Advice for New Online Players Whose Casinos Closed

Casinos are closing. It is happening across Canada and the United States. This is mostly a precautionary measure to prevent gatherings of people in close proximity to each other, a prime opportunity for the coronavirus to spread.

Not all casinos are closed…yet…but many people are choosing not to patronize those types of establishments at this time. With money and chips changing hands, and everyone touching cards, video terminals and slot machines, more and more people are staying away until the pandemic passes.

Canada doesn’t have a number of cases comparable to places like China or Italy, but numbers of affected people are growing each day. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is even self-quarantining for two weeks after exposure due to Sophie, his wife, testing positive for the disease. COVIS-19 is getting around…quickly.

Those who miss the action at their local casinos, card rooms or gambling halls can quarantine at home while still enjoying the games they love. Online casinos provide that opportunity.

But how does a new online player get started?

We have some advice.

  1. Check Out a Few Casinos Before Creating an Account

Our experts provide a list of the top-rated casinos for Canadian players. Visit a few of the sites, perhaps Jackpot City, Casino Chan, and Lucky Nugget. Browse the sites, look at the games offered, and even try a few games in demo mode – all of which can be done without creating an account and depositing money. This will give you a feel for the various types of sites available.

  1. Deposit Using a Welcome Bonus

Every online casino worth its place in this industry offers a welcome bonus. Most require a minimum deposit of $10. Jackpot City currently offers a bonus of up to $1,600, with Casino Chan offering up to $1,500. Choose the one that suits your bankroll and gambling preferences.

  1. Make a Reasonable Deposit

We’re not supposed to tell you this, but there is no need to make a hefty deposit right away. Deposit an amount that is comfortable and start playing. If you like the site, take advantage of a reload bonus to do so. And if the site isn’t what you expected, you can make a deposit on another casino instead.

  1. Remember to Earn the Bonus

No matter which bonus offer you choose at any online casino, make sure not to forget to play the required games in order to get that free money. Check the wagering requirement and keep track of your progress as you play along.

It’s also important to note that earning a full initial bonus will prompt the casino to offer more opportunities going forward.

  1. Monitor the VIP Program

Every online site offers some type of loyalty program. Jackpot City, as an example, helps players accumulate points for every cash wager, and those points add up to be redeemed for free credits for more casino play. And Jackpot City offers a free 2,500 points for new players.

Other benefits to being in the any VIP program include receiving special offers for reloading your account and playing new slots before other players, access to competitions, and special access to customer support representatives.

  1. More than Just Slots Online

The first thing that most players see when they enter an online casino is a long list of online slot games. Players can search for certain titles, sort by game developer, or view just the most popular ones.

Canadian casino players might also want to try out the table games online. Many casinos offer a wide selection of roulette and blackjack games.

  1. Try Live Casino Games

Live casino games allow the players to compete online but with live dealers at the tables. Players actually type to the dealers, who respond and communicate in real time.

Lucky Nugget, like many other casinos, uses Evolution Gaming for these games. They have live studios from which the dealers offer their live games – everything from poker to baccarat, roulette to blackjack, and even Dream Catcher.

This is not only the perfect way to experiment with new games and practice strategy, it is a way to feel like you are at the casino without having to leave the comforts of home. Dealers are personable and friendly, and players enjoy the conversation and excitement. It is an enjoyable break from the slots and jackpot games, and players often stay at those tables for hours.

Casino players who are missing their casinos during quarantine or casino closures, which could last several weeks at a minimum, can find some of that live action and casino excitement at online casinos.


Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell has been writing about poker and gambling since 2004. From her days in the WPT offices to covering summers of WSOP tournament action, she also followed gambling legislation to Washington D.C. and women-only poker to the Bahamas. Meanwhile, she lived in Los Angeles and Las Vegas for many years before moving back to her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Now, Jen travels less, writing about poker and online gambling from her home with her two dogs watching her every move. In her spare time, she follows politics, works on her never-finished novels, and learns Italian in the hopes of retiring to Italy someday.

If you want to know more, you can follow Jen on Twitter @WriterJen


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