The popularity of online casinos continues to grow by leaps and bounds. There are thousands of sites to choose from. The reasons for this rapid expansion are obvious if you like to play in your pajamas or if you don’t live near Las Vegas, Atlantic City or one of the other land-based casino sites. The online casinos offer convenience, a variety of games, a wide range of minimum bets, signup bonuses, anytime gambling, and no waiting. Before you sign up at an online casino (or two or three) consider these three important items. First: The casino must be honest and reputable and provide extensive customer support. Internet scams multiply daily and you want to be sure that you don’t get caught up in one of them. Investigate carefully. You have the most powerful research tool ever made at your fingertips – the Internet. Use it. Plug in the name of each casino of interest into a search engine. Study the results carefully. Look for chat rooms that deal with online casinos. Some casinos operate their own message boards and chat rooms. What do the users have to say about the different casinos? Find some newsletters on casino gambling. Read them and find out which casinos have good recommendations. Check websites that expose crooks on the Internet. What casinos do they cite? Most important, talk to your friends; ask them what their Internet casino experience has been. These first-hand testimonials have great value. Check the financial standing of the casino and how they handle your deposits and payouts. Remember you want to be sure that the games are run fairly but you also want to be sure you will be paid your winnings. The casino you choose should pay out quickly (some casinos only pay out once a month) with cheap or no-cost transfers in your currency. These transfers should be accomplished in a way that protects your privacy. The time you spend doing this research is valuable, don’t cut corners. Second: Look for a casino that offers the games you want to play. Some casinos only offer specific games while others may offer more than one hundred. Even if you only want to play poker, be sure the website offers the variety of poker you prefer. In land-based casinos you may sometimes have trouble finding a seven-card stud game, but might have no trouble finding a seat at a Texas Hold’em table. Even Texas Hold’em comes in a number of different flavors. Online casinos may present a similar problem. You might choose a casino that offers a wide variety of games so if you want to take a break from playing a game which requires a lot of concentration you can relax a bit with another that’s not so intense. Third: Betting limits. Are you interested in low limit games which you can play just for fun, or are seriously considering giving up your day job and becoming a professional gambler? Unless you are a very accomplished gambler you might want to start at low-limit games and as you gain expertise move up to higher-stakes games.These three are important things but don’t forget to explore other concerns.