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2 Getting started gambling with online casinos or sportsbooks

About UltraGambler

  1. Who are the UltraGambler team?

    The UltraGambler team has decades of combined experience in the casino, bookmaking, customer service and trading industries. The UltraGambler team uses this knowledge to help inform, educate and support those seeking to find premium gambling experiences.

  2. How does the UltaGambler team evaluate betting sites?

    Three team members independent of each other test prospective online casinos for several attributes: quality, gameplay, customer service, honesty and player rewards. Our scoring system is implemented and only the top online betting sites make the grade.

  3. Why should I trust the UltraGambler brand?

    Apart from our vast collective experience in the industry, we share one common trait with most of our readers – we like to bet and to win. We’ve seen the good, the bad and the unmentionable in regards to betting sites over the years.

    The conclusion we came to was that if you bet to win, you might as well make sure you’re going to get paid! So the UltraGambler seal of approval only goes to sites that have earned it. You can bet and have fun, safe and secure in the knowledge that your choice of online casino or sportsbook has been vetted by an expert team.

Getting started gambling with online casinos or sportsbooks

  1. What is an online casino?

    An online casino is a website offering all the types of casino games that a land-based casino would offer, together with many other innovative games. Online casinos afford punters the luxury of depositing real money, playing casino games and withdrawing profits all from the comfort of their own home.

  2. What is an online sportsbook?

    An online sportsbook is a website which offers odds on sporting events, just as a ‘cash betting shop’ would. Generally, the odds offered at online sportsbook equal or better those at their land-based counterparts.

  3. Are online casino and sportsbooks scams?

    The short answer to this is “generally no”. The long answer is that there are plenty of online casinos and sportsbooks that are unlicensed, unregulated and untrustworthy. If you do a little bit of research, it could make all the difference. Find a trusted, legal and licenced online casino or sportsbook and your gambling experience will be a safe, funfilled journey.

  4. Can anybody register at an online casino?

    Yes, providing they are over the legal age and the online casino is licenced to operate in their jurisdiction.

  5. Why should I only play at a licenced online casino?

    By only choosing a legal and licenced online casino you are providing yourself with a level of protection in the event of a dispute arising. In such a case, a player can contact the relevant gambling authority and have legal recourse.

  6. Are all legal online casinos/betting sites the same?

    Certainly not. Online casinos vary costly in quality, safety and trustworthiness. Make sure you do your research to find the best online betting sites for your needs.

  7. Is it safe to register at an online casino?

    If the online casino is licenced and trustworthy then it’s perfectly safe. Any personal details you provide will be securely stored and kept private. Read the UltraGambler reviews and find the perfect safe and secure online casino for you.

  8. What makes an online casino “top quality”?

    First and foremost is security – players need to have the peace of mind of knowing that their funds, potential profits and personal details are secure. Second is quality of experience and playability – the site should be easy to use with a wide choice of online casino games. Thirdly, the online casino should offer excellent bonuses and promotions with first deposit bonuses, free spins and prizes.

  9. How much can I actually win at an online casino?

    While unlikely, it’s possible to win enormous amounts – in fact the largest win at an online casino is purported to be in the region of 24 million dollars (for a 25c bet…)! Still, temper your expectations, and be happy if you show any profit.

  10. Are online casinos mobile friendly?

    While all online casinos should be fully mobile-friendly, the truth is some online casinos perform far better on mobile devices than others. That’s why at UltraGambler we make sure to test each online casino for mobile-friendliness.

  11. Do online casinos work better on iOS or Android mobiles?

    Most top online casinos work equally well with both – via app downloads or browsing. Still, it’s better to check an UltraGambler review about these details before choosing your online casino.

  12. If I play casino games on my mobile, will it use a lot of data and be expensive?

    Generally, most online casino games do not use a lot of data. The technology used in game design enables casino games to use minimal data. As a safeguard though, it’s advisable to set data limits on your phone and play using wi-fi when possible.

  13. My browser is warning me of a security issue with an online casino – what do I do?

    Sometimes if a site’s security certificate is out of date, your browser will warn you not to enter the site. It’s best to heed this warning. Whilst it’s most likely a small issue, any reputable online casino will not let their security certificate expire – it’s an amateurish mistake.

  14. Can I play in an online casino with a Mac?

    Nowadays most online casinos, certainly the leading ones, are fully compatible with mac desktops.

  15. Do I need to download software to play at an online casino?

    Nowadays, very few online casinos require you to install anywhere software. Some, however, have mobile apps that make playing online casino games a more pleasurable experience if you are using a mobile device.

  16. Should I play at only one online casino?

    As fantastic as some online casinos are, we can’t imagine playing at only one. This is simply because each online casino s unique, but more importantly, each offers deposit bonus promotions and special offers that can be utilised to enhance your winning chances.

  17. I’m experiencing a problem at an online casino or sportsbook – who do I contact?

    Most top online casinos and sportsbooks have 24/7 support that is available and ready to help. All have email contacts, most have live chat functions and some have telephone contact.

  18. Will the online casino or sportsbook I choose have support in my language?

    While most top online casinos and sportsbooks have support in multiple languages, there is no guarantee that your native tongue will be among them. It’s advisable to read the UltraGambler review to confirm the languages offered.

  19. I have a dispute with an online casino or sportsbook – what do I do?

    The online casinos and sportsbooks endorsed by UltraGambler will do everything in their power to resolve any disputes. That is not the case with all online betting sites, unfortunately. Whichever online casino or sportsbook you choose – if you are not managing to resolve a dispute with their support team, then find out their licence jurisdiction (listed on their website or in reviews) and contact the relevant licencing authorities.

  20. Is gambling stressful?

    Gambling can be a stress reliever or inducer depending on your personality type. If it is stressful and you are not enjoying it, then it’s advisable to stop.

  21. Can I make money gambling?

    Inherently, the odds are always marginally tilted in the favour of the online casino or sportsbook, thereby ensuring these companies a long term profit. However, it is possible to find ways to maximise your winning chances when you gamble online.

  22. What does the term ‘house edge’ mean?

    The house edge is the built-in probability advantage that all casinos and sportsbooks, land-based or online, have over gamblers. Every single casino game has a house edge in the casino’s favour – but this figure can differ from 1 or 2 percent right up to 10%.. (ie – If the house edge is 5%, then for every 1000 dollars turned over, the casino will payout 950 and keep 50 as profit.

    Obviously this applies to turnover for during an extended period). Sportsbooks also have a built-in edge to ensure long term profits. Each betting event is marked up according to strict parameters to ensure that the bookmaker has an advantage, albeit it a narrow one.

  23. How do I open an online casino account?

    Read through UltraGambler reviews of online casinos, or simply choose click on one of our premium online casino bonuses. You will be directed to the online casino chosen and your online casino bonus will be assigned to you after registering.

  24. How do I deposit at an online casino?

    Most licenced and reputable online casinos offer multiple quick and convenient ways to deposit and withdraw. It’s a key component of any online casino and one that UltraGambler rates in all it’s reviews. If an online casino doesn’t offer payment and withdrawal methods that are locally available to you, don’t bother to join.

  25. Is it safe to bet with cryptocurrency at an online casino?

    There are many un-licenced online crypto-casinos. If you decide to wager in cryptocurrency, it is safest to ensure that the online casino you choose is legal and licenced. It’s also worth bearing in mind that cryptocurrency rates can be more volatile than FIAT currencies.

  26. Are winning at an online casino taxable?

    Very few jurisdictions charge tax on profits from online gambling. To be sure, check the tax laws in your region.

  27. How do online casino bonuses work?

    There are quite a few different types of online casino bonuses.

    No deposit free spins: get free spins simply for registering (no deposit required)

    A first deposit bonus: allocated to you after you make your first deposit at an online betting site or casino. Normally it is a percentage of the deposit amount, up to a maximum amount. (Sometimes free spins are included.)

    Most reputable online casinos also offer periodic promotions where players can win prizes or cash. Many online casinos also offer deposit bonuses on an ongoing basis, depending on how many times you have deposited, or even what day of the week it is.

  28. Are all online casino bonus conditions the same?

    Unfortunately, they are not. While it would be convenient to have an industry standard, the terms and conditions of online casino bonuses can vary greatly. Generally speaking, fully legal and licenced online casinos with a solid reputation have far less stringent conditions. Illegal online casinos, or ones of ill-repute, have terms and conditions that are specifically designed to make it close to impossible to ever withdraw your bonus profits.

  29. Are online casino bonuses only for new players?

    Certainly not. Top online casinos frequently treat customers to regular or periodic special offers and promotions. These may include deposit bonuses for certain days of the week, giveaways or leaderboard competitions with fantastic prizes.

  30. What are online casino VIP programs?

    Online casino V.I.P programs reward players for frequent activity and turnover. There are can be superb benefits for being a part of such a program and membership is free.

  31. How do online casino VIP programs work?

    Online casino V.I.P programs are generally multi-tiered rewards programs. As players turnover more, they move up the VIP levels, increasing rewards with each tier.

Casino Games

  1. What is the attraction of casino games?

    Many people dismiss playing casino games as a hobby because they believe that over time you will lose. While this may technically be true, the house edge is so small that very often you will win. Of course, if you keep your gambling in check, even if you lose you would have had a lot of fun along the way with hopefully a minimal cost.

  2. Will I get addicted to online casino games?

    That all depends on your personality. The majority of people who enjoy online casinos do so as a recreational experience and don’t get carried away. If this is not the case with you and you feel that gambling has had a severely detrimental effect on your time, finances or personal relationships, please seek help immediately.

  3. Is gambling at online casino expensive?

    How much you spend is entirely up to you – as long as you have self-control, you can keep any losses you have to a bare minimum. There is of course also the real possibility that you win.

  4. What are the best casino games to play?

    The best games would be a combination of what you enjoy, what you feel you have a knack for and what offers a high RTP (Return to Player) percentage. Anything over an RTP of 96% is considered favourable conditions for gamblers.

  5. What are the most popular online casino games?

    The most popular online casino games are generally speaking a combination of ones that have stood the test of time, such as roulette, baccarat and blackjack together with online slots, which have astronomically increased in popularity in recent years.

  6. Are online casino games ‘fixed’?

    No, they are not. As long as you are playing at a legal and licenced online casino you can rest assured that the games are not ‘fixed’. However, please bear in mind that all casino games have an RTP (Return to Player) percentage that marginally tilts the odds over a long period towards the casino – this is called the ‘house edge’.

  7. Which are the best online casino software providers?

    There are many well-established software providers globally and some that are rising through the ranks and garnering attention. Our list of the top software providers is based on consistent quality of casino games over a decent duration of time. Quality of casino games is rated.

  8. What is RTP percentage?

    RTP stands for Return to Player and is the online industry term used to describe the percentage of wagered turnover that will be paid back to players over time.

  9. What is the ‘house edge’?

    The house edge is the statistical percentage advantage that a casino has in its online casino games. It’s worth noting that the house edge can vary greatly from game to game. The house edge can be easily worked out if a game displays RTP %. (e.g – if the RTP percentage is 96%, the house edge is 4%)

  10. What are Provably Fair games?

    Provably Fair games have an algorithm which is freely available to players. This algorithm can be studied and verified for fairness at any point.

  11. What are the different types of slot machines?

    There are many different types of slot machines. They can vary in genre or theme, the number of reels, RTP%, volatility and above all, quality.

  12. Is there a best time to play slot machines?

    While this is the subject of much debate, ultimately the only difference the time of day would make is your level of alertness.

  13. What online casino games have the biggest winning potential?

    Progressive jackpot games are the online casino games that have the largest winning opportunities, with jackpots often reaching millions of dollars.

  14. What is a progressive jackpot?

    A progressive jackpot is a casino game with a grand prize or payout that increases each time the game is played and the jackpot is not won. Many progressive jackpots are linked or pooled between online casinos enabling the potential payouts to reach maximum value.

  15. Are massive progressive jackpots ever won?

    Yes, they are but bear in mind these massive totals take time to reach.

  16. What is the largest progressive jackpot to ever be won?

    To date, the $21.7 million Mega Moolah Jackpot paid out to a lucky winner is the largest ever.

Sportsbetting

  1. Which sports are the best to bet on?

    For recreational purposes, the answer is “whatever sports you enjoy the most”. In terms of profit, the answer should be “whichever sport has the largest amount of accessible empirical data to help accurate prediction.” (This happens to be football at the moment, but tennis, golf and e-sports seem to be catching up.)

  2. How old must I be to bet on sports?

    Generally speaking, to legally bet on sports, you must be 18 years or older. This may vary in certain jurisdictions so if you are unsure, make sure to check your local laws before betting.

  3. What does it ‘arbing’ mean

    Arbing is short for arbitraging which means to trade on bets according to price, with the ultimate aim to be no or minimal liability.

    Normally this is done by buying and selling on betting exchanges, however, it can be done simply by finding the right prices: Eg – tennis match: bookmaker 1 has 11/10 player A and bookmaker 2 has 11/10 player B. You can conceivably back both – one at each bookmaker and show a 10% profit with no liability.

  4. How can I watch sports events after placing a bet?

    Choose a betting site that offers live streams of sports events. 1xBet for example offers over 10 000 live streams each month, ensuring that you’ll be able to enjoy the action anytime, anywhere.

  5. Where can I bet on regional sports such as Kabaddi, Sepak Takraw and Pesäpallo?

    It can be tough to find a betting site that offers odds on your regional sports like Kabaddi (India and South-east Asia), Sepak Takraw (South-east Asia) and Pesäpallo (Finland). Fortunately, UltraGambler has sourced sportsbooks that specialize in the widest range of events. 1xBet for example bet on all three of these sports and many more.

  6. Can I learn how to bet on horseracing?

    Betting on horseracing successfully is a skill that needs to be acquired through learning. Start by learning the basics of horseracing and increase your knowledge further at a later stage.

  7. What are Virtual Sports?

    Virtual Sports are computer simulations of real sport that generates visual content for the viewer to enjoy. It is now possible to generate and bet on such matches at any time of the day. Bear in mind that these virtual sports are set at an RTP% in the bookmakers’ favour, ensuring the ‘house’ wins over the long term.

  8. What is a betting exchange?

    A Betting exchange is a platform that allows users to take and lay bets to each other. This eliminates the need for a traditional bookmaker. Very often these exchanges have better odds than bookmakers, but many markets on exchanges lack sufficient liquidity to take sizeable bets.

eSports

  1. What is eSports?

    eSports is a type of competition where video games are used as discipline. Often in the form of well organized multiplayer video game competitions, eSports has become more popular with each passing year.

  2. What are the most popular eSports games?

    Currently, the most popular eSports games worldwide are Dota 2, CS:Go and League of Legends. Other fan favourites are titles such as Fortnite, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Rainbow Six Siege.

  3. Can eSports be played on a mobile device?

    Yes, playing eSports on mobile devices is a growing trend among recreational players, however, in competitions, this is yet to gain popularity.

  4. Can I bet on eSports online and is it legal?

    Yes, you can – it is legal if you bet at a licenced betting site which is licenced to operate in your jurisdiction.

  5. How old must I be to bet on eSports?

    We can’t stress this enough – juvenile betting is illegal. You must be an adult to bet on eSports – in most jurisdictions that means 18 years old, but be sure to check your local laws before beginning to bet.

  6. Is it safe to bet on eSports online?

    Yes, but only ar legal betting sites. These online sportsbooks and casinos are perfectly safe and secure, implementing advanced SSL encryption to ensure your funds and personal details are protected.

  7. What are common mistakes when betting on eSports?

    Betting on sentiment is the primary error most gamblers make. Wagering should be based on a combination of statistics and value offered. (ie- the odds of the team should be higher than their probability of winning.)

  8. Can I earth a living betting on eSports?

    It is possible, but it would require dedication, talent and time. Without all these three factors, it’s unlikely that you will be able to earn a living by betting on eSports.

  9. Where can I watch eSports?

    Twitch is the most popular way to watch live-streamed eSports, however, some online betting sites such as 1xBet also offer facilities to view eSports.

  10. Can I bet live during an eSports match?

    Yes! Most of the turnover in eSports happens during matches. You can follow the match and bet accordingly.

  11. How can I learn about eSports?

    UltraGambler has a great introduction to betting on eSports where you can learn the ins and outs of wagering on this growing sector. Another great way is to watch eSports competitions on Twitch.

  12. What are eSports tournaments?

    eSports competitions are tournaments are where professional eSports teams gather (either in person or virtually) to compete for large prize purses.

  13. Who are some of the best eSports teams in the world?

    Each of the major disciplines has it’s top teams, and the list is continually changing. Some of the big-name teams in eSports include Team Liquid, OG, Fanatic, Evil Geniuses and Natus Vincere.

  14. How do I recognise when an eSports team is “in good form”?

    Generally speaking when a team ‘clicks’ their win rate spikes and they become a force to be reckoned with for a decent period of time. Following the statistics and identifying a team on the way up could be key to profiting.

Betting Strategy

  1. What is the best ‘basic’ tip for online gambling?

    “Never bet with what you can’t afford to lose”. Keeping your finances in check is vital to enjoying online gambling.

  2. Can I win consistently when betting on casino games?

    It’s unlikely that you profit consistently every day because all casino games, both online and land-based, have a ‘house edge’. This margin, however, is not large, therefore decent wins happen all the time – just not consistently to the same players.

  3. Can I win consistently when betting on sports?

    Many sports punters show a consistent profit when betting on sports. However, they are diligent, disciplined and tenacious.

  4. Can I win consistently when betting on horse-racing?

    This is possible and has been achieved before. The first step is to learn the basics of horseracing, then build your knowledge and make sure that you have impulse control (i.e – don’t bet too much). There are more variables in horseracing than most other sports. While this proves challenging, it can also present unique opportunities to profit. Hence the fact that there are far more successful horseracing punters than in most other sports.

    Understanding handicapping and odds are key to winning in the Sport of Kings.

  5. How can I become more like a pro gambler?

    Professional gamblers share many common traits which differentiate them from the vast majority of punters. While emulating these characteristics is a great start, ultimately professional gambling is like any other job – hard work pays off.

  6. Are there any gambling systems guaranteed to make money?

    No, there are not. If there were, why would someone sell or give away something that can be an unlimited source of income? There may be tipping services or staking methods that can lead to profits in the long term, but there are certainly no guarantees in gambling.

  7. What are some of the most popular betting systems?

    Undoubtedly, the Martingale system is the most popular by far. Other popular systems include The Reverse-Martingale System, The Labouchere System, The reverse-Labouchere System, The Fibonacci System And The Paroli System. None have proven to be definitively successful.

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