A step-by-step guide to playing online casino games

Want to know which casino to join? Struggling to decide whether using an online casino bonus is worth it? Confused about how downloadable casino software works? Take a deep breath and relax. We’ll show you exactly how everything works.

It’s actually super simple. Once you decide which casino site you want to join, you’ll be able to play any game you want within a couple of minutes. Just follow these easy steps:

1 Find An Awesome Casino Site

Did you know that Casino.org is the world's leading authority on all things online casino? We've been rating online casinos since the very first chip hit the virtual felt. We don’t want to brag but we’ve also been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Time, CNN and even the BBC.

Most importantly though, we know which online casinos are reputable.

You can rely on our reviews because our unique rating system puts every online casino through a painstaking investigation process. All online casinos are reviewed several times per year to make sure they keep meeting our high standards too.

To find an online casino that works for you, use our Site Menu. You'll find it located on the right side of the Casino.org homepage. We've categorized all our casinos based on what you're looking for.

Here are some of the most popular online casino categories:

Country-Friendly Casinos icon Country-Friendly Casinos

You can find a casino that’s designed especially for your country by heading to our country specific pages. You’ll only see casinos that are open to players from your area. These casinos also accept well-known payment methods and offer local customer support too.

Mac Users icon Mac Users

Being on a Mac doesn’t mean you have to miss out. Check out our list of the best Mac compatible online casinos to discover casinos made just for Mac users.

Mobile Casinos icon Mobile Casinos

You can play wherever you go when you use a mobile casino. We’ve listed all the top ones for every device including iPad, iPhone and Android.

Legal Casinos icon Legal Casinos

It’s easy to stay on the right side of the law and make sure you play at a legal, regulated online casino. When you sign up to any of our most recommended legal casinos, you can be 100% certain that the site is regulated by international laws.

Payment Options icon Payment Options

How you deposit and withdraw your cash from an online casino is the most important aspect of a site for loads of players. That’s why we’ve created a special payment method section where you can select your chosen banking option and see casinos that accept it.

Casino Games icon Casino Games

Here’s where you can search for your ideal casino based on the game you want to play. All you need to do is click your favorite game to see a list of casinos that’ll suit you.

2 Install Safe Casino Software

Almost every online casino gives you the option to either download their software or use their instant play casino.

Most casino software only works on PCs but Mac users can still play via instant play. Click here to see how to get started on an instant play casino.

Downloading and installing a casino is really simple and it’s quick too. Here’s how to do it:

Pick A Casino

Explore Casino.org to find the casino that’s best for you. Click on the site to go directly to your chosen casino.

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Start Downloading

The casino’s homepage will look something like this, we’ve used BoVegas as an example:

Just click the Play Now button to start downloading the casino software.

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Give Permission

As soon as you click the download button, you’ll see a pop up box. This will be a standard Windows message asking if it’s OK to start the download. You know you can trust the casino’s software because every site we recommend is guaranteed to be safe thanks to their industry security certificates.

Just click the Run button and the casino installer will start.

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Download The Software

Once the download starts, you’ll see a countdown letting you know how long the download will take. This will take anywhere from a couple of seconds to a few minutes, depending on your Internet speed.

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Install The Casino

Now that the download is complete just click the Run button. This will launch the casino.

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Launch The Casino

When the casino software opens, you’ll either be asked to register as a new player or you’ll be asked to download the casino’s games.

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3 Create An Account

Now you’ve downloaded the casino software to your desktop, you’ll need to register for a casino account.

The casino software will invite you to log in but if you don’t have an account, you can click on a link to create one.

The account registration screen will look similar to this:

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Log in

Once you’ve registered, log in by entering your username and password.

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Choose free or real money

Next, choose if you want to play for real money or just for fun.

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If you click the play for real money button you’ll go straight to the cashier. That’s where you can make your first deposit. If you aren’t automatically taken to the cashier, just click the bank button.

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4 Make A Deposit

In the banking section, you’ll see a list of payment methods you can use to make a deposit. Choose the one that suits you and then enter your details and the amount you’d like to deposit.

Deposit instructions

5 Explore The Casino

After you log in, you’ll see the casino home screen. Here’s where you’ll find all the different types of games you can play.

You’ll also see the other areas of the casino that you can visit, like the cashier, the loyalty store and promotions.

To see all the games you can play, click on the games button.

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What the lobby looks like

At most online casinos the games will be split into different categories based on game type. So all the blackjack games will be in one section, whilst all the slots will be in another one.

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6 Install The Games

Most downloadable casino software doesn’t automatically come preloaded with every game available at the casino. That means that when you want to play a game for the first time, you need to download it.

Just click on the game you like the look of to start downloading it.

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Downloading a game doesn’t take long and once it’s done, the game will become a permanent part of the casino on your desktop.

To play a game after it’s downloaded, all you have to do is double click on it.

Now, let the fun begin!

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