What are the Biggest Myths about Online Casinos?

Gambling myths about online casinos are very old.

Luck, chance, and strategy- powerful words that promise thrill, adventure and fun every time you begin to play. Have you ever heard that the best slots to win are placed in the aisle or that casinos pump lots of oxygen into the building to ensure players stay energised?


Like offline casinos, the game setups and software are often front so there is no room for any superstitions. This guide will share some of the biggest myths and misconceptions regarding online casinos and its goal is to differentiate fact from fiction.

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Seánie O'Brien
Seánie O'BrienCasino Adviser
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Myths can often mislead us as they don't always align with reality. As online casinos continue to gain widespread popularity- scepticism regarding this topic arises.

Consequently, we encounter 7 persistent myths that cast a shadow over online casinos, complicating distinction between truth and fiction. In this illuminating video from Irishluck, as your host I will fearlessly confronts these myths and definitively debunk them.

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Intro: Hey, how are you lads? It's Sean. I'm here from Irish Luck. Now, I was born in Ireland but raised here in the States. Now, there are a lot of tall tales out there about online casinos, so we decided to make a video to sort out the truth from the rumors. Are online games rigged? Are casino bonuses real? What's the story with counting cards online? Well, let's find out what's really going on with the biggest myths about online casinos.

Good. The suspicion around online casinos... Why are people suspicious of online casinos? On one level, it's understandable that people are suspicious about online casinos. Especially in the early days, these sites promised all the excitement of a night out on the town in a casino, but from the comfort of your own home. It sounded too good to be true. There was also the issue of trusting that the games were fair, and that your bank details were safe. Despite all this, online casinos have flourished, and the online gambling industry has become one of the biggest in the world. Still, a few nagging myths remain about online casinos.

That's where we come in. And remember, we're talking about safe and legal casinos here. There's plenty of shady, unlicensed sites out there. Well, that's a whole different kettle of fish. So, stick with licensed sites, sit back, and let us debunk the biggest myths about online casinos.

Myth one: Online gambling enables underage gambling. The legal gambling age in the UK and Ireland is 18, and at a real-life casino, they wouldn't even let you in the door without showing a photo ID. So, online casinos are the perfect place for underage gamblers, right? Well, no, actually. When you register at an online casino, you have to prove your identity by sending them a copy of your ID or a driver's license. The process takes quite a bit of time, and if they suspect something isn't right, you just won't be approved. The reality is, online casinos are on the same side as the law. They don't want underage people playing because, well, if they do, they risk losing their license.

Myth two: Online casino games are rigged. At live casinos, people rarely suspect the games of being rigged. Everyone knows that there's a house edge in the casino's favor, so you're at a small disadvantage from the start. Plus, you can see the cards being dealt or the wheel spinning in real time. It's tempting to think that it's different because you aren't physically playing the game at an online casino, but the truth is, it's not. Online casino games are operated by a random number generator or RNG. It's impossible to predict or rig. What's more, casino software developers spend thousands to have their games audited for fairness. If an online casino were suspected of doing anything dodgy with their games, they would lose their license immediately. It's just not in the casino's interest to rig the games, even if they could.

Myth three: You can count cards while playing online games. Alright, this is an easy one. Card counting in real-life blackjack is possible because casinos use a limited number of decks, which only get shuffled every once in a while or when they run out. It can tip the house edge in your favor, but if you're caught doing it, you're probably going to get thrown out. Now online, that's a whole different story. A computer can instantly shuffle all of the decks every single hand. It's like every hand you play is the first hand of every shoe. So, counting cards is pointless. Even live online blackjack, which uses real cards and real dealers, just isn't suitable for card counting. The decks are shuffled too frequently for this very reason. So unfortunately, card counting just doesn't work online.

Myth four: Bonuses are not accessible. You may have heard the claim that casino bonuses are a scam and you can't win money off the back of a bonus. Well, that's not true. But, bonuses can be a little tricky. Casinos do offer legit bonuses and you can win real money, but they don't make it easy, and it's certainly not a guaranteed win. All bonuses come with terms and conditions, which have to be fulfilled before you can cash out. Things like wagering requirements, time limits, qualifying games, all these need to be taken into account. It's true that online casinos don't routinely hand out free money, but if you follow the instructions and conditions carefully, casino bonuses are legit, and you can wind up winning money.

Myth five: Casino games are based only on luck. The simple answer to this is that it's actually a combination of luck and skill, depending on the game. Online casino games are split into two categories: soft games and skill-based games. With soft games like slots and roulette, the results are based purely on chance. On the other hand, with skill games like poker, blackjack, or even sports betting, your chances of winning depend on a combination of both strategy and luck.

Myth six: You don't get paid if you're a winner. This is just not true. What is true is that there is a specific process involved in withdrawing your winnings. Casinos might have a long pending period, or you might need to send additional documents to prove your identity. But as long as you follow the instructions and go with the process, you don't need to worry about not being paid. Anyone that claims otherwise is either lying, or they were doing something wrong themselves.

Myth seven: Play-money games let you win more. All online casinos let you play their games for free with play money. Now, this is a great way to test out new games and learn the rules without risking any real money. The rumor is these games are easier to win to entice people to play for real, but it's not true. In fact, play money games run on the exact same software as the regular games, using random number generators. The myth probably grew because people simply noticed losing real money more than play money. But that's exactly what it is, a myth.

Outro: Well, there you have it, folks. As you can see, there are a lot of myths and vicious rumors swirling around out there about online casinos. I hope that we've helped you sort out some of these facts from fiction. Take a look at our full article about casino myths on irishluck.ie. And if you're still unsure, check out our frequently asked questions for more details. Thanks for watching, and I'll see you next time. [Music]

The Suspicion Around Online Casinos

Gambling industry has benefits from being present online. Online casino sites allow people to play games in the comfort of their own homes. Instead of dressing up, gathering friends, driving a car, procuring all the documents and hitting casino at night, the online casino offers the advantage of doing it in your own house

The 3 most often suspicions regarding gambling online are:

  • how could a gambler go online and trust the sites

  • is it safe to send money via credit cards and win the money back, and

  • how could games be so exhilarating for the people.

Having in mind that there are unlicenced online casinos, doing research before committing to gambling is highly recommendable.

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Top Online Casino Myths

Despite the suspicion, the online gambling industry has become one of the biggest in the world, with online casinos cropping up across various countries worldwide. The misconception about online casinos seems to have been beaten, but many myths remain. We are going to help change that. 

There is widespread suspicion about following 7 myths:

  1. Myth 1: Online gambling enables underage gambling - untrue, as casinos require ID documents to let you play. 

  2. Myth 2: online casino games are rigged - untrue; games are audited by software developers and run on RNGs. 

  3. Myth 3: You can count cards when playing online - untrue; the computer shuffles every single hand.

  4. Myth 4: Bonuses are fake - no, you can win bonuses if you meet the conditions.

  5. Myth 5: Games are based only on luck - they are based on skill and luck. 

  6. Myth 6: You don't get paid as a winner - you do; it just takes a while.

  7. Myth 7: Play-money games let you win more - no. 

Myth 1: Online Gambling Enables Underage Gambling 

The 1st myth about online gambling is that it increases the number of people under 18 years of age in the gambling arena. Underage gambling is strictly forbidden by the law, with the legal age set at 18 in most countries (Ireland, the UK, and some states in the US - some states in the US allow gambling at 21 only). Laws depend of country because every country has its own gambling laws.

When online gambling was introduced, primary concern in the news was how could they control underage gambling. In live casinos in Las Vegas, people could gamble if they show their ID at the reception. If the staff suspect ID is fake, the person is required to leave the casino. With online casinos, the concern was that underage people could sign up for an account and play for money at home. 

But this is far from the truth. Casinos require players to submit a copy of their ID card or driver's licence when they first sign up. It takes time to verify the information and once it is verified- they can play.

Legality is very important for online casinos, because if they don't follow the laws- they loose licence.

Casinos require access to credit cards or other means to deposit or withdraw money from the account. There are concerns that underage customers sign up with their parent's card, but this happens very rarely. The amount of documentation required to play at casinos is enough to make underage people give up on trying.

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Myth 2: Online Casino Games are Rigged

At live casino, when you play the slots or sit at any table game, chances of casinos rigging games are very low because all the informations are viral.

Just because the player isn't physically playing the slot machine or spinning the wheel or he can't see the dealer- doesn't mean that the games are rigged in the house's favour. The truth is, every game has a house edge, and if you're frustrated about losing at slots, remember that slot games have some of the lowest RTP rates. The probability that you will lose and not win millions is very high. 

Players these days have a lot more knowledge than before. If they want to blame their losing streak on the setup of online casinos, they can check 3 most important things:

  • the histories of casino games

  • figure out the algorithm and

  • cross-check to see if the odds are any different from an in-person spin at the wheel or a session at physical card games. 

All categories of slots are operated by a random number generator or RNG where computer selects the results and winning combinations because it ensures fair gaming for everyone. Casino software providers or game developers also spend thousands of dollars to have their games audited for accuracy. The passing grades have to be presented to the gambling authority. 

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Myth 3: You Can Count Cards While Playing Online Games

Counting cards has been made popular by famous gamblers and pop culture.

Card counting is an excellent way to increase the RTP and reduce the house edge, increasing the profit in payouts. Card counting is not illegal but casinos ban players if they have reasons for doing so. It is not possible in live casino events online because of the following reasons:

Blackjack for example- uses a shoe with 6 or 8 decks that is cut of half and you will never get to the end of it which is an advantage of a land-based casino. In online Blackjack- the cards are shuffled in all 8 decks and every hand because the computer can do it immediately so every single hand you play is the first hand of every shoe. Therefore, no one can count cards online.

Myth 4: Bonuses are not Accessible 

If you're a beginner, you may have heard about the "win the bonus you have been given scam” which is not correct. The first-time deposit bonuses are real so if you want to win the jackpots- you have to put an effort to it.

Getting a bonus doesn't guarantee that you will cash it out. You must read the terms and conditions that come with it.

In converting the bonus into real money, placing bets and getting a certain number of spins- the casino needs to make a profit as well so they also want to ensure they retain customers by offering them enough to make them stay. 

Myth 5: Casino Games are Based Only On Luck 

If you've read about gambling, you know that casino games aren't based only on luck. Much like offline casino games, online casino games come in 2 categories: soft games and skill-based games. If you're playing reels and slots, your wins or your streaks - winning or losing are based on pure chance and luck.

Winning a sportsbook bet might require knowledge, but it is ultimately based on luck. On the other hand, if you're playing a game like Poker or Blackjack, you need the best skills and strategies to win the jackpot. 

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Myth 6: You Don't Get Paid if You are a Winner

There are many stories of players who didn't get paid their due by an online casino. Worrying that you may be next is normal but this is untrue

Casinos have long pending periods and documents that need to be scanned and verified, but this is all part of the process. You get your money but wait until everyone on their team verify your personal informations and retrieve the funds from their bank to give them to you. 

Myth 7: Play-Money Games Let You Win More

All online casinos have a play-money area where you can play the same game catalogue and learn how to win more as real money games without spending any of your own cash. Play-money games are a great way to learn the rules and setups of games and practice strategy-based games like Blackjack, but the fact is that they do not payout higher than real money games because you are not spending any real money there.

Final Thoughts on Biggest Casino Myths

Enjoying convenience and flexibility means being aware of the myths and misconceptions surrounding online casinos to make informed decisions about online gambling.

It is important to remember that while online casinos may not be suitable for everyone, they can be a fun and safe form of entertainment only for those players who approach them responsibly.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Casino Myths

Are offline casinos better or online casinos?

It depends on your preferences. Both have their advantages, and both are equally credible in their own right, save for a few rogue online casinos.  

Are online casinos safe?

Yes, online casinos are safe, provided they are licensed with the registered regulatory body in their jurisdiction.

What are the risks of online gambling?

The risks of online gambling include addiction, financial loss, fraud and scams, and lack of regulations. If you want to know more about the warning signs of pathological gambling, read about it on the page about how to quit gambling.

Can an online casino keep your winnings?

If the money won in online casino isn't released to your account, contact the casino's customer support and report the issue.

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