Thanks to the internet there is now no need for you to travel to Atlantic City, Las Vegas or Reno. You can play for real money, from your home, in your underwear.
That will save you a lot of money. And headaches. I know from experience. My plane tickets to Las Vegas are relatively cheap, me living in Washington. But even at $200 a piece, a week long trip to Vegas can set the wife and I back $2-$3,000. And we hardly play. Most of our money goes to restaurants and shows. But because I can play at Loco Panda or Grand Parker, that $2,000 to $3,000 can go to my favorite games. Or better yet, I can get my fix in the meantime while we save up for our next trip.
And don’t get me started on the traffic, lines and inconsiderate people. Or the drunks. Or the fact that everyday I came home smelling like an ashtray.
No, a real money casino online is where it’s at. But don’t let me convince you – find out for yourself by reading our site. And if you have any further questions, you might see them answered in our FAQ section below.
FAQ: 15+ Questions & Answers About Real Money Casinos
Below we created an FAQ section to answer the most common questions we receive about playing casino games for real money.
Are real money casinos legal?
The casinos that operate in New Jersey and Delaware are.
Offshore casinos are a little different. They’re licensed and regulated, too, but in different jurisdictions. That’s why they’re able to operate in the US without the government interfering. What they do illegally is accept and payout funds to players. And that’s single handedly the biggest risk that Americans face – possibly losing their funds due to illegal activity.
Do I need to download the software to play?
No, not at most casinos. The majority of casinos have instant play software, which are casino games that play from your browser. You just log into the casino, choose your game and play. There are fewer games to play, but many will argue that a smaller selection trumps having to download resource intensive files to your computer.
Can I play from my mobile device?
That depends on the casino. Most real casinos do have mobile apps.
If you want to play for free, check out this page.
How do I deposit or cash out?
Both are done in the cashier section.
For deposits most will use credit cards. You just need to enter your credit card number, expiration date and 3-digit code, then submit your request. Money transfers will need to be done through your local Western Union or MoneyGram office.
Withdrawals will be similar. Go to the cashier and choose the best option – in most cases it will be a wire, money transfer or paper check. Then follow the instructions.
For more details I recommend visiting our casino deposit hub.
How safe are real money casinos?
Safe. We don’t recommend bad casinos. The casinos we recommend are licensed and regulated. They have their software tested regularly for randomness, too.
What are deposit bonuses?
Deposit bonuses are promotions that online casinos run to encourage players to sign up. Most will be match bonuses, which is where the casino will offer to match your deposit. For example, a 100% match up to $1,000 will mean that your deposit is matched dollar for dollar up to a max of $1,000. Deposit the entire amount, fulfill the requirements, and you’ll have a bankroll twice the original size.
What are these wager requirements?
These are terms that the casino puts into place to prevent people from depositing money and then immediately cashing out after receiving the bonus. In most cases the casino will ask that you wager a multiple of your deposit plus bonus amount.
For example, you might be asked to wager 30x your deposit and bonus. If you deposit $100 on a 100% match offer ($200 total), you’ll need to wager $6,000 before cashing out. Otherwise you run the risk of having your bonus and winnings voided.
What states can I play for real money in?
Right now you can play real money casino games in New Jersey and Delaware. Poker players can play in Nevada, too.
What states are going to legalize real money slots in the future?
States that are likely to regulate online casinos and/or poker include: California, Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois, Florida, Massachusetts, Connecticut.
How much money can I play for?
As much as you want. Specifically, though, you can play for $150+ on slots, and $500+ for table games. It all depends on the casino though.
What is the minimum I can play for?
Most games will have the following minimums:
• Slots – 1 cent per line
• Video Poker – .05 per hand, on the lowest pay table
• Table Games – $1 per hand, turn or roll
Are real money games online similar to brick and mortar casinos?
Yeah. You don’t have human interaction, lines, smoke filled buildings, and so on. But the games, stakes, odds, etc are all similar. The biggest differences in the games are the lower maximum wagers allowed, and the fact that you can’t count cards in blackjack.
What type of bankroll should I have?
That depends on what games you want to play, and the stakes you want to play for.
To give you a rough idea – I think you can make $75-$100 last an hour at $1/hand in blackjack. If you want to play .01 per line, and all the lines (<50), you could make $300 last an hour at slots.
These are very rough estimates, though. It depends on fast you play, and whether you win or not.
What games can I beat?
None of the games can be beaten as is. If you learn proper strategy and how to count cards, you can beat blackjack.
But all casino games have a house edge, which means you’re destined to lose in the long run.
What games have the best odds?
The games with the best odds include blackjack, pai gow poker and baccarat.
What games have the worst odds?
The games with the worst odds include slots, keno and any side / progressive bet.