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New Player Guide

Answers to the most frequently asked questions asked before placing the first online wager.

Is It Legal?
There are presently no laws barring you from opening an account with an offshore sportsbook and placing bets over the internet. What the government has unsuccessfully tried to argue thus far is that it is illegal for an American to be accepting wagers over telephone lines. See our section on Legal Gambling Issues for the latest information.

How can I avoid a scam?
It's easy for criminals to hide behind a clean and glossy site design while they strip their players of every penny. The scam routine is by now well-known -- the customer service is flawless when a player makes a deposit, but as soon as it's time to collect on that well-placed bet things go south: suddenly they're unavailable. Emails go unanswered and hours turn into days turn into weeks. They may as well kiss their hard-earned cash goodbye. The best thing you can do to avoid falling into this trap is to stick with one of our recommended poker rooms and research among them to find the one that feels right for you. The sites on our recommended list ALWAYS pay their winners. On time every time.

How can I protect my Financial information?
Credit card fraud is a hot topic these days with ever-increasing cases of identity theft being reported. With this in mind, it's hard to feel comfortable providing your most protected financial information to a company you know next-to-nothing about. Again, the best protection we can offer is our advice based on experience. We have made numerous credit card deposits over the years with the sportsbooks we recommend and our information has always been safeguarded.

What's the best way to fund an online poker account?
Decide in advance how you plan to send money to your online poker account. Today, with the increasing number of credit card transactions being declined for online gambling transactions, one must be prepared with alternate funding methods. We suggest NETeller. NETeller is the leading online money transfer service for the gaming industry and provides the quickest, cheapest and most secure way to transfer cash in and out of your wagering account. Opening a NETeller account is like using an online wallet - You are able to deposit, withdrawal, and transfer funds instantly. The shops that we recommend offer free deposits and many offer bonuses based on NETeller transactions.

Do I report my winnings to the IRS?
You should always report any gambling winnings to the IRS at tax time. Be certain to deduct any gambling losses up to the reported winnings amount.