Playing for real money is what the majority of online gamblers spend their time doing. It is important to remember the difference between playing for real money and play money – see our section on “Playing for Free at Casinos” for more information on play money.
There are distinct differences between playing for real money at a live casino and playing online. One of these differences is that when playing online, people tend to lose track of how much they are spending. Because there is no physical act of handing over cash, players sometimes find themselves spending more than they intended to. So at all times when you are gambling at online casinos, keep a firm track of how much you’ve invested and do not overstep your limit.
As stated in our “Tips Before Getting Started” section, you should never gamble money that you can’t afford to lose. The temptation to bet big to get the quick fix is always a temptation but, if you have a system that seems to be working for you, stick to it and don’t rush it.
If you’re playing a player or other players online, try to figure out as much as you can about them to extract information that may help you. In poker, for instance, there are some websites which will tell you a player’s betting history. If they traditionally play micro stakes of $1-2 and are suddenly playing a $100 tournament, chances are they will be unwilling to take big risks, meaning you can push them off the pot. Conversely if a player is involved in a tournament where the buy-in is far less than his or her usual, they may be willing to call rather weakly meaning you should avoid bluffing them.
There is nothing quite like the rush of playing online for real money, and the feeling of a big win is extremely gratifying. Just remember to keep an eye on the money you’ve invested and don’t get carried away.