Three things no one mentioned when I joined my first online casino.
Some of the hardest and most important lessons in life must be
learned not by verbal direction, but from experience. Learning to
ride a bike, for example, can be painful, at the least. No one can
tell a small child how to ride a bike and expect them to get it right
the first time. There will be a few falls – a few scrapes, bumps
and band-aids. But the lesson contributes to years of childhood joy
and lasts a lifetime.
Other lessons can be taught, but are often overlooked or disregarded.
No matter how many times you tell a child not to lean back in their
chair, odds are they’ll keep doing it until they fall and bang their
head. A first-time flier may not heed the common warning to wear ear
plugs or chew gum as the plane descends to prevent mild-to-severe ear
pain. It’s those who heed such advice that are sure to have the
smoothest experience in most of their life’s endeavors.
If you’re a ‘look before you leap‘ type of person who happens
to be delving into the entertaining joys of online gambling for the
first time, you’ll appreciate having foresight into the first
three things to do at a new online casino. If not, close this
page, move along, and best of luck to you!
Three Things No One Mentioned When I Joined My
First Online Casino
The first time I joined an online casino, I was wet behind the ears
and itching to get my game on. I thought I was taking plenty of
precaution by doing a little research and reading reviews. Apparently
I didn’t research nearly enough – or maybe no one was talking about
these issues back then – but I sure wish I had known about such
After learning the hard way, I’ve decided to devote an entire page to
encouraging others to do these three things first and foremost, right
after joining a new gambling site.
Submit Your Identity Verification Documents
Do not – I repeat do not – wait until the last minute to
verify your identity with the operator. “What is last minute?”
you ask. It’s that moment when you’re all excited and trying to
withdraw your winnings, only to get a red-flag rejection notice
because you haven’t verified that you are the person you signed up as
on the registration form.
You would be shocked how many online gamblers get super upset when
their withdraw is declined for this reason. They think they must be
getting scammed or something. Can’t operators just trust that you are
who you say you are? No, they cannot, because there are far more
dishonest fraudsters and identity thieves than meets the eye, and
these operators are legally bound to ensure you’re not one of them!
It’s for your own safety as much as theirs.
So do yourself a favor and get that out the way immediately after
depositing. If/When it comes time to make a withdraw, you’ll be glad
Understand the Terms of a Bonus Promotion
So many first-time iGamers see a big bonus promotion and get so
excited, they don’t bother to read the fine print. Sure, a 100% up to
$200 deposit bonus seems really straight forward – deposit $100,
get $200, start with $300 – but there’s a lot you need to know
about clearing that bonus.
What are the wagering requirements? What games can you play with it?
How much of your winnings can you keep, if any? If you can’t answer
these questions and more, you’re not ready to claim a bonus.
Ask and Ye Shall (Probably) Receive
Don’t simply settle for whatever the online casino is offering. It
never hurts to ask for more. If the bonus is 100% up to $200, and
you’re willing to deposit enough to get the max bonus, why not demand
a better offer? And since you’ve read and fully understand the bonus
terms, you’ll have wizened bargaining power on your side.
Contact live support and ask them to increase the bonus match to 125%
or 150%, or jump the max allotment to $250+. If they aren’t obliging,
ask them what else they can offer you. Still no luck? Tell them you
want to speak with a VIP manager. That will get their attention real
You’d be surprised just how far some operators are willing to bend to
accommodate a high roller. Online casinos are a lot like land-based
casinos in this way, if not more so. Extra comps are easy to come by,
but only for those brave enough to ask!
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