one for you, you’ll be eager to take off with your winnings but there’s a procedure to it. As we hinted at above, if this is your first win, account verification will temporarily halt things. Follow the instructions, send the documents as advised and once your account is verified, you’ll be able to request a withdrawal to the same payment method you used to deposit. Most withdrawal pages are easy enough to follow and standard processing times are the same regardless of the operator.
Step 9: Always play within your means
Have you adequately established the time and money you have at your disposal to dedicate to live casino games? Well, here’s another reminder to do so as it’s one of the most crucial points. Winning is fun but never guaranteed, and should therefore only be seen as an enhancement to your wagers but not the sole reason for them. Every table game is a game of chance, so appreciate wins as they come, don’t dwell on the losses, and always stick to your bankroll.
Congratulations on completing your induction. Now that you know what we have to offer and guidance on what playing online should be like, why not take a look around for yourself? Acknowledge what we’ve explained above and choose a starting point that suits you. Wherever you end up, we’re sure you’ll love it!