By Atte Aaltonen

Learn to Play Casino Games for Real Money

Online Casino Real MoneyI published this site to teach you to play real-money online casino games. And my plan is not just to teach the rules of the games -- I want you to learn how to do it optimally, by either winning the maximum or losing the minimum.

Most casino players go through their lives never knowing what they could do better; you, on the other hand, have a chance to learn about making more money at casino games, or at the very least about losing less money.

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Improve Your Winrate in Real-Money Games

Playing the wrong real-money slot machine games could cost you 5x as much as playing the right games at the right casinos, and the same can be said of blackjack games, although the absolute amount you'll stand to lose at blackjack games is significantly less in general (suggesting you have some sense and stay away from side bets and 6:5 games).

Winning is difficult (and frankly, inprobable) when playing most casino games but you can improve your chances of winning at pretty much any casino game by knowing what you're doing, and even gain an edge in games like blackjack and video poker if you play the right games with optimal strategy. The point being: knowing more about casino games pays off big-time.

My goal is to teach you how to get more bang for your back; how to be more likely to win and how to make your casino money last longer, which results in more time for entertainment and excitement. Besides, casinos have such an edge in most games anyway that there's little reason to "donate" them more money than you absolutely have to.

Maximize winnings, or at the very least, minimize losses.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Should I Play for Real Cash?
Gambling for Real MoneyI only recommend playing real-money gambling games if you can comfortably afford it. Casino gaming is a form of entertainment (you'll rarely find entertainment or hobbies that don't cost you a thing, by the way) and should be treated as such -- therefore stop playing once you no longer feel entertained, and never start if you already have doubts before even starting.

If you decide to start playing, you'll quickly find out how exciting it is, though. Casino gaming generates billions of dollars of revenue annually for a good reason: it's hard to find anything as exciting and entertaining as spinning wheels and turning cards, as simple as it sounds. The chance to win hundreds of thousands of dollars -- and depending on the game, even millions -- is of course another factor that contributes to the appeal of these games.

Which Casinos Should I Play at?
I'm glad to answer this question since Gaming the Odds has a plethora of different rankings for online casinos and casino games. Click one of the links in the sidebar on the right, or you could just check out the overall best real-money casino sites or simply select one of these two casinos in case you aren't looking for anything specific:

If you have specific needs such iPad, iPhone or Android compatibility, or if you want to play at online casinos with live dealers, you'll find a list of those as well.

How Can I Deposit Money to Online Casino Sites?
Here's another topic that's been extensively covered on this site. If you're from the US, I recommend using credit, debit or gift cards if you have any; even though the rate of acceptance is not 100%, it's a much easier (and even better, instant) experience when the transaction does go through (Visa-branded cards seem to have a higher rate of acceptance -- here's a list of online credit card casinos and here's one for USA credit card poker sites.)

Non-US players have a variety of options, such as Neteller, Paypal, POLi and Skrill on top of all the already mentioned options. Here's a list of all available online casino deposit options.

Poker players should take a look at US poker deposit options and poker sites with fast cashouts as well (spoiler alert: Bovada Poker has the fastest payouts), and remember that even though it's a little more work, Western Union withdrawals are faster than check withdrawals.

Can I Get a Bonus for My Deposit?
Absolutely. Just about all online casino sites offer some sort of a deposit bonus which means that you'll be given the amount you deposited as a bonus after having wagered a certain amount of money at the casino. There are big differences between online casino bonuses, too, so comparing them is a good idea, but factors such as customer service, money transaction speed, game selection, software quality and track record of the casino should play a bigger part in your decision-making process.

There are also no-deposit casino bonuses, such as the Slots.lv Bonus ($22 for free).

Is It Safe to Play Online Casino Real Money Games?
All the real-money online casinos mentioned on this site have been audited and licensed by legitimate companies and jurisdictions. They also have great track records and constantly receive positive feedback online (I refuse to list sites with poor reputations and track records because history tends to repeat itself).

All these sites use advanced technology to protect your personal and financial information; furthermore, by using e-wallet services such as Paypal, Skrill and Neteller (only available for non-USA players), you never actually give your financial information to the online casino, which is why many choose to use those services.

Why Am I Qualified to Write About This Stuff?

I've been playing online poker and casino games for over 10 years now. During that time, I've witnessed internet casino sites and poker rooms folding left and right, and I've seen gambling sites lose and gain popularity in a short period of time, but I've also seen how some sites stand through the test of time and, year after year, keep delivering great online casino experiences.

And since we're on the subject, I've also seen how casino promotions can be made deceitful, how players sometimes have to wait months to receive their cashouts, and how some online gambling sites refuse to pay money to legitimate winners. On the other hand, I've also seen sites that have a strong track record of honest promotions, fast money transactions and top-quality customer service. (You'll find those gambling websites on this site.)

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