Gamble online with real money
There is a big difference between playing at an online casino for fun and playing at an online casino for real money.
Real money gambling is the ultimate thrill for passionate gamblers because you have a real stake in the game. If you are playing for fun, you are still having fun but if you are playing for real money there is an added element of risk and reward, and extra frisson of putting it on the line, the thrill of real consequences.
If you lose you have lost actual money from your pocket. If you win it could change your life forever.
This is what makes online casinos so popular, the option to just spend some time on your favourite online slots or table game as you unwind from a long day. Or the chance to immerse yourself in a high risk, high reward game of chance that gets the pulse raising as the reels spin or the cards fall.
The Guru is here to give you all the options and advice you need to make your real money online casino experience safe and fun.
Where can I play online for real money?
There are number of very trusted and respected online casinos that give South African players the chance to gamble online for real money and the Guru recommends the following:
How do I go about gambling online for real money?
The first thing you need to do is choose an online casino, register and open an account.
You are playing for real money so you need to be real careful about how you choose an online casino. Before you register, always check that the online casino is licensed and registered with a relevant gambling authority. This information is displayed on the home page of trusted and licensed online casinos and is usually found at the bottom of the page. You can check this information by entering the gaming license number into a casino authority database.
Another good way to check up on an online casino is to look for reviews from other players. If something is not right about the online casino or there are a lot of bad experiences, this will help you find out and you can look for a better online casino partner.
How do I open an online casino account?
To gamble online with real money, you need to have money in an online casino account. Opening an account is quite simple:
- Choose a trusted online casino.
- Click on the register button.
- Fill in your details as prompted.
- You will be directed to a cashier’s page or a banking details page.
- Fill in the required information.
Note: You will be given various options for your preferred banking method. These will include debit or credit card, EFT, digital wallet, prepaid card, cryptocurrency and possibly a few more. If you know which banking method is most comfortable for you, complete the details, If you are unsure, check our Banking page for information on the various channels available.
- Deposit money into your online casino account using your preferred banking method.
- You are now ready to hit the slots and tables for real.
How do I withdraw money from my online casino account?
The biggest benefit of online gambling for real money is the chanve to win real money. But winning real money is not worth a cent if you cannot withdraw that money and spend it on your heart’s desire.
Withdrawing money from you online casino account is as easy as depositing it, with one minor difference – the wait time. For legal and ethical reasons, the online casino must do a number of verifications before paying out real money. This is for your safety and for the casinos safety. This can take anything from an hour to a few days depending on your preferred banking method. Different banking methods do have different wait times with credit cards usually being the fastest (from instantaneous to a few hours) and EFTs being the longest (can take up to 5 days to clear between banks – which is not unusual for bank transfers).
Once the formalities and systems have been cleared, the money is in your chosen account.
Is gambling online with real money safe?
It is if you are playing at a properly licensed and registered online casino. Do keep in mind though: gambling, no matter whether you are playing slots or table games, is a game of chance so do not expect to win every time you play.
How do I make sure my real money gambling is worth it?
Playing at online casinos is all about having fun while getting the chance to win real money. The fun part is of paramount importance – if it’s not fun, it’s not worth it.
But the Guru has some tips to make sure your online gambling with real money experience is rewarding:
- Choose the right online casino.
- Gamble in South African Rands not foreign currency. This will ensure you do not get lumped with unnecessary foreign exchange costs and lose money on exchange rate fluctuations.
- Follow strict security protocols when you transact online.
- Play online slots and table games for free first to test them out and decide whether you want to risk real money on the game.
- Set a budget. Stick to it.
- Walk away if you are losing. The online casinos will still be there tomorrow and the next day for you to try your luck again.