A Beginners Guide to Online Gambling 

If you’re new to gambling online and offline, then you may not understand why it appeals to so many. Here’s a beginner’s guide to get you started playing these games of chance:

What Is Gambling?

  • The term gambling applies to playing games of chance for money.
  • Lottery games, sports betting, casino games and bingo are all classed as gambling.
  • Online gambling in the UK is presided over by the Gambling Commission.

Where Does It Originate?

  • Gambling is a prehistoric pastime!
  • In the Palaeolithic period, people would gamble with food, rocks and even bones.
  • The first dice games date back to 3000BC.
  • The first card games were played in China in the first millennium BC.
  • The Ridotto was the first recorded casino, opening in Venice in 1638. 

What Types of Games Exist?

  • Card Games – Poker, Blackjack, Baccarat, Faro.
  • Table Games – Roulette, Craps.
  • Slot Machines.
  • Bingo. 
  • Sports Betting.
  • Keno.
  • Lottery.

Odds of Betting/Gambling and how to assess them before you Play

  • Table games usually have a house edge of just 2% – 3%.
  • Slots have a return to player of 80% – 99%.
  • Sports betting odds can vary wildly. 
  • Assess the odds by checking out the game info page of a game or comparing odds on sports.

Top Tips To Gamble Responsibly

  • Be sure to set time and financial limits.
  • Use a payment method that automatically limits your spend.
  • Never gamble more than you can comfortably lose.
  • Stop gambling if you find you’re unhappy or annoyed.