Singing up to an online casino really couldn’t be easier. You need to be at least 18 years of age and that’s pretty much the main requirement. Filling out an online casino will take just a couple of minutes of your time, but make sure that you enter the correct information when submitting your application. As soon as you have submitted the form, your account should then be active in just a matter of seconds.
The online casino verification department will at some point need to verify that you are who you say you are. This means that you will need to send in additional identification forms if you want to start playing in the real money mode. The casino usually requests a recent colour copy of your passport or driver’s license and/or a copy of a bank statement or gas/electric bill.
These documents should be less than 12 weeks old and they must have your name and current address on. The information should match what you put on your online casino application form. The verification department can then check your details and this generally takes no more than two days.
Once your account is fully verified/active, you can start processing transactions straight away and therefore you can start playing on your favourite games in the real money mode. Account verification is fairly standard procedure at all of today’s licensed casinos and it is a way for them to prevent fraud and also prevent underage gambling.
Now that you know what is required of you as a new player, you could even go that one step further and prepare yourself by getting these documents ready right now, just so that you have them available when the casino verification department does request the information from you. Remember though that these forms must be less than three months old when you send them in, otherwise they will simply be rejected and sent back to you.
When you make a deposit for the first time, it would be good idea to choose a reliable banking method that allows you to deposit and withdraw. Remember to deposit in your own local currency and remember to read the bonus T’s & C’s before accepting any special offers. For example, most online casino bonuses have wagering requirements attached to them (aka playthrough requirements).
If you have accepted a 100% matching deposit bonus worth up to $/€/£100 (with 30x times wagering requirements) and if you deposited the full $/€/£100, it means that you would end up with a total of $/€/£200 to play with and that you would need to wager a minimum of $/€/£3000 before you could cash out. This is also a fairly standard policy at any of today’s online casinos.
When playing on a game for the first time, you could start by playing in the free play mode. This useful mode is available at almost all of today’s online casinos and it is a great way for you to learn how to play a game without risking any of your own cash in the process.
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