If you’re new to the world of online slots, it’s true to say that it might take a little getting used to. Which counts double if you previously played slots for real – the differences between the two can feel slightly weird at first. In either case, it won’t be long before you realise what all the fuss is about and why tens of millions worldwide are making the most of web-based slots.
But just as is the case with all types of gambling, there’s a right and a wrong way of approaching online slots. So to help those who may need a nurturing nudge in the right direction, here’s a quick rundown of our own ’10 Commandments’ for getting the most out of your gaming experiences:
First of all, you have really very little choice but to bite the bullet and accept it if your country, state or region doesn’t permit online gambling. Now, on the surface you might think it’s a victimless crime and decide to flout the rules. Nobody will find out and you’re hardly burning down the town. However, think about what might happen if you hit a £2 million jackpot and they refuse to pay you a penny of it. What now? Do you report them? Of course not, as it’s you that’d end up in hot water and they’d get away with your winnings scot-free. Never gamble online if it’s against the law, if only for the fact that you won’t win.
2 – Thou Shalt Choose a Reputable Online Casino
You’d be forgiven for thinking that all web casinos were pretty much the same – especially when it comes to slots. After all, if five different casinos all offer the popular slot ‘Thor’, surely it must be the same experience with each of them…right? Wrong. From software reliability to customer service to account safety and indeed whether you’ll ever see a penny of your winnings, all service providers are most certainly NOT cut from the same cloth. If it isn’t a casino you’ve fully checked, vetted and verified, it isn’t a casino you should be going near.
3 – Thou Shalt Try For Free First of All
The fact that the vast majority of slots can be played for free before spending a penny on them means that you should very much be doing exactly that. Also, if you come across a casino that doesn’t allow you to play slots for free before paying out, move on and find another one. Playing for free might not give you the most realistic experience…given the fact there’s no risk or reward. Nevertheless, it will give you the opportunity to find out if the slot is for you in terms of gameplay, the enjoyment factor and indeed how smooth (or otherwise) it runs.
4 – Thou Shalt Vet Customer Service Standards
Things occasionally go wrong and questions quite often need to be asked. Which means that if you’re going to get into online slots, it’s likely that sooner or later you will be required to get in touch with the site’s customer service team. This can make all the difference in the world – will you be fobbed-off and your query ignored, or will you be provided with outstanding service? Or for that matter – is there even a customer care team to contact at all?
You can rest assured that when something in the world of online slots bonuses seems too good to be true, it probably is. If one casino is offering you 10 free Starburst spins while another is offering 100 free spins and up to £500 in bonus cash, which are you going to choose? The answer…well, if you read the attached terms, you might find it’s the former that’s of way, way more value. Never take bonuses and deals for granted, being sure instead to read in full what’s actually on offer.
6 – Thou Shalt Try Out Many Online Slots
As is the case with most things in life, it’s natural to find an online slot you like and stick to it like glue. Which isn’t necessarily the end of the world, but nonetheless denies you the opportunity to discover a world of incredible slots you’ve yet to try out. There are more being added to the ranks every day with new features, functionalities and ways to win awesome prizes. Long story short therefore, it’s in your best interests to check them out and try them out.
Yes…we all want to take home that elusive £10 million jackpot that’s being dangled in front of us in the form of a progressive slot’s top prize. The only problem being that realistically, these are the prizes you are least likely to win out of every single prize available from any online slot. The odds of taking home any prize at all with an online slot are decent enough. The odds of winning the full progressive jackpot are astronomical. So be realistic and don’t blow too much money chasing the near impossible.
8 – Thou Shalt Play Only for Fun
In fact, one of the most important commandments of all is to play at all times for fun only. Consider any win of even a few pennies an added bonus that wasn’t expected or required for the experience to be enjoyable. Get into online slots accepting that you’ll most likely blow your allocated funds, without making a penny. This way, anything you’re lucky enough to win will be an even sweeter cherry on the cake.
9 – Thou Shalt Allocate a Budget
Following on from that exact point, always be sure to allocate yourself an exact budget – as in an amount you are willing and able to lose without it causing you any real problems. Avoid the mistake of using a limitless credit source to credit your account – it can be deadly if you’re not a true beacon of willpower!
10 – Thou Shalt Do Your Homework
Last but not least, it’s always in your best interests to carry out plenty of research into the slots you’re considering, before actually deciding which to go with. There’s a reason why some slots consistently earn five-star reviews from critics and customers alike, while others you’re more likely to be warned against bothering with. See what folk have to say about things like playability, bonus rounds, special features and of course, payout percentages.