How to Register at Online Casinos
Looking to register at a new online casino? It’s important to know what to expect before you sign-up – here is our guide to help you get started. When you open a new account, you need to provide certain details; this will be the same across all online casinos and sports betting sites.
Let us remind you that the casino you choose to play at, if you are a resident of the UK, has to have a licensed by the UK Gambling Commission.
Note: If you are visiting from the UK you will only see UK licensed casinos displayed. International users will see all other licensed casinos as well. Have a look at our Online Casinos License guide here. This understood, let’s continue with our guide.
The first and most crucial thing is to give your age, you need to be at least 18 years of age. You will also have to provide your name, sex, email address, phone number, and your residential address. You will usually be prompted to create a username and password; you may also be asked for a security question, which helps you recover your login details should you forget them.
It is vital that every piece of information you give is accurate, as your online casino will reserve the right to confirm your ID at any time. To do this, they will usually request proof of address, through scans or faxes of relevant documentation: this may be a passport, a driving license, or an official letter from within the past three months. This is due to the ‘Know Your Customer’ laws, and you’ll have limits on your account until you provide this proof of identity. If you win big before doing this, you may be unable to access your prize until the KYC stage is complete.
You are only permitted to create one account per person, with no duplicates.
Should you be found to be in breach of these criteria, the online casino can close down your account and seize the funds won using them. You should take a moment to read the terms & conditions at your online casino of choice.
Most websites have similar privacy policies, which stipulate how they will collect and use your personal information; this is typically based around monitoring activity to understand how people use their site for potential improvements. They may also use the contact details you provide to get in touch with you, for specific security issues or to notify you of wins or changes.
You will also have to confirm that all information you have provided is correct, and you agree to the casino’s terms & conditions. You should be sure that you haven’t made any mistakes or missed critical information before completing your registration.
The vast majority of online casinos today offer desktop and mobile sites, allowing you to play casino games at any time, any place. Obviously, there are some differences between both platforms – how about registering? The most obvious contrast is in the size of the screens. Even though mobile-optimized websites adapt to screens of around five inches well, depending on the phone’s processor, pages may take a little longer to load. This can lead to frustrating waiting times, and if certain fields or buttons fail to appear, you may be unable to register without reloading the page.
The layout will differ between the two: on desktop screens, registration buttons usually appear at the top, on a banner with information on welcome bonuses. Clicking this will take you through to the sign-up screen. On mobiles, the best sites will be arranged so the sign-up button remains at the bottom of the screen as you scroll, to save you having to search for it. Registering on desktop computers is usually faster and simpler, as you have the mouse and a keyboard for easier navigation and entering information, whereas, on mobile casinos, you’re required to type using touch-controls; for those with reduced dexterity or difficulty using touchscreens, this can be frustrating.
The Steps of Registration
At online casinos, the registration process is generally quick and simple. As mentioned above, sign-up buttons are usually placed at the top of the screen (on desktop devices), and clicking on this will either bring up a registration box or take you to a new page. You will be prompted to enter key details to start with, and the multiple steps may well be presented visually, to help you track your progress (for example, you may see three boxes at the top of the page: personal; address; and account, each highlighted when you move to it).
You will be asked to give your first name, last name, email, mobile, date of birth, and your gender in the first step. After this, you usually provide your address (including house number, street, city, country), and then create your own username & password. You will at some online casinos to enter your payment information, setting up your preferred payment option (such as PayPal, Visa etc.). If this isn’t part of your registration process, you will be required to enter this information once your account has been created, before you start playing games.
There are usually around 15 fields to complete when signing up, either as part of one page or multiple. Provided you have all of your relevant information to hand, setting up an account should only take a couple of minutes. All of the same steps are included when registering via mobile devices, but bear in mind this may take a little bit longer than on a desktop, with longer loading times and the slower virtual keyboard.
Additional Important Information
As we discussed earlier, you may be prompted to enter your payment information during the registration phase. Have your card or payment-gateway details to hand, and be sure you are happy to use this for gaming purposes. Also, make sure it’s valid to avoid confusion or potential issues.
Confirming Your Account
There’s often a final step in the registration process: the verification email or SMS. Online casinos may send you an email or SMS, and ask you to click an included link to confirm your registration; once this is done, you will be free to start using the online casino or betting site as and when you want to.