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Playing for Fun vs. Real Money at Online Casinos

What if there was a way to sample all of the things online casinos have to offer without putting your own money on the line? As it turns out, there is. Many online casinos have a free preview mode where their games can be played for free as an enticement to people who are on the fence about committing real funds. Since the games still need wagers of some sort, players get a bankroll of play money to use to make bets. Think of it like Monopoly money in online form. There are also online casino simulators that use nothing but play money, but for the sake of this article, we'll be examining only real money casinos that also offer a play money version of their software.

Typically, access to a play money casino is only possible once you've downloaded an online casino's software client and created an account. Both of these steps are also free, since it behooves the casino to have you as close as possible to becoming a real money player. Once that's done, you'll be able to play most, if not all of the games the casino hosts. If you run out of play money, you'll usually be able to reload at least once to keep playing.

A lot of times, people will use the play money recklessly, knowing there are no consequences. That can be fun, but it's probably a better use of your time and the free look at the games to play them as you actually would with real money. That can help you get a feel for the rules of the games, the speed at which they operate and anything else you may have questions about. If you are ready to commit to playing for real money, the casinos make it very easy to do so, making links to the banking functions of the real money casino very obvious. Often you can use the same account you created to enter the play money side, saving you a step.

Unless you just don't want any casino software downloaded onto your computer, there's really no negative aspects to trying out the play money versions of an online casino you want to check out. It's one of the rare times something in online gambling has benefits for both the player and the house, so you may as well take advantage of the fact that it's there.