The Excitement and Popularity of Online Casinos

The online casino business is booming, and it is no wonder why: playing in a casino online is something people can do at home, and with games like the ultra-popular Texas Hold’em poker, people can build their skills and play against some very talented players. Online bingo can be a great diversion on a rainy, cold night when people don’t feel like getting out, and playing blackjack online is fast-paced and thrilling.

People can and do win big with internet gaming. For example, 1,000 people buying in to a bingo game makes for a much bigger payout than most people can find at a local land-based bingo hall. There are advantages to playing online with other games, too, like poker. If you play live poker, you risk the other players being able to “read” your body language. While there are tips and tricks to “reading” poker players’ behavior online, it’s definitely not as easy as it is face to face!

Many people find the draw of the internet gambling hall much less daunting than a bricks-and-mortar establishment. Most are very friendly and easy to adapt to – a boon to shy people who have always wanted to try their hand at slots or blackjack.

The UK is one of the world’s hottest places for online casinos. A research study by Nielsen recently discovered that in the year spanning July 2009 to July 2010 UK internet gaming sites experienced larger increases in visitors than Facebook. During that year, 3.2 million new people visited online wagering sites, versus 2.2 million new visitors to Facebook. That’s a 40% increase over the previous year. The demographics of those who choose to play at a casino online are broadly spread, to, with women making up some 46% of web casino gamblers.

Currently online slots are the most popular of the internet casino games. Slots are easy to play and skills aren’t necessary, since the outcome is based on chance alone. And since players are only playing against the house, there’s no fear of judgment from others. The best online slots pay out quite well, but over the long term, playing slots with more, smaller payouts works out better than playing slots with fewer, larger jackpots for the average slots players, so be sure to check the payout tables before committing to a slots game.

Online poker and blackjack are also tremendously popular. If you’ve never played online before, some of the sites allow you to play practice games where you don’t play with real money. It’s a good idea to practice for a while with these to sharpen your skills before playing with real money.

All the classic casino games are available online, including baccarat, keno, and roulette. All have their unique appeal to the internet gamer, and all make for an exciting time. For people who live far away from the bricks-and-mortar gambling hotspots like Las Vegas and Atlantic City, playing at an online casino brings the excitement of live poker, blackjack, slots, or numerous other games right into their homes.

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Popular Online Casino Games – Keno, Bingo, Lotto

Keno, bingo, and lotto are three popular online casino games that rely on luck.

Keno is similar to state lottery games in that you choose numbers and find out if any of the numbers you chose match numbers drawn, with various payouts based on the number of matches you have. With keno, numbers are drawn all the time, so there are far more opportunities to win or lose. Web casino versions of keno are even more fast-paced than land casino versions of the games, but the odds with online keno are slightly better than with live keno.

To play, you pick up to 10 numbers between 1 and 80 that you think will be drawn. You place bets on each number, and await the outcome, which is near-instantaneous in online keno. Since keno is a game of pure chance, there’s not a real strategy that can help you win. However, smaller bets, like five number bets, though they don’t have the cachet of larger number bets, are often more profitable to online keno players over the long term because they tend to result in more payouts, and are cheaper to make, so your bankroll usually lasts longer.

Online bingo is very similar to land bingo. You should choose your cards based on the number of players and the total payout, as well as the regularity of big prize winnings. You should also play free bingo for a while to learn the ropes and see what online bingo is like before playing for money. Many online bingo games make it hard to win the top prizes, where you match all the numbers on your card. If fewer than 40 numbers are drawn, you’ll have virtually no chance of matching all your card numbers. If 60 or more numbers are drawn, then your odds improve significantly.

Some online bingo sites will do the “daubing” for you, and some will offer the option of calling bingo for you. If this is true, you basically don’t have to do anything except wait for the numbers to be called. But if you are not on one of these sites, keep an eye on your cards. If you wait too long to call bingo, your winnings may be split between more people, lowering your take.

Online lotto games are based on lottery games that have been around since ancient times. You can buy lottery tickets online for games based in other countries. In some cases you can buy multiple lottery tickets in bulk for a lower cost per ticket than if you bought each ticket individually. Plus, the more tickets you buy, the better your odds. In the US, some states allow the purchase of lottery tickets online, including Powerball tickets, which can have enormous payouts.

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What Makes an Online Casino Worth Your While

Acehero.com freely admits that we display and endorse a handful of partners in the online gaming industry. Unknown to most, however, is a company policy of strictly screening those who approach us for endorsement.

For the sake of our members, we generally impose criteria having to do with integrity, entertainment value, quality of playing experience and openness in handling financial transactions. Herewith some of the rigor we apply to the process:

Years in Operation

The first thing you should consider is how long a casino has been in operation. The longer the better, of course. While it is true that a URL can be registered for a couple of bucks and sit there for a long time, being more established suggests a better class of service that retains satisfied patrons more than most. The exact opposite is a fly-by-night operation that puts your deposit at risk.

Presentation

In terms of the face it presents to the world, an online casino in the virtual world is no different from a regular establishment in point of glitzy appeal. Of course the online variety should attract first-time visitors to stay and explore the patronage options. An online casino should exude glamour, a solid reputation, fun, excitement and the promise of rich winnings.

Integrity

An honest online casino highlights the fact that it has independent auditors, a non-negotiable feature as far as Acehero.com is concerned.

Otherwise, it becomes pretty hard to judge the integrity of the operation. After all the barriers to entry are low. A complete gaming software suite can reportedly be had for at most $20,000. Beyond that, operating cost is little more than web hosting and payment processing services. Clearly, the profit potential is so huge that it iks bound to attract scam artists.

Popularity

Our review system takes into account the number of “click-throughs” as users access a recommended site form the links on Acehero.com. It is a very good indication of how well the site is received by an average user.

BONUS:

Healthy bonuses are obviously a powerful incentive. With that many online casinos to choose from, we almost take signup and reload bonus for granted. Take care not to.

Most casinos have deposit bonuses and loyalty programs. But before you dive headlong into the casino that offers the highest bonus, read the terms and conditions governing your being able to withdraw all your money when you’ve a mind to.

There are casinos that offer up to $1,000 deposit bonus. Guess what? You are required to play no less than 5,000 hands before you can withdraw that, assuming the amount credited remains intact in the face of hgouse odds.

Another factor to consider is percentage payout. Independently-audited casinos prominently display their payout for the prior month. Naturally, the higher the payout rate the better. But since the online casino industry has become so competitive that almost all payout rates are at 97% or 98% nowadays, this is no longer a good discriminatory variable.

DEPOSIT/WITHDRAWAL:

There are many ways, almost too many, to deposit money to your casino account. The more deposit options a casino offers the better. The predominant method is via credit card, naturally. This allows you to remit online and get the instant gratification of playing right away.

Opening an account with a payment processing company like Click2Pay or Moneybookers, on the other hand, requires a wait of 1-5 business days before an account is credited and validated. And it can be a pain to have to memorize another username and password.

The point is you have a choice of payment methods. Withdrawing money should be as easy as making a deposit. It never is so read the fine print carefully. It is a good, thing, at least, that most casinos now require two pieces of ID faxed/mailed in to confirm the withdrawal. Who knows, you might get lucky and we could be talking about real money in your account so the extra security precaution is worth it.

USER EXPERIENCE:

The most frustrating thing a surfer experience is not able to navigate a site. Navigation and contacting customer service should always be a click away. In addition, customer service should be free and respond fast.

Graphical interface is another important feature. It definitely adds to the fun factor and it is so much nicer to look at easy-on-the-eye visuals than flashy animations.

Most casual players just want to get a thrill of the game without any financial involvement. A respectable casino will provide “Play For Free” before you play for real money.

More often than not, a popular casino will exhibit more features. Chat, for instance, adds to the fun when you can communicate with others while you are playing.

LOCATION/CURRENCY:

This has to be one of the most overlooked features. If possible, choose an online casino that operates in your location. The internet world may have no boundaries but you do want the customer service rep’s to speak the same language/accent as you do, right?

Another reason for giving priority to domestic locations is currency exchange. Casinos and payment processing companies offer the worst exchange rates around. To avoid this, simply choose a casino that accepts the same currency you use from day to day.

At Acehero.com, quite possibly the only gambling forum in the world that truly rewards our members for their valued opinions, our discussion threads cover endorsements and reviews about the online casinos that meet the whole gamut of key player criteria.

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Online Casino Payouts

Understanding how casino payouts work is essential if you’re going to be investing any amount of money in online gambling. Payout policies should be carefully reviewed before you commit cash to a particular gambling website. Don’t wait until it’s too late to start asking how you’re going to get your money.

When considering an online casino, check out the website’s payout percentage. You want to find a percentage that’s as close to 100 as you can get. Remember, different casinos have different percentages for different games.

Find out if you need to have a pin number to withdraw from your account and don’t sign up for a site that makes you pay hefty fees for withdrawals. If you prefer using a payment method other than your credit card, make sure the online casino you are considering accepts the use of payment systems like Paypal, NETeller or FirePay.

Casino payouts are supposed to be fast. If you’re having a difficult time claiming your earnings, sign up for another site. Many online casinos will instantly credit your winnings to your credit card upon request. If you’re cashing out more than you initially deposited, a check for the remaining difference will likely have to be sent to you. This check should be sent promptly–within a few days of your request. Carefully review casino payout policies before you open an account, because the last thing you want to worry about after winning some cash is how you’re going to collect it.

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