How to Gamble Online

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Wondering how to gamble online? You’ve come to the right source! We’ll give you beginners the step-by-step instructions and advice you need to choose an online casino, set up a new account on your chosen site, play your favorite casino or table games, and make your withdrawal.

If you already know how to get started casino gambling online, don’t hesitate to jump straight to our Casino Reviews page to choose your casino or our Deposit page to guide you through all of your options. You’ll also want to check out our comprehensive guide to casino website bonuses to make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck.

Our Favorite Online Casinos

Here are our favorite casino sites, updated daily, for US players.

How to Choose a Casino Online

Here are the considerations you’ll want to make when choosing your casino:

Solid Reputation

Solid Reputation

Reviews matter

Choose a casino, poker site, or sportsbook with a good reputation and plenty of positive reviews, such as Bovada.

Always read the reviews before you sign up for a casino, and pay attention to any red flags (like forum comments or reviews that mention slow payments).

Country Acceptance

Country Acceptance

Lots of countries, lots of rules

Make sure the site accepts players from your country.

The casino will list the countries where it allows players, so don’t waste your time trying to sign up for a site that isn’t available in your jurisdiction. And make sure you read our country-by-country guides to online gambling legislation to learn where its legalized.

Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

Mind your T's and C's

Before you sign up, spend money, or accept a free bonus, read the site’s terms and conditions.

You don’t want to sign up for a casino account or bonus expecting one and receiving another. Make sure you understand how the bonuses work, what the playthrough requirements are, and what payment and withdrawal options are available.

Safety and Security

Safety and Security

Protect yourself

Look for trust signals such as licensing information, third-party software audit reports (which ensure fairness), and SSL data encryption.

Never use a casino site that isn’t fully secure, and every casino you use should publish information about its third-party audits, RNGs (random number generators), and data security. Our reviews all touch on each online gambling site’s safety and security, and we have a whole page on how to choose a safe online casino.

Avoid Bad Apples

Avoid Bad Apples

Don't settle for scammers

Use our reviews to make sure you’re settling for a well-respected brand in the industry.

Some casinos still manage to operate despite poor user experiences—or outright scams. Our team of experts have, combined, decades of experience in the industry, so we know how to avoid the pitfalls. Stick to using a casino site recommended by the Gamble Online team, and you can be sure that you’re in good hands.

Tips for Setting Up a Casino Account Online

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Use A New Email

Use a new email address to sign up at gambling sites. Since you’ll probably be signing up for a few free accounts as you explore your options, you don’t want to get overwhelmed with marketing emails on your primary email address. But of course you’ll want to make sure it’s an email you have access to and check regularly, in case the casino needs to contact you about your account.

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Use Factual Information

Even if you’re using a new email address, if you’re considering online gambling for money, make sure to use your actual information when you sign up. When you go to send the casino money, the personal information you provided needs to match your credit card or other payment method. It can be a hassle trying to re-enter all your information when you want to send the casino money, so it’s easier to sign up with your actual information the first time.

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Be Prepared

Some gambling news sites, especially casino sites, require verification forms like scans of a driver’s license, credit card, and/or a  utility bill. These are for your safety, so it’s a good idea to have them on file. There’s nothing worse than being ready and excited to play and then realize you have to stop and find your documents before you can sign up. Have them at the ready before you start the process.

How to Make a Casino Deposit Online

Once you’ve found your preferred online gambling site and tested it out by signing up for a free account, you’re probably ready to gamble online for money. The next step in the process is sending the casino money that you can gamble with by making your first deposit.

Here is a breakdown of the most popular methods.


Bitcoin is quickly becoming one of the most popular ways to send money and withdraw funds at casino sites. Along with being more reliable and usually faster than other methods, many casinos offer additional bonuses and incentives for using bitcoin.

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Debit or Credit Card

Debit and credit cards like Visa are another very common method for online gambling. Making a credit or debit card transaction is typically quite simple, just like making a purchase online. However, you probably won’t be able to cash out this way—realistically, you’ll likely have to request a check or a bank wire account transfer—so keep that in mind before using debit or credit cards.


E-Wallets are popular ways to send and receive money over the internet. The most common e-wallets are PayPal, Neteller, and Skrill. Depending on where you live, there may be some restrictions around e-wallets (they’re typically not an option for online gamblers in the U.S.), so you’ll want to read our full guides to each e-wallet.

Pre-Paid Credit Cards

Pre-paid cards can be loaded ahead of time and then used on an online gambling site. They usually work just like regular debit or credit cards. You’ll want to keep in mind that not all cards are cleared for online payments and international transactions, and you should confirm that the casino of your choice accepts prepaid cards before acquiring one.

Cash and Bank Transfers

Many casino sites can provide you with the information necessary to send them payment via money order or bank transfer. You’ll either need an online account at a company like Western Union or MoneyGram, or you’ll need to head to one of their brick and mortar locations to fund your account.

Learn More About Online Gambling

If you’d like more details about how to deposit and withdraw, how to choose a bonus, or the rules around different types of casino games, check out our handy links below:

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