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Welcome to by landing on this page you have shown an interest in gambling online and we are here to help you do just that in a safe environment and without any prejudice as to which online casino you choose to use. We have pages explaining the rules of the most popular casino games and we also have a tips page where we hope to maximise your chances of winning but most important is that we have done the leg work and sorted out what we consider to be the best online casinos which you can access directly from this site by clicking on your choice on the right hand side of this page. If you would like to read more we have done a full review of each of our 7 recommended online casinos which you can find on our Online Casino Reviews tab at the top of the page and then make your decision. Casino bonus latest mobile casino bonuses with free spins no deposit bonus.

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We also report on a daily basis what is going on in the world of online casino entertainment and other online gaming. We publish pieces about all manner of things which we think might be of interest to the Irish gambling public including such items as new online casino games, top sporting events, financial news, legislation and responsible and safe gambling. Log in every day at online casino and see what is going on and join us with comments and reactions. In recent years it seems that a new online casino opens every day, there are certainly more than is healthy at the moment so how do you know where to go to have fun and remain safe? That is where we come in by doing our best to keep you in touch. Before a new online casino goes live they seek contact with websites who are willing to promote them and go into partnership with them. Those websites are called affiliates, a term you will often come across in the travel world. It is similar to an agency arrangement but a bit more exclusive.

There are two kinds of websites in existence; those that promote absolutely any online free casino that asks and those that take online gaming seriously and have a number of criteria which an online casino must fulfil before any partnership can be formed. Our site belongs in the second category. We have a number of criteria that will determine whether a casino will be part of our homepage or not. The financial aspect of which is a very minor role. If you link through us to a casino online ie we derive an income (paid by the casino, not by you) which allows us to keep our site up to date with the latest news , actions and tips and we can also get involved in any conflict with the casino that you are unable to resolve. This last item is luckily very infrequent but that is partly due to the parameters that we set before we do business with a live casino online.

We are in regular contact with our partners about their offerings; for example is there a free casino option where players can try out free casino games and familiarize themselves with the game rules. Nearly every casino online offers free casino play but some take it more seriously than others. The free casino play should emulate the real play as closely as possible and the free casino games should only offer the same chance of winning as in real play. We look at how easy it is to deposit cash and more importantly how easy it is to get your winnings out and how long it takes. If it is more than 48 hours we are unlikely to do business. We look at the total offering of casino games as well as the graphics but also how well the casino games are explained and whether there is a teaching page. We look for an option of flash or instant casinos where there is no download required which some prefer. All in all we try to give you the best experience possible and you can help us by clicking through and registering with your favourite casino online.

Casino Games

Every online casino has a host of different games from slots (or one armed bandits as they were previously known) through various poker games, skill games, games of pure luck and of course the more traditional table games of which the best known are probably roulette and blackjack.
This casino games page will only focus on those most popular games which you can find in all or nearly all online casinos. Slot machines vary so much from casino to casino that it is impossible to give an explanation on this page but fortunately every online casino that we recommend has an explanation of the rules, win lines, stakes etc of each machine on their site.


A game that really couldn’t be much simpler, you stake your money on a number or series of numbers and if one of them comes up you win, simple as that. It only gets complicated when you look at all the possibilities there are to place bets. You can for instance bet on the winning number being red or black, odd or even, in a particular column on the table, being a large or small or intermediate number as well as combinations of numbers on the wheel or on the board and each bet has its own fixed odds to determine the payout. We started by saying Roulette is simple and it really is if you always keep to your own way of betting but it is good to know the other possible bets even if you never use them. We have a full explanation of all possible bets in Roulette and how to play in our game rules section. Go to our Game Rules page for Roulette.


Previously known as Pontoon or the French” vingt et un” (21 to you and me), Blackjack is one of the oldest games around and one of the most simple to play. You are playing against the dealer whether you are playing online or in an actual casino but your advantage is that you know what the dealer is going to do in every instance because they have to follow strict rules. At the start of the Blackjack game you are dealt two cards to which you can add if you so wish and the idea is to get a higher hand than the dealer without exceeding 21. The dealer will always take additional cards until 17 or more is reached at which point it will stop. Although Blackjack is a simple game there are various ways of betting and various ways of playing certain hands all of which is explained in our game rules section. Go to our Game Rules page for Blackjack.

Caribbean Stud Poker

Poker is one of the most played and most popular card games around. Tournaments are organised in all corners of the world sometimes with very large amounts of money up for grabs; so much so that we now have professional poker players who make a living from the game. Caribbean Stud however is a different variant from the traditional game which can appeal to certain gamblers. One of the main differences is that there is no bluffing in this game. Certain people are good at bluffing but others are not; if you are not then this could be the game for you. The second difference is that in Caribbean Stud Poker you are playing against the dealer not against other players at the table. This means that you determine your own stakes and cannot be dragged higher by someone who has more cash at the table than you. If you would like to know more about Caribbean Stud Poker go to our game rules page where everything is explained. Go to our Game Rules page for Caribbean Stud Poker.

Casino Slots

Casino slot machines, also known as ’slots’, are extremely popular in online casinos as well as pubs and clubs everywhere. Previously these machines were known as “one armed bandits” as they had a handle on the side that had to be pulled to start each spin; the handle had long since disappeared and Electronics has taken over. Another previous name is the “fruit machine”; this name stems from the fact that all symbols on the machines were fruit and indeed on some machines the symbols still are but today symbols can be an enormous variety of things. They are easy amusement and can sometimes pay out large sums of cash especially if linked to other machines in a progressive jackpot. Every machine is different in appearance and there is an enormous range of combinations of number of reels and number of winning lines also complicated by different “wild symbols” (symbols that can be substituted for others like a joker in cards), free spins and so on. You can generally play these machines for quite low stakes per line but if you are betting on multiple lines per spin it can add up and often the really big jackpots are only paid out if you are playing for maximum stakes. There is no real advice about how to play these machines, it is all down to luck but you should watch out for the average payout which can vary substantially. A good machine will have an average payout of over 92% but some machines especially in clubs and pubs will be as low as 70%. Online machines usually have a better payout than land based machines. For more information on the history of slots go to our Game Rules page for Casino Slots.

Online Bingo

Online Bingo is growing rapidly in popularity in online casinos and indeed it is an enjoyable form of gambling that can be played for very low stakes. The game has been around for many many years and was even a Childs game known as “lotto”. Bingo really came into its own in the Bingo Halls and was predominantly played by women. A good Bingo caller was a good job in those days and you had to know all the slang for the numbers (legs eleven, two fat ladies 88 etc). Although still in existence Bingo Halls are falling in popularity with the smoking ban and online bingo being cited as reasons. Online Bingo is of course attractive as you do not need to leave your own home to play and with chat features being added you can even enjoy the comraderie. Games are usually available all day long and the choice of rooms in which to play is usually governed by the number of balls in the game and the stakes you are playing for. Simple and fun. Go to our Game Rules page for Online Bingo.


Keno is a fairly new addition in this country but has been around for many years in the United States, believed to have been brought there by Chinese immigrants. It is really another variation of Bingo or indeed lotteries whereby you are betting on certain numbers coming up in a draw. There are 80 numbers to choose from in Keno and 20 numbers are drawn each game. There is no skill involved as it is pure luck but there are one or two things that you need to watch out for in the online version which we cover in our game rules section. Most online casinos these days offer the game Keno and it is possible to win substantial amounts of money if you are really lucky. Go to our Game Rules page for Keno.


Baccarat is one of those games that has been shrouded in mystery for a long time in casinos due to the fact that the tables are set away from other casino games and the minimum stakes tend to be prohibitive for the average gambler. It is also known as Punto Banco which relates to the two main bets in the game, namely betting on the player (Punto) to win or the bank (Banco). Online casinos have changed all that and Baccarat is now accessible to all level of stakes. Despite the reputation Baccarat is very easy to play as you have only three possible bets; player, bank or tie and let’s face it there are not many games that you can make money if the bank wins the hand. The counting of the game is a little mysterious, probably deliberately, but as the dealer has to follow strict rules about what to do in all circumstances you don’t actually have to understand it. We would recommend that you try to understand it however as it adds excitement to the game; you can read the detail of Baccarat in our game rules pages. Go to our Game Rules page for Baccarat.

Texas Hold’em Poker

Texas Hold’em is the most popular and most played poker game in the World. Most of the tournaments and TV coverage concerns this game. The rules are simple as the idea is to make the best 5 card poker hand that you can from 7 that are available (two you have in your hand that only you know what they are and 5 others that are face up on the table). The complexity and intrigue of Texas Hold’em comes in the betting where there is so much room for bluff and counter bluff that good players can win with poor hands. This is a game that can be played for very high stakes and indeed many poker players make a living from it but it can also be played for very low stakes which makes it attractive to players of all abilities. Our game rules page explains all you need to know about the rules of Texas Hold’em to get you started but only experience will teach you how to win. Go to our Game Rules page for Texas Holdem Poker.

Let it Ride Poker

Let it Ride is another variation of poker and it is comparatively new only having been introduced to casinos around 1993. If you are starting out at poker this is a good way of sorting out which are good hands and which are not. There is no bluffing involved and you are playing against the dealer rather than other players so you know the stakes you are playing for and cannot be bid up by others as is the case in Texas Hold’em. There are also few decisions to be made in Let it Ride so it is quick to understand what is happening. A full explanation is given on our game rules page but this game is to be recommended. Go to our Game Rules page for Let it Ride Poker.

Red Dog

We have no idea where the name Red Dog comes from and we can see no relationship between the name and the game. Previously known under other names such as Acey- Duecy or In Between, it is an extremely simple game requiring no tactics, just luck. Rarely found in land based casino these days it can be found in online casino readily. It is a fast and furious game in which you are dealt two cards face up and you win if the third card dealt to you is in between the other two other wise you lose. The are some other little intricacies concerning what happens if you are dealt two cards of the same value and there are a couple of decisions to be made about to increase your stake or not but it remains a simple game. You can find a full explanation in out game rules pages. Go to our Game Rules page for Red Dog.

Sic Bo

Sic Bo is an ancient Chinese dice game and is also known as Hi –Lo. In a land based casino it is played on a brightly lit table with many players placing bets simultaneously but fortunately in an online casino it is much more peaceful and you have time to look at what is happening. The table to place your bets on is still there and although it looks very complicated at first you will soon get the hang of it. The Sic BO game is simple enough in that three dice are rolled and you bet on the outcome. With three dice being used there are 216 possible outcomes. A simple bet might be for example big or small ( betting that the sum of the three dice is over 10 or 10 and under) or a high odds bet could be for example on 3 sixes coming up. There are many ways to bet all of which are covered in our game rules page but it remains a quick and easy game. Go to our Game Rules page for Sic Bo.

Big Wheel

Big Wheel, also known as the wheel of fortune has been around for a long time but is not so popular as it was. The game is simple enough as you have a wheel with 52 segments each of which contains one of seven different numbers or symbols and you bet on which symbol or number the pointer is at when the wheel stops spinning. Some symbols appear in more segments of the wheel than others and it is this that determines the odds you get if you win. Big Wheel could not be simpler and the rules are explained in our game rules page. Go to our Game Rules page for Big Wheel.


Backgammon is a fast moving dice game whose origins are believed to go back as far as 3000BC. Only two players can play at any one time which makes Backgammon ideal for the games of skill sections of online casinos. Of course being a dice game there is an element of luck involved but there is also plenty of room for tactics and strategies as you move your checkers around the game board. Despite that, the rules of Backgammon are straightforward but again it is one of those games where you are wise to start playing for small stakes until you build up you experience. Full rules of Backgammon are contained in our game rules pages. Go to our Game Rules page for Backgammon.

3 Card Brag

3 Card Brag is believed to originate in the 16th century and is played extensively in India and Nepal. It was very popular in the gambling clubs of the 1960s. Poker has taken over to a large degree but some online casinos still offer 3 card brag as an alternative. Being played with only three cards it is similar to draw poker but much simpler and it still maintains the bluffing element which keeps the excitement going. There are also limits on the size of bets that can be placed on each hand which can be an advantage as you know your maximum exposure. If you enjoy Poker you will enjoy 3 card brag and you can find all the rules on our game rules pages. Go to our Game Rules page for Three Card Brag.

This was selection of the most popular casino games available in online casino today. There are of course many more that we have not gone into but there should be plenty here to keep you entertained for a while. We hope that our explanations help you win so the best of luck.

Live Online Casino

The latest development in the world of online casinos is live dealer casino also known as live online casino. This has been developed to counter the argument that online casinos using Random Number Generators are unfair or biased and there are of course also people who like to see real cards being dealt or the actual ball bouncing around on the roulette table. Live dealer casino does take away the fear of random number generators but there is no real substitute for actually being in the same room as the dealer and actually seeing the cards or the spin of the wheel. Live dealer casino is a way of using actual cards or roulette wheel without the customer being present in the same room. This is done by having casino games in a room with dealers present who are actually spinning the roulette wheel or dealing the cards as in a normal land based casino and the whole thing is being transmitted via live webcams onto your computer screen. The quality of the streaming is dependent upon your own broadband speed ( it is not recommended for non broadband speeds). The casino games are not located in an actual casino despite the fact that some casinos call their rooms casinos; the difference being that the casino games are set up solely for the purpose of being filmed for live dealer casino and there is no public access. The casino rooms might be located anywhere and usually there is o information about where they are located but we must make note of the fact that Ladbrokes are very upfront in stating that their room is in Latvia. Because there are no members of the public at these live casinos there is no more atmosphere than in a regular online casino; sound effects are sound effects and you still have no idea what other players are doing or how they are playing. Part of the fun of a land based casino is seeing somebody else land a big win even if it is not you. The one advantage of a live dealer casino is that you are able to “chat” with dealers or the “pit boss”. This also gives you some feeling of security that what is happening on screen really is happening live. Not all online casinos offer live dealer casino; most of the seven that we recommend do but Bwin does not yet have this option or if it does it is so well hidden that we could not find it. The games that are on offer are restricted to Blackjack, Baccarat and Roulette with a couple of exceptions that we shall cover shortly but there are a variety of tables available with different stakes. If you enjoy playing for large stakes then live dealer casino is probably for you but games are available for smaller stakes as well. The other major difference between the live dealer casinos available is whether they require downloading or not. William Hill casino for example has live dealer casino but only from the download version; having said that they do have roulette available for as little as €0.10 whilst others often go no smaller than €1. William Hill is also only one of two live dealer casinos that offers what they call “casino holdem”. This is in effect a form of Caribbean Stud poker where you are playing against the dealer and the qualifying hand is a pair of fours. The other live dealer casino to offer “casino holdem” is BetFred but BetFred offers live dealer casino without the need to download. BetFred offers Roulette at stakes from 1 to 50; Baccarat at stakes from 2.50 to 100 and Blackjack at stakes from 2.50 to 100. Ladbrokes live dealer casino is also available without download and has the advantage that you can operate the funding from a common source. Ladbrokes tend to have different “wallets” for sports, casino, live casino etc but it is quick and easy to transfer funds between wallets. Ladbrokes live dealer casino is good for the higher stakes players as roulette is offered for stakes up to 20,000; blackjack is available for stakes from 5 up to 2500 and baccarat for stakes from 1 to 5000. Ladbrokes live dealer casino also offers the ancient Chinese game of Sic Bo and if you don’t know how to play that please refer to our game rules page.

Paddy Power also offers a no download version of live online casino and offers games with table stakes the same as Ladbrokes mentioned above but Paddy Power does not offer Sic Bo.
888 casino offers live online casino and is definitely the one for high stakes players. The disadvantage is that live dealer casino is only available on the download version of 888 casino but chances are, if you are a high stakes player downloading is not an issue. On 888 you can play roulette for stakes of up to 40,000; blackjack for stakes of up to 5000 and baccarat up to 10,000.
Bet365 also offers live dealer casino on download and offers roulette, blackjack and baccarat as well as Sic Bo.

Live online casino is certainly a different experience where the random number generation is taken out of the equation; the chat function can be an added bit of fun if you like that sort of thing or you can of course simply remain the quiet gambler. Most live dealer casinos are also offering some form of joining bonus so if you fancy a change, select your casino from the list we offer, register and have some fun.

Deposit Options

Welcome to deposit and withdrawal page where we shall try to give some insight into the various ways of depositing money and hopefully withdrawing winnings from your online casino account. You could be forgiven for thinking that the withdrawal process is simply the reverse of the deposit process but that is actually flawed thinking as far as some online casinos are concerned. There are of course many ways of paying for anything these days and paying for your gambling by depositing money is no exception; the most common way is by credit card and all the online casinos we recommend will accept payment by Visa or Mastercard but Diners Club is not so popular and is only accepted by 888 and William Hill and in the case of 888, although they will accept deposits from Diners Club they will not payout to that card which means you will need another form of receiving credit. Entropay is a also a lesser known credit card but is accepted by Paddy Power and Bet365. We would not recommend using a credit card casino at all for online casino deposits as the credit card company will charge a surcharge (usually around 2%) plus, because it is a cash transaction you will start paying interest immediately at the credit card rate. Most online casinos do not charge for using a credit card but Bwin is an exception as they charge 2%. It is not possible to disguise the fact that you are paying a company engaged in gambling as the receiving company has a code which the credit card company recognises. You may be interested to know that using a credit card for football pools will also incur the surcharge.

The next most popular method is debit cards but not all online casinos accept all debit cards. Maestro, Visa Electron and Laser Card casino are the most widely accepted; William Hill, BetFred, Paddy Power and Ladbrokes will also accept Visa Debit and Solo whist Switch is accepted by Paddy Power and Ladbrokes. Bwin are the most unhelpful in this respect by not actually saying what they accept before you try a card but we doubt they are any different from the rest in accepting most popular cards. Debit cards carry no charges from the online casinos or the banks that issue the cards (providing of course that you have the money in the account).

The next possible method is pre-loaded cards such as Paysafe and Ucash; Paysafe is accepted by Paddy Power, William Hill, Bwin, Bet365 and 888 and Ucash is accepted by Bwin, Ladbrokes, Bet365 and 888 but again 888 will not payout to these cards which makes this payment method less than desirable but there are no charges.

With the advent of the Internet and the increasing number of purchasing transactions taking place in general shopping as well as online casinos a new breed of payment system has sprung up call e-wallets. The first was “PayPal” and anybody who has used E bay will be familiar with the system. The principle behind e-wallets is that you do not need to give your credit card or bank details to every vendor that you purchase stuff from on the internet and that includes PayPal casino providers which makes the whole system somewhat safer. You open an account with an e-wallet provider and give your details to them only; you then agree a method of depositing or withdrawing money (in this case a credit card is fine and incurs no surcharges) and away you go. Simply by quoting your e-wallet account number and password you can make purchases on the internet or make deposits to the online casino of your choice. There is no facility for borrowing so you will need money in the account before you can pay for something. Any winnings that you have accumulated in your online casino account can be easily transferred into your e-wallet from where you can remove it if you so wish. “PayPal” was the first e-wallet but the other popular ones are” Neteller” and “Moneybookers” all of which are accepted payment methods in all the online casinos we recommend. Think of these as Neteller casino and Moneybookers casino providers that support this deposit method. Less popular ones are “Clickandbuy” which is accepted at William Hill, Bwin, Ladbrokes and 888; “Click2pay” which is accepted at William Hill and Bet365; “Mycitadel” which is only accepted at BetFred and “Kalixa” which is only accepted at Bwin.

Other methods for funding you account include Bank Transfers which is accepted almost everywhere nut needs to be set up and may take a few days; Bank Wires which are expensive, a simple cheque which will take some days to clear before the money is credited to your online account or payment in a bookmakers shop. This last option is good for those who do not have or do not want a bank account or want to keep their gambling finances separate from other affairs. BetFred, Paddy Power and Ladbrokes offer the opportunity to walk into any of their betting shops and make deposits or withdrawals in cash to or from your online account. This needs to be set up but it is a simple process.
As you can see there are multiple ways of depositing and withdrawing money from your online casino account and most online casinos will not restrict you to one method which means you can register different ways to suit you. This can only ever be an overview but we hope you have found it useful; do read the terms and conditions carefully in your chosen casino(s) and watch out for charges.

Free Online Casino

Welcome to the free online casino page of Here we would like to tell you how to play a variety of casino games for free. There are many reasons why people play for free in an online casino, one of which is just to pass the time but the most popular reason is to get to know a game and the casino in which you want to play. All online casinos are slightly different in layout and the games can also be slightly different so it is not a bad idea to play for free to get to know your way around. Please remember however that when playing online casino games for free you will not win any real money and it is no good having won a good amount wishing you had played for real money. Free games are available at all the online casinos we recommend but you must first decide whether you want to play at a download casino or an instant casino. Download casinos usually have a more comprehensive offering of games whether you want to play for free or for real money but all online casinos that we recommend give you the option.

At William Hill casino you can play “instant casino” for free without even registering and it is called “play for fun”. The download casino will require you to register an account but once downloaded you can play for free without actually logging in. Obviously if you switch to real play you will need to log in to access your account. At BetFred casino you also have the choice of instant or download casinos; in the instant casino you do not need to log in to play for free but instead of the “play for fun” option being at the first screen you will have to open the game you want to play and then select the free play option. At BetFred download casino you can also play for fun without logging in but again you may have to register an account to download for the first time. At Paddy Power casino, Bwin casino and 888 casino the system is slightly different; in the instant casino offered you can play for free without logging in but as mentioned above at BetFred casino the option comes after you have selected the game you wish to play. All three online casinos offer a download version where you can play for free but at these casinos you will have to log in first. This does however enable you to switch to real play or money play instantly.

Finally at Ladbrokes online casino the instant casino version requires no log in to enable you to play for free but the download version does not have this facility or if it does it is so well hidden that we could not find it. There is no doubt that playing for free at online casinos can be a lot of fun but it does not quite have the excitement of having your money on the line no matter how small your stake is. Download casinos offer a better choice of games for free play but still not all games will be available for free. Reasonably enough games with a progressive jackpot such as slots or Caribbean stud poker will not be available as free play; live casino will not be available as free play and generally speaking games against other players as opposed to games against the house will also not be available.
As a tool to learn a game it is great so register at one of our recommended online casinos and have some fun.