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About gambling

  • What is online gambling?
  • What is an online casino?
  • What is a bonus?
  • How do I start playing?
  • How do I make deposits and withdrawals?
  • How secure are online gambling sites?
  • How fair are online gambling sites?
  • Where are gambling sites located?

About Jacknoir

  • What is Jacknoir?
  • How do I find a casino on Jacknoir?
  • What is a signup bonus?
  • What is a re-up bonus?
  • What is a monthly bonus?
  • What is a high roller bonus?
  • What is a free bonus?
  • What does “Wager” mean?

What is online gambling?

Online gambling (or Internet gambling) is usually the placing of bets on sports or casino type games like blackjack or poker over the Internet.

During the last couple of years the supply of gambling websites has increased rapidly and you will have no problem finding the exact game you like and play for fun or for real money – even if you prefer Mah Jong or Tetris.

What is an online casino?

An online casino is an Internet site where you can play one or more casino type games, such as blackjack, roulette or video poker for free or for real money. Generally, Internet casinos are of two kinds:

The first kind are those that require you to download a program for free. These casinos usually offer the best gameplay and graphics, but you will have to wait for the program to download and install it – it requires between 3 and 20 MB of space on your hard drive.

The second type requires no download and you can register an account straight away. You do need a socalled plugin in your browser (Internet Explorer) – this can be either JAVA or Flash. The quality of these casino types are getting almost as good as the download types.

What is a bonus?

A bonus is (in this case) a promotion used by online gambling sites to attract new players to register or existing players to return.

A typical bonus offered by an online gambling site goes like this: If you register and make a first deposit of 100 $ at a casino the casino rewards you with a bonus of 100 $. Then you must fulfill some terms set up by the casino – called wagering requirements – before you can withdraw your deposit, bonus and eventual extra winnings.

For more information about different kinds of bonuses you can read our Guide to promotions.

How do I start playing?

Basically you have to look around and find a gambling site that offers what you are looking for and ensure that it is reputable so you will get your winnings if you should get lucky. This is quite a task if you have just started out so I suggest you read our Introduction for more details on what to look for.

Once you pick a casino that you like, you will be asked to sign up. Usually this will mean filling out an online form. You will end up with an account number and a password that you should hang on to. Now you can play for free and check out the games offered. If you want to deposit some money and play for real you have to register further information depending on your preferred payment method.

If you want to try out a reliable casino we have made a Step by Step Guide to Inter Casino for you.

How do I make deposits and withdrawals?

There are a lot of ways to deposit money into your account with an online gambling site. Visa, Mastercard and Neteller are the options I recommend because of their ease and speed of use – and because most gambling sites offer the option to return both your deposit and eventual winnings directly back to these cards/accounts upon withdrawal. Other options include: Western Union, Moneygram, cashiers checks, money orders, wire transfers etc.

When you have made the deposit your casino account will be credited for that amount. As you gamble, money is credited or debited as you win or lose. When you wish to withdraw money from your casino account you can do so in nearly all of the ways the deposit could be made – please be sure of this before depositing. Also note that if you received a bonus upon signup there are often wager requirements that must be met before you can make a withdrawal.

For more information on payment methods read our Guide to Banking.

How secure are online gambling sites?

Now that the online gambling industry is beginning to grow out of it’s wild youth and realize that professionalism is necessary for a long term success – the answer is generally: Yes, it is safe to gamble online.

Most gambling operations use the same security standards as most other businesses. Still there is the occasional villain that shares your information with other gambling sites – hopefully this practice will be eliminated soon.

Personally I have never had problems with paying online or with gambling sites sharing information and the scary stories are very few – although I admit they exist. Follow the guidelines in our Introduction to learn to spot the rotten apples.

How fair are online gambling sites?

I wish I could tell you that all gambling sites have fair odds and that you stand the same chance as in offline casinos and with offline sportsbooks. But I can’t.

In the case of online casinos there are numerous examples of software designed to easily regulate the payouts from time to time. From own experience and sources I know that these things happen. But once again: If you keep to the reputable casinos who often have their payouts monitored by professional revision companies you are in quite safe hands. Use the reviews on Jacknoir together with other sources, to find out who is good and who is evil.

Where are gambling sites located?

Most gambling sites are licensed in the country they or their web servers physically reside in and have to report to the local government to some extent.

This is usually on exotic islands like Antigua, Curacao, St. Kitts, Grenada, Dominican Republic, Gibraltar or Cook Islands because of looser legislation in these countries than in more established places like the US. Online gambling operators pays extremely well so the small islands are willing to stretch their laws a long way to accommodate them…

What is Jacknoir?

Jacknoir is a gambling portal where the player’s interests are more important than those of the gambling industry. Only players can write reviews of the casinos listed on Jacknoir.

Furthermore Jacknoir specializes in listing promotions offered by various types of gambling sites. You can use the menu to the left or the search engine on the right side of the screen to find the exact kind of gambling site or promotion you need.

How do I find a casino on Jacknoir?

To find a casino (or another kind of gambling site) on Jacknoir you have two options:

You can use the standard left side menu where you can choose between the options in the “Casino Picks” section.

Alternatively you can use the search function located on the right side of this page:

First select what kind of gambling site you are looking for under SITE TYPE: Casino, Poker or Bingo.

Then select what kind of bonus you are looking for under BONUS TYPE: Signup, Monthly or Free.

If you are looking for specific software or payment methods you can specify this in the remaining two categories: SOFTWARE and PAYMENT.

Click the Search button and you will get a list of gambling sites with the criteria you have chosen.

What is a signup bonus?

A signup bonus – as the term is used on Jacknoir – is a cash bonus offered by an online gambling site on the first cash deposit a player makes to his/her account with the gambling site.

Most often a signup bonus will be a percentage of the initial deposit:

Example 1: Make an initial deposit of 25-75 $ and receive a 100 % bonus.
Example 2: Make an initial deposit of up to 200 $ and get a 25 % bonus.

Many gambling sites have two kinds of first deposit offers – one for smaller deposits and one for higher deposit amounts. A signup bonus is the smaller of these two. A signup bonus with high deposit amounts is called a High Roller bonus.

What is a re-up bonus?

A re-up bonus – as the term is used on Jacknoir – is also known as a re-deposit bonus. It refers to bonuses offered on all deposits following the first or initial deposit. The bonus percentage on re-up bonuses are typically lower than on signup bonuses.

Example: Get a 10 % bonus on all subsequent deposits.

What is a monthly bonus?

A monthly bonus – as the term is used on Jacknoir – is a bonus that is offered on the first deposit every month.

Example: On the first deposit of 50 $ in January you receive a 50 $ bonus. On the first deposit of 50 $ in February you receive a 50 $ bonus. Etc. etc.

What is a high roller bonus?

A high roller bonus – as the term is used on Jacknoir – is a bonus typically offered on substantial initial/first deposits (more than 500 $). Usually there is a maximum limit for the bonus amount.

Example: Make a first deposit of more than 500 $ and receive a 20 % high roller bonus. Maximum bonus is 1000 $.

What is a free bonus?

A free bonus – as the term is used on Jacknoir – is also known as a no-deposit bonus. It means that you will get this bonus without making a cash deposit. All you have to do is register an account with the gambling site offering the free money. The bonus amount is often limited to 5-20 $.

Example: Signup at X-Casino and get 10 $ for free.

What does “Wager” mean?

Wager – as the term is used in the search results on Jacknoir – refers to the wagering requirements for a specific bonus offered by an online gambling site.

To wager means to put something at risk – as when you place 5 $ on the table in Blackjack. For you to withdraw a bonus from a gambling site you must risk a certain amount of money. If you withdraw before having fulfilled the wager requirements the gambling site might terminate your account and you will not get your money back. Therefore the wager amount is a very important part of any bonus offered by gambling sites. Please be sure to read the terms at each new website you register with and don’t rely entirely on the information on Jacknoir.

Example: Bonus: 100, Deposit: 100, Wager: 2000 – means that after depositing 100 $ you will get a 100 $ bonus. In order to withdraw the bonus (and sometimes the deposit too) you must then wager 2000 $. This means risking 2000 $ at the blackjack table or at the betting lines.