New to iGaming? iGaming 101

Getting Started

So, you've heard about internet gaming and want to know what it's all about, but not sure where to start?
You've come to the right place!

1. What Games are Available?

Not sure what you're interested in?  Operators offer a range of types of games for all different types of players and interests. There's something for everyone!

The main types of games that you'll find are:

  • Slots
  • Table games like poker, blackjack, or roulette
  • Sports and event betting

2. Choose a Platform

Ontario regulates several Operators that each offer a unique experience with different games, promotions, and bonuses.

You might be asking yourself 'how do I choose a website when there are so many to pick from?'  The best thing to do is to look at some of the websites that Ontario regulated Operators provide to get a sense of the types of games they offer and what interests you the most.  Remember to look for the iGO logo on the website before signing up so you can be confident your experience will be fair, safe, and secure.

3. Create Your Account

The first thing you need to do to start playing is to sign up for a player account on one of Ontario's regulated igaming websites.  The process may be a little different for every operator but at a minimum you will be asked to provide your personal information which will then go through a verification process for approval before your account is created.

4. Set up your Digital Wallet

All iGaming websites have a digital wallet.  This is where you will deposit your money to play and withdraw your winnings.  The first time you deposit money you will need to set up your digital wallet.  The Operator website will give you instructions on how to do this.

In Ontario, Operators are required to provide deposit limit tools. These tools allow you to set the maximum amount of money you choose to deposit within a certain period of time. Deposit limit tools are a great way to help you set a budget and stick to it!


Ready to Play!

Now that you've got your account and set up your digital wallet, you're ready to play!  A good thing to do before you start playing is to do a little browsing…take a look at some of the games to see what piques your interest.


Choose Your Game

For slot or table games, one really good way to know if you'll like a game or not is to play “Free-to-play” games on an Operator's platform.  This gives you a chance to take the game for a test run and see if you like without having to spend any money.


Be Informed

Before you start playing take some time to learn about the game, so you know what to expect.  Every game will have an explanation of the way the game is played, how to make a bet, what is considered a win, the chances of winning, and player payouts.  Games offered through igaming may work a little different than other games you may have played at bricks and mortar venues so it's important to know exactly how to play and your odds of winning. Be sure to give the rules a read through before getting started.


Set a Budget

One major advantage to igaming offerings is the additional player protections.  Each Operator will have its own unique set of tools and options to help you have a positive playing experience. But there's one thing that all Operators have in common: deposit, loss, and time limits.  These tools will help you set a budget and stick to it!

  • Deposit limits — this is the amount you select that can be deposited into your digital wallet over a defined period of time. For example, you may choose to set a budget and deposit no more than $50 per month.
  • Loss Limits — this is the amount you select that is the most you want to lose (winnings subtracted from amount spent) over a defined period of time.  For example, you may decide that you don't want to lose more than $25 per day.
  • Time Limits — this is the amount of time you want to spend playing over a defined period of time.  For example, you may decide that you don't want to play longer than 2 hours per day.

You can choose to set your money or time limit over the course of 24 hours, 7 days, and a month. Operators may offer additional options so it's important to learn about all the tools and options that are available to you.

Remember these tips!

Just a few final tips to keep in mind to help you have a positive playing experience:

  • Think of gambling as a form of entertainment and not as a way to make money
  • Decide how much time and money you want to spend and stick to it
  • Only gamble with money you can afford to lose, money that you planned to use for entertainment and not for other things like food, bills or rent
  • Be realistic about your expectations of winning —sometimes you win and sometimes you lose, but in the long run you will lose more than you win
  • Learn about the risks of gambling and how it could lead to negative impacts. Know how to recognize when your play might be heading down a path that could be harmful to your or others in your life
  • Trying to win back what you lost is not a good strategy and often results in a greater loss of money
  • Take breaks and balance gambling with other activities you enjoy
  • Avoid gambling when you're upset or your judgment is impaired by alcohol or other substances

Not only new to igaming but new to gambling altogether? 

Get off on the right foot by learning all about gambling — how it works, what are the chances of winning, and how to keep it fun.

Are you wondering, can I make money gambling? Is gambling safe? Are there strategies that will increase my chances of winning? Learn all about this and more from responsible gambling experts by visiting the Responsible Gambling Council's website, www.responsiblegambling.org

What can I do if gambling stops being fun?

The most important thing to remember is that gambling should be fun and considered as a form of entertainment like going out for dinner or to the movies. If you are starting to feel that gambling isn't fun anymore and that you're starting to notice some negative impacts from your gambling, it may be time to take a break.

All Operators in Ontario will support your decision to take a break. You decide how long of a break you would like to take and can choose from shorter breaks like one day, one week or a few months. Or if you feel like you need a longer break, a self-exclusion option is available which offers longer terms up to five years. If you're concerned about your gambling or the gambling of someone you know and would like to talk to someone to learn about options that can help, contact ConnexOntario. They can be reached 24/7 by phone, 1-866-531-2600, by sending the text message “CONNEX” to 247247, or by live chat or email on their website, www.connexontario.ca. They are there to listen, provide support, offer strategies, and give information about support services in your community.