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16 August 2013 - 11:14am

How to start in online casino and poker??????

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Hi all,

I'm new to casino games, but I currently have a very long holiday and want to start playing casino games, mostly for the thrill but hope to win big ofc Wink. Can someone advise me where to start? Is it good to use a bonus, free money (no-deposit), or is it better to just deposit real money and start playing? Also I heard something about a monthly cashback system? which gave on a monthly base money back of the money i payed to the poker room. Is this scam or is it really? and yes, where are the best?

Greetz M

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16 August 2013 - 3:11pm
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This will depend upon where you are playing from? Are you in the U.S.? If so, your choices will be more limited. If outside, others, and CL-Ed will have many more suggestions for you.

In the meantime, I can share that I play poker at Bovada. I like the choices they offer, and I like playing in their poker rooms.
For slots, I play mainly at Win A Day (where the play through to bonuses is always very low). The Club World group of casinos are good, too, although people are complaining they have tightened up: you might have beginners luck. These include Club World, Lucky Red, High Noon, and many more.

Other good ones for U.S. are 3Dice, Lucky Club, and Slot O Cash. I know there are MANY more. The main thing is: if you are thinking about depositing, come here and check the reviews. They are honest and reliable. Do not play any on the blacklist! Just not worth it.

Finally, as far as taking bonuses, it depends. If the play through is insanely high, you might want to just deposit and play. If I don't have a lot to deposit, I will sometimes take the bonus, just so I have a little more money to play with. So, that is up to you. If you are not sure if the bonus is a good offer or not, you can come here and ask.

There are many casinos who offer a "no-deposit" chip to try out their casino. I used to use these to get to know the casino and see if it was a place I later wanted to deposit my money. On this free money, there IS play through and maximum withdrawal limits.

I hope this helps. I have a feeling you might not be from U.S., so remember this is only my perspective as a U.S player with very limited options. So be patient, and I know CL-Ed and others will be here soon to add more options for you. Smile

Welcome!

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18 August 2013 - 12:24pm
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Hi Hope777,

Thanks for the very clear reply!
I'm from Europe, so no limitations on the rooms for me...... Yet Wink
I will take your advise on the casino sites, and I saw that bovoda both offers casino and poker in one room?
Also I found an offer regarding bovoda poker there seems to be an offer that gives you monthly cash back, is this any good? And should I do this before registration?

Greetings Maarten

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18 August 2013 - 4:23pm
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Maarten.., I have PMed CL-ED to take a look at your question, because I am not sure how to answer it, and I don't want to steer you in the wrong direction. Because you are from Europe, there might be some even better options out there for you (actually, without a doubt, lol).

Bovada used to be called Bodog. Then Bodog decided it would change its title for a casino that accepts players from the U.S., so they called that one Bovada. I do enjoy playing poker there, but their may be many other, and better, options for you, being from Europe. This would especially apply to casinos where you want to play slots.

No matter what, be sure to always read the reviews here, as they can be trusted. And maybe CL-Ed can also share where the best bonus deals might be, if you decide to use the bonuses, and advise you on that offer you found.

Good luck! Smile

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18 August 2013 - 11:41pm
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Thanks Hope777,

Lets wait for the feedback from CL-ED then. In the meantime I am looking at poker video's on youtube Wink

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19 August 2013 - 1:14am
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Welcome Maarten, I'll start with the casino stuff first. If you are new to playing at online casinos, I would say do not take a deposit bonus until you are comfortable with the games and the casino that you are playing at. You could try out a free chip (aka "no deposit bonus") but be aware that there are limits placed on the amount you can win on a free chip and if you win more than that the casino won't pay the difference. Otherwise, make a small deposit, refuse the bonus or ask support to remove it if one is automatically applied and play for a while. Make a withdrawal and see how long it takes to arrive. If you are satisfied then you can consider bonuses but never forget that they come with some heavy conditions attached that limit what you can play, when you are able to make a withdrawal, and they can often force you to play for longer than you may like or expect.

We have a lot more information on bonuses here:
Beginner's Guide to Casino Bonuses

As for recommendations on specific casinos, you should see a list that are tailored to your country at the bottom of this page, or on the top right of the home page.

Now for poker. Poker rakeback deals are legitimate. What happens is that you sign up to a poker room through the site offering rakeback. At the end of the month they pay you a small amount back based on the amount of rake you generated at the poker site over the month. Remember it is based on rake generated, which is the small amount the poker site takes from every pot, not the total amount you bet, nor is it directly related to the amount you win or lose. Unless you are a high stakes player this is usually not very much at all. I used to play on a rakeback deal many years ago and get a few dollars back at the end of the month.

How it works is let's say the site is offering you 30% of whatever rake you pay paid back to you on a monthly basis. They are probably being paid a little more by the poker room, lets say 35%, for referring you to the poker room and their profit is the 5% difference.

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