Casino FAQ

There are many things to know before you start playing at an online casino. Each country has its own set of rules and regulations and it’s always a good idea to know the best and safest way to play. Here at CasinoTop, we are committed to giving Indian players a positive online gaming experience so we’ve listed many frequently asked questions and answers to them, to help guide you in the right direction.

Things You Need to Know as a New Player

The legal age for gambling in India differs from state to state. In some places, 18 is the minimum age requirement, whereas, in others, it’s 21 years of age.

Once you have logged onto a casino website of your choice, there will be a ‘Join Now’ or ‘Sign Up’ button that you’ll need to click on. This will bring you to a registration page that asks for your contact details. Once you’ve completed that you’ll need to decide on your deposit method so you can start to place bets. Most casinos offer quite a wide variety so you’ll have a few to choose from.

In order to register, you need to supply your personal details such as your full name, your telephone number and email address. You’ll also need to provide a secure password like you would with other online websites. If you intend to place bets with real money, then you’ll need to deposit funds via a bank account, prepaid card, e-wallet or electronic transfer. You will be required to provide further information if you claim the welcome bonus.

If you claim a welcome bonus (or any other bonus) you won’t be able to withdraw your winnings until you’ve played through the wagering requirement. That means that there are withdrawal restrictions in place and that until you’ve placed a certain amount of bets, you won’t be able to make a withdrawal of any winnings.

The standard rule is usually to have your withdrawals sent to the same method that you made the initial deposit with if it’s possible to do so. This is an anti-money laundering precaution. So if you made your deposit using a debit or credit card, an e-wallet, bank transfer or electronic transfer like PayPal or Paysafecard, then those are the methods you’d use for the withdrawal of your bonus winnings.

There is always a limit to how much you can withdraw at one go, whether it be a daily or monthly limit. The amount will vary from one casino to another, and sometimes special allowances are made, for example for special VIP customers who get a larger withdrawal limit due to their loyalty and gambling track record at the casino.

Random Number Generated (RNG) Casino Games

There are a plethora of games that you can play in online casinos, in fact just about any game that you can play in land-based casinos. The most popular are the video slots which are an updated 3-D variation of the classic slot machine. Classic table games like roulette, blackjack, poker and live table games are becoming even more popular with real-time interaction and professional dealers.

This is one of the most exciting slot games you can play due to the incredibly high winning potential that they have. The progressive jackpot games are contributed to by numerous players across many different casinos, and a percentage of each bet placed on the machine goes towards the payout. The jackpot keeps growing until it finally goes off, and the lucky winner becomes an instant multi-millionaire.

Compared to the other games, blackjack has the potential to be the most profitable, especially if the player is experienced and strategic in their gameplay. The odds are good and the edge slightly favours the players. There is also a higher Return To Player (RTP) than with most other table games.

There are usually minimum and maximum bets for each game type. You’ll find this information when you start playing the actual games on the website.

As the name suggests, live casino means playing with real live dealers and croupiers in real-time. Although playing table games like baccarat, blackjack and roulette online has always been an exciting experience, live casino takes it to a whole new level. The games are broadcast live using up to 15 cameras, and you communicate directly with the dealer placing bets in real-time as though you were actually at the table playing with the dealer and the other players in an actual casino.

The most important thing when playing games online is making sure they are fair. RNG, which stands for Random Number Generator, is what fair game playing is all about. It guarantees that the decks of cards, for example, are dealt completely randomly so there is nothing suspicious going on. It’s worth checking out whether the casino you’re playing at uses one.

When you first register at an online casino, there is invariably a first time player’s bonus called a welcome bonus. You’ll also find weekly or monthly reward schemes and all these can consist of several types of bonuses, which usually match your deposit, double or even triple it. You’ll also find plenty of free spin bonuses as well. VIP or Loyalty programs are for those customers who are frequently returning players or high rollers. Like most loyalty programs, it entitles you to extra bonuses, higher withdrawal amounts and personalized support.

A wagering requirement, sometimes referred to as a playthrough requirement, is often attached to bonuses, free spins and money deposits. If you have a wagering requirement of 30x it means that you have to multiply 30 by the amount of the bonus before you can withdraw any bonus winnings. It’s a condition of play for bonuses and you’ll be able to get more information on the casino’s terms and conditions page.

The most obvious benefit of online gambling is ease and convenience. You can hop online any time to play your favorite games, and now with mobile casino being so popular, you can play from your mobile devices wherever and whenever you like. Land-based casinos have always offered an exciting and thrilling environment, but now with live casino, you can achieve almost the same level of entertainment complete with live dealers and multi-camera technology. Another benefit of online gaming is that you can learn the game rules at your own leisure, and even play for fun without betting real money until you get familiar with the games. Finally, there is such an extensive range of player bonuses and rewards in online casinos, and the loyalty programs are really worthwhile.

Deposits and Banking

All your deposit and withdrawal records should be easy to access from any reputable casino. Furthermore, you can also keep track of them through your particular payment method’s statement.

Choosing a responsible and secure casino is so important to ensure the safety of your deposits. When researching a new casino, make sure you check out its licenses and certifications, like eCOGRA, that vouch for a casino’s financial security. You don’t need to worry about the safety of your deposits if your casino has reputable licenses. If you are still concerned, then use pre-paid cards or e-wallets that don’t connect to your bank account, and also provide an additional security layer.

Most casinos have a wide choice of different methods. The most popular are the credit and debit cards like Visa and Mastercard. There are several other options such as e-wallets, like Neteller, and online money transfer companies, like PayPal and Skrill.

Casinos vary in regards to cashout times and so do different banking establishments. E-wallets are usually instant, but banks can take up to 3 days and bank transfers up to 5 days

Staying Safe When Playing in Online Casinos

There are many organisations in India where you can find help for gambling addiction. Here are a few to start with; DeAddictionCentres Gamblers Anonymous, Hope Trust India

A few signs to look out for if you suspect you have a gambling problem are, do you lie about how much you gamble and how much money you’ve lost? Do you find yourself spending too much time online instead of doing important day to day things? Do you sell your belongings or those of others and do you borrow money in order to fund your gambling? Are you in debt? All these are signs that you should hit the stop button and get some help.

The Gambler's Fallacy is also known as the Monte Carlo fallacy and it is the incorrect belief that if something occurs more often than normal over a period of time, it won’t be likely to happen as often in the future.

It’s very important to find out what licenses a casino is regulated and operated under. Some licenses like the Malta Gaming Association and the UK Gambling Commission are two of the best. In addition, there are certain security credentials like SSL Data encryption which keep all financial and personal data private. Check the About Us section on the casino site, where you’ll find the licenses and security details. If the casino does not have reputable licenses or encryption security, then you can’t be certain that your money or data is in safe hands.

Software and Technology

You can work with either a PC or a Mac as both are compatible with all casino sites. Most browsers will also work well, just be sure to gamble from a state in India that has legalised gambling.

Just about all casinos can be played on all types of mobile devices such as tablets and mobile phones, iOS, Android and Blackberrys. The mobile screen interfaces are now optimized for great visual effects, however, using a larger screen is recommended for optimum results. All you need is an internet connection and you’re ready to go.

With many online casinos, you have the choice of using a browser or an app. Using an app gives you a bit more security and provides more stability. However, there are usually fewer games and you need to install updates regularly. There is also something called a ‘downloadable client’ which is like an app that you have to download. The benefit is that they are also more secure and stable and tend not to crash if your internet does.

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