New Players Guide to Online Casinos

As early as 1994 casinos started to appear on the Internet. They quickly became popular with land-based casino regulars and those who did not live near a casino. Over twenty years later and the amount of online gambling options you have is massive. Quite clearly online gambling is one of the most popular forms of entertainment online.

If you are about to play for the first time and claim your fist bonus then this guide is a great place to get all of the information you need to get started. We cover everything from selecting which casino to play at to withdrawing your winnings. Below is a list of the steps covered.

  • Selecting an online casino
  • Visiting the casinos web site for information
  • Downloading the free software
  • Registering a REAL or a GUEST account
  • Making your first deposit and claiming your welcome bonus
  • Playing the games
  • Withdrawing your winnings

Selecting an Online Casino

Before you can start playing you first have to select a casino. Here at Casino Bonuses UK we list all of the reputable online casinos that are offering a bonus so it's simply a matter of picking one. If you don't want to make a purchase then the No Deposit Offers are a good place to start. If you are happy making a deposit then check out our full list of UK Casino Bonuses.

Visit The Casinos Website

Once you have selected a bonus to claim, click on that casinos name to visit the casinos web site. While the casinos web sites are all different they all have similar sections with information on the current promotions and information about the casinos banking options, game range and support details. We suggest having a browse around the web sites before you play.

Download the free Software (Optional)

When you are ready to play you have to get the free software. There are two main types of casinos software - the free download and the no download flash casino. If you are using a windows based PC then we highly suggest going for the free downloads as they tend to have more games and features when compared with the no download versions.

If you are an Apple Mac user then the downloads are not compatible so you have to go with the no download version. If you downloaded software you need to install it which is just like installing any other software program. All casinos that we list have been checked to ensure that the downloads are virus and spy ware free.

Register an Account

You are now ready to open an account. At this time you have two choices - a real player account where you play for real money and a guest account where you can try out the software for free with free credits that have no value. We suggest registering a guest account for the first time when you try a new software brand. This way you can get a feel for the software and try out the games without any risk.

Once you have become familiar with the software you are ready to go ahead and open a real player account. It is important to enter your correct details on the registration as these are the details which will be used to send you your money when you win.

Make a Deposit and Claim Your First Bonus

Now that you have a real account you are ready to make your first deposit and claim your welcome bonus. Visit the casinos cashier or banking section and find the deposit section. There you can choose how you would like to make a deposit and for how much. At this point it is also a good idea to take a look at the bonus terms and wagering requirements.

There are a wide range of deposit methods which we have covered in our Online Casino Banking section. How much you deposit is your choice however we suggest always deposit the correct amount to claim the maximum welcome bonus.

For example if a casino has a 100% bonus up to £100 free if you deposit only £20 you will only get £20 free where if you had deposited 100 you would get the whole £100 bonus. Considering that a welcome bonus can only be played once it is important.

The bonus claiming procedure varies from site to site so check the casinos promotions section to see if you need to fill in a claim form or if the bonus is added to your account automatically. Once the bonus is added to your account you are ready to gamble online with your first bonus. You do not have to spend all of your balance is one session so it is fine to log in and log out of the casino if you want to spread out your playing time.

Please Note : Free Time bonuses must be played in one session.

Start Playing

Play your favourite games and with a bit of luck you will win. It is important to note that you have to play with the bonus money you cannot simply withdraw it. Each casino has different wagering requirements which are outlines in the bonus terms you read before claiming the bonus. Once you have wagered the correct amount of money you are able to make a withdrawal. If you do not take a bonus there are no wagering requirements.

Withdrawing Your Winnings

To withdraw you winning you need to visit the casinos cashier section again and select the withdrawal area. Here you can enter how much you would like to withdraw and how you would like the money paid to you. Web wallet transfers take typically between 2 hours and 48 hours while cheque withdrawals can take up to seven days to arrive.

Now you have claimed your first bonus there are lots more offers to collect so be sure to add Casino Bonuses UK to your favourite's or bookmarks and visit regularly for the latest offers.