Last updated: May 11, 2010

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General Rules for Gambling Online

It is easy to understand why people are being enamored by Internet gambling. One can play at leisure and in the privacy of their own homes, with the discomforts that can be experienced when playing in "real" casinos.

However, as with land based casinos, there are certain guidelines that should be followed and observed. These general rules on gambling will help the player get the most from his time and money while on the Web.

The first rule on gambling online is that one should never go in unprepared. So the first rule is: know the game by heart. Practice makes perfect, so before you wager online, hone up your skills and memorize the basic strategies and techniques.

The second rule on Internet gambling is to stick to one online casino. Staying loyal to a casino provides two benefits. The first is that most Internet casinos provide bonuses and perks for loyal clients. Secondly, this will give you the opportunity to know the players. As you gain experience you will recognize who's who: the weak ones, the overly aggressive, the timid, the casual; those who only play on occasion and the pros. The rule of course, is to play the newcomers and avoid (as much as possible) the strong ones.

The third rule are the three Cs: be calm, cool and composed. As you play, do not be rattled and keep your tactics in mind. At the same time, do not take too much time; not only will you incur the ire of the other players, but will also give the impression that you do not know what you are doing. Remember that he who hesitates is often lost.

If you are new to online gambling, do not let others push you around, but at the same time, be confident. If others try to agitate you, keep your cool: just focus on the game and the money. Newcomers to Internet gambling generally come in two forms: those who are too afraid to bet any amount except the minimum allowed, and those who throw caution to the wind. If you belong to the former, keep in mind that you in here to win money. Take a chance, and enjoy yourself.

On the flip side you should know when to quit, whether you are winning or losing. A good rule when playing in online casinos is to set a loss cap. If you come in with $500, decide beforehand how far you are willing to go with it. If the loss cap is at $150, stick to it. Do not even think of trying to win it back. Do not allow yourself to be goaded by the other players; take a rain check and go. Setting up a cap on winning is harder, but good gamblers know that stopping is essential to staying ahead. If you have doubled your money and on a hot streak, do not bet it all, unless you are absolutely, absolutely certain your hand is unbeatable (do not even consider that option when playing slots). You could end up losing it all.

These Internet gambling rules are not meant to take the fun away from the game. Properly utilized, they can help augment your winnings and overall experience.

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