Guide To Online Casinos In The UK

All About Gambling

Gambling has been around in the UK in one form or another since the Betting and Gaming Act 1960 was passed, but it wasn't until the 1970s that commerical British casinos began to appear on the scene.

Much has changed since then, with casinos and betting shops present on virtually every high street and countless sites on the Internet devoted to gambling. It has gone from being seen as a specialist activity to something that many more people in the UK are keen to try. And with some attractive real cash jackpots to play for, you can't blame them.

How To Play At Casinos

Casinos in the United Kingdom can take a few different forms:

  1. Members Only (land-based)
  2. Open to all (land-based)
  3. Instant play (online)
  4. Downloadable casino client (online)

While gaining access to the first of these might sound intimidating, signing up is usually very simple and only requires a valid piece of photo ID before you can start betting. Rather than approving or denying members based on skill level or anything like that, they like people to join so they can send promotional mailers and emails to get people coming back. Of course, they also need to verify people's age before they can start making real money wagers.

Casino Rules

The rules of a casino will vary depending on whether you're in a land-based casino or playing on the web. For example, the former might have a dress code of smart casual while you can play at the latter in your pajamas.

At both British land-based casinos, advantage play such as card counting is heavily discouraged and may result in you being asked to leave and/or a ban. This isn't such a concern online as advantage play is much more difficult on the Internet because of how cards are shuffled and dealt.

Did You Know?

Some tools to help you monitor previous hands and decide on the best move are permitted by online casinos, so check the guidelines posted by a casino or ask their support team if you're hoping to use one.

How To Win At Casinos

Well, that really depends on the game doesn't it? With the exception of some table games, a hefty dose of luck is required to win real cash at casinos. All online casino games have what's called a 'house edge', which refers to the advantage the casino has over players. This differs substantially from game to game, so it's worth shopping around.

Did You Know?

Plans to build a Las Vegas style 'supercasino' in Manchester were announced in 2007, but were scrapped due to an unfavourable reception by the UK government.

Casino Strategy

It's possible to read up on mathematical strategies, betting systems and the odds for every single game in a casino. That doesn't, however, guarantee a win. Two expressions are often associated with casinos:

  1. The house always wins
  2. There's no luck like beginner's luck

Neither one is true 100% of the time, but whether you're a newbie or the one of the best betting professionals around you just can't predict how the chips will fall.

Offline vs Online Casinos

Land-based casinos have a lot going for them. The exciting atmosphere and social environment is hard to beat. But, they have a number of disadvantages too:

  • New players can feel intimidated
  • You can be rushed into placing ill-advised real cash wagers
  • It's unnerving walking home with a top jackpot stuffed in your pocket

Add in restrictive dress codes and inflexible opening hours and it's easy to see why some players are supplementing, or in some cases replacing it altogether, offline play with online casinos. With the UK's very liberal gambling laws, especially when you compare them with those in the USA, signing up to play with real money at an online casino is easier than ever before. Online casino operators even offer attractive bonuses to entice players away from the competition. No wonder more and more Brits are signing up every day.


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