Your First Wager

Do you remember the first time you had a wager? Was it with your childhood friends about who could do some particularly dastardly feat? For many people, it was over a game of cards, possibly Brag, and the stakes were matchsticks or pebbles. So while enormous fun, at the end of the game, all you had won was a pocketful of matchsticks and a warm glow knowing you were the champion. Well, a champion for the day anyway.

Or do you remember the fun of the fairground and the penny falls? Or the thrill of the first time you tried out a one-armed bandit in an arcade. Watching the reels spin and then fall into place? In an old-style, retro arcade, it could be as simple as seeing the three cherries line up and the satisfying sound of the copper coins falling into the collection tray, ready to be scooped up.

Trying Out Online Casinos

Online casinos are way more sophisticated than the seaside amusement arcade, and the array of games on offer is simply mind-blowing. Not only do most of them have the full suite of table games, including Blackjack, Roulette, and Twenty One, but they also have slots that are themed to just about every title you can imagine. In addition, many online casinos now also offer live dealer rooms. Here, with the magic of technology, you can transport yourself to a room in a casino. 

Playing for Free versus Real Money

Before playing at an online casino for real money check that it has not been blacklisted, as this will mean that you are playing in a safe environment and will not be played out. You can also check out what games are available.  Maybe you fancy yourself as a bit of a James Bond character who plays Baccarat or Texas Hold ‘Em. Or perhaps you just want to transport yourself back to the arcades of your youth and have a play around on the amazing selection of slots that are on offer.

There are many opportunities to try out games without risking your own money. For example, many online casinos offer free goes and spins for you to get a feel of the action. However, all you have at the end of your playing time is the metaphorical pocket full of matchsticks. 

If you want a more thrilling experience, playing with real money might be what you are looking for. The choice of games that you can play for free is usually somewhat limited. Playing for real cash lets, you unlock the entire casino experience.

There is nothing quite as exciting as the jeopardy while waiting to see if your gamble has paid off. The momentary pause is part of the appeal, whether you bet on black or red or turn up another card. Will your lucky numbers come through for you?

Staying Safe and Keeping it Fun

Remember, to keep it fun, you need to gamble responsibly. Make sure that you set a budget of how much you can afford to lose and then set yourself that as a limit. Gambling for real money is fun as long as you do not spend more than you can afford. A good rule of thumb for a budget is considering what you would be spending on an alternative night’s entertainment.