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How to Gamble Online for Beginners

Gambling or betting online is an immersive experience. But it's essential to know the basics before getting started.

For instance, it's vital that you make sure you're doing it in a safe and legal way. This means ensuring you only use reputable and licensed WV casinos.

If you're new to online gambling or sports betting, here are a few things you may need to know:

How do I Register at a West Virginia Online Casino?

Registering at an online WV casino is a simple process. First, you'll need to meet the state's legal requirements. If you want to gamble online legally in West Virginia, you must be at least 21 years old. Gamers who meet that requirement can complete their registration in a few steps.

Step 1 – Select Your Preferred Casino

Make a choice from one of West Virginia’s licensed and regulated casinos. Most online casinos usually allow players to download apps or use browser-based services. If you don’t want to download any software, you can use the casino site’s instant-play platform to play games.

Step 2 – Filling Out the Personal Information Form

Licensed WV casinos require personal information for each account. If you've signed up for an account at an online store, you'll know what to do. You'll have to provide basic details such as your first name, last name, gender, date of birth, and email.

You will also be asked to provide an address, including your zip code and phone number. Be sure to enter your address information correctly. Inputting incorrect information may result in difficulties when you want to withdraw your money.

Even though you have filled out the personal information form, you may still be required to confirm the details by completing an additional link or submitting a copy of your government-issued ID card.

Step 3 – Selecting Your Username

Next, you must choose a username and password. Always opt for a password that you can easily remember but is difficult to guess. Confirm that your password is unique and conforms to the casino’s security guidelines.

Most licensed WV online casino sites have additional security layers such as a PIN (personal identification number) or a verification question (e.g., what is your mother’s maiden name?).

You should ensure that you use a security question or PIN that is unique to you and can easily be remembered. Often, you will be asked to provide this vital information when you want to cash out or get in touch with customer service.

Step 4 – Collect Relevant Bonuses

Pay attention to the casino's bonuses, especially for signing up as a new player. You may be asked for an optional promo or bonus code to claim your free play and cash incentives at this stage.

Step 5 – Read the T&C and Submit the Form

Double check the details you have filled in the form. Carefully read the terms and conditions. Only tick or click "Submit" or "Finish" if you agree with the conditions. Most sites will send a confirmation message to your registered email address. If you had not been prompted to verify your email address earlier, this email would likely contain a link for confirmation.

Step 6 – Depositing Funds in Your Account

After signing up, you’ll need to transfer money into your account. This only takes a few quick steps:

  • Choose your preferred payment method and type in the account information.
  • Choose whether or not to save them.
  • Pick your deposit amount.
  • Confirm.

Before making a deposit, check to see if your preferred payment method has any time limits or fees. You can find this information in the casino’s terms and conditions or the Help section.

In most instances, your online casino account will not be fully functional until you supply supporting documents that confirm your identity, age, and address. This is because online casinos, like financial institutions, are subject to “Know Your Customer” regulations.

When Can I Withdraw my Bonus Money?

You will only be able to withdraw your winning after meeting the bonus wagering requirement. Cash bonus money offers usually come with certain restrictions, mainly playthrough requirements. Before withdrawing bonus amounts and associated winnings, you must meet the bonus playthrough requirements.

The playthrough/rollover requirements refer to the number of times you have to play the amount of the bonus money to convert it to real money that can be withdrawn. For instance, if an online casino offers you a $40 bonus with a playthrough requirement of 20x, you need to wager this bonus up to $800 before you can think about cashing out your winnings.

Often, players only focus on the bonus money without considering the associated terms and conditions. However, the terms and conditions of bonuses are a huge determinant of whether you will be able to withdraw your earnings or not.

Therefore, it is crucial that you read the terms and conditions of any online casino bonus you accept.

The following subsections highlight some terms and conditions that may prevent you from withdrawing winnings from a bonus wager from the most expected to the most minor expected challenges.

Not Meeting the Wagering Requirements

As earlier mentioned, a wagering requirement is the amount that a casino sets against the bonus offered to you to ensure that you use the bonus money to play games at the casino.

For example, let’s say you get a free bet worth $10 with a wagering requirement of 30x. You will have to bet $10 on 30 occasions (or 30 times). Once you have done this, you can take out any bonus wager winnings that are left over.

Most of the time, you have to meet the wagering requirements on either just the bonus or on both the bonus and the deposit amount. You should be on the lookout for the former because it takes less time to play through.

Going Above the Maximum Withdrawal Amount

Casinos sometimes include a maximum withdrawal amount to ensure that if you win something, they don’t come out of the deal empty-handed.

The idea behind the maximum cashout rule is that even if you meet the wagering requirements, you may only be able to withdraw a certain amount from a bonus.

For example, if you played $300 worth of bets and won a huge sum giving you $500 in winnings and the maximum cashout is $200, you won't be able to withdraw all your money from the casino. You will have to lower the amount you want to withdraw and forfeit the rest of the wins.

This condition is rare, especially if you play with a deposit bonus, but it could stop you from receiving your winnings from a free wager.

Playing the Right Casino Games

You should always check which games you can play with your casino bonus to meet the wagering requirements. This is quite important because not all games count towards fulfilling the playthrough requirements.

For instance, some video slot games may not count and you usually can’t clear it at all with table games.

Before playing casino games with bonus money, you should ask yourself, “How much does each game I play count towards the wagering requirement”.

Even though every casino is different, most of them have the following features:

  • Slots of scratchcards (except otherwise stated):100%
  • Video Poker and Online Table Games:10%
  • Live Table Games: Not allowed or 10%
  • Different kinds of all-wheel games:50%

So, looking at listed games above, the reason why you cannot cash out your bonus bet winnings may be because you are playing video Poker or Table Games that contribute little or nothing to meet the wagering requirements.

For example, a $1 wager on a video slot will take $1 off the total amount you have to wager whereas the same $1 at a live table game will only cover 0.10 of the bet.

Accurate Account Details at the Casino

If you have met the wagering requirements, adhered to the casino games and followed all the T&Cs but still cannot make a withdrawal, then you need to look beyond the bonus requirements.

In such instances, the problem may not be with the bonus or the casino but the information you supplied.

You might have created more than one account and used up more than one bonus, or maybe the information on your credit card does not match the contact information you gave when you signed up.

Are there Withdrawal Limits in West Virginia?

Yes, West Virginia online Casino sites have minimum and maximum withdrawal limits. A variety of factors determines the casino cash out limits and the size of your payouts.

The casino’s payment provider determines the minimum limit. Some of them restrict withdrawals to a certain minimum. This is because an extremely small withdrawal would cost them the same as what they give you.

The maximum withdrawal limit is the one that interests most West Virginia players. In essence, players are limited to withdrawing a certain amount per day, week, or month. For example, if you want to withdraw $2,000 from a West Virginia Casino site with a weekly limit of $1,000, you will have to withdraw $1,000 in one week and then wait until the next week to conclude the withdrawal transaction.

One of the main objectives of withdrawal limits is ensuring the casino’s financial stability. It is true that the majority of online casinos have sizable bankrolls. However, withdrawal limits provide relief for the smaller casinos when they have multiple jackpot winners. It allows them to spread out withdrawals.

Withdrawal limits also protect online casinos from fraudsters. When online casinos do not have to pay out massive winnings in a lump sum and immediately, it affords the site the opportunity to react in the event of a fraudulent breach of the casino’s software. Specifically, an online casino can properly scrutinize a specific winning, and even if it happens to be an outright fraud, the casino will not incur a huge loss.

What Withdrawal Methods are Available in West Virginia?

West Virginia online casinos offer multiple reliable and safe payment methods for withdrawing your funds. Most Mountain State online casino sites accept deposits and withdrawals via these options:

Visa. Mastercard:

One of the more common payment methods, particularly for withdrawals. Fees on these withdrawal options are usually minimal.


You can benefit from instant cash withdrawal using eWallets like PayPal. Transactions take place quickly, with payouts typically happening within an hour, or at most, three banking days.


One of the most popular withdrawal options for online casino gaming is Neteller West Virginia players have faith in the payment system because of its prompt payouts, and withdrawal fees. Also remarkable are the system’s safety features.


With PaySafecard, West Virginian bettors can make and receive payments conveniently with a 16-digit PIN. Withdrawing funds from your Paysafecard account and transferring them back to your regular bank account is quick and simple.


This is one of the best prepaid cards for gamers who wish to keep track of their gambling spendings. The payment method allows you to buy vouchers for the amount you want to play at several local stores and shops.


All top-rate online casinos have their own play+ card that can be used for making withdrawals.

Play+ is popular with gamblers who do not wish to share their banking details with their casino but want a suitable alternative to PayPal and the often restricted credit cards.

Bank Transfer:

Most of West Virginia online casino sites offer bank transfer as a safe way to withdraw money. Bank transfer or wire transfer as it is sometimes referred to- provides bettors with a lot of benefits. Before anything else, it is very safe because it uses bank accounts, which are protected by the security systems of each bank.

It is also convenient and fast. Within a few seconds, your payout will be in your bank account. Another upside of using bank transfers for withdrawals at casino sites is their simplicity. To register an account or withdraw money, no special accounts are required.


If you want to cash out from your online casino account, you can request for a paper check and the casino site will mail it to you. While it is true that this approach is slower than others, some players value the extra safety it provides.

Electronic checks (echecks)

Another payment method that bypasses physical mail and goes straight to the processing phase. Although these are just as safe, they can be delivered directly into your bank account, saving you time.

The processing time when you cash out using checks may take up to 21 days, and the transaction fees range from low to medium.

How do I play West Virginia casino games online?

1. Selecting the Best Online Casino

You'll need to pick a casino to play West Virginia casino games. Because online casino players differ on what makes the “best” casino, you must consider some essential criteria in making your choice.

First, you should only choose to play at an online casino licensed and regulated by the West Virginia Lottery Commission. Next, consider the gambling software deployed by the online casino site and its provider. This is because you can find out a lot about a site by checking who makes its software; like in any industry, some software developers are more trustworthy than others.

Some other key points you should look out for when choosing an online casino include:

  • Graphics and sound
  • Player-friendly interface with unique animation
  • Compatibility with mobile devices.
  • Well-known branded games
  • Interactive bonus features
  • Platform security

On a personal level, you want to ensure that you are playing at a casino site that is a good fit for you, so here are some questions you should also consider when deciding which casino is best for you:

  1. Does the game selection include your favorite game(s)?
  2. Are bonuses/rewards available for the game(s) you want to play?
  3. Can you make a deposit using your preferred deposit method(S)?
  4. Can you play with the currency of your choice?
  5. Are the minimum/maximum deposit stakes suitable for your budget?
  6. Is the game software compatible with your device?

While the options above are not a comprehensive list, they cover some of the main factors online casino players care about.

2. Sign Up for an Online Casino Account

To begin playing, you must sign up at your preferred casino site. You can do this by going to the casino's website and looking for a button or link that says "Join Now" or "Get Started." The button or link is usually prominently displayed somewhere on the homepage.

Some of the information you will almost certainly have to provide include the following:

  • Name (full name)
  • Date of Birth
  • Home address
  • Email address

After you have entered your information, some casino sites will automatically generate your username and password. Alternatively, you may be allowed to choose your username and password. Whether your password is automatically generated or chosen by you, make sure you opt for a strong password that complies with the casino site's password standards.

Although online casinos put in place various precautions to prevent players’ accounts from being breached, the importance of a difficult-to-guess password cannot be overemphasized.

Once your account is created, you may be prompted to download the casino app. This option will down the casino's software client and games on your computer or mobile device. However, most casino sites allow players to download software or play games directly from their websites using a compatible browser.

3. Deposit Funds into Your Account

You are almost ready to play once you’ve created an account. The next step is to fund your online account with money to play. You can deposit money into your online casino account using several payment options. Such options typically include the following:

  • Credit/Debit Cards
  • eWallets (e.g. Neteller, PayPal, and Skrill)
  • Bank Transfer
  • Check
  • Money Transfer Service

You have to be logged into your account to make a deposit. You can do this by using the casino site’s instant play option or the software client. Just click on the link below that says “banking” or “my account.”

Next, you will be presented with a list of the banking options you can use. You will need to select which one you want to use and then fill in the necessary information. For example, if you want to pay with a credit card, you must enter the card's details. You'll also have to input the amount you want to deposit. Once you're through with the process above, the funds will be added to your account.

Usually, online casino sites offer their players welcome bonuses when making their first deposit. You should check for the details of any such bonus before making your initial deposit. Often, these bonuses are automatically added to players' accounts, but sometimes players have to enter bonus codes or deposit specific amounts.

Finally, before you play any online casino game, you must understand the rules of the games. Even though most games have pretty standard rules, they can differ from one game variant to another. Take some time to read through the rules of all the games a casino offers. This is because you can only maximize your chance of winning online casino games by understanding the rules and applying basic game strategies.