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So You Want To Start Gambling At Online Casinos? Read This First

May 9, 2008
The online gambling world can seem like a bit of a jungle to beginners. There are so many sites to choose from, it's difficult to know who or what to trust.

Online casinos

When I first started gambling online, even some of the casinos were crooked - they'd take your money easily enough, but the games were rigged with ridiculously low payout rates. And if by some miracle you managed to win, you'd never get paid!

Fortunately, things are much better now for those looking to start in online gambling. Most of the 'rogue' casinos have been ousted from the industry, named and shamed by their competitors and the industry watchdogs that uphold the self-imposed code of conduct.

There are always some new start-up companies looking to make a quick buck out of the unsuspecting newcomer, but the industry is now so well established that choosing a casino with a proven track record is not difficult.

Which brings us back to the first point. There are so many casinos to choose from, how do you select the ones that will suit you best?

Casino portals

The internet is flooded with 'casino portals', sites that compare and contrast online casinos, describing bonus offers and promotions and generally driving you to casinos they have an affiliation with.

In the main, these portals perform a service - they give you all the information you need to make an informed choice. True, some are little more than banner farms, with little or no content, but the majority are respected and worthy of your trust.

The 'ideal' casino portal

But when I started gambling online, I wanted something more than just a recommendation. I was curious to learn, but I didn't want to be ripped off.

I'd spent time and money looking for 'infallible' systems. I'd even bought a few make-1000-dollars-a-night Roulette systems from eBay, only to find out that they were, in fact, very fallible!

I was curious to learn how to play more games than just Blackjack and Roulette, but didn't want to lose a fortune in the process.

Basically, I wanted a site that would:

1. Simply and honestly explain the basics of online casino gambling - the rules, odds and payouts of games;

2. Discuss gambling strategies such as the Martingale and Labouchere - and allow me to try them out free of charge;

3. Describe in detail a small, select range of online casinos that could be trusted.

Sadly, I couldn't find a site that fulfilled all those needs. So, to borrow a phrase, I built it myself!

Fortune Palace is a site built on the premise of: learn to play, practice without risk, select a casino and play for real. It enables players to go from beginner to high-roller with as little risk as possible.

The tagline says it all, really: games, strategies and casinos. It's hopefully everything you need to get started in online gambling, but without undue risk! There's no time limit on how long you can practice and you could, if you desired, only ever play on the site for fun - you don't need to play for real and there's no pressure to do so.

From day one I wanted to be ethical and I'm very pleased that the site has been given the Gambling Portal Webmasters Association's seal of approval and is listed by eCOGRA (the online watchdog) as a 'reputable portal'.

Features

Basics - Explanations of odds, the House Edge, the Gambler's fallacy, an overall gambling strategy and an explanation of wagering requirements.

Games - Odds, rules and bets of specific games (eg Blackjack, Baccarat, Sic Bo, Pai Gow Poker) with free-play versions on which to practice your new-found skills!

Strategies - Specific strategies for the above games aimed at three risk levels - from beginner to high stakes. Plus descriptions and tests of all the major Roulette gambling systems (eg Martingale, Paroli, Labouchere)

Casinos - Deposit and withdrawal options, full games lists, customer support numbers, bonus information and language options.

The best online gambling guide

It may sound arrogant to say that I've designed the best online gambling guide and if it does then I apologise. But as I came to this from the point of view of a beginner in online gambling, I know that the site will give you everything you need to get started.

Put simply, Fortune Palace is the site I wished I'd found when I first began gambling at online casinos. It would have saved me a lot of money!
About the Author
Andy Follin runs Fortune Palace, widely regarded as the best online gambling guide for gamblers of all levels, from beginner to high roller. It includes game strategies, reviews of the best online casinos, the latest online casino bonus offers and a detailed deposit guide for ALL players, including those from the USA.
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